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Discover Tropical Romance in 3 Overwater Bungalow Resorts on the Caribbean Sea
(Re)kindle the romance close to home – without long flights to the South Pacific or the Maldives!

Overwater villas are the next best thing to a private tropical island of your own – a luxury, bungalow suspended right over top of jewel-toned seas with the rustic-chic experience of living indoors and outdoors. It doesn't need to be Valentine's Day or your honeymoon for you and your sweetheart to deserve an overwater dream holiday.

Here are 3 resorts on the Caribbean Sea - in Jamaica, Mexico, and Panama, where you can live the dream.

Where: Sandals Royal Caribbean, Montego Bay, Jamaica

The Overwater Bungalows and Resort Highlights:

Couples-only Sandals built the Caribbean's first all-inclusive overwater bungalows, inspired by more distant cousins in Tahiti. These secluded villas are just off the resort's private island with private water taxi service. Picture glass floors, butler service, private infinity pools and outdoor soaking tub for two or hammocks over the water where you can dangle your toes and absorb the sun, extended outdoor decks and outdoor showers that blur the line between indoor and outdoor luxury living.

  • All-inclusive, unlimited fine dining at 8 restaurants and unlimited wine and spirits at 5 bars, including swim-up, and stocked bars in every room
  • Free wifi, tips, taxes and gratuities
  • Roundtrip airport transfers and BMW private airport transfers for all Butler and Club Sandals guests
  • Professional water sport instruction and all equipment; PADI-Certified SCUBA diving, snorkeling 
  • Hobie Cats, paddle boards, kayaks, beach volleyball, bocce ball, pool tables, day and night tennis, unlimited land sports and state-of-the-art fitness centers
  • Day and night entertainment including live shows
  • PLUS exchange privileges and all amenities and inclusions with 2 nearby Sandals – it's like having 3 resorts in one!


Where: Karisma's El Dorado Maroma, Riviera Maya, Mexico

The Overwater Bungalows and Other Resort Highlights:

The adults-only resort's 'Palafitos' (pictured top) are not only the first overwater bungalows in Mexico, but are also on Maroma Beach, one of the world's top-rated beaches. Glass-bottom floors give you a view of the sea from the moment you wake up and your feet touch the floor; in the evenings, you'll have an unobstructed view of the setting sun from your own infinity pool on your private deck. And outdoor shower and private butler top off your indulgent beach escape.

  • Easily-reached via non-stop flights to Cancun
  • 8 diverse resort restaurants available in the 'Gourmet inclusive' all-inclusive program and 24-hour room service
  • 2 lounges and 3 swim up bars
  • Non-motorized watersports
  • Spanish lessons, yoga, aqua aerobics, latin dance lessons, cooking classes,  beach volleyball, mescal tasting, free wifi and more
  • Daily entertainment and  nightly entertainment including karaoke, live music, circus show and more
  • Shopping tours to Playa del Carmen
  • Fitness center, sauna and steam baths at the spa, aqua fit


Where: Viceroy, Bocas del Toro, Panama – opening slated for 2021

Overwater Bungalows and Other Resort Highlights:

  • 42 overwater bungalows the first in Central America
  • Accessible via a short flight from Panama City, boat, seaplane or helicopter
  • 457 acres of Caribbean coastline in a famous eco-destination, next to jungle and San San Pond Sak wetlands, a habitat for birds and wildlife exploration via eco-tours and hiking
  • Sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, biking, walks and lounging on the lengthy beach
  • 42 overwater bungalows and 150 more guestrooms and residences
  • 8 onsite restaurants plus lounges,
  • Multiple pools, spa, fitness center, meditation rooms

Tip: If your travel heart is set on the romance of an overwater villa, book well advance as these evocative, one-of-a-kind accommodations are always among the first to fully book especially in high season December – March.

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Hotel Riu Tequila

The Hotel Riu Tequila is located about 3 kilometers from Playa del Carmen in Mexico. It boasts all the requisite facilities for a memorable vacation. The resort is ideal for family vacations, romantic getaways or holiday with friends.

It boasts a total of 664 guest rooms, each of which is appointed with amenities such as bathroom with shower, hair dryer, telephone, Wi-Fi, central air conditioning, ceiling fan, minibar, liquor dispenser, satellite TV, iron and ironing board, an electronic in-room safe, and a balcony or terrace.

There are also some junior suites that feature a living room area with sofa and a bathroom with a bathtub and bidet over and above the amenities found in the regular rooms.

To further enhance this hotel as the perfect family getaway is the dining options available. You will be treated to great Mexican cuisine, Asian cuisine and grilled specialties. Whether you are looking for a la carte dining, buffet dining or just casual dining, the restaurants at the resort will give you a great short. Among the popular restaurants are Jalisco, La Lupita, Bamboo, and Beach Club.

Popular watering holes at the resort include; Mageuy lounge bar, sports bar, and El Kiosko Pavilion Bar.

The facilities open for guests use at the resort include; Two adult and 1 children swimming pool, free whirlpool bath, sun loungers, free towels, parasols by the pool, sun terrace, RiuLand Kid's Club, Children's Playground, La Pinata Discotheque, a shop, computer room and free Wi-Fi in the room.

Recreational activities at the resort are categorized as follows:

  • Land activities and sports - workout at the gym, shopping, table tennis, volleyball, and playing golf at an 18-hole golf course in a nearby facility.
  • Watersports - These include; catamarans, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, and wind surfing among others.
  • Entertainment - There is entertainment for kids aged 4 to 7 and 8 to 12 at RiuLand Kids' Club, a day time adult’s entertainment program, and an evening adult entertainment that includes live music and shows.

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