With the sand-fringed islets and turquoise lagoon that surround it, romantic vibe, spectacular overwater bungalows, and deluxe packages, Bora Bora is on all couples’ bucket lists. The high costs of such a luxurious destination, however, make it impossible for everybody to indulge.
But, if you are planning your travel itinerary and looking for the feel and experience of Bora Bora without the high prices, you are in the right place. Continue reading this article and find out all about other breathtaking islands and sparkling shorelines with overwater bungalows that promise the same romantic escapade and budget-friendly rates.
Sandals Resorts in Jamaica
If you are looking for a more affordable tropical getaway without going too far, the all-inclusive Sandals resorts in Jamaica are a perfect choice. What makes them stand out is that they are all-inclusive so once you pay for your accommodations you do not need to spend anymore. At a resort in Bora Bora, you will likely spend over $100 for a meal for two people for dinner. Cocktails by the pool can cost $30+ at the resorts.
At Sandals, all of that is included, as well as activities like scuba diving, wake surfing, and snorkeling. They even have overwater bungalows at several Sandals resorts including Sandals Royal Caribbean, Grande St Lucia, and South Coast.
The over-the-water bungalows feature glass floors for undersea views and a modern design with exotic palapa-style architecture. They come with patios featuring a soaking tub for two, an over-the-water hammock, an outdoor shower, and a suspended patio with a swim-up platform.
Each bungalow is serviced by a butler that can bring meals to your room, make reservations for you at one of the restaurants and help you with anything you may need during your stay.
These bungalows are not cheap and they do book up fast, but with everything that comes included in the price and the more affordable flights to Jamaica you can end up saving money compared to the price of visiting Bora Bora.
Holiday Inn Resort, Vanuatu
Located on its private island, on the shores of the Erakor Lagoon, Holiday Inn Resort in Vanuatu is a relaxed beachfront resort surrounded by palm trees that welcomes all couples looking for the Bora Bora vibe at affordable costs.
Overwater villas with direct access to the lagoon, a restaurant with relaxing views, outdoor pools, a pool bar, a spa, and, of course, 3-star rates and a 5-star location make this resort the perfect romantic retreat for budget-conscious travelers.
Prices begin at around $250-$300 a night, but you have high chances to book regular rooms for less.
KC Resort & Over Water Villas, Koh Samui, Thailand
Overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, KC Resort & Over Water Villas in Koh Samui is an upscale hilltop hotel located just one minute away from a charming beach.
Beautifully decorated rooms with whirlpool tubs and balconies, deluxe suites with outdoor hot tubs and gulf views, and Bora Bora-style wood villas located over private infinity pools are some of the things awaiting for romantic visitors. Besides, your romantic getaway will be enhanced by an outdoor infinity pool with a bar, a thrilling rooftop lounge, and a sensational spa with Thai massages and a saltwater pool.
Prices begin at US$218 and, not only do you get better deals on the overwater villas, but the island is also way easier to reach for most people than Bora Bora.
Pulo Cinta Eco Resort, Indonesia
Indonesia’s romantic heaven, Pulo Cinta Eco Resort, is another Bora Bora-like destination that awaits excited couples with friendly prices. Sitting on a sandy private island in the Gulf of Tomini, this high-end all-inclusive resort offers striking wooden villas perched on stilts over the sea.
The charming villas with wood paneling and thatched roofs have a Nordic vibe and look even cozier and more inviting than the ones in Bora Bora or other luxurious locations.
Prices being at US$272, and this includes airport transfers and delicious meals and drinks in an open-air beachfront restaurant.
AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort, Malaysia
Open in 2011 and located off the coast just south of the Kuala Lumpur Airport, AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort is a Malaysian paradise very similar to Bora Bora but at much lower costs.
With prices starting at US$107 during the low season and US$132 during the busier times, this sensational resort offers romantic couples and adventurous groups the chance to relax and pamper themselves in stunning water villas that have all the luxury you dream without emptying your account.
However, instead of being perched over a calm lagoon, they are high above the ocean. Unlike the other destinations on this list, this resort doesn’t give you the chance to swim beneath the villas. But the landscape is breathtaking!
Gangehi Island Resort, Maldives
If Bora Bora is on your bucket list, but you can’t afford it right now, consider the Maldives. There, Gangehi Island Resort awaits you with lavish surprises. Located on a private island on the Indian Ocean, the resort is covered in a similar atmosphere but at better prices that begin at US$246 per night during the low season.
The upscale resort is surrounded by white-sand beaches and can only be accessed by seaplanes from Male. Its location makes it even more exciting for many couples.
Some of the overwater villas are located right off the island, while the others are a bit farther out on the pier. But, no matter your choice, an inviting restaurant with ocean views, spa treatments, yoga, snorkeling, and loaner canoes are some of the things you can enjoy at this luxurious resort.
Koro Sun Resort, Fiji
When Bora Bora is out of the question because of its high prices, Fiji is also a great choice. Koro Sun Resort is a splendid, posh beachfront retreat with various non-traditional room types and a romantic but thrilling vibe that will enhance your escapade.
While the edgewater accommodations are not way out in a lagoon, you will describe them as fantastic, especially since your bank account won’t have to suffer.
And, besides fancy accommodations, the resort awaits you with great dining, relaxing outdoor pools, a fabulous spa, and free sports and water activities, making it a perfect option for adventurous couples.
Last but not least, prices begin at US$259, and Koro Sun offers half-board and full-board meal plans, helping you plan your trip according to your budget.
Anthony’s Key Resort, Roatan, Honduras
Located on the northwest coast of Roatan Island and overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Anthony’s Key Resort is the perfect option for travelers who love all-inclusive resorts and dream of staying in an overwater bungalow but also want affordable vacations.
Roatan is a top destination for Caribbean lovers, and it is renowned for its turquoise waters and beautiful beaches. The beachfront family-run resort has bungalows on a jungle-covered hillside and an offshore key reached by taxi boat, welcoming couples, families, and honeymooners with rates that start at around $570 per night for two adults.
Low-key bungalows with shared or private decks, louvered or floor-to-ceiling windows, an open-air restaurant with sea views, an amazing spa, one outdoor pool, and a dive center are some of the high-end amenities you can enjoy.
Besides, there are various packages and activities like snorkeling, ziplining, and dolphin experiences, making it a great choice for couples who want to relax but also for adventurers.