1Cocoa Island, Maldives
The style and design of these 33 overwater suites and villas are like that of no other luxury resort in the Maldives. Uniquely inspired by dhoni boats—the gently curving wooden vessels used by local fishermen—the rooms arc out from the island itself. Simple wooden walkways built above the shallow lagoon connect them, forming a sinuous boardwalk pathway.
Each room has a private terrace, all the better for slipping into the warm Maldivian sea, right from your room. The view from the wide platform is directly out to the watery expanse and horizon. Interiors are dominated by whites and blues, with only a subtle nod to the local rustic aesthetic. (Source)
2Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge, Panama
3The Float House River Kwai Resort, Thailand
4 Aria Amazon, Peru
The sleeping quarters of the M/V Aria consist of 16 suites, each featuring a lounge area and large panoramic river views. With the bed positioned to face out, travelers can get a look at a bird-eating spider or an anaconda—the world's largest snake. They might also be lucky enough to get a glimpse of an endangered pink dolphin, a three-toed sloth or even a black jaguar. (Source)
5The Meridien Bora Bora, French Polynesia
The hotel offers luxurious beach bungalows built on a pristine beach, glass-bottomed bungalows built on stilts planted in the ocean, and premium bungalows overlooking the lagoon.
Located just 240 kilometers from Tahiti in the Leeward Society Islands, Bora Bora is home to many interesting attractions. A 29-kilometer road circles the island passing archeological sites, World War II army bunkers, and colorful villages. (Source)
6The Manta Resort in Zanzibar, Africa
Located on the tropical Pemba Island in Zanzibar, Tanzania, the top two floors of the Underwater Room rest above the surface of the water, while the bedroom sits four meters beneath. (Source)
7Floating Hotel with Catamaran, Serbia
The "Floating Hotel with Catamaran Apartments," by Salt & Water, an architecture and yacht design firm in Serbia, was recently named winner of the Millennium Yacht Design Awards and now has travelers itching to set sail in hard-to-reach rivers.
Each apartment or suite inside the water-based hotel is, in fact, a catamaran that can detach from the hotel dock and be navigated independently by its guest. The design allows access to smaller waterways that can't sustain cruise ships.
A cross between a boat and a cabin, each catamaran consists of a salon, a galley, a bathroom, a hall with storage space and a sleeping area, accommodating two to four people. Should the design take off, swimming, diving, fishing, and sunbathing will take place wherever one decides to moor a suite. (Source)
8King Pacific Lodge, Canada
Open from May to October, and moored in the shelter of Barnard Harbour on Royal Princess Island, the floating lodge is surrounded by the Great Bear Rainforest, which is flanked by centuries-old cedar trees and brimming with wildlife.
King Pacific Lodge is one of the most magnificent wilderness resorts on earth. Designed for absolute comfort, it features gourmet cuisine and deluxe accommodations in addition to its spectacular scenery. Opportunities abound to view humpback whales, orcas, bald eagles, sea lions, black bears, and, of course, the rare white Kermode bear. (Source)
9Six Senses, Maldives
The luxury Maldives resort is a combination of on-land and over-water villas constructed of sustainable materials and set around the palm-fringed paradise. (Source)
10Amazon Jungle Palace, Brazil
The floating Amazon Jungle Palace is the first ecological and luxury hotel complex in the Brazilian rainforest. It is located on the bench of the Negro River, 10 miles away from the international airport. The complex has 65 apartments, and it's one of the only jungle hotels in the Amazon that has a modern water treatment system, and garbage collection, as well as being the first to present a Contingency Plan developed by researchers at UniNorte Laureate University Center. (Source)