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Forget Bora Bora, These Awesome Overwater Bungalows Are Much Closer

Time to add a new destination to your vacation bucket list.

If you love the idea of staying in a private overwater villa but dread a 20-hour flight to Bora Bora, you may be in luck. For U.S. residents, personal paradise will get a whole lot closer when the Viceroy Bocas del Toro Panama opens in 2021.

Enjoy The ‘Laid-Back’ Caribbean Lifestyle

Situated near the border of Costa Rica, Bocas del Toro is an archipelago off the coast of Panama. And, while the resort is brand new, the archipelago itself has a rich history — past, ahem, “visitors” include Christopher Columbus in 1502 and even 17th-century pirates.

Today, the region is best known for its laid-back Caribbean lifestyle and massive banana plantations.

banana tree photo
Flickr | choyaw99

With the opening of the Viceroy Bocas del Toro, it will now be known as a luxury resort destination as well. Only accessible by boat, seaplane or helicopter, the resort will span 457 acres of coastline and include 186 guest rooms, with 42 private overwater villas.

Viceroy

Much like your Tahitian fantasies, these overwater villas will feature breathtaking vistas of the ocean, each with its own private pool and direct access to the water via deck.

If lounging all day in your own private hut isn’t enough, guests can also enjoy plenty of island adventures. The resort will offer zip-lining, snorkeling, sailing, paddle boarding, cycling, hiking and deep sea fishing.

The archipelago, situated in the San San Pond Sak wetlands, provides an ideal spot for bird watching, too.

Adobe

Walk Along Private Beaches And The Rainforest

The resort will include three full miles of private beach along with an adjacent rainforest, so you can spend your time bouncing back and forth between relaxation and adventure.

Viceroy

Keeping Nature Beautiful With Eco-Friendly Technology

According to a press release, the resort will also be eco-friendly. It will allow only electric cars, run off sustainable technologies and landscape with indigenous plants. The picture below shows the main building complete with an infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Nice view, right?

Viceroy

How Much Will It Cost To Experience This Piece of Paradise?

Viceroy hasn’t opened reservations just yet, so no word on cost.

As a comparison, a one-bedroom overwater suite at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora starts around $1,600 a night.

bora bora photo
Flickr | Benoit Mahe

But you can find other overwater bungalows around the world, from Malaysia to Mexico and even the Bora Bora’s French Polynesian neighbor Tahiti, for less than half that price.

tahiti photo
Flickr | jonrawlinson

As for the Viceroy, at least we have a few years to save our pennies and start planning our once-in-a-lifetime trip.

If you think this is cool, check out this floating hotel off the coast of Tanzania: