Due to this sort of luxury, overwater bungalows are one of the most expensive room categories in the world. They're also crazy unique. You can get upgraded to a presidential suite in a hotel but, I mean, c'mon. You're still just stuck in a room inside a building.
Since overwater villas became a thing in the 1970s, when the first string of thatch-roof bungalows over crystal-clear lagoons debuted in the South Pacific, hoteliers have built relatively few of them. They’re also generally in tropical, hard-to-reach destinations like Bora Bora and the Maldives, where the sea is Xanax calm with little to no monster waves or tides. These are places that, for the most part, are exempt from hurricanes, cyclones, and other natural disasters. Almost no one can afford them, and they're typically motivated by a romantic splurge or plain ol' baller status. The few that do exist, then, are the perfect lodging in perfect parts of the world. Take, for example, the Maldives resort Jumeirah Vittaveli, where the bungalows are massive bi-level suites that float in the middle of the ocean and require a boat to reach. You can practically smell the money you're burning while you're there, but you'll never forget a moment of it.