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If you feel as if you’ve been walking on water since you said ‘I do,’ these four properties—in surprising locales—will keep the feeling going.


Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

RISE TO THE OCCAISON Take a boat to say “I do” at the new wedding pavilion at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru. 

Overwater bungalows may well be the most romantic rooms on Earth. Imagine diving from your backdoor or off your front porch into the sea. Envision eating breakfast delivered by canoe from the other side of a lagoon. Dream of gazing down at a window in your living room floor, which frames colorful schools of fish. Predominant in the South Pacific, these suites-on-stilts have started to crop up in other parts of the world too. Excited to celebrate your new life together in a cottage that crowns the waves? What about taking your vows in a chapel with no land in sight? There’s a whole world of uncommon options out there.

The Maldives are a long way from home. But, you’ll know why you bothered the minute you step off a seaplane at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru. Occupying its own island and surrounded by the Indian Ocean’s jaw-dropping hues of blue, the resort is scattered across lengths of bone-white sand. On one end, down a wooden boardwalk, the overwater suites beckon. Choose between sunrise or sunset views and plan to enjoy the net-covered portion of the deck for maximum repose. With an ayurvedic-focused spa that seems to float above this UNESCO Biosphere marine landscape (spot fish in the facedown portion of your massage), and a brand-new overwater wedding pavilion, which encompasses enough space for 16 guests in addition to the newlyweds, bridal couples will be entranced by the largesse of this faraway destination. Water Villa rates from $1,500 per night

Loched and Loaded
Some honeymooners prefer the lake life. If the sound of an island vacation or a jaunt on a beach isn’t appealing, Hotel Palafitte, near Geneva in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, will solve your dilemma. Poised on Lake Neuchâtel, the artistic hotel is the only overwater property in Europe. The showstopper has state-of-art amenities and consists of pavilions that cap the water, facing tremendous views of the Alps. Inspired by the homes-on-stilts that housed the lake’s ancient inhabitants 6,000 years ago, Hotel Palafitte has an otherworldly ambience. With floor-to-ceiling windows, each suite has a deck meant to lure you to leap into the glacial waters at will. Nearby hiking and tourist towns pose plenty to do, but many will linger at the property’s restaurant, La Table de Palafitte, an homage to local cuisine. Hobnob late at night at its tony bar while tippling absinthe—a liqueur first created in the region in the 18th century. Room rates from $410

First and Foremost
Maroma Beach, a smidge south of Cancun, gets accolades for its gin-clear waters. Now, you can frolic above them in Mexico’s first property with oversea suites. Created as a hotel within a hotel, this exclusive portion of the all-inclusive El Dorado Maroma by Karisma bears the name Palafitos—and offers a seductive alternative to the high-rise Cancun vacation experience. In the first phase of 30 overwater suites, Palafitos spoils couples with transparent floors and direct ladder access to the turquoise expanse. Add in extras, such as the floating Náay Spa Over the Ocean, with its four opulent suites (delve into local lore with the indigenously derived Mayan body treatment), and the Over Water Ocean Grill & Wine Bar, and you may never come to shore. Room rates from $950 per adult per night

Las Lagunas Quexil Lagoon

VIEW TO THRILL A waterfront master suite at Las Lagunas overlooks the exotic Quexil Lagoon. 

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It won’t simply be the water below crooning its lullaby at night at Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel, a swank eco-lodge in the Peten Jungle of Guatemala. Atop the Quexil Lagoon, you’ll also hear birds chirping (more than 150 species of them), frogs croaking, howler monkeys hooting—and perhaps even the purrs of jaguars and ocelots who roam the private reserve some distance from your bungalow. Ensconced in this leafy haven, the 19 villas, built from sustainable pine, boast rustic-chic architecture, first-class modern amenities and handcrafted furniture made from local wood. A full-service spa and new swimming pools ensure Las Lagunas to be the area’s luxe life leader. Suite rates from $340 per night