With views like this, the only reason to leave your deck is to jump in with a snorkel.

By Nina Ruggiero
March 01, 2020
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Whether in the Maldives or the Caribbean, overwater accommodations are incredibly romantic. Just imagine stepping out of bed to dip your toes in a turquoise sea, or watching the stars at night to the soundtrack of lapping waves.

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Now, imagine all that plus waking up among bungalows that have been arranged to form a heart over the Caribbean Sea.

The overwater bungalows at Jamaica's Sandals South Coast are the grand finale to an overwater trifecta at the sprawling resort: the bar, Latitudes, is encircled by hammocks hanging mere feet above the sea, and the pristine, white and glass Over the Water Chapel is an unforgettable wedding venue.

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Credit: Courtesy of Sandals South Coast

About a 90-minute drive on roads that wind through Montego Bay's vibrant green hills, Sandals South Coast, which underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation last year, is filled with lively, familiar tropical resort scenes: poolside volleyball, cabanas in the sand, swim-up bars, catamarans, and paddle boarders. But down a long wooden dock that leads straight to the tip of the heart, the 12 thatched-roof bungalows feel a world away.

With water views from every angle, from the kitchenette and entryway to the king-sized bed to the glass floor and indoor-outdoor shower, there's nothing between you and paradise.

The highlight is the outdoor deck — the perfect launching point for jumping right in with a snorkel — if you can get yourself off the oversized hammock, up from the loungers, and, undoubtedly most difficult of all, out of the luxuriously deep soaking tub.

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Fit for two, the tub has a perfect view of the marine life, be it funny-faced needlefish or diving pelicans, of the horizon to enjoy a Caribbean sunset, and of the sky, so you can gaze up at the stars each night.

The bungalows come with around-the-clock butler service, and your butler will draw a bubble and rose petal-topped bath for you to come home to any night you wish.

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Rates start at $1,078 per person per night, including all meals (whether that's room service or dining at the resort's nine restaurants), beverages (including a stocked in-room bar), unlimited water sports like scuba diving and snorkeling, fitness classes, and VIP, expedited airport services and transfers. Bookings can be made online.