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Overwater Bungalows Come to the Caribbean

(photo: Instagram/@kelly_klassen_tpi)

Overwater bungalows—which are almost de rigueur at luxurious South Pacific resorts—have finally made their way to the Caribbean. 

El Dorado Maroma resort on Mexico's Riviera Maya has unveiled 30 new "palafitos" dubbed the "first and only over-ocean bungalows in Latin America." 

Each 600-square-foot thatched-roof hut features an open-concept interior with glass floor panels for peering into the turquoise ocean. Steel and concrete have been used in the construction to make sure each unit can withstand hurricanes.

Outside, guests can jump straight into the water from private swimming platforms or take a dip in freshwater pools on private decks.

The resort's claim to overwater exclusivity in the Caribbean won't last long—the Sandals Royal Caribbean in Jamaica will unveil five overwater villas of its own next month.