Drift Into Vacation Bliss At These Floating Hotels

Floating hotels are the perfect getaway for those who love the water. With your room located on top of glimmering waters, rest and relaxation comes with ease. These are the best floating hotels around the world.

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India

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The Lake Palace was built in the 1740s, by Maharana Jagat Singh II (62nd successor to the royal dynasty of Mewar) as a winter palace. Today, it is a luxury hotel with 83 rooms and suites. The hotel, with its pristine white facade, has been nicknamed “Venice of the East.” Speedboat transports guests from the hotel to the mainland. Many James Bond fans would also recognize this Palace as the home Octopussy.

FloatHouse River Kwai Resort, Thailand

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This boutique, eco-friendly resort is located on the Kwai river in Western Thailand. The resort boast 12 villas, composed mainly from teakwood and bamboo, feature a spacious common rooms, private terrace and sun bathing deck. The resort is surrounded by the river and lush forests so you will feel completely secluded. The only way to even reach the resort is by boat.

Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives


Gili Lankanfushi was the first floating resort built in the Maldives. The resort consists of 44 sustainable villas that boast both rooftop and overwater sundecks. The resort has one philosophy “No news, no shoes,” meaning leave all your worries at home.

Punta Caracol Acqua-Lodge, Panama

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Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge in Panama features 8 luxurious overwater bungalows. Each bungalows sits on the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea and are connected via a wooden walkway. Each villa is 2 stories and includes a private sundeck. The resort offers various day tours including tours of the Bocas del Toro archipelago, ford rainforest rivers, and native Indian villages.

King Pacific Lodge, Canada


If you love the water, but prefer a more mild temperature and less tropical atmosphere, then King Pacific Lodge is the floating hotel for you. The resort is located amongst clear lakes and the dense nature of the Great Bear Rainforest. There are 17 suites located at the resort that offer sweeping views of the surrounding lakes and nature.