Top ‘Floating’ Hotels In The World

A great hotel isn’t all that hard to come by. But a great hotel that floats on the water?  That’s something to write home about!  If your travel plans have you heading to some of the more gorgeous bodies of water that our planet has to offer, why not kick your vacation up to the next level and book a hotel right on top of the water. Here are some of the best floating hotels in the world.

Gili Lankanfushi


Truly a paradise in the Indian Ocean, Gili Lankanfushi offers 47 villas right on top of the water. You can spend your day chilling in the lagoon or hanging out on your deck. Finish off your day by hiring a private chef to cook your dinner or you can check out the menu at the on-property restaurant.

Zambezi Queen

Botswana and Namibia

This option will allow you to check off two items on your vacation bucket list at once. You can stay in a floating hotel and get a safari experience at the same time. The Zambezi Queen is located on the Chobe River, right next to the Chobe National Park. The hotel is actually four houseboats, complete with all of the amenities you’d expect from a high-end hotel. There’s also a dining room and lounge, and perhaps the best feature is the safari you can take directly from the water.



Staying true to traditional Japanese design, Guntu is a simplistic floating hotel on the Seto Inland Sea. There are 19 rooms that boast private balconies and amazing views of the surrounding water. Guests can also sip a cocktail inside or on a deck overlooking the water, as well as indulge in the hotel’s traditional tea room.

The Float House River Kwai Resort


The River Kwai in Thailand offers some amazing views and opportunities to view the local wildlife. Now you can stay right on the river in a floating villa. You’ll have to take a boat to the location, as it can’t be reached by land. Once there, relax in the hotel’s custom teak furniture and experience one of the most remote and relaxing vacations you’re ever likely to take.

OFF Paris Seine Hotel & Bar


You may not think of Paris as being a prime spot for a floating hotel but the OFF Paris Seine Hotel & Bar offers an experience like no other in France’s most popular travel destination. The floating hotel comes complete with 54 different rooms, including an amazing Sunset Suite, as well as a bar, plunge pool and marina, just in case you want to arrive by boat.