Many of the best resorts on on this island cling to the inside of the ring reef, as opposed to sitting on the island, where visitors are even more divorced from reality than they would be onshore. Space around the reef is obviously limited so water bungalows have become a necessity, not a luxury. Though they are luxurious too!
Tourist accommodation is mostly in over-water bungalows – some with glass floors so guests can watch marine life drift below- though quality and price differs considerably. Bargains are hard to find but book well ahead for the off-season and discounts will appear. We’ve never been there as we are budget travellers, so the extravagant room terrace photo is of and by the Four Seasons hotel.