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17 Float-Tastic Venues Around The World

From sauna boats to waterfront chapels to safari cruises, we’re covering all the venues that float. We’ve wandered the coast of Indonesia, tiny Australian islands and the Netherlands too. Whether you’re looking for a quick getaway or a place to grab a sunset cocktail, we’ve got a little something that’s guaranteed to help you get your float on.
 
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Satellite Island

Tasmania, Australia
Set just off the coast of Tasmania, you can have this entire island to yourself. Well, you plus the many visiting dolphins, oysters, albatross, sea eagles, quail and even the occasional deer. With accommodations in a summer house, a boathouse and a bell tent, this is the ultimate group getaway for up to 8 float-happy guests.
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Four Seasons Resort Bora Boralearn more

With huts floating just above the glistening turquoise waters of Bora Bora, this Four Seasons resort is a real showstopper. Go because you can get married in a waterfront chapel, stay because the honeymoon would be epic, and visit for anniversaries because it’s just that gorgeous.
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Grand Banks

New York, New York
Who doesn’t love a floating oyster bar in the summertime? Hop on board this awesome boat for fresh shucked oysters, all the rosé you can handle and a cruise around the New York Harbor.
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Soneva Janilearn more

    A forever fave of the Maldives, Soneva Jani is a resort made up of huts that float above a crystal clear lagoon. Major highlight? The rooftops of these huts are retractable and can be opened up to gaze at the night sky in all its starry glory.
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    Amanikanlearn more

    No place does beach life quite like Indonesia, and this gorgeous vessel visits all the beaches, mangroves and lagoons you can handle. With three luxury cabins on board, you can book out this little cruiser with a group of your besties.
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    Le Plongeoir

    Nice, France
    A restaurant that hovers on a pillar of rock above the sea, this French dining spot is an awesome place to perch up for sunset cocktails along the coast of Nice.
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    Amandiralearn more

    A luxury sailboat with accommodations for up to 8 of your favorite “I’m on a boat” comrades, Amandira sails entirely based around your demands. Bail? Why not!
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    Malibu Farmlearn more

    Set at the end of the Malibu pier, this farm-centric dining spot floats just above the Pacific. Check it out for sunset cocktails and an unforgettable meal with friends.
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    Pumphouse Pointlearn more

    Set right along Lake Saint Clair in Tasmania, this luxury lodge on the water is perfectly picturesque. With just 18 rooms, you could easily book the whole spot out for a big soiree by the water.
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    Ovolo Woolloomooloo

    Sydney, Australia
    Crushworthy rooms are all the rage at this art-savvy Sydney hotel. Set on the harbor in Potts Point, this hotel on a pier features gorgeous views of the famed harbor and nearby naval ships.
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    Salt & Sill

    Tjörn, Sweden
    Hotel. Boatel. Call it what you like, but Salt and Sill is a collection of 6 two-story houses built on floating pontoons overlooking Sweden’s Bohusian archipelago. A stay at this spot will have you noshing on amazing seafood and you may even find yourself aboard a boat with a sauna.
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    Belmond Afloat in Francelearn more

    Belmond offers a few floating experiences throughout France. These small cruisers drift along some of France’s most famous waterways, from the Canal du Midi to the vineyards and villages of Burgundy, or charming Provence.
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    Alexa Private Cruiseslearn more

    Docked near Bali, this vessel can be guided anywhere you’d like. Go surfing in Sumbawa, trekking and diving in Komodo National Park, or swimming with dolphins in the Flores Sea. Catch your own fish for dinner and watch the on-deck chef cook it up. Honeymoon goals.
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    Zambezi Queenlearn more

    Safaris are cool on land, but how much cooler are they on water? Zambezi Queen is a 14-suite floating hotel that takes guests through the southern African wilderness, exploring the Chobe River between Namibia and Botswana.
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    La Calcina

    Venice, Itlay
    With a restaurant that sits right on the Giudecca Canal in Venice, La Calcina has that old school Italian charm about it. Gaze out at the water while you sip an afternoon spritzer and chat with your travel companions.
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    Coasterra

    San Diego, California
    Set just along the San Diego bay, Coasterra floats atop the water and serves up modern Mexican cuisine. Tacos and margs with a view? Si, señor. Count us in!
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    Limonade Fabriek

    Streefkerk, Netherlands
    A floating restaurant located on the harbor in Streefkirk, Limonade Fabriek is one of those amazing once-in-a-lifetime experiences. With absolutely divine food, an extensive wine list, great views of the harbor, and stunning guestrooms in which you can nurse the impending hangover, this spot will have you feeling floaty in no time at all.
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