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The tropical overwater bungalow – long a symbol of relaxation and luxury – turns 50

The overwater bungalow – that iconic symbol of the paradisiacal tropical vacation, standing in clear blue water on stilt legs – turns the big five-oh this year. The thatched huts, often outfitted with such luxury amenities as plunge pools and glass floors to better see the fish below, are a staple on the bucket lists and Pinterest boards of aspirational travelers the world over. Yet their origin lies in a surprisingly prosaic exercise in problem-solving.

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