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The tropical overwater bungalow turns 50

Created in the South Pacific by the Bali Hai boys, the design has since become a worldwide phenomenon

Above: The original overwater bungalows, built in 1967, were inspired by the vernacular thatched-roof fishing huts.

Above, from left: Hugh Kelley, Jay Carlisle and Don "Muk" McCallum at the Hotel Bali Hai Moorea in the 1960s.


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...

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