Check out the 5 Overwater Bungalows that are now available to guests at the popular Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Built on an offshore island from the main resort building, they are accessible by a boat ride.
An interesting (and definitely modern) adaptation on gladiator sandals are those that extend to the knee. They are now for fashion, not function, and are a statement piece. Ankle gladiators are also popular.