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Best Beach Resorts 2014

Take sun, add sand, surf, and beach. Add sunscreen, a swimsuit, a towel, you, and then relax. These world's best luxury beach resorts and hotels offer all that and more. The top luxury beachfront and ocean resorts feature ocean views, private beaches, fine dining right on the sand, and private villas with plunge pools. Eco-Resorts and remote locations are prime spots for beach vacations, but beaches can be found in big cities such as Sydney and Los Angeles as well. There's also dozens of beach resorts and hotels in the Caribbean and Asia. Others prefer to sunbathe in the US, Mexico, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Central and South America. Whatever continent or country you choose for your getaway, there's sure to be a beach nearby (except maybe Antarctica). Dive into the surf at these top luxury beach resorts or spend time at a private plunge pool. Some luxury beach resorts are family-friendly, but if you'd like a more grown-up getaway, there's a plethora of luxury adults-only beach resorts to choose from. Beach vacations are a year-round activity, just follow the sun for some warmth, surfing, snorkeling, water-skiing, boating, sailing, jet-skiing, scuba-diving, and other oceanic activities. Bring your swimsuit and your sunscreen for your luxury beach vacation at one of the beach hotels on our World’s Best Beach Resorts and Hotels list. Our World's Best Beach Resorts and Hotels list is all hot beaches and cool locations.
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Acqualina Resort and Spa | Sunny Isles Beach, FL, United States

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach epitomizes the sophistication of a Mediterranean villa combined with the beautiful oceanfront location on Florida's Riviera. Located on 4.5 beachfront acres with 400 feet of Florida's stunning Atlantic Ocean coastline, this Miami Beach luxury resort features 188 residences, 98 impeccable hotel...


Belmond Copacabana Palace | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Opened in 1923, Belmond Copacabana Palace's impressive stucco-fashioned edifice is Rio's most traditional and luxurious hotel. This landmark was designed by the French architect Joseph Gire who was inspired by two hotels, the Negresco in Nice and the Carlton in Cannes. Since opening the hotel has had only two owners, the Guinle...


Fregate Island Private Seychelles | Fregate Island, Seychelles

Four degrees south of the equator, Fregate is an island of outstanding natural beauty; giant granite boulders rise from the powdery white sand of seven beaches, protected by granite barriers. Construction of the resort was subject to strict regulations to safeguard the environment and the preservation and protection of the island's...


Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit | Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico

The luxurious tropical all-inclusive getaway, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, is located in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico on the magnificent Banderas Bay offering luxury, all ocean view accommodations and AAA 5 diamond award-winning hospitality and service that is second to none. The world-class SPA, winner of the Conde Nast "Most Excellent...


Hillside Beach Club | Fethiye, Mugla, Turkey

One of the most popular resort hotels in Turkey, Hillside Beach Club is a first class international destination for families and couples alike. Situated on its own private bay and surrounded by pine trees, the resort is cleverly arranged to be in harmony with the natural environment. Whether guests need to wind down and relax...


Le Sereno St. Barth's | St. Barth's, Saint Barthelemy

Designed by famed Parisian designer Christian Liaigre, it's the much anticipated reincarnation of the iconic Sereno Beach Hotel. As reinvented by Liaigre, Le Sereno is an intimate, elegant sanctuary? A beachfront gem with 37 exquisitely furnished suite and villas. It's located on the east end of the island along 180 meters (600 feet)...


Palazzo Versace | Gold Coast, Australia

Creating choice and trends in fashion and home style is Donatella Versace's passion. To extend the signature label into a landmark hotel, Donatella brings together inspirations and influences from around the globe - refelcting past and present, classical and contemporary. Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast Australia. An exquisite destination,...


Santa Caterina | Amalfi, Italy

A late 19th century liberty style villa immersed in the beautiful scenery of the Amalfi Coast, an elegant seaside residence surrounded by the perennial blue of the Mediterranean sea and sky, by luscious bougainvillea and by lovingly cultivated olive groves and fruit orchards. This is Hotel Santa Caterina of Amalfi, a special place...


Shutters On The Beach | Santa Monica, CA, United States

Los Angeles' Only Luxury Oceanfront Hotel, Shutters On The Beach Offers The Ultimate California Experience. The Hotel Evokes A Sense Of Comfortable Elegance That One Would Find In A Grand Yet Unpretentious Beach Home, While Affording Panoramic Views Of The Pacific Ocean And California Coastline.



The LaLiT Goa (formerly the InterContinental The LaLiT Goa Resort) is one of the most exquisite, beautiful and secluded Goa beach resort. It is also the largest property in Goa in terms of area and as well as number of suites offered. The Portuguese style architecture with an elegant blend of Goan culture at this 5 star resort...


The Nam Hai | Dien Ban District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam

Designed with serenity in mind, Vietnamese culture and hospitality take center stage at The Nam Hai. All 100 villas at The Nam Hai front the beach and enjoy private gardens with outdoor showers and the finest appointments. In the pool villas, individual butler service assures every wish is fulfilled. The resort features one...


The Reefs | Southampton, Bermuda

Stroll the secluded pink sand beach and gaze out into the clear turquoise Atlantic waters. Discover the tranquility of The Reefs Hotel & Club, two incomparable Bermuda vacation experiences. The Reefs, renowned for its intimate setting, fine dining and legendary hospitality, continues to earn international acclaim as the best...


The Wickaninnish Inn | Tofino, BC, Canada

Located on Vancouver Island's magnificently rugged west coast, the Wickaninnish Inn is minutes from the picturesque township of Tofino. The Inn is situated on a rocky promontory at the westernmost point of Chesterman Beach, at the gateway to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and the renowned beauty of Clayoquot Sound. Surrounded...


Turtle Bay Resort | Oahu, HI, United States

Turtle Bay Resort has almost five miles of beachfront that includes the beauty of Kawela Bay, Bay View Beach Lawn and of course Turtle Bay. Only 45 minutes from the high pulse and energy of Honolulu, our guests enjoy the natural tranquility of the North Shore lifestyle and spectacular ocean views from every one of the magnificent...


Wanakarn Beach Resort and Spa | Thaimuang Beach, Phang nga, Thailand

Wanakarn Beach Resort & Spa, a proud member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux, is situated on 15 acres of pristine beachfront land facing endless white beaches and the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea. Set in a tranquil and peaceful environment it offers the discerning traveler complete relaxation and an escape from the outside...