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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.

Acqualina Resort and Spa | Sunny Isles Beach, United States

Acqualina Resort and Spa

Located on 4.5 beachfront acres with 400 feet of Florida's stunning Atlantic Ocean coastline, this luxury resort features 188 residences and 98 impeccable hotel rooms and suites. World-class luxury hotel amenities include three oceanfront restaurants, three oceanfront swimming pools, 20,000 ESPA oceanfront spa, and an innovative marine biology-based children's program. Acqualina is five minutes from Bal Harbour Shops and a short drive to South Beach.

Belmond Copacabana Palace | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Belmond Copacabana Palace

This impressive stucco edifice is Rio's most traditional and luxurious hotel. The suites conjure the glamourous elegance of a time when Marlene Dietrich and Orson Welles were guests of the hotel. Offering gourmet cuisine, the Copacabana Palace is a memorable dining experience. With a long established reputation for exceptional service, it is the first choice for VIPs. It is situated on a prime location in front of the famed Copacabana beach.

Fregate Island Private Seychelles | Fregate Island, Seychelles

Fregate Island Private Seychelles

This luxury island resort has 7 beaches. Each of the beaches – one of which offers absolute privacy – has its own unique character and atmosphere. The Indian Ocean is a treasure trove for sports and activities. If you wish to scuba dive by day or night, the diving staff knows all the best spots and there are PADI certified diving courses for all levels. A range of sailing, surfing, and kayaking equipment is available.

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit | Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

A 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. The Golden Sand beach is 200 meters long and the resort offers snorkeling, kayaking, boogie boarding, water polo, tennis, paddle tennis, and introductory scuba diving classes.

Hillside Beach Club | Fethiye, Turkey

Hillside Beach Club

Situated on a private bay, the resort is designed to be in harmony with the natural environment. With the sea on the doorstep, activities from scuba diving to wakeboarding are on offer. At the Main Beach, floating decks are just a few strokes away from shore, or you can cruise along in kayaks. At adults-only Silent Beach, guests can relax in a tranquil cell-phone free spot. Serenity Beach is only located via a 650 meter path through a natural forest.

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

Le Sereno St. Barth

St. Barth's hallmark is its world-renowned and pristine white-sand beaches. Protected by environmental laws, most beaches in St. Barth remain as beautiful and serene as they did hundreds of years ago. Le Sereno is the perfect home to experience St. Barth's beaches. Beyond the beach and pool, the bay at Grand Cul de Sac is ideal for swimming, snorkeling, kite surfing, windsurfing and paddle boarding. You can also go for a walk along the bay.

Palazzo Versace | Gold Coast, Australia

Palazzo Versace

The world's first Versace hotel has a private marina on a historic site at the edge of the Gold Coast's Broadwater. The Gold Coast's magnificent waterways and white sandy beaches have established it worldwide as a resort destination. The five star marina offers direct access to the seaway and the Pacific Ocean. In this premier playground, blue water yachting, magnificent fishing and diving, surfing, or lazing on the golden beaches all await.

Santa Caterina | Amalfi, Italy

Santa Caterina

Nestled in one of the most beautiful corners of the Amalfi Coast, Hotel Santa Caterina's Beach Club is where guests relax, soaking up the Mediterranean sun and swimming in the heated pool filled with sea water. It is easy to access by way of two comfortable elevators carved in to the rock face. The swimming pool area is reserved for use by hotel guests. Sun-loungers, deck chairs, beach umbrellas, towels, changing rooms, and showers are provided.

Shutters On The Beach | Santa Monica, United States

Shutters On The Beach

You've just found a beach hotel that is everything you want, right on the Pacific ocean. When you book a room at this Santa Monica hotel, you are reserving any or all of the following: Malibu to Manhattan Beach bike path, volleyball, beach side spa, or yoga on the sand. For lounging, there's a pool deck with spectacular ocean views. For those more energetic, surfing lessons or a ride on a beach cruiser will bring out your inner-Californian.

The LaLiT Golf and Spa Resort Goa

Located along the western coast of India, The LaLiT Golf & Spa Resort Goa is built on 85 acres of land and offers a breathtaking view lapped by the Arabian Sea with a unique confluence of the Talpone River to its left, it's tributary to the right, cradled by the majestic Sahyadari range and a kilometer long exclusive beachfront.Colva Beach is the longest beach in Goa. Guests can enjoy water sports or relax and enjoy snacks at Benaulim Beach.

The Nam Hai | Dien Ban District, Vietnam

The Nam Hai

This all villa resort located on pristine Hoi An Beach features one-to-five bedroom residences with private infinity pools. Resort guests and residence enjoy impeccable service amid lush landscaping and unobstructed views of the sea. All villas front the beach and enjoy private gardens with outdoor showers. Guests can scuba dive and snorkel among vibrant marine life around the Cham Islands, or can earn a PADI certificate.

The Reefs | Southampton, Bermuda

The Reefs

Discover the tranquility of The Reefs Hotel, where an expanse of pink sand rises from turquoise waters and stretches to the limestone cliffs. Warmed by the sun and the Gulf Stream, the air is free of tropical heat. Paddle boards, beach towels, snorkeling equipment, food and beverage service, and kayaks are provided. Boating, glass-bottom boat tours, reef fishing and snorkeling, and scuba diving are water sports available on the island.

The Wickaninnish Inn | Tofino, Canada

The Wickaninnish Inn

Surrounded by the ocean on three sides with an old growth forest as a backdrop, the romantic Wickaninnish Inn offers panoramic views of the Pacific, nearby islands and Chesterman Beach. All rooms have beach views, fireplaces, soaker tubs, and balconies. The Ancient Cedars Spa relaxes and the Pointe Restaurant offers ocean front dining. Guests can witness a winter storm, bask in the warmth of a summer day, or explore nature's magic in a tidal pool.

Turtle Bay Resort | Oahu, United States

Turtle Bay Resort

The only resort destination on Oahu's Fabled North Shore, 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. The resort is separated from Waikiki by an hour's drive and the Ko'olau Range. Every cottage and guest room has spectacular ocean views. At Turtle Bay you will discover luxurious amenities, exceptional service and unforgettable natural beauty.

Wanakarn Beach Resort and Spa | Thaimuang Beach, Thailand

Wanakarn Beach Resort and Spa

Wanakarn Beach Resort & Spa is situated on 15 acres of pristine beachfront land, facing white beaches and the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea. For lazy hours in the sun there are two beaches to choose from plus the large infinity-edge main pool, all serviced by staff offering wellness service with cool towels, cold water, and chilled fruits.The grounds are a natural botanical garden and utmost care is taken to preserve the environment.