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White sand beaches, palm trees, and... fruity drinks with tiny umbrellas? Well, maybe not, but the following list of the world's best luxury beach resorts and hotels will certainly lead you to the fantasy coastal retreat you have been searching for.

These are the most luxurious beach resorts in the world, and the spots that our experts here at Five Star Alliance recommend most often. However, a word of caution - reading this list may induce lengthy episodes of day dreaming.

Cambridge Beaches

Sandys, Bermuda

The beaches and natural coves that surround the property are optimum for sun-bathing, swimming or snorkelling.

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Shutters on the Beach

Santa Monica, CA, United States

Los Angeles' only luxury oceanfront hotel, bask in the sun with the rich and famous.

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Las Ventanas

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico,

Among the most acclaimed resorts ever, Las Ventanas has redefined luxury and pampering, reaching out with special touches that are the hallmark of refined hospitality.

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Cap Juluca

Maundays Bay, Anguilla

Prepare yourself for days lounging on Cap Juluca's renowned two and a half miles of sugar soft sand.

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Carlisle Bay

St. Mary's, Antigua and Barbuda

Set on the unspoiled south coast of Antigua, Carlisle Bay is on one of the most stunning beaches on the island.

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Copacabana Palace

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Slip out of the hotel and walk directly onto Copacabana Beach, caipirinha in hand.

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Peter Island Resort


Peter Island, British Virgin Islands

Five secluded beaches surround the resort, located on the private island, bordered by coconut palms and filled with the ever-changing blues of Caribbean Sea and sky.

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La Samanna

French West Indes, Netherlands Antilles

You could take our word that this resort's crescent shaped beach is one of the finest in the world, but we recommend seeing it for yourself.

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Crete at is best, with blue water dappled with islands stretching out infront of you as far as the eye can see.

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Phuket, Thailand

The grace of Thai style villas and pavillions surounds you in luxury, while the beach beckons to you from only short distance away.

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Half Moon Bay

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Half Moon offers two intoxicating crescent-shaped beaches dotted with palm trees, and over 50 cool, freshwater pools that summon guests in for a quick dip or a languorous swim.

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Banyan Tree Seychelles

Mahe, Seychelles

Mahe offers the perfect introduction to the Seychelles with its steep mountain backbone slopes carpeted with lush tropical vegetation, and sweeping coastline fringed by palm trees.

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Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Wailea, Hawaii, United States

Gather at one of the world's finest resorts, and enjoy ever-sunny Wailea at its very best.

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Little Palm Island

Little Torch Key, FL, United States

A Private luxury resort with only 30 one-bedroom suites. All accommodations surround the perimeter of the island and have a clear water and natural white sand beach view.

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