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Best Beach Resorts 2016

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Bring your swimsuit and your sunscreen for your luxury beach vacation. Our World's Best Beach Resorts lists features all the top surf and sand worldwide. These 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. 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. Our picks for World's Best Beach Resorts are 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...


Aman Sveti Stefan | Budva, Montenegro

Aman Sveti Stefan is located in the centre of Montenegro’s Adriatic coastline, south of Budva and between the villages of Pržno and Sveti Stefan. The site incorporates two kilometres of coastline including the pink sandy beaches of Sveti Stefan, Miločer Beach and the famous Queen’s Beach which is backed by the resort’s...


Angsana Lang Co | Thua Thien, Hue Province, Vietnam

Set on a stunning 3-kilometer stretch of beachfront with a backdrop of the towering Truong Son (Annamite) Mountain Range, Angsana Lang Co, Central Vietnam is a refreshing mix of heritage and modernity. A part of the 280-hectare integrated resort of Laguna Lang Co, this contemporary hotel features brilliant scenes of unspoiled natural...


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...


Constance Tsarabanjina | Helville, Madagascar

Featuring azure blue water, powder soft beaches, and private bungalows fenced by tropical plants, choose from one of the 25 Beach Villas at Constance Tsarabanjina. From ecological thatch roofing to unspoilt clear water, Constance Tsarabanjina is a unique resort. All villas are built and decorated in simple tones with a hint of Constance...


D Maris Bay | Marmaris, Mugla, Turkey

Set high up on the hillside in the stunning reservation of the Datca Peninsula, D Maris Bay exceeds all expectations with its spectacular and breath-taking views of the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, small islands, five natural private beaches, luscious pine forests, and volcanic mountain ranges. As the first resort hotel in Turkey...


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Four Seasons Maui At Wailea | Wailea, HI, United States

Set along the southwest coast of Maui, the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea completed a floor-to-ceiling renovation of guest rooms and suites in 2016. Providing a sleek oceanfront setting, the property has two new lawns for events, redesigned oceanfront sanctuaries, and a renovated pool area. Designed by Wimberley Interiors, guest...


Grand Solmar Land's End Resort | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Fringing the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, Grand Solmar Land's End Resort charms travelers with its prime ocean views and Mexican-inspired decor. Thoughtfulness and thoroughness are the trademarks of the Grand Solmar. Every detail was considered right down to the intricate designs in the walkways, the stone entries to the...


Hotel Quinta Do Lago | Algarve, Portugal

The Hotel Quinta do Lago, is situated in the Resort of Quinta do Lago in the Algarve, next to the Formosa Estuary (Ria Formosa) and the sea, in the very heart of the Ria Formosa Nature Park. A member of the “Leading Hotels of the World” since 1988, the Hotel Quinta do Lago is considered one of the most prestigious five-star...


Indura Beach and Golf Resort | Tela, Atlantida, Honduras

Indura Beach & Golf Resort is situated on the northern coastline of Honduras in an area known as Tela Bay, a setting rich in biodiversity with its protected national parks, pristine coral reefs, and blue lagoons. Indura was designed to merge with the area's scenic landscape, where a spectacular backdrop of mountains and tropical...


LUX * Maldives South Ari Atoll | South Ari Atoll, Maldives

Whether seeking a peaceful hideaway or active adventure, the picture-perfect island of Dhidhoofinolhu is home to LUX* Maldives South Ari Atoll (formerly LUX Maldives), a luxury resort where your fantasy of a laid-back, desert island paradise is about to come true. There, you’ll discover 193 private villas, dotted at the water’s...


The Andaman Langkawi | Langkawi, Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia

The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort Langkawi is located in an idyllic tropical setting on Malaysia's Langkawi Island amongst ancient rain forest and the Datai Bay. Located on the northwest of Langkawi, The Andaman is home to rare wildlife, flora, and a fringing coral reef. With 178 spacious rooms in this one-of-a-kind...


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...


Tiamo Resort | South Andros Island, Bahamas

When you are ready to get away from everything, the magnificent accommodations on Tiamo Resort await. The Pool and Island Breeze cottages lead directly to the beach, allowing refreshing sea breezes to cool the body, warm the soul, and set the mood for ultimate relaxation. For extra privacy and luxury the breathtaking Exclusive Pool...