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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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Angsana Velavaru | South Nilandhe Atoll (Dhaalu Atoll), Maldives See Hotel Details

Situated on a private island, Angsana Velavaru is an all-villa luxury resort in the Maldives. The oceanfront resort is set along the white sand beaches and turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. For accommodations, guests can choose from ocean villas sitting on stilts over the ocean, or land villas with supreme ocean views....


Five Star Alliance Perk:

Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a full breakfast daily in the resort restaurant, a $100 USD Food and Beverage per villa credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full), and complimentary WiFi. With a minimum stay of 3 nights, guests receive a complimentary 60-minute massage for up to two people, per villa, once during stay. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure: a room upgrade (not applicable to Spa Sanctuary Pool Villa, Velavaru Villa, Angsana Velavaru and Sanctuary InOcean Pool Villa), early check-in, and late check-out.

Banyan Tree Mayakoba | Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico See Hotel Details

A harmonious blend of nature and luxury, Banyan Tree Mayakoba takes the Caribbean lifestyle to new heights on Mexico's famous Riviera Maya coast. Opened in March 2009 to award-winning acclaim, welcome to your preferred new private pool villa escape. Situated within the private gated integrated resort development of Mayakoba,...


Five Star Alliance Perk:

All guests making reservations through Five Star Alliance will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily at Oriente Restaurant, a $100 food and beverage credit per Villa/per stay, preferential green fees at the PGA Championship Golf Course El Camaleon, and complimentary WiFi.

Beach Village at The Del | Coronado, CA, United States See Hotel Details

Nestled in the sparkling golden-sand of Coronado beach in sunny San Diego, Beach Village at The Del offers luxury beachfront accommodations and highly personalized service. This private enclave of residential-style cottages and villas is set within the iconic Hotel del Coronado. This luxury beach resort offers a unique combination...


Five Star Alliance Perk:

All reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include daily buffet breakfast for two, VIP services, and a $100 spa treatment credit per stay.

Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach | Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States See Hotel Details

The recently opened Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach is a luxury all-suite beachfront resort. Situated on the exclusive North Beach, the property overlooks the white sand beaches and blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Guests of the hotel can choose from two types of all-suite accommodations. Luxury Suites have contemporary design,...


Five Star Alliance Perk:

All reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive Continental breakfast for two daily at Terra Mare, and $100 resort credit per room/per stay (excluding at Terra Mare, resort fee, and parking).

Curtain Bluff | St. Johns, Antigua, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines See Hotel Details

Flanked by water on both sides, Curtain Bluff sits on a rocky promontory that juts into the sea between two beautiful beaches. One is calm, ideal for swimming and watersports; the other beach is washed by ocean surf. 72 rooms and suites, all with staggering seascape views, are spread out along the Surf Beach and up the bluff. There...


Five Star Alliance Perk:

All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will also receive a $100 resort credit per room, per stay

Dolphin Island | Rakiraki, Fiji Islands See Hotel Details

Providing the ultimate luxury castaway experience, Dolphin Island is a luxury retreat in the South Pacific. This 14-acre private retreat by the famed Huka Retreats is available on an exclusive-use basis for a maximum of eight people. Surrounded by crystal-clear waters, the resort is a short cruise from Viti Levu. On the island,...


Five Star Alliance Perk:

All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will also receive a hands on Fijian cooking class.

Eden Roc at Cap Cana | Punta Cana, Provincia la Altagracia, Dominican Republic See Hotel Details

Redefining luxury in the Dominican Republic, Eden Roc at Cap Cana, the only Relais & Châteaux hotel in the island, consists of 34 freestanding suites with private pools and stunning views. Eden Roc at Cap Cana offers extravagant amenities such as a full service spa, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course (Punta Espada) located nearby,...


Five Star Alliance Perk:
Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary $100 food and beverage credit, a bottle of Champagne, a fresh fruit platter welcome amenity, and full breakfast daily, included in the rate. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in: room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.
Edgewood Tahoe | Stateline, Nevada, United States See Hotel Details

Providing a world-class destination for adventure, Edgewood Tahoe is an alpine lodge amongst a storied setting. Ideal for adventure-seekers looking to explore the Sierras and those seeking to lounge or relax in a full-service spa, the resort offers personalized service, stewardship, and unparalleled accommodations. The Lodge...


Five Star Alliance Perk:

All reservations booked under the “5 Star Signature Package” rate or “Best Available Rate” receive buffet breakfast for two daily in the Bistro at Edgewood or through room service (max credit of $50 per room, per day), $100 Resort Credit per room/per stay, and Chef’s choice welcome amenity.

El Dorado Maroma | Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico See Hotel Details

El Dorado Maroma, a Beachfront Resort by Karisma, is set along one of the world’s top-rated beaches. Popular with couples, the adults-only property features an intimate scale, where the beach, pools, spa and guest rooms are a short stroll from one another. Accommodations at the resort include guest suites, some with swim-up...


Five Star Alliance Perk:
Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include $100 couples Sky Massage credit per room/per stay, $10 per day credit on wine (each coupon valid for one single purchase), daily full breakfast for each guest, a $60 credit towards one Candlelight Dinner on the Beach per room/per stay, and VIP welcome amenities.
El Dorado Seaside Suites | Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico See Hotel Details

Offering two distinct experiences within one resort, El Dorado Seaside Suites is an all-inclusive adults-only luxury resort. Overlooking the crystal-clear waters of Kantenah Bay, the property has personal concierges, beach butlers, and pool butlers. Divided into two sections, the Palms has authentic Mexican architecture, tropical...


Elounda Bay Palace | Elounda, Greece See Hotel Details

Featuring a tranquil setting at the edge of Mirabello Bay, Elounda Bay Palace Hotel is a luxury resort set amidst 20 acres of gardens on the northeastern edge of Crete. The award-winning resort combines personalized service, Crete's charms, and unique hospitality. With sun-swept beaches and panoramic sea views, Elounda Bay...


Five Star Alliance Perk:

All guests making reservations made through Five Star Alliance will receive the following complimentary amenities: a welcome seasonal fruit and beverage in the room upon arrival; full use of gym, sauna, hammam spa, and tennis courts; WiFi; and accommodation for children 0-8 years of age sharing with parents. For guests staying a minimum of five (5) nights, a 50 Euro voucher per adult, per stay will be available at The Espace Vitalité Chenot Elounda Beach Spa.

Elounda Beach Hotel and Villas | Crete, Lassithi, Greece See Hotel Details

Set upon 40 acres of colorful gardens along the northeastern coast, Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas includes several mini-resort-like clusters, like the Yachting Club, featuring state-of-the-art bungalows with electric sliding glass doors and retractable television screens, the Ambassador’s Bungalows with private gyms, and multi-room...


Five Star Alliance Perk:

All guests making reservations made through Five Star Alliance will receive the following complimentary amenities: a welcome seasonal fruit and beverage in the room upon arrival; full use of gym, sauna, hammam spa, and tennis courts; WiFi; and accommodation for children 0-8 years of age sharing with parents. For guests staying a minimum of five (5) nights, a 50 Euro voucher per adult, per stay will be available at The Espace Vitalité Chenot Elounda Beach Spa.

Grace Bay Club | Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands See Hotel Details

Grace Bay Club is a renowned Turks & Caicos resort where handmade Caribbean experiences are realized. Our oceanfront property immerses you in the art of living. Grace Bay Club is a timeless destination that blends exclusivity and privacy. Here, understated luxury and attentive, individualized service inspire relaxation and rejuvenation. Grace...


Five Star Alliance Perk:

All reservations booked with Five Star Alliance will also include full breakfast daily, a $100 resort credit per reservation for Junior Suites and Studios, $150 for One Bedroom Suites, $200 for Two Bedroom Suites, $250 for Three Bedroom Suites, and $300 for Four Bedroom Suites and Private Villas (not valid towards spa products, boutique, excursions or room rate).

Hotel Del Coronado | Coronado, CA, United States See Hotel Details

The iconic Hotel del Coronado is the world's choice for creating inDELible moments and connections. This majestic oceanfront beach resort engages the senses and its storied personality captivates the imagination of global guests and San Diego locals alike. Situated on America's most beloved beach, The Del is an iconic destination...


Five Star Alliance Perk:
All reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include daily buffet breakfast for two, VIP services, and a $100 spa treatment credit per stay.
Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik | Dubrovnik, Croatia See Hotel Details

Following an extensive renovation with revamped glamour, the Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik reopened in 2017. The landmark luxury hotel is housed within a former royal villa built in 1913, which provides west-facing views of the Old Town. Popular with diplomats and celebrities for decades, the iconic property is one of the most lavish...


Five Star Alliance Perk:
Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include a complimentary three course dinner for two once per stay (excludes alcoholic beverages) and complimentary entrance to the Wellness Center and Spa.
Jumeirah Al Naseem | Dubai, UAE See Hotel Details

Set within Madinat Jumeirah which combines Middle Eastern traditions with modern amenities, Jumeirah Al Naseem is a luxury resort offering a modern Dubai experience with lush gardens, expansive outdoor terraces, sand beach, and tranquil pockets of privacy. Featuring views to Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, the hotel’s interiors were...


Five Star Alliance Perk:

All reservations booked under the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily at The Palmery, one Swedish massage, for up to 2 people, once per stay, a welcome amenity, and an automatic room category upgrade at booking based on availability.

Ladera St. Lucia | Soufriere, Saint Lucia See Hotel Details

A thousand feet below, an intensely blue Caribbean Sea dashes against the volcanic Piton Mountains. Faintly scented tropical breezes cool your skin. Your private plunge pool beckons. Each offers fine linens, luxurious amenities and four-poster beds made of polished tropical hardwood. And each, deliberately without a fourth wall,...


Five Star Alliance Perk:

All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will also receive a $100 spa treatment credit per room/per stay, VIP status, and a welcome amenity.

Le Barthelemy Hotel and Spa | Saint-Barthelemy, French West Indies, Saint Barthelemy See Hotel Details

Blending Parisian chic with a relaxed beachfront setting, Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa is a luxury resort located on a crescent-shaped, white-sand beach. Set in the same inspiring location as the Grand Cul de Sac hotel, the property was transformed into an elegant beachfront retreat with local authenticity. Part of the Nature...


Five Star Alliance Perk:

All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance, excluding those that already include resort credits, will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily, a 100 Euro resort credit per room/per stay, and a welcome in-room amenity.

Little Polynesian Resort | Rarotonga, Cook Islands See Hotel Details

Ideal for couples and honeymooners, Little Polynesian Resort is an award-winning luxury resort on Titikaveka Beach. Steps from the white sands, the romantic retreat is one of Rarotonga's leading boutique resorts, with a luxurious and private setting. Set on one of the top beaches in the South Pacific, Little Polynesian Resort...


Five Star Alliance Perk:

All reservations booked with Five Star Alliance include tropical breakfast for each guest daily, NZ $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay, and a welcome gift.

Los Altos Resort | Quepos, Puntarenas, Costa Rica See Hotel Details

Perched along a mountain along the Pacific Ocean, Los Altos Resort is a luxury beach resort with a tranquil mountain setting. Featuring an open-air design, the resort combines five star amenities with direct access to the natural surroundings, including Costa Rica's Manuel Antonio National Park. The all-suite resort offers spacious...


Five Star Alliance Perk:

Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate  will also include daily breakfast for two, and $50 spa treatment, per room, per stay.

Monarch Beach Resort | Dana Point, CA, United States See Hotel Details

Perched on a golden hillside overlooking the azure waters of the Pacific, Monarch Beach Resort is Orange County’s most luxurious coastal playground. The AAA Five-Diamond resort sanctuary offers guests an array of exclusive activities and inspiring experiences that embody Southern California's serene coastal lifestyle. Designed...


Five Star Alliance Perk:
Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full breakfast for two daily in Aveo Table + Bar or through room service (maximum $80 credit per room/per day) and a $100 resort credit per stay (not valid on room rate, tax or retail, no cash value).
Paradisus Los Cabos | Los Cabos, BCS, Mexico See Hotel Details

Situated on a private crescent cove swimmable beach, Paradisus Los Cabos is an all-inclusive luxury resort with views of the Sea of Cortez. Set amidst 18.5 acres of pristine land in Los Cabos, the resort has world-class facilities including the adults-only Royal Service with personalized Butler Service and VIP amenities. There's...


Five Star Alliance Perk:

Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also a Tasting Menu at the Gastro Bar by Martin Berasategui (excluding drinks), 30% Spa Treatment discount at the YHI Spa. Plus, subject to availability at the time of check-in/check-out: room category upgrade, early check-in, and/or late check-out.

Porto Zante Villas and Spa | Zakynthos, Greece See Hotel Details

The beachfront Porto Zante Villas and Spa is a luxury all-villa boutique hotel with private pools, specially-selected pieces of Armani Casa furnishings, paintings by prominent Greek artists, living rooms with Gervasoni sofa beds, and spacious en-suite bathrooms with Jacuzzi bathtubs, separate showers, and Dionysian antique marble....


Five Star Alliance Perk:

Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a bottle Champagne and Fruits upon arrival, freshly prepared breakfast, complimentary kids entertainment and complimentary butler service.

Sandals Grenada | St. Georges, Grenada See Hotel Details

Sandals Grenada Resort & Spa is an exotic, unspoiled hideaway that offers a romantic, authentic Caribbean experience while providing the Luxury Included® amenities and exceptional service that have come to be associated with the Sandals Resorts experience. Sandals Grenada features 257 rooms and unique suites. Personalized...


Sandals Ochi | Ocho Rios, Jamaica See Hotel Details

Considered the true Garden of Eden, Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, the largest Sandals Resort, is situated on the slopes of over 100 acres of beautiful hillside gardens overlooking the Caribbean Sea. This magnificently landscaped resort has taken the meaning of “lush” to a whole new level, with views to include blossoming gardens,...


Sandals Royal Barbados | Christchurch, Barbados See Hotel Details

Experience the Royal Treatment at Sandals Royal Barbados, the all-new, all-suite resort in the spirited St. Lawrence Gap area. Featuring a number of Sandals firsts, including the first rooftop pool and bar, the first 4-lane bowling alley, the first men’s only barbershop, and two new restaurant concepts – American Tavern and Chi...


Sandals Royal Caribbean | Montego Bay, St. James, Jamaica See Hotel Details

A kaleidoscope of cultures from Britain to Bali awaits at Sandals Royal Caribbean. The resort's decidedly British heritage begins with the Majestic Georgian-style Great House, surrounded by manicured gardens and roaming peacocks - all complemented with traditions like afternoon tea and games of croquet. Minutes away on the resort's...


Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa | Southern Province, Sri Lanka See Hotel Details

Set along the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Shangri-La's Hambantota Golf Resort and Spa is a luxury hotel situated in a city steeped in history. Located amidst 58 tropical hectacres, the property is the largest resort in Sri Lanka. Inspired by local culture, the resort's 300 guest rooms and suites feature contemporary decor...


Five Star Alliance Perk:

Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full breakfast for each guest daily, a $100 USD resort credit per room/per stay, as well as a fruit platter and bottle of wine welcome amenity.

South Seas Island Resort | Captiva Island, FL, United States See Hotel Details

Offering a genuine old Florida feel, South Seas Island Resort is a luxury retreat designed to provide everything needed to experience dreamy island life, from sailing to kayaking. Surrounded by a 330-acre wildlife preserve, manatees and dolphins are regular visitors, plus the two-and-a-half mile stretch of private pristine beach...


Five Star Alliance Perk:

All reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also include two full American Breakfast per bedroom per day and a daily $25 resort credit per accommodation.

The Reef by CuisinArt | Merrywing Bay, Anguilla See Hotel Details

Anguilla's newest sustainable luxury destination, The Reef by CuisinArt, is a contemporary oasis featuring 80 Anguilla luxury accommodations, ranging from Golfview and Seaview Junior Suites in the main building, to spectacular Junior Suites in the four beachfront buildings. Guests are greeted with dramatic lobby views of the Caribbean,...


Five Star Alliance Perk:

All guests making reservations through Five Star Alliance will also receive full breakfast for each guest ddaily, and one 50 minute relaxation massage per room/per stay.

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara | Santa Barbara, CA, United States See Hotel Details

Adjacent to the resort community of Santa Barbara, Bacara Resort & Spa is located along California's most spectacular stretch of Pacific paradise, between the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains. With 78 acres of oceanfront property – including two miles of natural beach – this luxury hotel near Santa Barbara offers 354 guest...


Five Star Alliance Perk:

All reservations booked under the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also receive a full buffet breakfast for two daily at the Bistro, a $100 resort credit per room/per stay, and a welcome seasonal amenity.

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach | Honolulu, HI, United States See Hotel Details

Providing a unique resort experience, guests enter The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki via an airy eighth-floor lobby with ocean breezes. Celebrating the spirit and beauty of the island throughout, the luxury resort greets guests with cold towels and welcome beverages. Featuring island-inspired decor, the studios and one-,...


Five Star Alliance Perk:

Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full breakfast for each guest daily in BLT Market (subject to maximum credits per accommodation type)  and a  $100 USD resort credit per Studio, $200 per One Bedroom Suite, $300 per Two or Three Bedroom Suites and $400 per Four Bedroom Suites (not valid on room rate and no cash value).

The Royal Hawaiian | Honolulu, HI, United States See Hotel Details

Of all Hawaii hotels, only The Pink Palace of the Pacific has remained an icon of luxury and romance for over 75 years. A Waikiki landmark recognized around the world, The Royal Hawaiian Hotel is the ultimate vacation destination for honeymooners, families, and anyone seeking elegance from a bygone era. Each of the 528 rooms and...


Five Star Alliance Perk:
Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also include full breakfast for two daily, a $100 resort credit per room/per stay, a banana bread welcome amenity, and complimentary resort charges.
The Setai | Miami Beach, FL, United States See Hotel Details

Bearing the unmistakable imprint of legendary hotelier Adrian Zecha, The Setai is an intimate oceanfront resort in the heart of South Beach. Set amid tropical gardens and sparkling pools at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, The Setai introduces the Asian traditions of simplicity and elegance to South Beach. With 75 impeccably detailed...


Five Star Alliance Perk:

All reservations booked under the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also receive a daily buffet breakfast for two in Jaya and a $100 spa credit once during stay.

W Fort Lauderdale | Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States See Hotel Details

Oceanfront Fort Lauderdale luxury hotel, named a Top 100 "US Hotel" in Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards fresh from a $55 million dollar renovation that combines ultra-modern design with a relaxed sense of style. Escape to the oceanfront oasis. Soak in the sun and sights at the glamorously restyled WET East – a...


Five Star Alliance Perk:
Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also include continental breakfast for two daily at W Cafe, a $100 resort credit per room/per stay (no cash value), and complimentary WiFi.

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