July 6, 2022

22 Top Beach Resorts Around the World

The Top Beach Resorts Around the World
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Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

This resort in Cabo San Lucas caters to travelers seeking more from a beach vacation than just sunbathing. The on-site Spa at Esperanza offers oceanfront massages in open-air cabanas. You could also take a horseback ride along the sands or smile for the camera during a beachy photo shoot (complimentary with your stay). According to reviewers, another can’t-miss activity is a beach dinner. Past visitors raved about the delicious cuisine and fun atmosphere of having a meal alongside crashing waves. Esperanza can accommodate everything from a romantic meal for two to a party (complete with a bonfire) for large groups. Can’t get enough of the sand? Book a package in one of the two-story beach palapas, which feature daybeds, butler service and optional add-ons like massages and meals prepared by a private chef.

Enjoy a sun-filled trip at one of these top-notch resorts.

Beach holidays range from weekend getaways to dayslong trips full of fun in the sun to luxurious vacations complete with sunbathing, exquisite dining and indulgent spa treatments. No matter which kind of trip you’re looking for, you’ll find a beach resort made for you. To help you narrow down your options, U.S. News compiled the following list of the top beach resorts around the globe. Watch the sun set in Curacao, hang 10 in Hawaii or stroll along Spain’s golden sands. The possibilities are endless.

Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

This resort in Cabo San Lucas caters to travelers seeking more from a beach vacation than just sunbathing. The on-site Spa at Esperanza offers oceanfront massages in open-air cabanas. You could also take a horseback ride along the sands or smile for the camera during a beachy photo shoot (complimentary with your stay). According to reviewers, another can’t-miss activity is a beach dinner. Past visitors raved about the delicious cuisine and fun atmosphere of having a meal alongside crashing waves. Esperanza can accommodate everything from a romantic meal for two to a party (complete with a bonfire) for large groups. Can’t get enough of the sand? Book a package in one of the two-story beach palapas, which feature daybeds, butler service and optional add-ons like massages and meals prepared by a private chef.

The Breakers Palm Beach: Palm Beach, Florida

Previous guests found few faults with The Breakers Palm Beach, though some had minor service issues. Past visitors appreciated the perfectly manicured lawns, intriguing architecture and exquisite beach experience available at this South Florida property. The Breakers has its own private Beach Club, which features a half-mile of secluded sands. Though basking in the sun is the go-to activity, adventurous travelers will appreciate the on-site water sports rentals, including kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and snorkeling gear. Once guests tire of the sea water, they can check out the Beach Club’s four pools, five hot tubs and lauded Beach Club Restaurant.

Constance Ephelia: Mahé, Seychelles

The beautiful white sand beaches, the turquoise waters and the balmy temperatures make the Seychelles an idyllic African destination. Constance Ephelia takes full advantage of these impressive credentials. It sits on the northwest coast of the island of Mahé and offers two stretches of sand at Lans Lilet and Port Launay. You’ll find an array of water adventures here, including boating, kayaking, windsurfing and canoeing. And you won’t want to miss exploring the pristine waters during a snorkeling or scuba diving excursion. Once you’ve had fun in the sun, indulge in a spa treatment, refuel at Port Launay beach’s Kabana restaurant or retreat to your modern accommodations, which include outdoor sitting areas, showers encased with smart glass and, in select rooms, private outdoor pools. Past guests praised Constance Ephelia for its friendly staff and breathtaking scenery.

Four Seasons Resort Lanai: Lanai City, Hawaii

It’s little wonder why the Four Seasons Resort Lanai is the No. 1 Best Hotel in the USA. The resort is just a quick walk to Lanai‘s Hulopoe Bay. Though a public beach, guests will relish snorkeling in these crystal-clear waters: Previous visitors said the visibility and wildlife viewing are top-notch thanks, in part, to the fact that the bay is a protected marine site. Plus, the Four Seasons provides complimentary snorkeling gear. After drying off, head to the Manele Golf Course, which offers spectacular ocean views from its Jack Nicklaus-designed green. Past travelers praised the resort for its luxurious atmosphere, particularly touting its amenities, such as its tennis courts and on-site restaurants. However, a few previous lodgers were disappointed with the resort’s inconsistent service.

Katathani Phuket Beach Resort: Phuket, Thailand

This resort in Phuket wows visitors with its gorgeous stretch of sand. Additionally, several say this is a great property for families thanks to its variety of kid-friendly amenities. The resort sits along beloved Kata Noi Beach, which features gold sand and aquamarine water. The staff cleans the beach each day, so you can rest assured it will be perfect whenever you visit. At meal times, you won’t need to go far. Many of the on-site restaurants and bars offer ocean views and are mere steps from the beach. Families with young children will also appreciate the property’s kids club, which offers daily craft projects and is equipped with a ball pit, a playground and a small water park, among other diversions. While kids play, parents can relax with a treatment at the on-site spa.

Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club: Hamilton, Bermuda

Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club‘s private beach club may be a 20-minute shuttle ride from the property’s accommodations, but previous travelers promised it’s worth the trip. Complete with white sands, hammocks on the beach and in the water, and necessary amenities like bathrooms and showers, this Bermuda club is an ideal spot for all kinds of beachgoers. Relaxation seekers can lounge on the chairs and escape the sun’s rays beneath umbrellas. Children have access to shovels and buckets to build sandcastles. Active travelers will appreciate the paddleboards, kayaks and snorkeling gear. What’s more, all facilities and gear are complimentary for hotel guests. After a day at the beach, lodgers can refresh themselves in the airy guest rooms, charter a boat from the hotel’s marina or wander the property to discover its vast collection of art. Know, too, that ALL – Accor Live Limitless members can score special rates here.

Rinela Beach Resort & Spa: Crete, Greece

Crete‘s beaches are renowned for their beauty, and the shoreline adjacent to the all-inclusive Rinela Beach Resort & Spa is no exception. It’s a Blue Flag-designated beach, which means it meets a series of environmental, safety and access criteria put in place to promote sustainable tourism. So, in addition to soft sands, umbrellas and lounge chairs, you’ll find a lifeguard on duty and beach towels in your room. (Just know that this beach is also open to the public.) What’s more, you’ll have several activities to select from, including beach volleyball and water sports like water skiing (for an additional fee). Though the resort is family-friendly, it also offers an adults-only section of the beach. Past travelers consistently praised the resort and its staff, but others warned that the property is undergoing renovations and cautioned that some rooms are dated.

The Cloister at Sea Island: Sea Island, Georgia

Past travelers agreed that a visit to this resort in Georgia’s Golden Isles provides an indulgent vacation experience complete with incredible food, service and accommodations. The Cloister at Sea Island – appropriately so – sits on the southern portion of Sea Island, right along the shore. The Cloister Beach Club features 5 miles of private beach with lounge chairs and umbrellas placed along the soft sand. When you tire of the shore, enjoy some of the Beach Club’s other amenities, including beachfront pools, splash pads, a basketball court and a bowling alley. The Beach Club’s accommodations feature a Spanish Mediterranean style, with exposed beam ceilings, white linens and soaker tubs.

Montage Laguna Beach: Laguna Beach, California

This Preferred Hotels & Resorts property, which spans 30 acres, features a spa, three restaurants and two pools, among other must-have resort amenities. Though Montage Laguna Beach is located on one of California’s picturesque cliffs, you’ll have easy access to the shore thanks to both a set of stairs and a winding ramp built into the cliff. Once you’re lounging in the sun, you won’t need to worry about getting your own refreshments, as the property offers beachside service. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy the variety of water sports activities available on-site and nearby, including stand-up paddleboarding, kayak tours (which launch from next door), whale watching tours and snorkeling. Previous guests applauded the property for its stunning Laguna Beach location and stellar service. However, others warned that a stay here is expensive.

Ikos Olivia: Halkidiki, Greece

Located in northern Greece‘s Halkidiki region, Ikos Olivia provides a beach vacation suitable for travelers of all ages. Families will likely enjoy some friendly competition playing badminton, tennis or volleyball on the resort’s Blue Flag beach. When parents need some time to relax, they can lie back on sun beds beneath wide umbrellas while their children spend time with their peers at the resort’s kids club (available seasonally). Past vacationers raved about the property, calling it a perfect getaway. They also appreciated the resort’s all-inclusive rate – which Ikos Olivia calls “Infinite Lifestyle” – and said the incomparable service only added to the experience.

Baoase Luxury Resort Curaçao: Willemstad, Curacao

Time and again, previous travelers called Baoase “paradise.” This pristine resort in Curacao boasts its own private beach with cots, hammocks, snorkeling gear and towels. When hunger strikes, you won’t have far to go: The Baoase Culinary Beach Restaurant is right on the shore. You can sink your toes in the sand and feel the waves brush against your heels as you nosh on everything from seafood to salads to burgers. Consider splurging on a romantic dining package if you’re traveling with your significant other: Options range from picnics to multicourse meals with wine pairings (all are served on the beach). Wind down after a day in the sun in your luxury accommodations, which feature king-sized beds, rain showers and resort views.

LUX* Grand Gaube Resort & Villas: Grand Gaube, Mauritius

Perfecting a tan will be no trouble at this resort on the northern coast of Mauritius. The LUX* Grand Gaube boasts two lagoon beaches complete with sun beds, towel service and a beachside restaurant. Active travelers will likely prefer soaking up some sun during a heart-pumping activity, such as water skiing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling or sailing (all of which are complimentary). Afterward, visitors can head to the spa for a treatment, sauna or steam before dining at one of the property’s six restaurants. On top of loving all of the resort’s activities and amenities, past travelers praised their comfortable accommodations and appreciated that each room on the property faces the water.

Grand Palladium Palace Ibiza Resort & Spa: Sant Jordi de ses Salines, Spain

Located on the south end of Platja d’en Bossa in the Spanish village of Sant Jordi de ses Salines, Grand Palladium Palace Ibiza Resort & Spa offers a welcome reprieve from Ibiza‘s thumping nightlife. After a restful night in your luxury accommodations, which are outfitted with king-sized beds and whirlpool tubs, spend your morning relaxing just steps away from your room on the shore. (Parents can rest easy knowing there’s a lifeguard on the beach.) Round out your day with beach volleyball, a game of mini-golf or an evening show. The resort’s Infinite Indulgence program, which is only one of many reasons why travelers plan to return, covers all of these activities. Many visitors also cite the staff’s incredible service as a highlight of their stays.

Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun: Cancun, Mexico

Vacationers seeking a kid-free vacation should consider Le Blanc Spa Resort, the No. 3 Best Hotel in Cancun. This all-inclusive property welcomes adults only. And while there are plenty of activities (think: hydrotherapy in the on-site spa and a selection of fitness classes at the gym) available throughout the resort, you’ll likely want to spend most of your time on the beach. The resort overlooks beautiful white sands and aquamarine waters. Here, you can lounge in a hammock, on a chair or beneath a cabana amid palm trees. You can also enjoy food and beverage service on the beach, which previous travelers particularly loved. When you want to explore more of Cancun, your concierge can help you arrange a tour of the area.

Salinas Maceió All Inclusive Resort: Maceió, Brazil

Families with children should look no further than Salinas Maceió, an all-inclusive resort on northeastern Brazil’s Ipioca Beach. The Alagoas resort allows children 12 and younger to stay for free (with two paying adults in the same room) and boasts a special kids buffet, a kids club and amenities for infants like cribs and strollers. Additionally, the room rate includes all food, so you and your little ones will be able to refuel throughout the day without worrying about busting your budget. While the property is equipped with some kid-friendly pools, its star attraction is the shoreline. Ipioca Beach features white sand and blue water, plus chairs and umbrellas for parents to relax. Keep in mind that Salinas Maceió is about 150 miles southwest of Recife and approximately 1,500 miles northeast of both São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. If you want to visit one of these cities during a trip to Brazil, plan to spend several days at each location.

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas: La Romana, Dominican Republic

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas‘ private shoreline, Minitas Beach, was a favorite spot for previous travelers. They enjoyed the variety of water sports right at their fingertips, which includes snorkeling, paddleboarding and kayaking. Many also appreciated the calm environment and being able to spend hours relaxing on the sand. Past lodgers were particularly wowed by the food and drinks at the Minitas Beach Club. It serves a wide selection of succulent seafood, Caribbean favorites like tostones, and cocktails alongside incredible views of the Caribbean Sea. What’s more, the concierge at this Dominican Republic property can arrange activities for you to explore surrounding areas like Santo Domingo or Punta Cana. Plus, Leaders Club members will be happy to know that they can earn and redeem points here.

VILA VITA Parc: Porches, Portugal

From the beautiful sunsets to the helpful staff to the delicious food, VILA VITA Parc earns rave reviews from past patrons. This Leading Hotels of the World property sits on Portugal’s southern coast, and there is no shortage of on-site and nearby beaches. At the base of the resort, you’ll find Tremoços Beach, which is bordered by craggy cliffs and peppered with sun beds and beach umbrellas. You can also rent nonmotorized water sports equipment for a fee. For a special experience, hop aboard a complimentary shuttle to visit the resort’s Armação Beach Club. At the club, you’ll find expansive sands, three restaurants and motorized water sports equipment (which costs extra to use). In the summer months, plan to stay late in the day for a sunset party complete with a DJ. And if you tire of these sands, you’ll find four additional pristine beaches within 20 miles of the resort. After long, lazy days at the beach, your room will be waiting to welcome you with a comfortable bed, a private terrace or garden, and a sitting area.

Matachica Resort & Spa: Ambergris Caye, Belize

This Belize resort prides itself on providing a private experience for all of its guests. Matachica is located on Ambergris Caye, an island off the northeastern coast of Belize. Along with the promised seclusion, each of the individual casitas, villas and cabanas is outfitted with a thatched roof and a colorful exterior. No matter which accommodation you select, you’re never far from the Caribbean Sea. Snorkeling is a must-do activity here, as the resort is located near a barrier reef brimming with marine life. You’ll also want to see the creatures from a different angle aboard one of Matachica’s sea kayaks. (Plus, snorkeling gear and kayaks are complimentary to use.) And if visiting Hol Chan Marine Reserve is on your to-do list, you’re in luck: Guest services can arrange a snorkeling tour of the reserve for you. When hunger strikes, you won’t need to go far. Past vacationers said the on-site Mambo Restaurant serves delectable cuisine. Need more convincing? This resort only welcomes guests ages 16 and older.

Cap Maison: St. Lucia

There are many reasons why Cap Maison is ranked as one of the Best Hotels in St. Lucia. At this resort, guests can indulge in a spa treatment, a guided hike, a round of golf or simply sit back and listen to music as the sun sets. And no St. Lucia vacation would be complete without spending time on the water. The on-site Smugglers Cove beach allows visitors to play the day away with complimentary use of water sports equipment like kayaks, paddleboards and snorkeling gear. You’ll also find beach umbrellas and chairs when you’re ready to relax. Previous lodgers praised the beach for its seclusion but warn of steep steps to get to the immaculate shore. While a stay here is expensive, I Prefer Hotel Rewards members can take advantage of perks and special deals.

El Dorado Maroma: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Sitting about 10 miles northeast of Playa del Carmen, El Dorado Maroma offers all the tranquility and beauty you’d expect of a Mexican vacation. Couples seeking relaxation should book a beachfront massage appointment (complete with chocolate-covered strawberries or drinks, depending on which massage you choose). Alternatively, try the After Sun facial, which helps repair sun-damaged skin. Meanwhile, active travelers will enjoy the variety of sports available, including beach volleyball, kayaking, Jet Skiing, parasailing and paddleboarding. Refuel with breakfast or lunch at Papitos Gourmet Beach Club, which serves everything from light bites like tacos to heartier entrees like paella. Instead of booking one of the resort’s traditional suites, opt to spend your evenings in one of the overwater bungalows, which feature direct access to the ocean and glass-bottom floors, among other amenities.

Hotel Santa Caterina: Salerno, Italy

You won’t find wide stretches of sand at this Amalfi Coast property. Instead, Hotel Santa Caterina invites guests to marvel at the region’s famous cliffs from a lounge platform built atop rock formations at the water’s edge. Sets of stairs allow visitors to descend into the Mediterranean’s aquamarine waters for swimming, while padded chaises offer a place to relax between dips. The Beach Club houses a bar, as well as the seasonal Ristorante Al Mare, which dishes out Italian favorites like pizza, ravioli and carpaccio. Travelers praise the hotel’s beauty and staff. Though the property’s room rates are high, visitors recommend splurging on an accommodation with a sea view to enhance your stay.

The St. Regis Bali Resort: Nusa Dua, Indonesia

You’ll find it difficult to leave the beach at this St. Regis outpost. Its inviting white sands and unbelievable azure waters make it a welcome respite from everyday life. In fact, the resort’s design reflects the Balinese concept of Nyegara Gunung, a sacred journey from the mountains (represented here in the hotel lobby) to the sea. The scenery, coupled with the cushy sun beds, will make the journey to this Bali retreat truly worth the effort. You’ll also have access to the beachside Vista Bar, which means a refreshing cocktail is never more than a few steps away. When you crave a bit of activity, visit the water sports center to grab a kayak and explore the surrounding water for yourself. Past travelers enjoyed the resort and it’s incredible surroundings but were most impressed with the food, particularly breakfast.

The Top Beach Resorts Around the World

  • Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection
  • The Breakers Palm Beach
  • Constance Ephelia
  • Four Seasons Resort Lanai
  • Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
  • Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club
  • Rinela Beach Resort & Spa
  • The Cloister at Sea Island
  • Montage Laguna Beach
  • Ikos Olivia
  • Baoase Luxury Resort Curaçao
  • LUX* Grand Gaube Resort & Villas
  • Grand Palladium Palace Ibiza Resort & Spa
  • Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun
  • Salinas Maceió All Inclusive Resort
  • Casa de Campo Resort & Villas
  • VILA VITA Parc
  • Matachica Resort & Spa
  • Cap Maison
  • El Dorado Maroma
  • Hotel Santa Caterina
  • The St. Regis Bali Resort

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