Beach

At Musha Cay and the Islands of Copperfield Bay—700 acres spread across 11 private Bahamian islands that illusionist David Copperfield acquired in 2006—guests choose their adventure. With 40 beaches...
At some point in the 16th century,piratesweary from pillaging and plundering took a break on Frégate Island, a 740-acre haven some 1,000 miles off the east coast of Africa. The island’s remote...
A typical day at North Island might involve tracking a rare Seychelles white-eye bird through the jungle, following a sea turtle into deep ocean chasms, or simply lying on one of four sandy beaches...
Hannah "Shotgun" Makepeace would not recognize her namesake today. After moving to Australia’s Noosa River region in 1924, the housekeeper-turned-proprietor of Makepeace Island became known for...
Hayman—the original private-island resort in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef region—was already scheduled for a renovation when two cyclones struck the property last January and February. The island,...
The 36 cottages at Amanruya peek out inconspicuously from a pine grove overlooking a quiet Mediterranean bay on the Bodrum peninsula. The 25th hotel from Singapore-based Amanresorts, Amanruya opened...
Gentle waves from the South China Sea deposit scores of sand dollars on the beach in front of Six Senses Con Dao. Opened in December, the resort is the first luxury property in Vietnam’s Con Dao...
It was about 10:30 on my first morning at Rancho Pescadero when I asked a resort staff member if the art galleries in Todos Santos would be open yet. "It’s capricious," replied the woman, a tanned...
After a six-week closure caused by the recent tsunami in Japan, the Four Seasons reopened its resort on the Kailua-Kona coast of Hawaii Island last month. To celebrate, the Four Seasons Resort...
The brilliant white sand of Petite Anse beach separates Mahé island’s lush green jungle from the bright-blue waters of the Indian Ocean, forming a striking setting for the Four Seasons Resort...
The owner of Imanta Resort Punta de Mita (+52.329.298.4200, www.imantaresorts.com ) describes his Mex­ican beach resort as "an island on the land." Thick with jungle and sheltered by peaks and...
Separated from Australia by the 150-mile-wide Bass Strait, Tasmania is a land apart—a place of wild and beautiful landscapes, friendly and gregarious people, a pleasantly temperate climate, wonderful...
The 15-minute drive to Àni Villas Anguilla from the island’s bustling port of entry is an exercise in decompression. Anguilla’s long, skinny shape and undulating topography dictate that roads on the...
On the heels of similar conversion projects in Cambodia, China, and Sri Lanka, Singapore-based Amanresorts is set to reveal its largest restoration effort to date: an 82-acre compound on and off...
In December 2007, Adam Aron found himself on the powdery white sand at Cap Juluca, the classic Caribbean resort on Anguilla’s southwest coast that had lured him back several times before. But this...
Situated on privately owned Hayman Island, within Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, the secluded Hayman Beach Villas offers luxury accommodations and some of the world’s best diving all...
Opened in november, the St. Regis Bahia Beach sets a new high-water mark for Puerto Rican resorts. The 483-acre property, which is about 40 minutes by car from Old San Juan, encompasses two miles of...
Dubai—a city famous for resorts that are very tall, very large, and occasionally shaped like ships at sea—has a peaceful new refuge. Opened in the fall, One&Only The Palm is a low-rise, low-bling...
Gone are the red oil lamps that once guided early-20th-century seafarers into port at Singapore’s Clifford Pier. Today the Fullerton Bay Hotel gleams as the pier’s new beacon. Opened in July, the six...
The Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania’s east coast has long been known as a place of spectacular natural beauty—the area became a national park in 1916—but until recently few accommodations in the area...
The Resort: The Palmilla was one of the first hotels in Los Cabos, and it remains among the few authentically Mexican properties on this now-touristy stretch along the Sea of Cortez. Reopened as a...
The Resort: Pink lounge chairs and umbrellas dot the crescent-shaped beach at Sandy Lane, a 113-room Barbados resort that dates to 1961. In addition to a beach club—which offers kayaking, banana-boat...
The Resort: Just 90 minutes by car from Dubai, Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay in Oman seems worlds away from the Las Vegas–like emirate. The resort combines elements of an intimate, rustic fishing...
The Resort: No one will oblige you to do much of anything on North Island. The 519-acre private-island resort—reached via a 20-minute helicopter ride from Seychelles International Airport—immerses...
The Resort: Black lava rock blankets the landscape for miles along the Big Island of Hawaii’s Highway 19, and the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu—located just off the highway on a...
The Resort: In the 1960s, Norwegian businessman Torolf Smedvig built a series of A-frame chalets on his 1,800-acre Caribbean isle and opened the property as Peter Island Resort. Smedvig’s exclusive...
Tropical beverages were the topic of conversation during most of the 90-minute drive from Kauai’s Lihue Airport to the St. Regis Princeville Resort. My driver, John, whose wife had worked at the...
The Resort: Several of the 34 guest rooms, suites, houses, and cottages at Eden Rock on St. Barts are named and themed after past guests of the 60-year-old resort. Howard Hughes and Greta Garbo are...
Banyan Tree Samui, a collection of 78 pitched-roof villas on the southeastern shore of Koh Samui island, opened in July as the Singapore-based brand’s third hotel in Thailand. Arranged in a horseshoe...
The recent explosion of resort construction in the Maldives has been concentrated in the now-crowded central atolls, leaving the island nation’s southern reaches relatively untouched. Alila Villas...

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