Beach

A 15-minute drive up Collins Avenue from the lively scene in South Beach, Bal Harbour blossomed in the 1960s with the debut of the now-famous Bal Harbour Shops. The Shops complex remains the heart of...
Though residents of Fisher Island Club will tell you otherwise, the cockatiels and macaws in the resort’s aviary are not squawking "My island for your boat." That was, however, the deal cut by Carl...
Before the Greek debt crisis, in the rosy glow that followed the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, a self-made shipping magnate named Vassilis Constantakopoulos began to realize a long-held dream. As far...
As a part of the Four Seasons’ new collection of professionally led wellness and cultural events, the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea is offering a new surf camp package (from $5,000 per person) that...
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...
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...
Even at its 50-guest capacity, Calivigny Island never lacks for living space. The 80-acre island just south of Grenada was purchased in 2000 by a French businessman and his wife, who subsequently...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
Virgin Gorda is home to Little Dix Bay, a Rosewood resort on a half-mile crescent beach. The resort is a good spot for a group of families traveling together or for an extended-family vacation...
A tall, smartly dressed man captains the seven-minute ferry between his home island of Antigua and Jumby Bay, the private-island retreat located just offshore. During its $28 million overhaul, the...
Set in one of the most beautiful locations of any resort—on a narrow isthmus at the tip of the Papagayo Peninsula, with sandy beaches on both sides—the Four Seasons offers a great introduction to...
Of all the luxury beach resorts in Florida, the Breakers might be the best for an all-around family vacation. Dating to 1896, this industrialist-era landmark recently completed a renovation that took...
Princeville reclaimed its spot as Kauai’s top resort when it reopened under the St. Regis banner. Great hiking, surfing, and other outdoor sports make Kauai the best Hawaiian island for adventurous...
A great bet for families, especially given the wealth of Recreation al activities on Maui. Kapalua itself offers a range of beach and water sports, golf on some of Hawaii’s best courses, mountain zip...
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...
Set on a broad sandy beach near the tip of Baja California, Las Ventanas appears at first as a quaint village, a collection of white stucco structures situated around courtyards and gardens that...
At Fiji’s Laucala Island resort, Austrian businessman Dietrich Mateschitz has spared no expense in developing this private island, and his concept—to build a limited number of Accommodations , leave...
Situated in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, the Qualia has 60 spacious one-bedroom pavilions designed by Australian architect Chris Beckingham each with private sundecks. Rates The 970-square-...
Few places on Earth have as dense a concentration of first-rate resorts as Mexico’s Los Cabos corridor. This stretch at the tip of Baja California, which connects the towns of San José del Cabo and...
Ancient banyan trees and 17,000 swaying palms shade the trails at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa in the Maldives. The resident biologist at the private-island resort leads tours along the...
The red-cedar door to your suite at Capella Ixtapa opens not to a room but to a view. After waving your key card and passing through the door, you step onto a thatch-roofed terrace—outfitted with a...
In 1941, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Navy leased the Royal Hawaiian as a rest-and-relaxation depot for sailors. The hotel reopened to the public on February 1, 1947, 20 years to the...
The St. Regis Singapore is the first major luxury hotel to be built on this tiny island nation in 10 years. Though it strives to meet the global business traveler’s every need, the 229-room property...
Located 26 miles south of Cancún, the Mandarin occupies a mile-long, 150-yard-wide sliver of land that stretches from the region’s main highway to the Caribbean Sea. Reflecting pools line a thatch-...
The Sanctuary dates to 2004, but the resort is fashioned to resemble an antebellum mansion with wide-plank walnut floors (placed on sleepers in such a way that they creak underfoot). Beyond its...

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