Beach

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
After entering through an unassuming guard gate, guests of Rancho Valencia follow a winding driveway past tennis courts and pink Spanish-style bungalows. Aside from the Hacienda—a 5,000-square-foot...
Situated at the end of a private peninsula, at the convergence of the Mediterranean and the Maritime Alps, Le Cap consists of only eight guest rooms and 12 suites. The suites are massive (some more...
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...
Perched somewhat improbably along a rocky overhang on the Amalfi Coast, Il San Pietro’s 61 guest rooms look down upon the Bay of Naples and the resort’s private beach (accessible by elevator), which...
This Big Island property has been one of the most popular luxury resorts on Earth since it opened 14 years ago, and for good reason. A recent renovation has made it even better, with updated guest...
Guest lodgings at Lizard Island include several freestanding villas set under palms along the beach or on cliffs overlooking Anchor Bay. The recently renovated Pavilion, the pearl of the isle, offers...
Trisara’s various water features flow throughout tropical gardens at the resort, which stretches along a cliff above a private beach on the Andaman Sea. Each of the villas and 18 suites has a...
Guests of the Wakaya Club—the only resort on the 2,200-acre private isle in the Koro Sea—spend their days swimming and kayaking near the shoreline, snorkeling and scuba diving along the surrounding...
The Bulgari is perched like a stone fortress on a windswept precipice more than 500 feet above the Indian Ocean. To access the nearly mile-long beach at the foot of the cliff, you descend in a glass...
Amanpuri’s setting—atop a cliff that rises 130 feet over Pansea Beach—affords spectacular views of the Andaman Sea and, incidentally, helped protect the property during the 2004 tsunami that struck...
The Eden Rock, a fixture on St. Bart’s for nearly six decades, recently added a sleek new wing that more than doubled the number of guest rooms to 33. The pièce de résistance of the renovation is the...

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