Beach

Opened in 1990 as the first-ever Four Seasons resort, the Wailea continues to impress guests with its three championship golf courses, unsurpassed service, and detailed nuances (guests traveling with...
At the center of the Cotton House estate stands an old sugar mill surrounded by gardens and a boot-shaped swimming pool. The resort’s two-bedroom Cotton Hill residence has its own full-size pool (as...
Most of the daytime action at the sun-soaked Copacabana Palace, located across the street from Rio de Janeiro’s popular Copacabana Beach, takes place around the hotel’s majestic swimming pool...
Parrot Cay’s timber-clad beach villas and houses, which line the dunes that extend from the main hotel, have screened porches and wooden decks overlooking the seascape. The interiors are all white...
The Four Seasons Resort, Lana`i at Manele Bay’s two golf courses—the Challenge at Manele and the Experience at Koele—are the main Recreation al draws on Lanai, but the island also is a haven for...
Necker Island, a Caribbean private island resort owned by Virgin conglomerate founder Sir Richard Branson, has evolved rapidly since he acquired it in 1982. In addition to importing a variety of...
Guests travel to Little Palm Island Resort & Spa by seaplane or ferry—the latter a reproduction of a 1940s-era wooden cigarette boat. Swaying palms and gardens of bright blooms border the resort’...
North Island resort revolves around an open-walled main lodge built with the trunks and thick, gnarled roots of salvaged takamaka trees. Ten of the two-bedroom, 4,890-square-foot guest villas occupy...
The One&Only Palmilla, which underwent a $90 million renovation in 2003, is a 250-acre seaside resort with Spanish-wrought iron gates, heavy Mission-style doors, and a courtyard surrounded by...
Every May, directors, producers, critics, and actors vie for rooms at Hotel Martinez, the premier address in Cannes, France. The Art Deco-style hotel overlooks the Bay of Cannes a few blocks from...
St. Martin's La Samanna is more exclusive than ever, thanks to several recent additions and enhancements that include a beachside infinity pool surrounded by plush white sofas. On the beach, five new...
Set on a five-acre, oceanfront site within the Mauna Lani Resort, the Bungalows at Mauna Lani comprises only five two-bedroom villas. Each of the 4,000-square-foot bungalows includes a bar, a kitchen...
Complementing the over-water rooms at the St. Regis, which opened summer 2006 on one of Bora-Bora’s white-sand motus (little islands), are 13 Beach Villas and the Royal Estate. Guests in both types...
Like an ocean liner permanently moored along Cape Town’s lively waterfront, the Cape Grace hotel juts into the city’s harbor atop a private quay. Guests can observe the comings and goings of the port...
The Maldives island of Reethi Rah was less than half its current size before One&Only Resorts arrived on its shores. The developers created 12 beaches and numerous coves, and they imported more...
Updated in 2004, the bungalows of Mnemba Island Lodge feature verandas and private beach pavilions outfitted with wooden sun beds from Zanzibar. Guests can spend their days diving on the surrounding...
Le Sereno, a resort of 37 suites and villas on St. Bart’s Grand Cul-de-Sac cove, is the lodging equivalent of the local dress code: just enough and no more. Ceiling fans stir the gauze bed canopies...
La Casa Que Canta (“the house that sings”), a 25-suite inn on a cliff above Zihuatanejo Bay, captures the town’s simple charms in an unconventionally refined setting. Cantilevered, terra-cotta-color...
All 24 rooms at Jade Mountain, a resort-within-a-resort at the 600-acre Anse Chastanet on St. Lucia, have generously sized pools. The infinity-edge features—none of which is smaller than 400 square...
If the Hotel del Coronado is San Diego’s grande dame of beach resorts, the U S Grant is her metropolitan cousin. Ulysses S. Grant Jr., who relocated to San Diego after his father’s death, built the...
Opened in 2002, this private island retreat was the first over-water villa hotel in the Maldives, and its open-air construction maximizes lagoon views while maintaining privacy. The scenery and...
Guests of the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, which opened along a mile-long private beach on Langkawi’s northern cape in 2005, can search for the island’s native monkeys and raptors on a guided...
Hôtel Le Toiny, set on the southeastern shore of this eight-square-mile speck in the French West Indies, offers a choice of 14 one-bedroom villas or a three-bedroom villa, each with its own pool. A...
After a 45-minute journey from Grace Bay, guests arrive to Amanyara’s haven of reflecting pools and timber-shingled, glass-walled pavilions. The 40 identical structures are scattered throughout the...
Frank Rainieri and Tom Fazio are a perfect twosome. Rainieri, CEO of the Puntacana Resort & Club in the Dominican Republic, dreams of making his property the Caribbean’s top golf and beach resort...
Northern California-based land developer Serendipity Land Holdings recently made two of its El Banco Beach Villas on Mexico’s Pacific Coast available for short-term lease. Just north of Puerto...
The site of the original Cannes Film Festival has received an extensive renovation—to the tune of $51 million. The Palais Stephanie , located in the center of the Promenade de la Croisette just steps...
Following a $98.5 million renovation that began in November 2007, the Hôtel Majestic Barrière in Cannes finally reopened its doors last month. The hotel’s new wing features two penthouses, each with...
For those seeking a luxurious Balinese resort, but prefer a more private vacation, Pantai Lima provides both. Situated along the beach and among lush tropical gardens, Pantai Lima, which means five...

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