Beach

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Honolulu’s Kahala Hotel and Resort has just undergone a two-year, $52-million renovation that includes refurbished beachfront suites and an upgraded spa, all in time to herald in the hotel’s 45th...
Known as one the of the premier private beach getaways, the 1,400-acre Mustique island in the Grenadines has unveiled nine new villas just in time for the winter travel season. The new villas range...
Sasso by the Sea is a new beachfront property in the tiny town of Marmorata, Italy, along the Amalfi Coast, that provides exclusive beach amenities such as a restaurant, relaxation rooms, swimming...
Fitness flourishes in many forms at Parrot Cay, a 1,000-acre private-island resort where you can swim, snorkel, play tennis, and enjoy one-on-one yoga, Pilates, and meditation sessions. The resort is...
Villa Rockstar, Eden Rock resort’s newest accommodation, is as over-the-top as its name promises. Consider the bathrooms: bubble-shaped and lined with white-gold tile. And then there is the basement...
At Musha Cay, a private-island resort that is available to one party at a time, you pretty much do what you want when you want and where you want. An itinerary can be eclectic enough to include a...
The pavilion-style villas on the windward side of Qualia—a 30-acre resort on Hamilton Island, off the coast of Queensland—are surrounded by eucalyptus trees and offer private 9-foot-deep plunge pools...
Couples from Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and Hong Kong gather around Post Ranch Inn’s resident astronomer, asking questions on a cold night in March. The sky is clear, and the Big Sur,...
Laguna Beach lifeguards used to lug their surfboards around the 30-acre headland above Treasure Island, Christmas Cove, and Goff Cove, because the long walk (or an even longer paddle) was the only...
Since it opened last September, the Spa at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora has been creating quite a scene for its patrons: Sitting on the French Polynesian island’s highest point, it offers...

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