The ideal relaxing vacation should contain three things: plenty of sun, a stay at a luxurious resort, and the chance with frolic with the waves. At a beachfront hotel, you’ll get all three of these boxes checked off – and then some.
We’ve rounded up the 10 ritziest accommodations in tropical locations around the world, so you can just roll out of bed in your swimsuits and sunbathe right away, daiquiris in hand. Click on for a sunny escape.
The Anam Villas, Vietnam
Turquoise waters and unspoiled white sands are not the only impressive features of this recently-opened resort: the beachside property also exudes an old-world charm with its colonial architecture. Both the lobby and the Beach Club, the casual dining restaurant, overlook the ocean, so you’ll be spoiled with magnificent views wherever you may be.
Amanpuri Phuket, Thailand
Amanpuri means “place of peace” in Thai, and it can’t be more of an accurate descriptor for this tranquil paradise located above Phuket’s Pansea Beach. Unlimited oceanfront views aren’t the only impressive feature this property has to offer: the 43 villas – furnished with local antiques and artworks — are designed to surround a central swimming pool.
The Datai Lankawi, Malaysia
We can hardly think of a more stunning environment to relax and recharge than a 10-million-year-old rainforest. The Datai Langkawi offers guests the unique opportunity to truly commune with nature, with a hideaway locale teeming with wildlife. The hotel also overlooks the stunning Datai Bay – one of the most exclusive beaches in the area.
Sanctuary Cap Cana by AlSol, Dominican Republic
Located on a stretch of pure white sand beach, the Sanctuary Cap Cana is, well, a sanctuary in every sense of the word. The Spanish Colonial architecture of the expansive property is marvellous to behold, and the suites provide the setting for the ultimate luxury vacation, ranging from suites with a private pool suites located on private islands.
Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu
Cebu is well-known for being a beach paradise, but the the Shangri-La at Mactan takes “otherworldly vacation” to a whole new level. At the heart of this luxury hotel is a 350-metre beach cove with limitless possibilities for water activities, from banana boating to jet-skiing. Those who wish to take in the gorgeous water views in the comfort of their own beds should consider booking a room in the Ocean Wing, which comes with an exclusive swimming pool and complimentary evening cocktails.
The Mandarin Oriental Bodrum, Turkey
This luxurious hideaway has not one, but two sandy beaches in its vicinity. Located on the northern part of Turkish peninsula at Cennet Koyu, the hotel overlooks the Aegean sea, which wows with a stunning colour gradient from turquoise to deep aqua. The 127 rooms and suites are spread along a hillside and surrounded by olive groves and pine trees, so you’ll be breathing in relaxing mountain breezes while you drink in the incredible ocean views.
Six Senses Samui, Thailand
To properly appreciate the beauty of Thailand, there’s nowhere better to go than Six Senses Samui, a five-star hotel blessed with a sweeping panorama of the Gulf of Thailand. Besides indulging in a cocktail by the beach, guests will also be able to take hikes, jungle drives and exclusive boat trips to experience Thailand’s most beautiful islands. As the property is nestled on a vegetation, there’s a steady supply of fresh herbs, vegetables, and organic greens from the resort’s own gardens – making the dining at the resort truly in a league of its own.
The Miami Beach EDITION, USA
Anyone who’s been to Miami knows that the Mid-Beach is the chicest place to be. Located in the heart of this highly coveted spot, The Miami Beach EDITION has all the markings of a boutique hotel you can’t miss out on: sleek and modern design, private bungalows and all the infamous shopping along Collins Avenue. The proximity to the oceanfront is just a plus.
Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali, Indonesia
Everyone is jetting off to Bali these days, but those who are really in the know head to Sanur Beach. Once a fishing village, the area is now a thriving tourist hotspot with a rich supply of Balinese art, culture and tradition. The oldest upscale resort area on the island, it’s packed with restaurants, bars and beachfront havens. Located along a golden stretch of a sandy beach, each villa of the Fairmont Sanur Beach comes with round-the-clock on call butler service. The luxury resort also wows with its unique Balinese spa treatments, from the Sanur Signature massage to Balinese Coffee Polish.
Oil Nut Bay, British Virgin Islands
Accessible only by helicopter or boat, Oil Nut Bay is ideal for those craving quiet time and privacy. The resort community is surrounded by private islands owned by some of the world’s well-known tycoons in the world, such as Richard Branson and Larry Page. The expansive 300-acre property contains only 88 villas – divided across 8 neighbourhoods, some of which cater exclusively to beach lovers. Aside from sandy beaches, the eco-friendly resort also offers a wide array of water activities, from deep-sea fishing to snorkelling to kayaking.
This post originally appeared on the website of our sister publication, Hong Kong Tatler.
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