Few sights are as welcoming as a row of empty lounge chairs lined up along the beach, backs reclined like an open invitation. As humans, we are drawn to water. Thousands of years of evolution and the bond still holds strong. Perhaps that’s why beach vacations are such a beloved staple, a quintessential human experience that cannot be ignored.
Still open for debate, however, is where makes the best beach vacation. Island or coast, quiet seclusion or a buzzing boardwalk, endless sand or a private hidden cove. Luckily, there is no shortage of choices. Famous beaches in Waikiki and Cancun are fringed with grand hotels and opulent resorts, the Caribbean islands host intimate retreats of cheerful, brightly-coloured cottages, while the shores of the Mediterranean are home to sumptuous seaside villas with Old World charm.
There are four essential ingredients to any great beach vacation: sun, water, sand and luxury accommodations. A place where the service and food, rooms and amenities enhance the already perfect location. Whether you lean toward the old-school luxury of the Breakers in Palm Beach, the exclusive private-island retreat of Gili Lankanfushi in the Maldives, or the relaxed intimacy of St. Lucia’s Anse Chastanet - with SELECT Hotels & Resorts, finding your paradise has never been easier. The beach is beckoning, don’t wait.
1. The Cove, Paradise Island
Paradise Island, Bahamas - Ultra Beachside Luxury
The Cove Atlantis is an ultra-luxury resort set between two magnificent beaches creating the feeling of being cast away on a white-sand sanctuary. An exclusive poolscape, along with stunning suites offering floor-to-ceiling views, are all delivered with purposeful service and Bahamian warmth.
2. Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Miami Beach, Florida - The Iconic Landmark
A revered Miami Beach landmark for more than half a century, Fontainebleau’s iconic design is a spectacular blend of Miami’s glamorous golden era and stylish hotel features signature dining, LIV Nightclub, the renowned Lapis Spa, stylish poolscapes and cabanas, and miles of pristine beach.
3. Grand Velas
Mexico - An Unprecedented Escape
Allow yourself to be carried away by world-class cuisine and an unparalleled spa experience. Have fun with endless activities and enjoy breathtaking views. These are the all-inclusive resorts that dreams are made of.
4. Monarch Beach Resort
Dana Point, California - Your Luxury Beach House
Discover the AAA Five Diamond rated Monarch Beach Resort, a world of casual oceanfront luxury. From the award-winning Miraval Life in Balance Spa to new dining venues, pool environments and guest amenities, a relaxing paradise on the Pacific awaits you.
5. Paradisus By Meliá
Global - Upscale And Hassle-Free
A collection of luxurious all-inclusive resorts in Playa del Carmen, Cancun and Los Cabos, Mexico, along with Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Appealing to families, couples and friends who desire an upscale experience with premium service that is hassle-free, Paradisus by Meliá is ideal for discerning travellers.
6. The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Cayman Islands - The Perfect Caribbean Oasis
Located in the heart of Seven Mile Beach, the resort houses an unmatched collection of memorable experiences such as a la prairie spa, a Greg Norman designed golf course, a Culinary Studio, five restaurants (including Blue by Eric Ripert, the Caribbean’s only Five Diamond restaurant) and much more.
7. White Elephant
Nantucket, Massachusetts - Iconic Island Treasure
An island landmark, the iconic White Elephant has been an exclusive summertime retreat since the 1920’s. Overlooking Nantucket Harbor and a stone’s throw from the center of town, this 67-room island treasure has accommodations ranging from harbor view suites to luxury three bedroom lofts.
8. Vakkaru Maldives
Maldives - A Timeless Sanctuary
A secluded tropical resort in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the Vakkaru Maldives offers guests a holistic approach to unassuming luxury and cherished experiences. The resort’s design is fused with natural elements, creating amazing spaces for guests to connect with each other and the environment around them.