10 Tropical Beach Resorts to Book for the Ultimate Getaway
Sun, sand, a Mai Tai (or two, or even three), palm trees swaying in the ocean breeze; sounds pretty sweet, doesn't it? Sadly, most of the time when you jet off to a far-flung destination on a quest for your own slice of paradise, you're met with rows of high-rise hotels, crowds, and a scene that's more reminiscent of a Vegas pool during spring break than heaven here on earth. Don't make that mistake. Instead, head to one of these 10 beach-adjacent resorts — not hotels merely NEAR a beach, but rather right ON the beach. These particular resorts are tropical, romantic, and totally worth the jetlag.
Vahine Island Resort and Spa, French Polynesia: Hidden among coconut trees and right in front of a crystal blue lagoon is the remote Polynesian hideaway dubbed the Vahine Island Resort and Spa. There are only nine beachfront and over-water bungalows in this 23-acre private island located near Bora Bora. If you'd like to get busy doing activities beyond hanging out on the beach, you can engage in a wee bit of snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, or rowing. (Photo via Vahine Island Resort and Spa)
Four Seasons at Jimbaran Bay, Bali: That hammock, that view, and that beach can all be yours. I've spent time on this beach (it's where I spent my honeymoon) and can attest to its awesomeness, but sadly I didn't stay at the very highly regarded Four Seasons. All the accommodations there come in the form of villas that are #blessed with oversized indoor and outdoor living areas, lush gardens, a sun terrace, and your own private pool. (Photo via Four Seasons)
Las Ventanas Al Paraiso, Mexico: If you're going to book a room at the Las Ventanas Al Paraiso in San Jose del Cabo, do yourself a favor and splurge on one of their beachfront villas that have views of the Sea of Cortez and direct access to the beach. Each villa boasts a private infinity-edge pool, as well as other perks like a tequila amenity (hello!). (Photo via Las Ventanas Al Paraiso)
Rayavadee, Thailand: Nestled within the natural beauty that is Krabi's Phranang Peninsula is the way-stunning Rayavadee Resort, a two-hour drive and a 35-minute speed boat ride from Phuket International Airport. The rooms and villas were all built around the trees on the property (none of which were cut down for the resort). The resort is all about sustainability, responsibility, and protecting the area's fragile ecosystem while creating a beautiful and restful experience for guests. So you can feel good about your time in this paradise. (Photo via Rayavadee).
El Nido Resorts, Philippines: When you think "tropical beach vacay," odds are you think of destinations like Hawaii or Bora Bora, but don't forget about locales such as the Philippines. El Nido Resorts are a group of sustainable island retreats in the El Nido and Taytay municipalities in Palawan. At the Apulit Island Resort (pictured above), you can climb and rappel down a limestone cliff, dive for sunken treasures just off the beach, or go spelunking in the island's various caves. Or you can just chill in your swanky water cottage. (Photo via El Nido)
Frégate Island, Seychelles: The Seychelles has been THE vacay spot for many a movie star and deep-pocketed jet-setter. It's also crazy-romantic and a popular place for honeymooners like Kate and William as well as George and Amal. The incredibly posh Frégate Island not only has flawless white sand beaches, but the villas are all hidden within the lush jungle at the edge of the brilliant blue Indian Ocean. (Photo via Frégate Island)
The Trident Hotel, Jamaica: The 13 villas at The Trident Hotel feature a mix of luxury and modern design with nods to mid-century style. Each one also has a private terrace and pool, but if you're feeling beachy, their private beach is steps away for sunning, playing in the sand, or snorkeling in the crazy-clear water. (Photo via The Trident Hotel)
Helena Bay Estate, New Zealand: Paddle boarding, kayaking, and fishing are just a few activities to engage in at the Helena Bay Estate. The five villa suites are located right next to the bay. It's intimate, secluded and romantic — plus it's an ideal locale for bird watching and searching the sea for whales, dolphins, and more. (Photo via Helena Bay Estate)
Hotel Xixim, Mexico: Forget the over populated Cancun; fly in, escape the tourist traps, and head to the unspoiled beauty of a beachside resort like the Hotel Xixim in Celestún. The thatched-roofed suites are a short distance from three miles of white sand beaches. If you visit during April, May, or June, you'll be able to witness the sea turtle nesting on the beaches of Xixim, an unforgettable sight to see. (Photo via Hotel Xixim)
Royal Davui Island Resort, Fiji: The Royal Davui Island Resort isn't easy to get to. The 16 villas that make up this island paradise are only accessible via boat or helicopter, but it's so worth it. Each villa has a private plunge pool and outdoor shower, and they're close to very frolic-worthy white sand beaches.(Photo via Royal Davui Island Resort)
Sunny Chanel is a freelance writer as well as the founder of the whimsical site Wonder and Company. When this proud San Franciscan isn't writing, working on her fixer-upper or doing crafts, she is playing dress up with daughter and planning her next trip to Disneyland.