Best Luxury Beach Resorts in the World

If you’re living where it gets cold during the winter months, it might be head to a warmer destination for a vacation away from the cold. The change of pace can give you a reprieve from the cold, rejuvenate your spirit and promote relaxation and fun in the sun. Listed are the top luxury beach resorts in the world. Each is highly rated for service and high class luxury in a beachfront setting. If you love the beach and you’re ready to get away for some R & R, check out the best luxury beach resorts in the world and what they have to offer.

The Mulia Bali, Indonesia

Revel in premium amenities and unrivaled hospitality with luxury accommodations at the consistently award-winning Bali beach resort. Dine at the venue of your choice with our selection of 9 restaurants and bars, each promising a distinct dining experience overlooking the beach and ocean beyond. Lounge on an array of day beds by the resort’s 4 pools, while guests of The Mulia and Mulia Villas enjoy exclusive access to 2 pools. A plethora of beach activities, state of the art spa and fitness facilities await those seeking to relax and refresh during their stay.

Viceroy Riviera Maya, Mexico

Leave the everyday behind in their 41 residential-style private villas, each featuring their own completely private plunge pool, sunbathing deck and outdoor shower. The modern amenities, from native-tree-inspired aromatherapy during turn down service to plush Egyptian cotton linens, are as if from a dream.

Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

Indulge in gigantic in-room pools in enormous rooms looking south to the Piton peaks and across the Caribbean. You’ll feel ultra-VIP atop a mountain above the black sand beach below. There’s a private restaurant, bar, and spa to add to the exclusivity of this hotel—opt for a helicopter transfer from UVF airport to avoid the rather bumpy cross-island drive and unpaved road from Soufrière. Once there, you’ll have Wi-Fi, but no TV or telephone as it’s all about a disconnect in one of these one-of-a-kind aeries.

The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Mexico

Flanked by a tropical rain forest, limestone cliffs and the emerald waters of the Andaman Sea, the natural beauty on our Island of Legends is as dramatic as it is serene. Tucked away within an UNESCO World Geopark, our Resort’s Malay-style pavilions and villas offer both quiet, romantic havens for lovebirds as well as versatile family-oriented retreats. Wake up with a morning swim in your plunge pool before enjoying breakfast on the deck, then head out to explore the mysterious mangrove forests, winding rivers and ancient sea stacks that create our unique landscape.

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Over water bungalows and underwater adventures welcome you at this sand-fringed idyll in the shadow of Bora Bora’s Mount Otemanu. Toast sunsets from your private plunge pool, marvel at the Tahitian night sky, or simply lose yourself in our lagoon, where the waters teem with exotic reef fish and colorful corals.

Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nevis

This is an authentic Caribbean plantation on 30 beach-side acres along the north coast, and is quiet and laid back. Vacationers return year after year for the personal greetings, fantastic food, and comfy accommodations in the cottages in the grand palms. Be greeted by name by their attentive staff whose only wish is that you enjoy yourself and the one you are with.

Esperanza Resort Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The Esperanza Resort is full of character. Thursday nights feature “Mexicanisimo”–an extravaganza of food from different regions of Mexico, live music, a marketplace, and fireworks. There are daily painting lessons, tequila tastings with a Master Tequilero, and learn how to drive an open-wheel car in the Baja desert while staying here. From whale watching in the the Sea of Cortez to horseback riding through a deep desert canyon, Baja California is a world of contrasts to be explored.

Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa, Vietnam

This 50-acre resort is on an unspoiled beach fronting the famous Marble Mountains along Vietnam’s central coast. It has cool, modern rooms in which all have balconies, and most with sea views over low-rise rooftops. The resort Offers a choice of room types, all with gorgeous sea views, with 198 guestrooms and suites, 160 one-to-three bedroom residences and 22 three-bedroom villas.

The Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia

 

Flanked by a tropical rain forest, limestone cliffs and the emerald waters of the Andaman Sea, the natural beauty is as dramatic and serene. Tucked away within an UNESCO World Geopark, the Resort’s Malay-style pavilions and villas offer both quiet, romantic havens for lovebirds as well as versatile family-oriented retreats. Wake up with a morning swim in your plunge pool before enjoying breakfast on the deck, then head out to explore the mysterious mangrove forests, winding rivers and ancient sea stacks that create our unique landscape.

Palm Island Resort, St Vincent & the Grenadines

The ultimate in castaway chic, with their award-winning adult-oriented resort and spa. One of the finest and most exclusive in the Caribbean offering unparalleled standards of accommodation, dining, activities and experiences. Accessible only by private launch, the truly stunning setting of this blissful location has infinite wow factor. A private oasis offering guests top end luxury. With five soft white sand beaches, the warm turquoise sea and a lush green interior the island has something for everyone.

What to Pack For a Luxurious Beach Vacation:

You have your plane ticket booked and hotel reserved, and what to pack still remains. But if you think that any accessory or swimsuit will suffice, think again. A luxurious beach vacation involves so much more than shedding clothes and jumping in the ocean. You have to look good, especially if you staying at five star resort. Such resorts warrant items that have a little more posh than practical. For the basics you can visit our best beach gear page. Here are the items you’ll need for your luxury beach vacation:

Women

Swimsuit: This is a must, whether you are exploring the beaches or just chilling in the pool, you must have at least one swimsuit for your luxury beach vacation.

Beach Shorts/Denim: You need something casual to wear around the resort during the day, like these.

Cover-Up: Easy breezy just to cover up that swimsuit and move around the resort during the day.

Summer Tops: Stay cool with a cute summer top to go with your denim shorts.

Sunglasses: Gotta have a good pair of sunglasses to wear around the resort and the classic Ray Bans do just the trick.

Sunhat: Try this fashionable Fedora Hat to make you look more elegant and casual.

Beach Bag: Don’t forget to bring a beach bag to keep items like your kindle, phone, ipod, room key or camera while your chilling on the beach or around the resort.

Maxi Dress: Maxi dresses are hands down the best way to be super comfortable and look glam in the evening! Rock them with a nice pair of sandals and you are ready to party all night long!

Sandals: Try Plaka Sandals, with unique designs using high-quality materials and special color mixes you’ll love. Also great to have is a good pair of platform sandals for going out.

Face Cream: You will want a a good face moisturizer with sun block to keep your face looking vibrant and healthy.

Men

Board Shorts: You’ll need board shorts with that are functional and colorful for relaxation, by the pool and for a day at the beach.

Tank Tops: You’ll want a few cool and fun tank tops to take with you.

White Dress Pants: A good pair of white dress pants will be great for your evening out, or a comfortable pair of dress shorts.

Polo/Button Down Shirt: Required by some of the restaurants for dinner, we commend something like this.

Hat: Men need to keep the sun off their face too. Try this great twill hat.

Sunglasses: Gotta have a good pair of sunglasses to wear around the resort and the classic Ray Bans do just the trick.

Flip Flops: Get these great beach-ready sandal featuring a fabric thong strap.

Dress Shoes: A must have for dinner, casual yet comfortable and stylish. The classic boat shoe silhouettes designed to perform on or off shore.

28 Comments

  1. DorcasW

    Hi; thanks much for the valued information about these fantastic resorts. reading your post helps me to know where to look for hotel accommodation when next I travel on a vacation to these parts. 

    I know for sure that Vietnam will be one of my stops when next I tour on a vacation. Because of weather conditions, I did not finish touring the full fifty acres property my last stop there.

    I will definitely take my Cadet group to Nisbet Plantation Beach Club when we visit Nevis later this year. I found your post to be most helpful in a time when I am pressed for time to research. Thank you much.

    DorcasW

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Dorcas.  I am glad you enjoyed your visit to beach travel destinations.

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  2. rlippse2

    I just love to travel.  

    Your page of tips for dealing with hotels and reservation is full of useful strategies to get good deals.  Is there a general rule of how much of a discount to ask for?  I wouldn’t want to go too far and upset someone, but at the same time, every savings, helps.  

    Having links directly to booking agents and hotels right on your sight is really helpful.  I don’t even have to go looking for an agent.  Talk about a hassle free vacation planning.  

    I shared this on face book and will let my friends know about it.  I want to go with all of them to Florida.  Do you jthink a booking agent would be able to help us all coordinate around a specific date and location?

    Thank you for a great all in one site.  I bookmarked it and will come back.   

    Roberta.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      As far as asking for a discount, I generally shoot for 10%.  Sometimes I will start at 20%, because all they can do is tell you no right?  And they are on the other end of the phone, so they can’t see who I am LOL.  I can help put together and coordinate your travel plans.  Just give me the particulars and I would love to help.  You can email me at leahrae@beachtraveldestinations.com.   Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Jay

    I recently read your post on some of the best luxury beach resorts in the US and I was trilled by your selections and from this post it seems you have done an excellent job identifying the best luxury beach resorts in the world.

    I mean just look at these selections. These are truly amazing and they are definitely a site to behold. I really hope that one day I would have the financial capability to visit these places.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I agree Jay!  I would love to visit them all as well 🙂  I mean who wouldn’t right?  But then I am a beach lover, and it is where I find my peace and it’s good for my soul.  I am glad you enjoyed reading the best luxury beach resorts in the world.

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  4. Abbas

    Wow this is amazing, thanks for sharing your list of the top beach resorts. They all look amazing although Im leaning towards either Bora Bora or Jade Mountain.  These two look like they could be very unique holiday destinations. WHich one of these would you recommend for a couple travelling together who enjoy relaxing by the pool and doing local exploring?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Definitely head to Bora Bora, although Jade Mountain would be wonderful too!  All in all, you could not go wrong with either destination.  Please let me know if you have any further questions.  Thanks for visiting the best luxury beach resorts in the world.

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  5. Akshay

    Amazing article. I just love reading from your website. Out of the places you have listed, I’ve only been to Malaysia but never get to see the spot you’ve listed. Also, I never heard much of Mexico. After reading this article, I gained a lot of awesome knowledge. In each of your post, there is always a huge learning. I truly appreciate your travel interest and rich experience. 

    Listed all of them in my travel planner. That’s so wonderful. I’m planning a trip this December. Or, would you rather suggest during Summer time? Somewhere during may or June! 

    Thanks a lot for sharing this great information with us. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Boy you can really go any time that works best for you.  Summer is usually more crowded, so you just have to take that into consideration.  Glad you enjoyed!  Thanks for visiting and please let me know if you have any additional questions.

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  6. Khobayer Khan

    Hello Leahrae,

    This is a wonderful article about Best Luxury Beach Resorts in the World. I am very glad to see your article. Your article is one of the best articles I have ever seen. In your article, you discuss everything very with details. Next week I want to go to Mexico for spending my holiday and I think Viceroy Riviera Maya is the best place for me to stay there. If you include the Cox’s Bazar sea beach and their Luxury Resorts. I hope that in your next article you will include this.

    Thank for writing such an amazing and helpful article.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great you are going to have a wonderful time!  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations!

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  7. Henry

    I have been impressed with Bora Bora and with Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. Concerning “Mexicanisimo”, I have tried some of Mexico’s traditional food and it’s really yummy, so I would not want to miss this extravaganza of food from different regions of Mexico. Whale watching and horseback riding are great too. These things make Esperanza Resort to rank high among my options. Thanks for this special post.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome. I have been to Cabo at least 10 times and I have went horseback riding on the beach, which is totally awesome and whale watching which is amazing.  I love Mexican food, I agree that it is pretty yummy.  I think you would have a wonderful time in Cabo, well Bora Bora too 🙂  thanks for visiting the best luxury beach resorts in the world.

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  8. AnnetteCristina

    Wow! Such beautiful destinations. My husband and I love to travel and plan on doing more of that in the near future. I’ve been to Indonesia, France, England, Egypt, Italy and Croatia as well as several places within the USA. Out of the ones you have featured, St. Lucia looks amazing to me. Perhaps, that will be my next stop. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Oh you would love St Lucian for sure.  I personally also love Croatia.  I think it is a bargain for all you get there.  Wonderful place.  You have been to many wonderful places for sure.  Let me know where you end up next 🙂

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  9. jessie palaypay

    I definitely hope to visit one of these resorts when I find a break from working on my side business. It has been a really stressful time trying to make it work. 

    On top of that, my finances are not in order yet. What is the typical prices for staying at these luxury beach resorts? Does it vary based on the country I am in? Do you have a recommendation for someone on a tight budget to enjoy one of these resorts? 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Jessie and great questions.  Luxury beach resorts are generally not gonna be on the cheap side.  I do have a blog post where I list the best affordable beach resorts.  These come with a much better room rate and are still all rated very well.  Please let me know if you see  anything of interest.  Also, the price won’t matter what country you are visiting from, but that will reflect in your airline ticket price.

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  10. Mckinsey

    Hey, I really enjoyed looking at your website Beach Travel Destinations. The pictures are beautiful, and it makes me wish I lived on the beach. LOL. Your paragraphs are easy to read and everything is so neat. My favorite thing was the pictures, they are breathtaking. I really don’t see any flaws here, everything looks great. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Mckinsey!  I am glad you enjoyed!

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  11. Matthew

    This travel website is amazing! So many beautiful places to visit and so little money and time to do so.

    Ah well, maybe I will win the lottery and be able to go to some of these luxury beach resorts

    I went to Egypt on my honeymoon which was really nice but it was nothing compared to these places, especially the Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora. Although it looks quite primitive, I have taken a look at where you have the “More Info” button and the insides of the over-water bungalows look like the inside of a 5-star hotel.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      It is most definitely a 5 star hotel Matthew.  I would agree, so many beautiful places and yep, need to win the lottery to visit them all 🙂  Thanks for visiting the best luxury beach resorts in the world.

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  12. Lee

    So many beautiful beaches and places to visit. You have given a real international list here. I am partial to the beaches in the Caribbean because it seems much closer to me. So, Jade Mountain, St. Lucia looks so appealing to me. I love this time of year and I love thinking about sitting in the sun, looking at all the beautiful sights a beach has to offer. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I agree Lee, so many beautiful places for sure.  Yes, I am close to the Caribbean as well, so find that an easy and wonderful beach destination.  Thanks for visiting and glad you enjoyed my review of the best luxury beach resorts in the world.

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  13. Norman

    Man, you talk about a true getaway and a vacation. These spots I would love to call hot spots if you don’t mine. They are just awesome and breathtaking. Who would not want to spend a week on more in places like these which you have described? It is like an island paradise that is truly amazing. These places are so lovely. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Norman.  Yes, now we just need to win the lottery so that we can visit them all right?  I am a beach bum at heart and these are my top destinations for sure!  Thanks for stopping by beach travel destinations.

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  14. Daniella

    WOW, what a dream! I didn’t know there were so many beautiful places! Traveling to luxury beaches was always one of my biggest dreams:) Now it’s time to make my dream reality. The beach that I like most is the Four Season Resort Bora Bora. I can already imagine myself waking up in the morning with fruit breakfast, the sunrise and clear blue water and me with flowers on my head:)
    Anyway, I wonder if this resort expensive? It looks very simple, that’s why I ask this question:) But the surrounding views worth a million dollars!
    Thank you for this excellent post!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, luxury does equate to a bit of a price tag. Depending on what time of year you go, you could be looking at about $1000 a night during the summer. But absolutely worth it!

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