Best Luxury Beach Resorts USA

Ahh…the beach. Nothing is better than relaxing at the beach on a hot summer’s day, specially when you choose the right beach hotel. So if your summer travel plans call for a stay at the beach, we’ve got a hotel for you. Many favorites are just where you’d expect, Florida and the Hawaiian islands. At one of these great hotels you’ve got plenty to keep you going after some fun in the sun. Here are the best luxury beach resorts USA:

Four Seasons Resort, Hualalai Hawaii

Surrounded by white-sand beaches and black-lava landscapes, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is perfectly situated for all kinds of island adventures. The spirit of Hawaii, from its long-held traditions to its inspired art, informs every detail of our idyllic retreat.

Halekulani, Oahu Hawaii

Halekulani is a cherished blend of place and space, an oasis-like experience amid the energy of Waikiki. With their beachfront location and unobstructed views of Diamond Head, Halekulani is the sought-after destination for those wishing to honeymoon in Hawaii. They gave a long tradition of excellence in hospitality, cuisine and amenities.

Montage Laguna Beach, California

Perched on a coastal bluff above the Pacific, Montage Laguna Beach welcomes guests into the heart of Southern California’s preeminent artist colony. Spanning 30 acres, the beachfront sanctuary features two outdoor pool decks, a 20,000-square-foot spa and three signature restaurants with spectacular views of the California coast.

The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Oahu Hawaii

The Kahala has everything you could possibly want in a tropical beach resort, and so much more. There is something to suite every taste, whether you are visiting for business or pleasure, relaxation or stimulation. Their service is legendary, no request is too big or small.  Meet the dolphins in their private lagoon, relax by the white sand beach, learn to surf or scuba, and take an exercise class overlooking the ocean. There’s even The Keiki Club for the little ones.

Acqualina Resort and Spa, Sunny Isles Beach Florida

Their guestrooms are designed to reflect the beauty of their grounds. Here you’ll fine the essence of elegant Mediterranean chic, with their 54 hotel rooms and 44 hotel suites are richly appointed with classic furnishings mixed with modern accents, sumptuous fabrics and linens, his-and-her bathrooms outfitted with imported marbles, state-of-the-art technology and private terraces.

JW Marriott Marco Island, Florida

With stunning guest accommodations, wonderful restaurants and state of the art fitness and entertainment areas, you can make memories in the spectacular setting of the JW Marriott Marco Island. Enjoy an enriching experience, indulge your senses in culinary masterpieces and relax and rejuvenate at their spa. The JW Marriott offers a new dimension of luxury, inviting you to play in paradise.

The Brazilian Court Hotel, Palm Beach Florida

Here you” find elegant Spanish Colonial architecture, lush tropical courtyards and fountains with warm ocean breezed. A historic landmark with boutique intimacy. There are 80 private rooms at this Palm Beach luxury getaway with high-style accommodations and impeccable service to bring you an unforgettable experience.

The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida

You’ll find The Breakers Palm Beach unsurpassed in terms of luxury. The 540 room resort on 140 beachfront acres has breezy tropical rooms with private poolside cabanas complete with flat screen TVs and concierge service. There’s a private beach, four oceanfront pools, countless amenities—and never a resort fee.

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Hawaii

This is a favorite for the Hollywood types looking for a Polynesian interlude. This 380 room resort caters to your every whim. The suites are decorated in tropical accents, all facing the Pacific Ocean or the Haleakala volcano. If you are looking for some beach activities, you can snorkel, scuba dive, or take yoga classes…..all free for hotel guests. See and be seen – or find hideaway-style sanctuary – along the golden sands of Wailea Beach.

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.

30 Comments

  1. Alblue

    Wow thank you for listing all the best luxury beach resorts in USA. I’m planning to enjoy a holiday in USA this summer with my family.I think we will love to stay at either Florida or Georgia, but we will check for detailed activities and budget there first. Do you know if there is any public yacht party there? Thank you for your information

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      If you want a yacht party, you will want to check out my article on the Top Michigan beach towns.  I have personally done a yacht party there and it was amazing!  I am sure you can find this as well in Florida, but truly a yacht on Lake Michigan is spectacular!  Thanks for the visit.

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  2. JJ

    Thank you for this review of these great resorts. I have been to Florida and would prefer to check out California or Hawaii. These places seem so much like what I envisage Paradise to be. I will be planning next year’s vacation soon and I am inspired by these. Are the beaches at Four Seasons and Montage Laguna close to any local entertainment or museums or special places to visit?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, they are both close all the attractions that you would go to the areas for.  I am a walking person, not much into car rentals.  You could go by foot or taxi.  Both will be amazing hotels to stay at.  Laguna Beach is an artist community, so you will find plenty in the way of museums and interesting things to see and do.  You can visit my Laguna Beach Travel Guide for some great ideas of attractions and things to do, as well as restaurants and such.

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  3. Khobayer Khan

    Hello,

    This is a wonderful and helpful article about Best Luxury Beach Resorts USA. In your article, you collect beautiful resorts. Next week my friend wants to go to the USA and he wants to go to see their sea beach. He is worried about which resort he select but when I read your article I get many beautiful places where he can stay comfortably. I am suggesting to him this article to chose where he feels very comfortable and he wants to stay.

    Thanks for write such a wonderful and helpful article.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great!  Thanks for stopping by and visiting the best luxury beach resorts USA!

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  4. Mark

    Oh my gosh, I am sooo ready to get out of Minnesota and head for a real beach. This really got me to thinking about booking a beach resort vacation because I need a little luxury pampering about now. I don’t think I can make it to Hawaii this year but Florida or California are possibilities. Which of these would say is the best place to just relax and feel completely care free?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hands down Florida.  I used to live close to California, and now live in Florida.  Much more laid back and down to Earth in Florida 🙂  Please let me if I can help with your travel plans, and thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  5. Devin E.

    Hello there! This site is so beautiful. It is truly a sight for sore eyes. There are so many wonderful locations here how did you pick which ones to feature? Or did every one you find get to make it? This is a very well put together site and so easy to navigate. What got you into helping people book vacations? Are you fond of travel? Also, this site is very bright and happy and truly shows the beauty of travel on top of tips of how to get these trips for cheaper. It’s very easy for us to follow your directions. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I do a ton of research to find the best places, such as customer reviews etc.  I love to travel and I love to help others enjoy travel, I guess that is what got me going.  Just a passion of mine.  I am so glad you enjoyed Devin.  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  6. Cathy

    For me, going to the beach during summer is a must. We simply love the sound of the wave, the softness of the sand and that open breathing space. If only I can buy a property nearby, we would be waking up in heaven every single morning. Looks like most of the best resorts are located in Hawaii and we love it there. 

    The Kahala hotel seems to have everything – the beach experience and entertainment. Hopefully, they have some good offers there. I may consider that destination for the holidays.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Oh you cannot go wrong with Hawaii and staying at the Kahala!  You will have a wonderful time Cathy.  I live in Florida near the beach, and my dad doesn’t understand why I go to Mexico or Hawaii LOL.  To me it is the atmosphere, the food, the culture….just a change of beach pace I guess 🙂  Thanks for visiting the best luxury beach resorts USA.

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  7. Paulette

    Oh my! The beaches and hotels are beautiful! Living in the middle of the US, I love getting to visit beaches whenever I can. Your descriptions make me ready to pack my bathing suit and head for Florida! So amazingly beautiful! Or maybe Hawaii. I have never been there. Gorgeous!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Glad you enjoyed Paulette! You kind of have it made, you can head any direction 😀 Thanks for stopping by beach travel destinations.

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  8. Jay

    Wow, I really find it hard to believe that places like these actually exist. I have never been to any of these resorts and looking at them is actually making me day dream.

    I am going to guess that staying in a place like these would be crazy expensive. Maybe not as expensive as I might be expecting but still I expect them to be pretty expensive.

    But this would be definitely worth it because in a place like these it would feel like you are living on top of the world.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, agreed.  If you are going to stay an amazing resort on an amazing beach with great amenities, then the term crazy expensive fits the bill 🙂  But so well worth it!  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  9. Matthew

    Hi, I don’t know if you remember me but I have been on this website quite a lot and I think you have got me addicted to travelling and holidays, yes, you have made me choose a holiday every time I come here, lol

    Hawaii is one of my favourite holiday destinations and after being there about 4 times I thought that I had seen it all, until I saw the Kahala Hotel & Resort, Oahu

    It looks amazing and I can’t believe I have missed such an amazing hotel there

    I will be out in Hawaii in the next year or so and I think that I will have to book into this hotel if they have enough space for myself and my family

    Do you know if they will accommodate a big family of 6, Two adults and four children?

    Thanks if you can help 🙂 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Matthew,  You would have to rent two rooms at the Kahala to accommodate your family.  A better choice would be the The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club  which offers vintage inspired bungalows and suites.  This resort is rated great and has a lot of great amenities as well.  Please let me know if you  have any additional questions.

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  10. Stella

    All the resort in there would definitely be a nice place to explore. Those pictures speak much about them. My next vacation plus a short birthday get together is likely going to be in Florida and I’ll love to check one of these resort out. Acqualina Resort and Spa should be able to serve the purpose. Thanks for this review. It’s really going to help.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Sounds like a great birthday you  have planned.  But them I am kind of partial to Florida since I live in this great state.  You will absolutely love the Acqualina Resort and Spa.  Please let me know if you need any further information.

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  11. Nuttanee

    I have always wanted to visit Hawaii with my best friend from Okinawa, Japan. We decided that we will meet each other half way so she doesn’t have to fly that long to NY. The four seasons resort looks in Wailea, Hawaii is breath taking, That volcano view is really something. Will check it out, thank you for all the recommendations. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome and glad you enjoyed reading the best luxury beach resorts USA.  Please let me know if you need any additional information.

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  12. Akshay

    Another amazing post. United States is a great nation, where everyone wants to visit. I do have little knowledge about top tourist places in the US and after reading your post, knowledge already gets significantly enhanced. Surprisingly, I’ve not yet visited to the US, whereas rest of my family members does! 

    So, I’m very much thrilled to plan a summer trip to Hawaii and Florida, on the cool spots you have suggested. I just can’t appreciate your work enough. It is useful for locals as well as international tourists. 

    Thanksa lot for sharing this awesome information. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome and I am glad you enjoyed visiting the best luxury beach resorts USA and learning a little bit about the great ole USA!  Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. coralie

    These resorts all look so beautiful, and absolute paradise.  I really can’t imagine getting to pick between any of these places.  I have to say that Florida and Hawaii, they both look fabulous.  The scenary is out of this world.  Beach travel locations are so sought after that choosing where to go is sometimes the hardest part.  We sure know that isn’t sitting poolside or on the beach. Great job

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks so much Coralie!  I am glad you enjoyed 🙂  Thanks for stopping by beach travel destinations.

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  14. Norman

    These are some real vacation getaways that are pretty amazing. It is almost like a fairy tale which I will call a dream vacation. I love the beaches and the whole set up which makes these great vacation spots. I am sure that your readers will love these travel spots just like how I do. These truly are a vacation getaway.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Norman and glad you enjoyed my review of the best luxury beach resorts USA.  We definitely have some great ones here in the US.  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  15. Lee

    I love all Florida beaches. I guess those are my favorite because they are so close. I have taken my family to many of the beaches you have highlighted and many others and they are so beautiful. I hear that Florida actually has the best beaches in the Continental United States. Those pictures of Hawaii are always breath taking and I can only imagine being there.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I live in Florida and I would tend to agree with you 🙂  I also lived in Texas, and Texans love their beaches, but they don’t hold a candle to Florida beaches.  Just the atmosphere, the friendly people, and everything is just so down to Earth.  Cannot be beat for sure.  Thanks for visiting the best luxury beach resorts USA.

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