Six of the dreamiest beach hotels and resorts

Hankering after warm sand, aquamarine seas and a tropical breeze? The innovative St Regis, unique Luxury Collection and more traditional Ritz-Carlton hotel brands have a portfolio of the most upscale properties along the world’s coastline. To get the best from your beachside break, book into one of these waterfront havens

Miami Beach EDITION

Miami glamour

Sun-kissed beaches and Art Deco fabulousness by day, rooftop sundowners and a pumping club scene by night… nowhere does coastal cool like Miami. The Miami Beach EDITION in Mid-Beach is the place to work on that tan. Guests have private access to the beach, though the hotel’s tropical pool area is also a draw with its palm trees and vintage diving board. All that retro-chic making you thirsty? Kick back in a hammock at the ultra-chilled Sandbox bar or head to the Matador Bar for cocktails. 

Blue Palace

A Grecian idyll

The Greek islands may come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing’s for sure: a glittering coastline. Nowhere more so than Crete, where the Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa hugs the Aegean Sea. For upbeat vibes and chilled tunes, bag a daybed at the hotel’s Isola Beach Club – or hit the Main Beach with a crisp glass of rosé. For pampering, The Haven – reserved for guests in Island Luxury Suites and Private Villas – is hard to beat, with staff attending to your every need. 

Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

California dreamy

Those after colonial-style architecture, buzz-worthy food and sunny climes, head to Santa Barbara on the California coast. And where do they stay? The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara of course. This Pacific Ocean-front resort has two miles of private beach, a ginormous spa, and multiple dining options. We love the seafront setting of Angel Oak as it’s the ideal spot to order a drink – the restaurant houses 12,000 bottles of wine – and watch for shooting stars.

The Andaman

A taste of the Orient

Private beach? An 8,000-year-old coral reef? Ancient rainforest? The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort Langkawi ticks every traveller’s wish list. Located on the exclusive Datai Bay in Malaysia, this five-star number isn’t afraid to show off its striking location: the rooms, open-air spa and myriad restaurants offer sweeping views over the Andaman Sea and the jungle. Don’t miss the coral nursery, where guests can help return rescued corals to the bay’s fringing reef. 

St Regis Mauritius

Paradise found

The island of Mauritius has long attracted those seeking turquoise waters, powdery beaches and luxury resorts. The all-suite St Regis Mauritius doesn’t disappoint. While away your day on Le Morne Beach or, if you’ve energy to burn, at the water-sports centre. Reward yourself with a La Belle Creole Mary, the resort’s twist on a Bloody Mary, but leave room for dinner – from traditional Mauritian cuisine to the exotic dishes of South-East Asia, you won’t go hungry here. 

St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

The allure of Arabia

Abu Dhabi is fast-growing and forward-thinking yet retains nods to its past, from the dhow harbour to the souks. In keeping with the city, the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi seamlessly blends old and new. The architecture may be ziggurat in style but inside expect modern luxury, from 24-hour butler service to superlative restaurants. And then there’s the private beach, which comes with superbly comfortable sun-loungers. Don’t fall asleep though – you might miss the wild dolphins and hawksbill turtles.

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