Ultimate beach resorts
You have your heart set on the ultimate beach vacation. We're talking A-list with private coves, butler service, crisp white bed linens and ultra-hip interiors. A beach resort befitting of Hollywood royalty. Where everything becomes one hazy daydream of pinch-me perfect virgin white sand, Michelin-worthy cuisine and shimmering ocean views, even submarines at your disposal. Welcome to paradise.
Whether you're going to celebrate or chill out, there are a handful of exclusive beach resorts that go above and beyond to ensure that you're pampered, day and night, to within an inch of your life. Swim in warm turquoise water, sink into butter-soft leather upholstery in your private beachfront villa, savour the scent of jasmine in the breeze and dine on fresh lobster at an over-water restaurant. At these, the crème de la crème of beach resorts, relaxation is a serious business.
Lord Howe Island, New South Wales, Australia
Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island offers premium luxury boutique accommodation on this UNESCO World Heritage listed island, one of the last true paradises on earth. The beach house style and relaxed, luxe-inspired ethos makes for a stunning retreat.
Ambergris Caye, Belize
Spectacularly located a short distance from Belize's Ambergris Caye, Cayo Espanto is an idyllic private island hideaway, ideally placed for excellent scuba diving in the sparkling waters of the Caribbean, just a short boat ride away.
Riviera Maya & Isla Holbox, Mexico
Overlooking the turquoise Caribbean coastline and powder white sands of Xpu-Ha beach on the Riviera Maya, Esencia offers an intimate boutique hideaway from which to enjoy ocean adventures and the rich Mayan culture of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort
Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, a Rosewood Resort is a chic boutique retreat that embraces its Baja desert environment and offers a real wow-factor, allowing couples and families to experience the nature and riches of Los Cabos in utter luxury.
Ponta dos Ganchos
Florianopolis, Southern Coast, Brazil
Set on a magnificent peninsula, Pontas dos Ganchos is one of Brazil’s finest coastal properties, surrounded by emerald waters with its own sandy cove, this resort of just 25 private villas is renowned for its understated luxury and impeccable service.
Placencia, Placencia, Belize
Movie Director Francis Ford Coppola’s Turtle Inn is a rustic Indonesian style beach retreat set back from a narrow stretch of pearly white sands gently lapped by the Caribbean Sea on Belize’s southern coast, outside the sleepy Creole village of Placencia.