Wakaya Club & Spa, Fiji.
Wakaya Club & Spa, Fiji.

7 Best Beach Resorts

These lodging options are in countries around the world, but they'll all deliver you to the same place: paradise.

  1. Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, Maldives. Two-story beach villas with oversized private pools, a posh Ayurvedic spa, and all water sports plus snorkeling with mantas and scuba lessons. Great for kids, too.
  2. NIHI Sumba, Indonesia. Fifty miles from Bali, this resort offers ultra-lux villas on the Indian Ocean, barefoot gourmet dining, trips to local villages, horseback riding on the beach, and perfect waves for surfers.
  3. Six Senses, Ninh Van BayVietnam. With towering mountains in the background, Six Senses features sumptuous beach and overwater villas, plus a soothing spa.
  4. Wakaya Club & Spa, Fiji. A private airplane transports you to this intimate hideaway with beachfront suites, tropical forests, and vibrant coral reefs. 
  5. Mauna Lani, Hawaii. This resort on the Big Island—whose name means “mountain reaching heaven”—is perfect for couples and families, with activities including sunrise canoeing, snorkeling, and nightly music.
  6. Banyan Tree, Mayakoba, Mexico. In the heart of Riviera Maya, you can commune with nature, bike, golf, relax in a lagoon, or watch the sunset from a rooftop villa.  
  7. Lapa Rios Lodge, Costa Rica. This eco-lodge, whose unspoiled beaches are ideal for surfing and swimming, is set in 1,000 acres of tropical forest populated by monkeys, scarlet macaws, pumas, and toucans.