Readers’ Choice 2014: Top 20 Beach Resorts
By Andrew Harper
The Hideaway Report | September 1, 2014
TOP BEACH RESORTS
Ka`upulehu-Kona, Hawaii — Grand resort in dramatic grounds along a half-mile rocky shoreline on the north Kona Coast, adjacent to Kona Village.
2. Cap Juluca
Maundays Bay, Anguilla — Stylish resort on its own 180-acre garden peninsula, fronting one of the finest beaches in the Caribbean.
Kohala Coast, Hawaii — Justly renowned resort overlooking an exquisite white-sand beach on the Kohala Coast.
4. Caneel Bay
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands — Eco-resort founded by Laurance Rockefeller amid 170 verdant acres bordered by seven secluded white-sand beaches.
Punta Mita, Mexico — Seaside hotel on a scenic 1,200-acre peninsula with two pretty beaches, 45 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta airport.
Maui, Hawaii — Luxurious resort on 15 oceanfront acres at the south end of Wailea Beach.
Honolulu, Hawaii — Oceanfront 453-room hotel set in a quiet five-acre enclave on Waikiki Beach near the prime shopping district.
Sea Island, Georgia — Renowned family-oriented resort and golf community on a 10,000-acre island estate connected by a causeway to St. Simons Island, midway between Savannah and Jacksonville.
Paradise Island, Bahamas — Beachfront colonial-style plantation resort of 105 guest rooms, suites and villas connected by bridge to Nassau on the mainland of New Providence Island.
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands — Classic resort sanctuary set in 500-acre grounds curling around a picturesque beach.
Pine Cay, Turks and Caicos — Delightfully informal resort on an 800-acre private island skirted by a spectacular two-mile deserted white-sand beach.
Riviera Maya, Mexico — Seaside sanctuary on a 200-acre jungle estate fronting a long white-sand beach, 45 minutes south of Cancún.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico — Luxurious residential resort terraced into the panoramic bluffs of Punta Ballena overlooking two private coves. Clusters of four-story earth-toned casitas contain 57 guest rooms.
San José del Cabo, Mexico — Casually elegant Mediterranean/Spanish-style residential resort adjacent to the Cabo Real championship golf links, midway between San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas.
Little Torch Key, Florida — Tropical retreat occupying lush five-acre Little Torch Key (reached via launch from a shore station at Mile Marker 28.5), a half-hour north of Key West.
Laguna Beach, California — Imaginatively conceived resort hotel amid 30 landscaped acres on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, 30 minutes south of Newport Beach.
British Virgin Islands —Romantic resort on a private island reached by cruiser from Tortola’s Beef Island Airport. The dramatic 1,200-acre mountainous islet is fringed by white-sand beaches.
Antigua — Congenial resort on a 300-acre private residential island 15 minutes from Antigua.
Naples, Florida — Grand Mediterranean-style resort hotel rising amid 20 acres of tropical gardens along the Gulf Coast.
Bali, Indonesia — Enchanting resort descending a tropical hillside above the Badung Strait. Thirty-four stone/thatched-roof villas are linked by a network of raised walkways, each featuring a pitched ceiling of woven bamboo, a carved king canopy bed and an inviting veranda.
1. Four Seasons Hualalai – © John C. Russell 5. Four Seasons Punta Mita – © Christian Horan 8. The Cloister © Al Payne 11. Meridian Club – © Christine Morden 12. Belmond Maroma – © Ingrid Rasmussen 13. Esperanza © Erhard Pfeiffer 16. Montage Credit HKSinc © Blake Marvin 17. Peter Island Resort © Preston Schlebusch 20. Amankila © Courtesy of Amanresort