America's Best Beach Hotels
Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Maui
summer without a vacation by the sea? It’s time to check into one of the best
beach hotels in America, as chosen by T+L readers.
corner of Palm Beach, FL, the soft white sand is flanked by hundreds of chaise
lounges, dozens of luxury cabanas, and five large pools. It’s the setting of The
Breakers, an iconic, recently renovated hotel where travelers have found pure
oceanfront bliss for decades.
beach. Relaxing there on a hot summer’s day is an antidote like no
other—especially when you choose the right beach hotel as your home base. We
asked T+L readers to vote on their favorite hotels for our annual World’s Best
Awards Survey, and came away with beachfront winners like The Breakers. So if
your summer travel plans call for a stay at the shore, we’ve got a hotel for
our U.S. favorites are just where you’d expect; two sun-kissed destinations are
home to more than half the winners. Six are in Florida, and another half dozen
are scattered between four Hawaiian islands. And which beach most famously
personifies the Aloha State? Waikiki, of course, where you’ll find the
luxurious Halekulani, with panoramic views of Diamond Head and an award-winning
restaurant. Hotel guests can enjoy free tickets to the Honolulu Symphony, Academy
of Arts, and the Contemporary Museum—so you’ve got plenty to keep you going after
some fun in the sun.
those who want to dip their toes into the Pacific without the long-haul flight,
there’s No. 11 on our list: the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Nigel, in Dana Point, CA. Located
atop 150-foot bluffs facing out toward Catalina Island, the hotel provides
beach chairs, umbrellas, and boogie boards for guests and will also arrange
surf lessons for the adventuresome.
in four other states round out our readers’ picks for America’s best beach
hotels, including the Sanctuary Hotel on Kiawah Island, near Charleston, SC.
This sprawling 225-room hotel is a favorite for its superb coastline, five world-class
golf courses, and the surrounding wildlife-filled wetlands that are home to
migrating birds and nesting sea turtles.
to know which beach property was voted No. 1? Read on for all the winners.