Sun, sand, sea, luxury and class; sounds like the ultimate American beach vacation. And God Bless America as resorts is bumping up their amenities and leisure activities. Enjoy your day along the poolside or beach while you nap in a cabana. If you find time away from water relish in a Swedish massage or take a snooze between you 800 thread-count sheets. Explore the best beaches, rooms, amenities and restaurants at these top beach resorts in America.
W Retreat and Spa Vieques Island, Puerto Rico
Surrender your senses in the luxurious, modern spa resort. The Zen and color-combo, modern design features many resting and lounge areas both overlooking the ocean. The chic room design features room and suites of all styles, which makes it challenging to want to leave your humble abode. Take a dip in the elegant pool, sophisticate your mind in a rooftop yoga class or hold your breath in one of many scuba excursions. Whether you hang out in the living room or on the white sandy beach, the W is where sophistication meets seashore.
Fairmont Orchid, Big Island Hawaii
The luxurious oceanfront hotel is a 32-acre shorefront resort along the Kohala Coast. The sugar white-sand sits amidst the aqua blue water. Say hello to the giant sea turtles that bask in the sun every afternoon, and yell goodbye to stress at the Spa Without Walls. And they mean no walls. Enjoy a waterfall or oceanfront cabana massage, the choice is yours. The grounds are fertile, lush and décor is luxurious. What else can you ask for?
The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida
This spectacular Florida, Atlantic coast resort features an idyllic Italian-Renaissance setting amidst the ocean blue shores. Take a walk through European history while you flaunt your modern body on beach. Rejuvenate your body through a signature spa treatment or yoga class. From golf to historic bikes to scuba diving, you’ll never get bored in this 140 acre of lush oceanfront views and activities.
Delano South Beach, Florida
Located in the heart of South Beach, Delano is a world-class urban beach resort. The beautiful large white pillars and “barefoot chic” room design brings a white-on-white room design. Enjoy the complimentary bikes, walk the beach or relax in the 3,500 square foot spa. There’s no need to leave the hotel grounds as plenty of food, wine and sake flow like water at the hotel bars.
W Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The W racks up another amazing beach resort featuring 517 of anything-but-typical rooms. Rooms and suites are all designed differently, but share one common feature, an ocean view. Lounge for dinner with your ocean front view or head on down to the Whiskey Blue for a Studio 54 experience. Take a dive in the pool, featuring a wet bar, which provides a plexi-glass view on what’s swimming below. The W features a perfect balance between urban and sun worshipping lifestyle.
The Retreat in Laguna, California
Create your own personalized vacation along California’s beautiful coastline. The homely yet modern décor specializes in balcony and ocean view rooms. The Retreat features eight Tuscany-style rooms and suites available to rent individually or as a specialized retreat. Enjoy the beach and request the private chef, the taste and flavor is well worth the extra service.
Tun Tu’ Tun Lodge, Oregon
Although this is not a typical sunbathing resort, the Tun Tu’ Tun is a stunning, modern rustic lodge set amidst the fertile Northwest landscape. Situated along the Rogue River, the balcony is a perfect spot for wildlife spotting including eagles. Whether you want action or relaxation you’ll find it here. Sip on wine between the sheets or discover the local fauna with a walkabout or hike.
Elizabeth is a fitness professional, workshop presenter and freelance writer. She is an active traveler who treks the globe looking for interesting stories to write and places to photograph. Her most significant travel achievements include living and volunteering in Australia twice and studied yoga in India.