Life's a Beach

By Ayesha Khan | July 14, 2015 | Articles National

Sandpearl Resort, Clearwater Beach, Fla.
Located right on what’s widely regarded as one of the best beaches in the entire state, a stay at this resort is like taking an island getaway without ever even leaving the country (Tampa and St. Pete-Clearwater airports are just an hour flight from ATL). Expect lusciously appointed rooms, an AAA four-diamond resto, as well as a sprawling lagoon pool complete with cabanas and a cascading waterfall. What’s more, every day at sunset the resort bell sounds, beckoning guests to the shoreside fire pits to toast marshmallows (s’mores, anyone?). From $259 per night, @sandpearlresort

Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Looking for a farther-flung getaway? How about Rio? The only beachfront resort in town, the Sheraton is perched on its own private stretch of sand between iconic Leblon and Ipanema. This seriously sexy resort just underwent a $50 million reno, and that means all-new everything, from a Shine Spa (overlooking the shore, of course) to plentiful dining (no less than seven outlets!). Packages, including complimentary breakfasts, parking and one lunch per stay, from $290 per night (minimum stays may be required), @sheratonrio

Laguna Beach House, Laguna Beach, Calif.
While in Cali, why not meander over to Laguna Beach, where, perched atop the cliffs, you’ll find the laid-back beach town’s newest beach cottage (it just opened in April). The 36-room boutique beauty celebrates Laguna’s surfer heritage in every space from the lobby to guest rooms and the spa. Cool comps include coffee every morning, and milk and cookies before bed. Oh, and if you want to try your hand at hitting the waves, surfboards are sold on-site! From $197 per night, @lbhonpch

Thompson Miami Beach, Miami, Fla.
Opened late last year, this SoBe spot is the place to see and be seen. Sip a hand-crafted cocktail at the deco-style Crown Room or the Prohibition era 1930s House; strut your stuff at the resort’s two pools (poolside DJs are on-hand to deliver the beats); or get your gourmet on at the Michelle Bernstein eatery. From $162 per night, @thompsonmiami

Matlali, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
This chic, well-appointed boutique hotel near Puerto Vallarta offers the best way to revel in the beauty of Mexico’s azure Pacific coast, from charter boating to scuba diving. There are also plenty of on-land activities (after all, the property is located smack-dab in the middle of a nature reserve). Guests can avail of free access to the nearby Eva Mandarina Beach Club (where, by the way, the food is TDF), and there’s even a dreamy Makaw√© Spa on-property. Rolling Hill Jr. Suite from $220 per night, @matlalihotel

Hilton Waikoloa Village, Kohala Coast, Hawaii
If sensory overload is your thing, you’ll love this little slice of Hawaiian paradise. Sprawled out over 62 acres, the property features three pools, a private ocean-fed snorkeling lagoon, a Kohala Spa (featuring locally inspired treatments), workout facilities and fitness classes at the Kohala Sports Club, a Dolphin Quest educational center, nine dining outlets with Island-oriented meals and snacks inspired by local ingredients, and a Museum Walkway featuring 1,800 pieces of art. There’s even an extensive three-hour Legends of Hawaii Luau three times a week (and the accompanying buffet is amaze). From $269 per night, @hiltonwaikoloa

Club Med CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Let’s face it—everyone has at least once dreamed of running away and joining the circus. Well, now that’s not as far-fetched as you’d think, thanks to Club Med and Cirque du Soleil (what a partnership, right?). Located on the ridiculously gorg shores of Punta Cana, this all-inclusive resort offers guests the chance to learn more than 30 acrobatic and artistic skills from flying trapeze, acrobatic bungee, tightrope and aerial silks to mask painting, makeup and juggling lessons. From $129 per person per night, @clubmedofficial

Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, Cayman Islands
Following a $15 million reno, this chic hotel located on Grand Cayman’s famed Seven Mile Beach doesn’t disappoint. It’s all about the Marriott-coined Beach House Experience—a hotel that is meant to feel more like your own seaside abode with unpretentious interiors, fun farm-to-table food (case in point: the Den and the Anchor, two chilled-out, designed-to-a-tee food and bev watering holes) and seaside enjoyment (our fave activities include cocktail lessons, sunrise yoga and poolside movie nights). From $269 per night, @marriottresorts

Las Brisas Acapulco, Acapulco, Mexico
Embraced by the epic vistas of Acapulco Bay and its lush hills, this boutique resort offers the luxury of privacy and is a perfect option for a fun retreat with a bunch of besties. More than 250 independent one and two bedroom suite villas are built right into the cliff side, and all feature private balconies and private or semiprivate pools. And, of course, visits to the quaint nearby small towns are a must, as with any trip south of the border! From $123 per night, @brisashotels

The Goodland, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Ever wondered what it would be like to live the life of a carefree surfer? That’s just the spirit at this surf lodge located just off Cali’s famed 101 Freeway. With comp perks like evening social hour (with plenty of Cali vino by the glass) and live weekly musical events, this SoCal installment of the artsy, hip Kimpton Hotels chain embodies the chilled-out lifestyle that any vacationer would relish. Oh, and pets stay free, too! Weekday rates from $179 per night, @thegoodlandsb


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