In all of us is the desire to get away. But often just getting away isn't enough. We want to be in an environment that's completely different than the one we are accustomed to. That environment usually involves crystal clear waters and endless fun in the sand. Beach hotels are a great way to enjoy a nice escape from the daily stress of work and home life. They offer great access to the beaches and excellent views of the ocean and other captivating sights.
Below we have compiled a guide to the top 10 beach hotels in the United States today.
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali (Price range: $325 - $775)
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa is located on the legendary Ka’anapali Beach, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It is the ideal destination for a getaway vacation at the inspiring Hawaiian islands. It is especially appealing to families and honeymooners, thanks to its tropical gardens, amazing aquatic playground with 5 pools, and its beachfront setting.
The fine, contemporary oceanfront resort is just four minutes (walking distance) away from the Whalers Villa mall & leisure complex and the Kaanapali Golf Course Resort South. All the rooms and suites come with coffeemakers, private balconies, plush beds, free Wi-Fi, desks, and flat screen TVs. Some even include fridges. There are several dining and bar options, like the oceanside dining, a burger bistro, and a Polynesian revue with a local dancing show and an in island-style buffet.
Additionally, the beach hotel offers four outdoor pools, a beach view spa, a fitness center, and a business center with meeting rooms. You can also book airport shuttle service at a fee.
Sheraton Sand Key Resort (Price range: $195 - $354)
Situated exactly 8.3 miles from the Florida Botanical Gardens and 3.1 miles from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, this upscale oceanfront is one of the most attractive beach hotels in the United States. The rooms come with balconies and patios and include coffeemakers, 37" flat screen TVs, and WiFi (at a fee). Some provide excellent views of the ocean. Club rooms lead to a lounge with complimentary afternoon appetizers, all-day snacks, and continental breakfast. Suites are integrated with living rooms featuring massage showers, and pull-out sofas.
Parking is free, and there is access to an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a private beach. Other amenities include a poolside cafe and contemporary American restaurant, as well as a business center with thirteen meeting rooms.
Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach (Price range: $372 - $1,000)
Occupying 4.5 acres on the beachfront is this elegant Mediterranean style resort, with the itzy Bal Harbour Shops located just four miles away and the bustling South Beach ten miles walking distance. The hotel features refined rooms with private terraces, Italian linens, mini-bars, free Wi-Fi, and marble bathrooms integrated with double sinks.
All the suites offer panoramic ocean views, with some even containing full kitchens. Amenities include three on-site restaurants, a fitness center, a private beach club, and three outdoor pools. What's more, there is a vast spa extending to 20,000 sq. ft featuring organic treatments, a sauna, an outdoor pool, and a steam room. Kids get to enjoy a free biology-inspired marine educational program.
Sanderling Resort (Price range: $222 - $574)
The Sanderling Resort is situated 3.7 miles away from the town of Duck and 3.1 miles from the Pine Island Audubon. Casual elegant rooms come with balconies, iPod docks, and mini-fridges. Some offer excellent views of the Currituck Island or the ocean, while others contain pull-out sofas. There is both an adults-only and family-oriented pool. The daily resort fee covers amenities like umbrellas, beach chairs, and Wi-Fi; use of a steam rooms a fitness center; as well as parking. Also available are bike, kayak, and paddleboard rentals, golf at the Currituck club, and a spa. There is even room for two restaurants & bars.
Cheeca Lodge & Spa (Price range: $232 - $720)
One of the best recreation destinations in the States, this beachfront resort stands on twenty seven acres of sand and has the Windley Fossil Reef Geological State Park just five miles away. All rooms are adorned with island-style decor and include free Wi-Fi, balconies, coffeemakers, DVD players, and flat screen TVs. Some are also equipped with mini-fridges. Suites come with over-sized tubs and rainfall shower-heads, and a few are fitted with kitchens and pull-out sofas. Amenities include a fitness center, six tennis courts, a nine-hole golf course, a fishing pier, and a water-sports facility. Furthermore, there is a kids' center, multiple restaurants, a spa, and two heated pools with cabanas.
Hotel Galvez & Spa A Wyndham Grand Hotel (Price range: from $156)
This contemporary beach hotel is stamped on the Galveston seawall, just 1 1/2 miles from Pier 21. It features elegant, classic-style suites and rooms, each with panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico or the city, and include flat screen TVs, iPod docks, and free WiFi. Some rooms feature rainfall showerheads, fridges, and 42" TVs. There is a lounge and a seafood restaurant, in addition to a heated outdoor saltwater swimming pool with a poolside grill and a swim-up bar. Other amenities include an exercise room and a spa. Guests enjoy free accessory bikes and a complimentary shuttle to Pier 21 and the Stand Historic District.
Hilton Sandestin Beach, Golf Resort & Spa (Price range: $237 - $459)
Stretching along one mile of beachfront, this gold & spa resort hotel boasts close proximity (two miles) to the Village of Baytowne Wharf with striking restaurants and boutique shops. Rooms are equipped with custom-designed beds, balconies, contemporary decor, as well as Wi-Fi (at a fee), TVs, microwaves, and mini-fridges. Junior suites come with alcoves featuring bunk beds for kids. Amenities include three bars (including a relaxed beachside bar, a steakhouse, and a sushi bar), six restaurants, two hot tubs, three pools, an upscale spa, and four championship golf courses. There is a kids's activity program and 52,000 square feet of outdoor/indoor event space.
St. Regis Princeville Resort (Price range: $534 - $1169)
This upscale resort stands in an isolated beach cove on the Kauai's coast, just 7.5 miles away from Kilauea and 4.4 miles to Hanalei. Refined rooms feature free Wi-Fi, iPod docks, flat screen TVs, and mini-fridges, as well as windows with transparency controls. Polished rooms incorporate ocean views and terraces, while suites feature whirlpool tubs and either living rooms or sitting areas. The hotel offers a refined Hawaiian restaurant, a stylish bar, and a cafe. Other amenities include a day spa, an eighteen-hole golf course, and a twenty four-hour fitness center.
Hotel del Coronado (Price range: $381 - $805)
Contained in a vast 1888 Victorian property on Coronado Island, this elegant beach-side hotel is a mere ten-minute drive away from downtown San Diego. It features modern suites and rooms (some with excellent ocean views) each equipped with coffeemakers, mini-fridges, safes, flat-screen TVs, and Wi-Fi. Amenities include a hot tub, two outdoor pools, a fitness center, and a spa.
South Seas Island Resort (Price range: $190 - $503)
This secluded resort occupies 330 acres of oceanfront, and features 2 1/2 miles of white sand beach. It is just 8.8 miles away from the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge education center. Accommodations vary from multi-room villas and cottages with full kitchens to vibrant rooms with ocean or marina views. Majority of the quarters come with wifi, coffeemakers, minifridges, and balconies. The resort offers a nine-hole golf course, a spa, a marina, and six on-site dining options.
Written by Garrett Parker
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