These 6 beachfront hotels have Instagram-worthy ocean views
If you’re starting to think about spring and summer travel and need a weekend full of sun and sand, pack your SPF, sunglasses, and best beach reads and head to these charming seaside destinations. From child-friendly resorts to indulgent romantic retreats for couples to the best hotels for a fun getaway with girlfriends, you’ll find plenty of beautiful backgrounds to snap photos and fill your Instagram.
You’d be hard-pressed to find better views than the ones you’ll enjoy at Windjammer Landing in Labrelotte Bay in Saint Lucia. Imagine Mediterranean-style white villas with terracotta roofs, nestled into the mountainside, with fully equipped kitchens, large balconies and private swimming pools. When you leave your accommodation, you’ll have access to six other pools, five restaurants, and plenty of on-site activities like snorkeling, paddleboarding, and kayaking.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Surprise the kids with a trip to Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya, and book one of the signature suites: the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Lair Suite, SpongeBob’s Pineapple Suite or the Big Kahuna Suite. All ocean view rooms have their own pool and private terrace. Your kids will love the station’s green slime events; characterful breakfasts; the huge water park, Aquanick; the children’s club; and all the Nickelodeon themed restaurants. And, while the main draw of this resort includes the water park and dynamic kid-centric themed events, the ocean views from the rooms create a wonderful sense of place.
The seaside escape, Search Wailea Beach Resort is nestled between two of the most beautiful beaches on the island: Ulua Beach to the north and Wailea Beach to the south. Swim in the beachfront Maluhia Serenity Pool, an adult-only infinity spot. With a cocktail in hand, take in the ocean views while relaxing in one of the overwater cabanas. The oceanfront ‘Ohi Pools’ pools also have an infinity edge and include whirlpool spas. You will be within walking distance of Shops in Wailea and Wailea Beach Path, which stretches from Ulua Beach to Polo Beach.
Ambergris Caye, Belize
Well known for its great diving and snorkeling opportunities (you can even get in the water with nurse sharks!), Ambergris Caye is a fun destination full of exploration for intrepid travellers. Stay modern and luxurious Alaia Belize, where you can bask in the sun on Mar de Tumbo Beach or while sipping a cocktail and enjoying delicious bites from their chic Vista Rooftop Pool & Lounge. A dive shop and adventure concierge are both on-site, making planning your vacation easy. Pro tip: don’t miss the molecular mixology experience at the piano bar.
Saint Kitts and Nevis
To go for a walk Brimstone Hill Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; to explore Romney Mansion, where you can see beautiful gardens and a 300-year-old Saman tree; and marvel at a dormant stratovolcano, Mount Liamuiga, rising from the rainforest during your vacation in Saint Kitts. Spend time on one (or two or three) of the gorgeous beaches, either to relax or revel in the thrills of kitesurfing, jet skiing, paddle boarding and kayaking: Banana Bay, Cockleshell Bay, Dieppe Bay Beach, Half Moon Bay, North Frigate Bay, Sandy Bank Bay, South Friars Bay, South Frigate Bay, Turtle Beach and White House Bay. For beachfront accommodation, with ocean views, check out the Park Hyatt Saint Kittslocated on rugged Banana Bay, overlooking the neighboring island of Nevis.
Newly opened, with a fresh and modern design, Garza Blanca Resort & Spa Cancun is one of the best properties to visit right now. With a view of Isla Mujeres, this hotel is located on a sandy beach, with easy access to the most famous archaeological sites of the Yucatan Peninsula such as Chichen Itza, Tulum and El Meco. You’ll love looking out over the ocean from the terrace of your studio or deluxe ocean-view suite with hammock and dining table. The pools also offer stunning views and you’ll find that there are little pockets of private space throughout the grounds for you to relax and enjoy some quality time with your loved one, family or friends. And, if you consider yourself an epicurean, you won’t go hungry here.