Escape to Paradise: Top 14 Beach Resorts Worldwide

A good beach resort isn’t just about umbrella-topped cocktails and screensaver-quality white sands. It’s about living out a fantasy.

“Beach resorts take paradise to the next level,” said Tom Marchant, the founder of luxury travel company Black Tomato. “Perfect weather, white sands and clear waters elevated by exceptional service, spa amenities and top-tier food & beverage”—all have to be a given.

That’s why, from Maldivian private islands to ultra-luxe Honolulu hideaways, beach resorts engage in fierce competition. The race to up the ante and win over guests is never ending and the results can be spectacular.

“Villas with soaking tubs overlooking the ocean and private stargazing decks are only steps away from the ocean and pool, and cocktails and seafood feature fresh, local ingredients,” said Marchant. “There is no compromise.”

Now, how to your choose your next 5-star beach holiday? There are thousands of options with similar offerings packed along every coast across the lagoon-laden globe. But there are also differences that can turn basic into better or best. Read more…

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