Beach Destination Guide
Dreams Riviera Cancun
Perhaps the most luxurious of the Dreams hotels in southern Mexico, this 486-room resort attracts families with its numerous pools, kids' club, daily activities, and white-sand beach with calm waters. But couples will not feel out of place, as the attractive, airy guest rooms are downright romantic.
This 97-room all-inclusive resort feels more like an upscale beach community -- complete with thatched roofs and quaint seaside cabanas. Rooms are spacious, with airy island-style designs and lots of luxurious touches, like deep-dish sinks, flat-screen TVs, and private patios or balconies.
Paradisus La Esmeralda and La Perla
Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Esmeralda is one of the best family-friendly, all-inclusive resorts on the Yucatan Peninsula. This luxury property is located directly on the Caribbean and includes access to a white sand beach. The swimming pool, with a pirate ship playground and a swim-up bar, makes it a popular spot among families and partiers.
Barcelo Maya Palace
The Palace offers a high-end all-inclusive experience on a gorgeous stretch of white-sand beach 15 minutes south of Playa del Carmen. It’s the smallest, newest and most upscale of the three properties in the Barcelo complex, with 756 beautiful rooms surrounded by gorgeous pools and manicured grounds.
Banyan Tree Mayakoba
As one might expect from the ultra-luxurious Banyan Tree brand, the Banyan Tree Mayakoba is one of Playa del Carmen's most sought after resorts. All of the 164 villasfeature sleek Asian-inspired decor and Mexican textiles -- as well as walk-in showers, plunge pools, walled-in grass lawns, patios with hammocks, outdoor bathtubs, and fully stocked bars.
Rosewood Mayakoba is a gorgeous, peaceful retreat within the resort community of Playa Del Carmen, set on a mile-long stretch of beach. Though it features an extensive children's program, the resort largely attracts couples with its serene atmosphere, upscale restaurants, and spa.
Grand Velas (Ambassador and Zen)
The Grand Velas - set on over 80 acres of mangroves that meet a postcard-perfect beach of white sand and turquoise waters - is one of Riviera Maya’s most sophisticated properties.
Iberostar Paraiso Maya
Part of the Iberostar resort complex, the 432-room Iberostar Paraiso Maya is a family-friendly, all-inclusive resort located on the Riviera Maya, set among the mangroves and rain forest, with its own private, white-sand beach.
Riu Palace Playa del Carmen
The luxury Palace is fully equipped for tourists. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with the best views, and the 35,000 m² of gardens will give you the sensation of being in a tropical atmosphere surrounded by palm trees, white sand and turquoise water.
Paradisus Palma Real
One of four Paradisus resorts in Punta Cana, the upscale, 554-room Palma Real has a romantic Caribbean setting and feels bigger than its sister properties, with a palatial lobby leading to a jaw-dropping courtyard, pool and beach area.
Paradisus Punta Cana
The largest of four Paradisus resorts in Punta Cana, this 683-room property still manages to feel uncrowded due to its expansive grounds. Guests can expect to walk or hitch rides on the regular shuttle service to get to the beach, pools, luxury spa, yoga studio and impressive restaurants around the resort
Barcelo Bavaro Palace
The 1,600-room Palace Deluxe is the main resort at the Barcelo Bavaro complex, and features tons of on-site features including an attractive spa, a 24-hour casino, four pools, and 11 restaurants.
Le Blanc Spa Resort
There is nothing ordinary about the 260-room Le Blanc Spa Resort: Everything from the wine lists to your workout has been tailored to be top notch. It feels more South Beach chic than Cancun party, with a hip, gorgeous aesthetic throughout the entire pristinewhite property.
The Beloved Hotel
The ultra-luxe Beloved, on a white-sand beach, features 109 suites with super sexy decor. They're all-white, with spacious, sleek marble bathrooms and Jacuzzi tubs, and have the vibe of a luxurious New York City hotel room -- except they're about four times the size and feature private balconies, many with ocean views.
Excellence Playa Mujeres
This adults-only luxury resort offers a nice all-inclusive experience with tons of variety -- multiple dining options, several beautiful pools, a gorgeous spa, and dozens of wonderful activities. The rooms here are large and contemporary, with large modern bathrooms,Jacuzzis, and high-end amenities.
Playa Conchal is an all-inclusive, eco-friendly hotel located in northeastern Costa Rica on the country's magnificent North-Pacific Riviera. Nestled between lush forests and the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, the resort enjoys a privileged location among Costa Rican retreats.
Riu Palace Guanacaste
Riu brings its luxurious, Palace Level brand to beautiful Costa Rica! This hotel, fully prepared to provide the best service to its customers, has four swimming pools (one with a wet bar), a Jacuzzi, gym, steam bath, and a wellness center, Renova Spa, with different treatments and massages.
Four Season Guanacaste
The Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo is a secluded natural sanctuary perched upon a hillside high above the Pacific Ocean. Walk along golden-sand beaches, snorkel in the beautiful sea, and kayak through a paradise of tropical vistas.
Bucuti & Tara
The Bucuti is a romantic, adults-only resort taking up a prime stretch of Eagle Beach in the Low-Rise hotel district. This intimate, 104-room property has 14 acres of beach, and the main activity here involves lingering on the sand under shaded palapas; there's also a chic infinity edge pool. The hotel has been open for 25 years, and the original owner can often be seen socializing during check-in while guests enjoy a free glass of champagne.
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino
The Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino is a four-pearl hotel located in Aruba’s Palm Beach High-Rise Hotel district. The hotel’s 357 guest rooms are clean and bright, if somewhat bland. All categories include flat-screen TVs and large bathrooms. With a gigantic pool, full-service spa, busy casino, and access to beautiful Palm Beach, the hotel has a high-energy atmosphere and there’s no shortage of things to do on the property.
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
A comfortable, modern getaway for families with a great pool, gym, spa, and casino, the Marriott Resort is fancier than its only neighbors, the Marriott Surf Club and the Marriott Ocean Club. This Marriott is a bit farther from the airport than most Aruban resorts, but it's only a three-minute walk to the High Rise complex.
Turks and Caicos
Beaches Turks and Caicos
With six pools, a sprawling water park, a shopping center, a spa complex, and more restaurants than you can shake a breadstick at, the family-friendly Beaches is clearly the Turks and Caicos resort with the most features.
Accessed via a 30-minute boat ride from Providenciales, this 1,000-acre all-inclusive resort on a private island is the definition of tranquility. With an incredible infinity-edge pool, world-renowned COMO Shambhala Spa, waterfront Balinese-style villas, doting service, and more than three miles of pristine beaches, it's easily one of the most luxurious and romantic options in the Caribbean.
This 115-room beachfront resort manages to provide elegant, spacious suites, exceptional service, and a plethora of amenities for rates often much lower than competing properties'. With three dining options, a heated saltwater pool, a spa, a kids' club, a 24-hour fitness center, and a sprawling beachfront, Seven Stars is in the same league as the island's top resorts.
Iberostar Rose Hall Suites
This 319-room, mid-range all-inclusive property is the second-best, and family-friendliest, of the three Iberostar resorts on Montego Bay’ northern shore. The rooms are large enough to share with the kids, and the resort offers an awesome kids' club with a water park, as well as a lazy river and an activities pool.
Azul Sensatori Negril
Jamaica's very first AZUL Sensatori Hotel on the world famous Seven Mile Beach of Negril. Featuring the renowned Gourmet Inclusive® concept by Karisma, the 82 ocean-view room AZUL Sensatori Hotel brings together spacious facilities with unlimited activities and services.
Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club
The all-inclusive Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club is one of the most kid-friendly hotels in Jamaica, offering an XBOX garage for teens and tweens, as well as Camp Sesame (where Sesame Street characters can be found), a water park, and babysitting services.
Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman
Discover The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, a luxury resort where sparkling blue waters blend seamlessly with the sand and sky to create your perfect Caribbean oasis. This stunning resort offers a breathtaking location unlike anywhere else on earth. From the white sands of Seven Mile Beach to world-renowned restaurants including Blue, by renowned seafood chef Eric Ripert, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman offers guests an unforgettable escape from everyday life.
Westin, Grand Cayman
The family-friendly Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa offers oceanfront luxury at its best. The hotel is ideally located on 700 square feet of tree-lined beachfront on the north side of Seven Mile Beach, near a golf course, the Governor House, two nightclubs, restaurants, and shops.
The ambiance of sea meeting shore, gracefully swaying palms, and the rush of waterfalls awakens the human spirit, and invites guests to relax and enjoy a variety of impeccable amenities.
Jade Mountain Resort
On 243 hectares of lush tropical hillside, this high-end resort overlooks the Caribbean Sea, and is a 1-minute walk from Anse Chastanet Beach and 4 km from St. Lucia Botanical Gardens.
Featuring tropical wood accents and open-air bathrooms with whirlpool tubs, the elegant, TV-free rooms have sweeping sea views, and come with minifridges, and tea and coffeemaking equipment. Upgraded quarters add private infinity pools. Some have air-conditioning. Wi-Fi and room service are available.
Set on a hillside overlooking Water Bay, this all-inclusive, family-friendly resort is 2.3 km from Coki Point Beach and 14 km from Cyril E. King Airport.
Refined rooms with bay-view balconies offer flat-screens and free Wi-Fi, as well as minibars and coffeemakers. Polished suites have sitting areas, and access to a private beach.