In seeking the world’s best beach vacation, we’ve compared your favourite stretches of sand. From Bora Bora to Vietnam, these 12 beach resorts are ideal for your next tropical getaway. We offer free nights, upgrades and perks at all the Four Seasons hotels featured below, if you book through our Luxury Travel Concierge.
Best Beaches in the Caribbean: Anguilla
From hidden coves to long stretches of powdery sand, Anguilla is home to 33 breathtaking beaches. And with no cruise ships or casinos allowed, you’re promised a relaxing scene for unwinding. Bask in the low-key spirit of the British Overseas Territory while locals share their passion for boat racing, Caribbean music and food.
Its impeccable scenery combined with a coastal dining scene like no other, Anguilla easily makes it to the top of our list. Its silky sand is highlighted by more than 100 restaurants, from rustic to luxurious, several of them right on the water. Enjoy a rum punch, a local lobster delicacy and the everlasting allure of the sea at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla.
Our luxury travel concierge offers FREE upgrades, breakfasts & credit at all Four Seasons hotels.
Best Beaches in the Caribbean: Nevis
Southeast of the Gulf of Mexico, the tropical Caribbean is home to more than 7,000 islands, islets, reefs and cays. How do you choose the best? Nevis offers lovely beaches that are almost never crowded. You truly feel like you’re on a quiet, remote island away from the rest of the world.” On the north side of the island is a sweet spot, Lovers Beach, virtually hidden from the road.
Four Seasons Resort Nevis, West Indies, offers a tropical oasis located lifetimes away from the hustle and bustle of the Caribbean, flush with sugar-soft beaches and sweeping vistas of the rainforest. The perfect getaway.
Best Beaches in the United States: Hawaii
It’s got to be magical Hawaii! Four Seasons Lanai sits on Manele Bay which is the most perfect beach you can imagine. This hotel is ultra-exclusive, being on it’s own island and is hard to beat.
Best Beaches in Mexico: Los Cabos
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas has just opened and is pictured above. This East Cape location, on the warm, crystal-clear waters of the Sea of Cortez, makes for excellent snorkelling and diving, some of the world’s best light tackle and sport fishing, and world-class windsurfing and kiteboarding. The idyllic setting at the base of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains also offers endless opportunities for land adventure, from hiking, biking and horseback riding to exploring waterfalls, spring-fed freshwater pools and hot springs.
This 145-key Resort features a low-density layout spread across multiple buildings, and a collection of whole-ownership oceanfront, marina-side and golf-side private residences, as well as an intimate collection of custom single-family beachfront private residence villas all facing a glorious beach.
Best Beaches in the Pacific Islands
These away-from-it-all volcanic islands boast sapphire waters surrounded by emerald mountains. Bora Bora, the land of “50 shades of blue” offers endless crystal clear waters. The overwater bungalows at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora take the beach vacation to the next level, offering 360-degree views and complete immersion in the aquatic life.
Best Beaches: Bali
The lure of the exotic leads us to another one of our favourite tropical escapes: the beach of Jimbaran Bay. With forested volcanic mountains in the distance, soft white sand and year-round warm temperatures characterize the Bali beach.
After relaxing in the sun, catch a glimpse of a sea turtle or parrotfish while diving near one of the coral reefs off the island, located in the Coral Triangle. Finish the evening with a drink at Sundara restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay.
Best Beaches in Latin America
Though typically known for its vivid rainforests, South America and Central America can also claim some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
No setting sun is more gorgeous than one dozily sinking behind the ocean, which is why Costa Rica is one of our favourite beaches at the day’s end. With warm gulf waters, pristine white sands and tropical trees swaying inland, the Gulf of Papagayo is paradise. Four Seasons Costa Rica sits on a hillside by a picture perfect beach and just up the peninsula from the Park Hyatt Papagayo. Find out our thoughts on the three best resorts in Papagayo.
Best African Beaches: Seychelles
Just off the coast of East Africa lie the Seychelles, home to numerous beaches and nature reserves. Nature is awe-inspiring here. You may even catch a glimpse of a rare giant Aldabra tortoise.
Home to some of the best lesser-known snorkelling and diving spots, the islands off Africa are excellent options for your next beach getaway and the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles makes the perfect luxury hotel in this magnificent location.
Best Beaches: Mauritius In The Indian Ocean
Surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and basking in nearly year-round sunshine, Mauritius is an island paradise. At Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita guests can enjoy three private beaches, with their choice of a beach sofa, palm tree hammock or sun lounger on the Resort’s private island.
Sail the turquoise sea, marvel at giant tortoises on the beach, play golf on a championship course, or just gaze at the glinting water outlined by the Bambou Mountains in the distance.
Best Beaches in Southeast Asia: The Maldives
With some of the world’s most varied coral reefs and year-round tropical climate, the “East Indies” offer travellers some of the most picturesque scenes for their beach vacation.
Guests seeking stillness and tranquillity often turn to the beaches of the Maldives, a nation made up of more than 1,000 coral islands known for their blue lagoons and underwater scenery. For the ultimate in peaceful seclusion, escape to Maldives Private Island Voavah at Baa Atoll.
Beach at Hoi An, Vietnam
Lying in Vietnam’s cultural heartland, the tranquil kilometre-long stretch of beach in Hoi An has been deemed one of the world’s best beaches, and it’s also a relaxing perch from which to explore the country’s rich history.
Enjoy direct access to Ha My Beach from your suite at Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai in Hoi An, Vietnam. In between bouts of lazing in the sun, take an excursion to any of the three UNESCO heritage sites nearby: Hue’s imperial city, the temple sanctuary of My Son and Hoi An’s enchanting lantern-lit streets.
Best Beaches in the United States: Palm Beach, Florida
With 47 miles of pristine golden beaches, Palm Beach, Florida has a setting for everyone, from romantically private stretches of sand to family-friendly beaches with playgrounds, nature centres and beach parks that offer snorkelling, wind sailing, fishing or paddleboarding. Catch a gleeful glimpse of a loggerhead turtle, or relax in a cabana with the complimentary service of personal beach staff at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach.
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