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Top 10 Best Marriott Beach Hotels


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What are the ten best Marriott Bonvoy beach hotels in the world? The Marriott brand includes Luxury Collection, EDITION, St Regis, W Hotels, and JW Marriott, as well as mid-range brands like Autograph Collection, Renaissance, Sheraton, Le Meridien, Design Hotels, and Westin.

In this article, we focus on beachside hotels in North America, Europe, and Asia. Interestingly Asia tends to offer the best value for beachside luxury. Still, once you factor in the cost of the flights, this area of the world may not offer the best value beach destinations overall. Our selection includes some of the best Marriott hotels in Hawaii, the Caribbean, the Maldives, and Europe. If you collect Marriott Bonvoy points, then it’s worth knowing where you can best spend them for the perfect beach vacation and the best hotels to earn these points too.

1. Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki

The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort in Waikiki, is also a fantastic choice for any avid Bonvoy points collectors or spenders, and it has its own beach! We think it’s one of the best luxury hotels in Hawaii and definitely one of the best Marriott Bonvoy hotels in Waikiki. Other options include the Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach, which is not on the beach but has large standard rooms and great views, and the Sheraton.

The Royal Hawaiian opened in 1927. This “Pink Palace of the Pacific” is located slap band in the center of the famed Waikiki Beach. With 528 rooms and suites, The Royal Hawaiian features modern comfort, indigenous accents, and refined luxury.

Each room in the Royal Beach Tower provides an intimate lanai for a private vantage point of the sparkling Pacific Ocean. In the Historic Building, base rooms at the Royal Hawaiian can be musty, small, and dated with no view, so be warned, you might get one of these if you are redeeming points. We always recommend booking at least one room up from the base room to avoid risking a poor stay.

The resort’s signature restaurant, Azure Restaurant, is perched along the Waikiki beachfront and serves some of the best seafood in Waikiki and Honolulu.

2. Wailea Beach Resort by Marriott, Maui

If you want a more resort-style hotel on a peninsula adjacent to a wonderful beach, look no further than Maui. Of the three best Marriott Bonvoy hotels on Maui, the Ritz Kapalua is the most expensive on points, and the Marriott Wailea and Sheraton Maui cost fewer points.

If I were spending my points, I would stay at the Marriott Wailea because of the resort area. I love Wailea, it gets bags of sunshine, and the beach is calm with golden sand. I love the boardwalk along the beach that joins all the resorts and the little mall behind the resorts where you can pick up essentials and cheap eats. The Wailea Beach Resort by Marriott Maui is a luxury Maui resort at the ocean’s edge with stunning pools, redesigned rooms, and unique amenities.

This Marriott is within walking distance from the Four Seasons Maui, Wailea which is great if you want to take advantage of the restaurants and bars in the Four Seasons. Overall, Wailea is the most high-end resort area on the island or, in fact, all the Hawaiian islands. You will also find the Fairmont and the Andaz here.

If you stay at the Marriott, you can enjoy evenings at the Four Seasons Maui for a much smaller price tag! A disadvantage of this property, beyond the resort fees, is that the Marriott is positioned on a rocky peninsula between beaches, which means that if you have a room at the entrance, which is part of the resort further up the hill, it can be quite a walk to the beach.

Of course, money no object; I would stay at the Four Seasons Wailea on Maui. We think that this is the best luxury hotel on Maui. Wherever you are in the world, Four Seasons hotels are consistently one of the best hotels in that city or resort. There isn’t a Four Seasons loyalty program, so you will never be able to book a free stay by racking up and redeeming points or by collecting points on your credit card and spending them at a Four Seasons hotel. It can’t be done. But you can get discounts at Four Seasons hotels and benefit from special rewards at Four Seasons hotels for no extra cost by booking your next stay via our luxury travel concierge.

3. Moana Surfrider Hotel, A Westin Resort

The last time I stayed in the Moana Surfrider Hotel was just before Christmas. There was a charming Christmas train set in the foyer with sparkling snow and a train making its way around these tiny mountains and through petite tunnels. It is one of the three main memories of my stay here. The other two moments that stick with me are sitting on the rocking chairs on the balcony to the front of the hotel, looking out to the main street, watching people walk by, and relaxing in the heat.

And my third memorable moment was sipping a cocktail in the gardens overlooking the beach on the first night. The sunset is quite early here, so we continued to sip as the stars came out. I had terrible jet lag, but the swishing of the waves on the shore and the distant Hawaiian tunes made that particular evening rather lovely, regardless of my poorly head and body!

The historical setting and the old-fashioned architecture make the Moana Surfrider such a special choice in Waikiki. The hotel was actually built in 1901, and the lobby is in the original colonial building. You enter, bypassing the decked front porch lined with white wooden rocking chairs, and you step into the perfectly restored lobby.

Enormous tropical flower displays scent the lobby, and guests are greeted with a lei and a glass of fruit juice. Rooms are, unfortunately, less noteworthy.

The historic and diamond rooms lack a balcony; although pleasant, they don’t let you sit out and enjoy the views. The best rooms here are the more modern Tower Ocean Front and Ocean View Rooms with incredible vistas. If you are not bothered about a balcony, the Historic Banyan Ocean rooms are also cute. Of note, the Royal Hawaiian does not have rooms overlooking the beach. For a cheaper option, the Surfrider has rooms overlooking or hanging over the beach.

A couple of points worth noting for the luxury traveler. Base rooms here are small and can be musty. You need to upgrade to a room with a balcony and views for a luxury experience. Many “City View” rooms overlook the International Marketplace to the right of the hotel from the back. The view is great, but the music can be loud and continue well past midnight.

The location, right in the center of Waikiki beach with direct beach access, means that you couldn’t be more central. The pool is small, but the location and overall upkeep of the hotel is superb, making this hotel a great hotel choice in Waikiki.

The private beach at the Moana Surfrider is a thin strip of overcrowded beach with a small area closest to the hotel property cordoned off by a rope, where you can use hotel beach chairs. But then there isn’t a Starwood or Bonvoy option in Waikiki on Oahu with anything close to a secluded, private beach feel.

Another bonus of Moana Surfrider is their club lounge. Access to the beach club lounge may actually save you cash even though there is a steep price tag of around $100 USD per room. This lounge does actually feel a bit like a beach club. The lounge is on the ground floor and has an outdoor seating area which is great for breakfast and alfresco or drinks in the evening. You are just a few feet above the beach!

There is a great selection at breakfast; scrambled eggs, fruit, cheese, and porridge, a nice variety along with coffee, espresso, and bottled water (Bottled water is not available at the equivalent club lounge at the Hyatt across the road, so the Moana beach club lounge offers a much better choice is the hotel lounge is a deal-breaker at your hotel). There are also soft drinks available throughout the day.

In the evening, free wine and beer is served to you, but your glass will never be empty. There is also a decent spread of food and excellent service.

4. Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Puerto Rico

And now for something completely different, we love Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve which is the best Marriott in Puerto Rico and has a secluded location, intimate accommodations ideal for a beach holiday, exclusive amenities, and personalized Embajador service.

With 115 oceanfront guestrooms spread across 50 acres and one mile of beach, this luxurious island sanctuary is encircled by coral reefs, blue Caribbean waters, and a lush tropical forest. The Ritz-Carlton Reserve was ‘grandfathered’ to be built on the footprint of the former Laurance Rockefeller estate, allowing for every guestroom and restaurant to rest directly on the beach, only steps from the sea.

For green credentials, Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, pursued and achieved a LEED Silver Certification awarded to properties that achieve a particular level of sustainability. This level has only been given to less than 50 hotels worldwide, none comparable to Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve in terms of luxury.

5. Zadun, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, los Cabos

Zadun, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is the best Marriott Bonvoy resort in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur and it really is an incredible resort, perfect for the perfect beach vacation. The retreat, which is one of just two Ritz-Carlton Reserve resorts in the wider Caribbean-Mexico region, is set in San Jose del Cabo on the Sea of Cortez.

The property includes 115 suites and villas. Many of the suites and villas boast their own private plunge pools. All rooms have dark wood flooring and terraces or balconies with glass surrounds, so the views of the ocean are not disrupted by railings. Our favorite room is the Oceanfront Pool Room, with a private plunge pool and ocean views.

The property is surrounded by a 27-hole golf course complex, including three courses designed by Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus.

6. Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos

Still, in Los Cabos, there is also an excellent Luxury Collection hotel by Marriott Bonvoy, which would make a great beach holiday as it is sat right on a glorious beach. Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort is a Rewards Category 7 Marriott Bonvoy hotel in an oceanfront location with easy access to Baja expeditions, downtown San Jose del Cabo and Marina Cabo San Lucas.

Contemporary rooms and suites offer the ideal respite for a truly relaxing stay, with exquisite designs, luxury beds, marble floors, and custom furnishings. Floor plans blur the line between indoor and outdoor space, with many rooms boasting private entrances with secluded, furnished patios, outdoor showers, private plunge pools, and unobstructed Sea of Cortez views.

Get pampered at the on-site spa and explore the diverse on-property dining options. Stay fit at the 24-hour fitness center and make an appointment with a personal trainer. Relax in the glistening outdoor pools, including two heated infinity pools and two children’s heated pools.

7. The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun

If you are looking for a Marriott for your beach vacation with a great executive club lounge, look no further than The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, a AAA Five Diamond resort. This Rewards Category 6 luxury resort offers an enticing stretch of white sand beach, indulgent amenities such as the full-service Ritz-Carlton Spa and award-winning restaurants, and the intrigue of the ancient Mayan sites nearby. Recreational facilities include a 1200-foot sand beach, two sculpted outdoor pools, an oceanfront whirlpool, two tennis courts, and Fitness Center. It is also the best Marriott in Cancun.

The resort has 363 guestrooms, including 50 suites with ocean views and private balconies or terraces. Each resort’s guestroom and suite is a sanctuary of comfort featuring sweeping ocean views and a wealth of welcome amenities. For families with infants, specially designed rooms offer all the comforts of a home nursery, including a crib, a changing table, and a menu of baby essentials that can be ordered prior to arrival.

The Ritz-Carlton Club Level provides guests with the highest level of personal service with five complimentary food presentations daily. Worth noting, Platinum and elite Marriott Bonvoy members don’t get free lounge access. Everyone who uses this lounge has paid for a club room.

This lounge is super smart with double-height ceilings, intricately carved wall features, and the whole lounge is designed in browns and olives with lots of woods and thick chunky marble. The meals are excellent and filling, you will not be disappointed, and you will leave full (both with food and alcohol if you want).

8. Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

Nestled on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is an island bordered by beaches, and the beach in front of the Ritz-Carlton is magnificent! Whether you prefer to try an 18-hole championship golf course, wiggle your toes in the sand or enjoy the warmth of a beachside fire, this Ritz-Carlton is the perfect hideaway.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa offers an array of special services, including body treatments, massage therapies, facials, and salon services inspired by natural seaside elements.

There is a mass of history on this island, from Fort Clinch State Park (10 minutes away) featuring swimming, fishing, and boating as well as tours of a historic pre-Civil War fort, The Amelia Island Museum of History (10 minutes away), presenting the complete history of Amelia Island. You can drive to St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city, offering horse-drawn carriage tours, quaint restaurants, and charming boutiques (90 minutes away).

9. JW Marriott Maldives

Do beaches get better than those in the Maldives? JW Marriott Maldives officially opened in 2019, with what is being called the region’s most impressive culinary facilities, complete with a treetop restaurant, former Nobu chef and ultra-private supersize villas.

Situated on the island of Vagary, Shaviyani Atoll, JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa features 60 luxurious beach and overwater villas with private pools. There are five restaurants, three fully-serviced bars, and a chef’s garden, an exceptional offering for a remote private island with only 60 villas.

The resort strongly emphasizes privacy, with private decks and pools designed so they can’t be seen from the outside. Each room draws inspiration from the natural surroundings and local Maldivian culture, incorporating colors and materials that highlight the island destination. Thatched roofs on villas are reminiscent of inverted Dhoni boats, the traditional Maldivian wooden fishing vessels, and slanted roof tips recall white herons dipping their heads into the water.

Situated in the untouched Northern atoll of Shaviyani, the resort, surrounded by beautiful beaches, is a 55-minute seaplane flight to the north of Male. The island’s surrounding natural reef benefits from the fact that the island is far from Male and civilization and is teeming with sea life. An on-site marine biologist ensures the pristine reef remains untouched and in perfect health whilst overseeing aquatic expeditions, including diving and snorkeling.

10. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa

In Dubai, there are loads of Marriott Bonvoy and Sheraton SPG hotels, but which is best Marriott Bonvoy beach hotel for families? Le Meridien on the beach is probably your best bet within Dubai. Still, St Regis Saadiyat Island is worth considering even though it is an hour from the center of Dubai and on Saadiyat Island 500 meters off the coast of Abu Dhabi island.

If you are a family, you will probably love the Marriott beach hotel Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa. This has wonderful gardens next to the beach, large free-form pools with bridges, gorgeous grassy lawns adorned with palm trees, and a beach.

The decor in the rooms is fresh and modern, and the balconies in the rooms are large with lovely views, the best of which looks over the gardens and beach.

A large club lounge here serves breakfast, but do bear in mind that it gets very busy at breakfast. The breakfast here in the lounge is extremely good, much like you would expect in a normal restaurant, with a vast buffet. After breakfast, it quietens down, and you can enjoy snacks and drinks. It picks up again and gets busy at happy hour when they serve free drinks and light bites.

For a family, the pool at the Royal Meridien and the adjoining beach will add to your holiday. Still, if you are traveling as a couple or on business, you may well prefer the pool at the Grosvenor House over the road from the beach and Le Royal Meridien.

And how about Europe? Which is the best Marriott Beach Hotel In Europe? Well, there are some fabulous Marriott hotels in Venice, but none of these have a beach. le Meridien is one of the best luxury hotels in Monaco, but again the beach is not great. It is tiny. Your best bet is to head to the island of Sardinia, which has some of the best Marriott Beach hotels in Europe.

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