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The Top Beach Hotels

15. ST. REGIS BAL HARBOUR, MIAMI, FLORIDA
The Top Beach Hotels
The necessary component of that perfect sun, surf, and sand getaway? A superb seaside stay, of course. Our readers recommended these 15 beach hotels in our annual AFAR Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards. Spanning seclued shores and idyllic coasts from Hawaii to Mexico to the Caribbean (plus a far-flung option in Thailand), their unique mix of pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and cossetting amenities conspire to create the dream beach escape.
By AFAR Staff
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    15. ST. REGIS BAL HARBOUR, MIAMI, FLORIDA
    15. ST. REGIS BAL HARBOUR, MIAMI, FLORIDA
    For more information: St. Regis Bal Harbour
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    14. ELBOW BEACH, BERMUDA
    14. ELBOW BEACH, BERMUDA
    For more information: Elbow Beach
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    13. MALLIOUHANA, ANGUILLA
    13. MALLIOUHANA, ANGUILLA
    For more information: Malliouhana
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    12. THE KAHALA HOTEL & RESORT, HONOLULU, HAWAII
    12. THE KAHALA HOTEL & RESORT, HONOLULU, HAWAII
    For more information: The Kahala Hotel & Resort
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    11. JW MARRIOTT MARCO ISLAND, FLORIDA
    11. JW MARRIOTT MARCO ISLAND, FLORIDA
    For more information: JW Marriott Marco Island 
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    10. CHEVAL BLANC, ST. BART’S
    10. CHEVAL BLANC, ST. BART’S
    For more information: Cheval Blanc 
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    9. JUMBY BAY, A ROSEWOOD RESORT, ANTIGUA & BARBUDA
    9. JUMBY BAY, A ROSEWOOD RESORT, ANTIGUA & BARBUDA
    For more information: Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort
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    8. KAMALAME CAY, BAHAMAS
    8. KAMALAME CAY, BAHAMAS
    For more information: Kamalame Cay 
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    7. CAYO ESPANTO, BELIZE
    7. CAYO ESPANTO, BELIZE
    For more information: Cayo Espanto
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    6. COMO PARROT CAY, TURKS & CAICOS
    6. COMO PARROT CAY, TURKS & CAICOS
    For more information: COMO Parrot Cay
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    5. SUGAR BEACH, A VICEROY RESORT, ST. LUCIA
    5. SUGAR BEACH, A VICEROY RESORT, ST. LUCIA
    For more information: Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort
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    4. CHILENO BAY RESORT & RESIDENCES, CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO
    4. CHILENO BAY RESORT & RESIDENCES, CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO
    For more information: Chileno Bay Resort & Residences 
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    3. SONEVA KIRI, TRAT, THAILAND
    3. SONEVA KIRI, TRAT, THAILAND
    For more information: Soneva Kiri
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    2. ANDAZ MAUI, HAWAII
    2. ANDAZ MAUI, HAWAII
    For more information: Andaz Maui 
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    1. CASA DE LAS OLAS, TULUM, MEXICO
    1. CASA DE LAS OLAS, TULUM, MEXICO
    As is the case with many hotels in the Tulum section of Riviera Maya, Casa de las Olas shies away from the “luxe” label, preferring to promote itself as a simple, eco-friendly retreat where intimate spaces and five-star service are more important than linen thread counts and extra amenities. Bright white walls, bedspreads, mosquito nets, private balconies, and canopy beds are what guests can expect in their rooms—along with stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. What’s more, the hotel’s private beach is never more than a few steps away. 

    For more information: Casa de las Olas
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    What’s Next. . .
    What’s Next. . .
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