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20 of the World’s Most Exotic Luxury Beach Resorts

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From petite and boutique to sprawling and branded, the planet holds thousands of beach sanctuaries. Picking the very best is not only subjective, but a broad task. We've focused on 20 favorite luxury beach hotels, chosen for their global diversity, beauty of setting, uniqueness, and exotic locale.
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Maharepa 98728, French Polynesia
You can swim to your overwater bungalow through a magical turquoise lagoon filled with colourful tropical fish when staying at the Sofitel Moorea la Ora Resort. The lagoon here is clearer and more turquoise than anywhere else on the island, and...
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Crescent Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The Atlantis Hotel is the focal point of Dubai's giant cluster of man-made isthmuses that jut out into the Persian Gulf. Even if you can't afford to stay at this spectacular hotel, you can still go see what the decadent expat lifestyle feels like...
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Northwest Point, TKCA 1ZZ, Turks & Caicos Islands
Found in the northwest point of Providenciales, out beyond the fishing village of Blue Hills and far from the development of Grace Bay, Amanyara lives up to its name: a combination of the Sanskrit word for peace and Arawak for place. Not...
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Nunue, Bora Bora, Vaitape 98730, French Polynesia
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Half of the overwater villas at Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort are on the main island. The other half stretch out from a private island inside Bora Bora’s ephemeral lagoon. Because of the secluded nature of the latter and staggering vantage...
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Kuda Huraa, Noordelijke Malé-atol 20097, Maldives
Just minutes from some of the world’s best surf breaks, the Four Seasons has its own surf school offering lessons for all ability levels, from novices to big-wave riders. Surfari Splurge and book a boat trip aboard the Four Seasons’ Explorer, a...
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Port Antonio, Jamaica
For those who aspire to travel as trendsetters in Jamaica, it helps to know that Port Antonio, way out on the eastern end of the island, is the destination to head for. And the address to shelter at is the Trident Hotel, whose 13 waterfront villas...
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Lankanfushi Island, North Malé Atoll, Republic of Maldives, Maldives
The largest overwater bungalow in the world, Gili Lankanfushi’s 18,300-square-foot, four-bedroom structure on a private reserve in the Maldives, has a customizable wine list, private spa, in-villa cinema, waterslide, natural coral pool, and...
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71 Boulevard du Général de Gaulle, 06230 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France
Sitting at the tip of the peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, which juts out into the Mediterranean, the iconic Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, is now under the management of the Four Seasons brand. Located halfway between Nice and Monaco in the...
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Unnamed Road, French Polynesia
On Tetiaroa, a private island in the Society Island group that is owned by Marlon Brando's estate, the Brando Resort (accessed via private plane transfer) has been getting good press since its recent opening. Brando bought the Tahitian royal...
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Makunufushi, South Malé Atoll 20109, Maldives
Each of the Como resort’s 33 over-water bungalows has a private terrace that lets guests jump straight into the lagoon and snorkel amidst colorful fish and coral. Some of the larger suites are built in the shape of dhoni boats, the traditional...
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Via Cristoforo Colombo, 30, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Built into Positano’s hillside, with an eye-catching crimson facade laced with white trimming, Le Sirenuse sits amid the town’s tangle of pastel houses and stepped alleys that lead to charming boutiques, restaurants, art galleries, and...
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Raintree Ave, Hayman Island QLD 4801, Australia
This resort is currently closed for renovations through 2019 due to damage sustained from Cyclone Debbie.

The $80 million One&Only Hayman Island opened in July 2014 on the northernmost island of the Whitsunday archipelago. The...
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Chapel Street, Dunmore Town, The Bahamas
Not every celebrity who visits Harbour Island stays at the Pink Sands Hotel. Bill Gates, for instance, has his own home on the island. But Keith Richards has checked in here, as have Martha Stewart and Kate Moss. Ever since it opened in the 1950s,...
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One Ocean Drive, Nassau, The Bahamas
When old money comes to Nassau's Paradise Island, The Ocean Club is where it prefers to stay. That's the way things have been since 1962, when the serenely posh resort opened along a dazzling stretch of sand known as Cabbage Beach. The 105-room...
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Ko Kut, Ko Kut District, Trat 23000, Thailand
Set amid the lush tropical rain forest and white sandy beaches of the remote Thai island of Kood, at the east shore of the Gulf of Thailand (historically known as the Gulf of Siam), Soneva Kiri defines intelligent luxury. Guests from abroad are...
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Ninh Vân, Ninh Hòa, Khánh Hòa, Vietnam
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay Nha Trang identifies the private pool category of the Six Senses brand. Attention to detail and focus on the reality of the destination is the driving force, together with a focused commitment to the environment....
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The Instagram-worthy moments start with views of Bazaruto Marine National Park on the 15-minute flight from mainland Mozambique. From above, the white sand dunes look like swirls of frosting atop the turquoise sea, home to colorful coral reefs....
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BP 547, Motu Tehotu 98730, French Polynesia
Epic might be an understated description for this collection of thatched-roof bungalows built on stilts over the crystalline waters of the Bora Bora lagoon. This luxury resort is nestled in the dreamiest of settings—wooden walkways link...
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There are just 14 villas, all done up in modern Thai style, and at nearly 6,000 feet, quite huge, at the Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary. Sitting on one of Phuket's most beautiful beaches at Bang Tao Bay, the villas each come with a private jetted pool,...
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Goldeneye, Jamaica
Goldeneye, to be clear, is not an easy place to leave. The land—the former home of Ian Fleming, where he wrote each of the 14 James Bond thrillers that would cement his place in literary and cinematic history—sits next to the tiny...