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Travelers looking to pack their bags and head off to somewhere tropical are in luck. We’ve compiled a list of incredible beach resorts and retreats that will inspire planning for that diffusing escape we are all craving. Scroll on to spark the wanderlust in your soul, and take notes so you’ll be ready to jet off when the time comes.
A top-rated resort in Turks and Caicos, Wymara Resort and Villas in Grace Bay Beach has a pink bar that exclusively concocts pink drinks that would likely boost anyone’s mood. But we have a feeling travelers also stay for the suave modern appeal and water views. Reserve a beach cabana, take in some vitamin D by the sparkling, clean-cut pool, or get adventurous and hop on a loaner bike or kayak. The food here is also creative, fresh and downright exciting.
Jade Mountain is one of the best all-inclusive resorts in the world. A visit to St. Lucia is that luxury vacation we are all drooling over right this very second. In addition to skin enriching mud baths, some of the Caribbean view villas have an en-suite infinity pool, and if that doesn’t scream Insta-worthy, what does? Gaze over the UNESCO World Heritage Site just off in the distance, and experience both history and upscale indulgence at the same time.
Avila Beach Hotel in Curaçao—it’s like a polished resort had a baby with a quaint retreat with tropical villas. Avila is the best of both, and the waters of the Curaçao beach on which the hotel sits are truly indescribable. Guests can slip away for the day to see the aquarium or swinging Queen Emma Bridge, both of which are a stone’s throw away. Buts it’s hard to imagine leaving the calm, palm-laden beach, and breathtaking outdoor dining spaces. But you definitely should.
Playa Largo Resort and Spa has all the tropical feels if you aren’t up for going abroad. Located on Florida’s Key Largo, it’s definitely way less hectic than Key West. But you could still head that way for the day if you want to experience the Hemingway House or the overall eccentric nightlife. Our favorite part about this Keys escape is the generously sized beach, which would be an uncommon find on some of the other islands.
Ninamu Resort in French Polynesia will give you all the carefree Island vibes. With minimal bungalows available, the experience is peaceful and serene. Structures feature thatched roofs, outdoor-inspired decor and absolutely, piercing clear waters that lap elegantly onto the soft sand. Bring your swimsuit and prepare for days of snorkeling (the reefs are gorgeous), paddle boarding and just good old fashioned swimming. Bonus—the chef will make you some truly memorable meals.
A private island in Belize? Yes, please. Reachable from Dangriga, you’ll realize it was well worth the trip when approaching Coco Plum Island Resort. Meshed against the neon blue hues of the Caribbean Sea, guests can relax in their private villa, or outside by the stunning pool and surrounding deck. Swing in a hammock while reading a book, sip on a drink, or release your inhibitions by partaking in various water sports. Home cooking, friendly staff and attention to detail—Coco Plum checks all the boxes.
Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort & Spa on La Digue Island in Seychelles defines luxury tropical escape. Villas display an upscale yet naturalistic charm with plenty of earthy material and lavish amenities. Enjoy personal plunge pools, beachfront access, swanky eateries and an amazing infinity pool that looks as if it’s a part of the landscape. Much of the island’s beauty is easily accessible, especially by bike. Explore beyond the beach on which the resort sits.
InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort shows off the best of both the Vietnamese culture and a lush, tropical environment. Perched on a hill, the views of the South China sea are everything, and private villas offer personal pools and glimpses of the beautiful country. Venture to the local hotspots to truly immerse into the culinary scene and the age-old Buddhist influence. Man Thai beach is a treasured spot to enjoy the ocean in Vietnam.
Aqua Wellness Resort in Tola, Nicaragua blends well with its lush exterior thanks to rich wood accents and an open feel. Villas blend amongst the treetops and the sounds of crashing waves can be heard in the distance. One of the coolest parts might be when one sees wildlife hanging around the grounds. Monkeys and a variety of stunning birds often make an appearance. Kids are welcome at this retreat, although the ambiance is still good for couples or solo travelers.
In a day when it is hard not to feel judged for bodily appearance, Negril, Jamaica’s Hedonism II is pushing back in unsuspecting ways. “No judge” beaches allow guests to frolic, sans swimsuit, with other lighthearted individuals who just want to have a good time. One of the world’s top singles resorts, its colorful, funky vibe exudes from the interior of each fun room, and water activities like snorkeling are steps away from the resort. Just come and be you.