Everyone loves a good beach vacation. With azure skies, a soft tropical breeze, smooth sand and electrifying beach waves, what’s not to love? That’s why every spring and summer we relish the opportunity to pack our beach bags full of swimsuits, sunscreen, hats and sunglasses, throw it in the trunk of the car, and head over to the nearest beach we can find!
However the rich travel a little differently than the rest of us. With their designer luggage and private jets, they choose a more elite version of the typical beach vacation. They fly to the most luxurious beach resorts that offer everything from complimentary in-villa spa treatments to Michelin star cuisine, and spend their holiday in the utmost extravagance. Scroll below to see out list of the top 10 luxurious beach resorts loved by the elite!
10FOUR SEASONS RESORT, BORA BORA
Amidst beautiful coral leafs, Tahitian skies, bizarre varieties of fish, and striking lagoons, lies the luxurious Four Seasons resort in the depths of Bora Bora. With a combination of unparalleled service, spacious grand cottages and a host of underwater adventures, this tropical resort is loved by the rich and elite across the globe.
You can book a room at the Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora for upwards of $2000 a night for a one bedroom cottage, ranging all the way till $15,500 for a grand beach estate.
9WAKAYA CLUB & SPA, FIJI
What’s more fancy than a resort standing on its very own 2200 acre private island? The Wakaya Club & Spa in Fiji offers 10 private suites and 2 luxury villas that are entirely surrounded by lush rainforests, white sandy beaches and pristine waters.
Guests can entertain themselves by going on helicopter tours, playing a round of golf, snorkelling, scuba diving, and taking day trips to any of the nearby islands. You can book a room at this Fijian paradise for $1800 to $10,000 a night.
8COMO COCO ISLAND, MALDIVES
With 33 overwater exclusive bungalows, Como Coco Island in Maldives offers gourmet South Indian cuisine, holistic spa treatments, and ‘world class diving,’ to the elite guests who decide to star there. This private island is nestled amongst blue lagoons and sandy beaches, rendering a natural paradise.
All 33 bungalows are inspired by Dhoni fisherman boats and come with terraces that offer direct access to the vast ocean. Whether your bucket list includes swimming with sharks, windsurfing, sailing a catamaran or night snorkelling with UV lights, you will not be disappointed with the massive range of activities offered at this luxurious resort.
7GRAND-HÔTEL DU CAP-FERRAT, FRANCE
This stunning Mediterranean beach resort has been visited by iconic celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Pablo Picasso and Charlie Chaplin, and renowned leaders such as Winston Churchill over the years.
The palatial style property features Michelin star cuisine, a pool club with an infinity pool and sundecks, bath amenities form Hermes, luxurious rooms and world-class service.
6ATLANTIS THE PALM, DUBAI
With an 11.5 million-litre fish tank, a massive waterpark, world-renowned restaurants such as Nobu and Hakkassan onsite, an underwater suite, and a substantial theatre featuring stunning aerial shows, Atlantis the Palm is one of the most invigorating and luxurious resorts in the world.
This hotel has something to offer to everyone. Your kids can swim with dolphins or meet sea lions while you dine in Nobu and browse the amazing boutiques the hotel has to offer. If you are really looking for an adventure, you can book the resort’s underwater suite that offers picturesque views of exotic fish and other marine life.
5THE RITZ-CARLTON, CALIFORNIA
The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in California promises a blend of modern luxury with relaxed coastal living. The 396-guest rooms onsite draw inspiration from the Pacific Ocean and are adorned in subtle shades of white, gray and aqua, each featuring a private terrace.
Whether you’re a fan of rare and luxurious steaks or healthy vegan Californian meals, your dietary needs are easily catered to in one of their exclusive seven dining spaces. Their activity centre offers attractions such as whale watching, golf and art classes for the entire family to enjoy!
4THE OCEAN CLUB, THE BAHAMAS
Built along an 8-kilometer long stretch of natural wonder, the Ocean Club in The Bahamas has hosted a number of celebrities over the years. Guests can enjoy walks through stone pathways, multi-layered landscape and blooms of purple-hued bougainvillea, all overlooking the Bahamian waters.
Traveling with your partner? You can set a romantic date with a dinner table either set in the picturesque gardens or on the beach with your feet dipped in the sea, all the while enjoying gourmet cuisine from Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
3BANYAN TREE SPA SANCTUARY, THAILAND
With 12 luxurious pool villas overlooking the Bangtao beach, the Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary in Thailand promises to offer time and space for their guests to enjoy revitalizing wellness experiences, engaging cultural insights and holistic lifestyle enrichment.
All guests can partake in the 50 wellbeing activities offered by the resort as well as daily complimentary in-villa spa treatments. All activities offered at the Banyan Tree Spa promote mindfulness and fitness, in order to unleash one’s full potential.
2SUGAR BEACH, ST. LUCIA
Situated between the untouched setting of a 100 acre rainforest, the Sugar Beach Viceroy luxury resort in St. Lucia is the amalgamation of serene nature and the upmost luxury.
The resort features extravagant rooms with spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea, a variety of pools to soak in, complimentary fitness classes, world-class dining experiences and gourmet cuisine. The Rainforest spa promises to create the ideal ambience for complete tranquillity and rejuvenation.
1PINK SANDS RESORT, BAHAMAS
This low-key and luxurious beach resort has hosted Martha Stewart, Kate Moss and Keith Richards over the years. The Pink Sands resort features one-bedroom and two-bedroom cottages nestled between rosy sand, fresh nature and azure water. The resort promises complete relaxation in the ‘truly uncrowded, unspoiled’ paradise.
Meals are sourced from fresh produce, seafood and veggies and herbs that grow on the island. Guests can enjoy onsite tennis courts, freshwater heated swimming pools, snorkelling, kayaking and massage services among other amenities and activities.