Summer is in full swing for many of us — but depending on where you are in the world, summer is always in season. From the unbelievable blue hues of the Caribbean Sea to the dazzling shores that splash in Thailand, the sun can make any body of water sparkle. For those who are not only beach-goers but also world travelers, the quest to sink your toes and feast your eyes on every ocean and sea is a lifelong quest. And, hey, for special celebrations or once-in-a-lifetime trips, the world is full of scenic hotels and resorts with truly remarkable access to the waves. From luxury cliffside huts to infinity pool balconies, here are the 11 most amazing oceanfront hotel rooms, ever.
As you look over the Caribbean Sea, you’ll be in awe of the masterpiece unfolding below you. This property is unique, considering it’s situated on a 230-acre private island on the east end of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. The daring cliff adds dimension and character to the calm shores, which can all be viewed from the modern, Four Diamond hotel. Might we suggest breakfast in suite as you watch the sunrise, followed by a quick dip in the private pool?
Rate starting at $1,200/night for the two bedroom villas.
Though there are plenty of incredible ocean views to be found throughout the many beach towns of Mexico, this one takes the churro. Located in the states of Jalisco, right at the point of the Peninsula de las Estrellas, you’ll see the Pacific Ocean from — quite literally — the edge of a cliff. Though it comes with a steep ticket price, it’s definitely worth the splurge since you have a 360-degree infinity pool, a live-in personal butler, and a chef.
This private island is a cool three-mile boat ride off the coast of Belize and allows travelers to escape to their own oasis. In addition to plenty of beaches, you also have quite the uninterrupted view. There are seven villas, all with a private dock area, so you can go fishing, snorkeling or take a skinny dip at nighttime as the stars sparkle above you. They can also arrange tours of the five nearby Mayan ruins or a trip to the world’s second largest barrier-reef system that reaches all the way down to Mexico.
Half in the United States, half in Mexico, we say go international when you travel to Cabo. From this appropriately-named panoramic suite, you will have a remarkable view of The Sea of Cortez and El Acro, a famed arch-shaped piece of granite that was carved by centuries of wind and ocean exposure. This Baja SoCal-themed hotel features plenty of options for classic fun-in-the-sun holidays, including swim-up bars, lounges, a spa with private outdoor cabanas and chef-driven menus. But if you walk into this suite and never want to leave? We don’t blame you — just order some room service, pop the bubbly, and enjoy.
Another secret island you may have never heard of, this boutique resort is located on 40 acres of coastline. You’ll see where the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet, all while enjoying a cocktail from your gorgeous oceanfront villa. For active wanderlusters, don’t miss out on the opportunity to go kayaking, hiking, snorkeling or even swimming with pigs. We’re not sure if you’re Instagram followers are ready for this kind of envy, but this Bahama gem will deliver the photos.
Overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, this resort is located on its own private island within the Koh Rong archipelago. When you travel to the other side of the world to witness this dreamy view, you’ll see copper-sand beaches, tropical forests, clean bays, and beyond. Plus, with this impressive two-bedroom villa, you will get a 360-degree ocean view and have direct beach access, as well as a large private swimming pool and two rain showers.
Though you’ve probably ventured to various parts of the Caribbean, a visit to Turks & Caicos may have missed your radar. True to the easy-going vibe of their neighbors, Turks (as the locals call it) is a quiet yet upscale experience for the savvy jet-setter. Often touted as a foodie destination, you’ll definitely find some food that pairs well with your gorgeous seaside villa when you book your stay at The Shore Club. When you aren’t drooling over the view, book a night at Sui-Ren and experience a delicious Peruvian-Japenase fine-dining meal.
More affordable than most oceanfront suites dotted around the globe, you’ll need to take at least two flights to get to Mykonos — but the journey will be worth it. This luxury boutique hotel’s junior suite offers a private terrace that overlooks the crescent-shaped Agios Ioannis beach and the Aegean Sea. As you order champagne, settle in from the jetlag and savor the moment, the grand beauty of the island and the charm of this Greek beach town will sweep you away.
Everyone says they’ll make it to Africa “one day” — but when you see this view, you’ll want that day to come ASAP. This five-star hotel allows you to see the Atlantic Ocean on a new continent, as well as the sprawling city of Cape Town. Though you probably won’t go swimming, for those who want to wake up with a coffee while they look down below, this hotel will have you feeling right at home. We suggest grabbing a few glasses of wine since the property is known for their extensive wine gallery (including 7,500 bottles from South Africa!) and wandering through their art gallery, since it’s one of the most valued collections in the country.
Though you don’t need a passport to retreat to Hawaii, you’ll feel as if you’re a world away when you step into this beautiful suite. Not only budget-friendly for the mindful honeymooning couple, this two-bedroom, two-bath suite is also ideal for families. It’s set on ten acres of charming Hawaiian traditions. You’ll see stunning views of Molokai from your room, but you can also adventure out and book lei-making or hula dancing classes, too. Just don’t miss out on the opportunity to unwind on your private balcony, or as the locals call it, ‘lanai.’
Though you know Hiroshima for its turbulent past, it’s growing as a must-see for many travelers. This destination offers breathtaking views of the very-blue and very-impressive Seto Inland Sea, which is known as Asia’s Mediterranean, and the resort caters to the authentic experience by offering cultural immersions. You can walk around in your kimono, sip green tea as the locals do, and book an experience at their two on-site onsens, which are Japanese hot springs.