15 Most Beautiful Beach Getaways
As some of us muscle thorough these last weeks of winter, a beach getaway seems to become more of a reality. There are many beach destinations to choose from. No two beach vacations are exactly the same. Some travelers want sun during the day, and a trendy, urban scene to explore by night, while others want deserted islands offering peace and quiet. Whatever you prefer, there is a place for you to go and get the the relaxation you are looking for. Here is a list of the best beach getaways in 2015.
Barbados Two new, non-stop Delta flights, from JFK in New York and Hartsfield-Jackson International in Atlanta, allow easier access to this island paradise. The hard part is choosing among Barbados’ 60 beaches. All of them are public. There are beaches for everyone and every activity. You can enjoy the calm waters of the west coast, aka the Platinum Coast, or the surfable waves of the east coast. It’s hard to choose the wrong beach. When you get tired of soaking up the rays, there’s plenty else to do, from reef diving to touring rum plantations to spelunking through Harrison’s Cave.
Punta Del Este Many people chose Buenos Aires as their default go to destination in South America. This year I urge you to try Punta del Este. A quick flight from Buenos Aires or Montevideo gets you to Uruguay’s glamorous beach scene in less than an hour. Punta Del Este has become a clebrity hot spot so come ready to see and be seen. There is plenty to do after taking a dip in the Atlantic during the day. Club-hopping is a favorite night time activity. The Grand Hotel, which just opened on Brava Beach, is Punta del Este’s first five-star hotel in over 15 years. The 120-room property includes a spa, Roman baths, heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a theater.
Lizard Island Lizard Island is secluded and that only adds to its appeal. For those who really want to getaway from it all, should come here. There is an abundance of white, sandy beaches and privacy. The Great Barrier Reef resort is the perfect spot for those who want to completely unplug. There is no mobile phone coverage at the 40-suite stay, so guests can picnic on a private beach, frolic in plunge pools, or swing lazily on verandah hammocks completely undisturbed by “the real world.” Lizard Island is a great location that offers world-class diving, with sea turtles, dolphins, manta rays, and humpback whales. There’s even a coral reef research station operated by the Australian Museum on the westernmost point of the island.
Bermuda If you are looking for a party head to Bermuda. In July, the 10th annual Beachfest on Horseshoe Bay promises to be Bermuda’s biggest beach party yet. It celebrates the island’s Emancipation Day, with music, food, limbo dancing, and sports on the sand, and eveyone is invited. Attendees let their inner bohemians out by covering themselves in paint and powder. For those living on the East Coast, crashing the party couldn’t be easier, as flights from NYC and Boston are less than two hours. Bermuda is a great to visit all year round. There are unique pink-sand beaches, and a growing food scene. New restaurants like 1609 Bar & Restaurant at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess are opening soon.
Mozambique Benguerra Island in Mozambique is one of the newest hot spots. With 10 casitas and two cabanas surrounded by tropical forest and white sandy beaches it is definitely a place to getaway to. The resort and beyond just went through refurbishment, and the accommodations now include plunge pools, gazebos, and spacious open air showers. The coral reefs offshore provide a haven for the Indian Ocean’s abundant marine life, while the beaches and towering sand dunes on the island also make for some of the world’s most scenic horseback riding.
Boracay This tiny island getaway is about 200 miles south of Manila, and is a little more than four miles long and about a mile wide. Despite its small size, Boracay is finishining up some big developments. Boracay Newcoast is a community of hotels, shopping, and residences that is sure to attract many people. The winter opening of the Aqua Boracay, a five-star resort set on Bulabog Beach, is expected to be one of the world’s best kite surfing beaches. In addition to water sports, the resort is rooted in luxury wellness, with a yoga studio, a day spa, and a pool spa.
Hawaii Hawaii will always be on the list for best beach getaways. The recent news of the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts pouring $500 million into transforming the JW Marriott Ihilani into the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina is reason enough to get to Hawaii. Slated for a September 2015 opening, not only will the property be Four Seasons’ first on Oahu, it will include the brand’s first residential property in Hawaii. The Courtyard by Marriott is also coming to Oahu, on its North Shore, this year. Over 100 shopping, dining, and entertainment outlets, plus Hawaii’s first Hampton Inn & Suites will be built as well. Hawaii is gaining popularity for its stand out snorkeling and hiking trails through the lava fields of Volcanoes National Park. There is even a rare green sand beach that you can enjoy.
San Juan Billionaire John Paulson says Puerto Rico is not only poised to come out of its economic slump, but that it is now poised to become the “Singapore of the Caribbean.” This means it will boom as a center of commerce, and a safe bet for investors in the tropics. One particular project Paulson is invested in is the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in San Juan, which recently debuted after 10 years and a $200 million renovation. The new hotel is actually one of San Juan’s oldest luxury properties, having originally opened in 1919. In addition to the swank new stay, San Juan’s culinary scene is exploding, with food from world renown chefs such as Jose Enrique Montes, José Santaella, Mario Pagan, Wilo Benet, and the Vanderbilt’s own Juan José Cuevas.
Haiti It’s been five years since a devastating earthquake destroyed this island nation, taking 200,000 lives in its wake. While there are still restoration efforts going on, tourism is finally coming back to Haiti. The Marriott Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s first internationally branded, four-star hotel, opens this year. The island’s beaches, wildlife, ruins, and the Unesco World Heritage site of the Citadelle Laferrière, were enough to bring people. With this new development Haiti is even more welcoming.
Miami The number one spot for spring breakers is Miami. Outside of the March and April months, Miami is still flourishing with people who just want to enjoy the beach. It is a great place to go to enjoy great weather and sand without leaving the country. Miami celebrates its centennial this year, with a year full of special events. A few new high-profile properties are ready and willing to accommodate those partaking in the year-long party, including the recently-opened Thompson Miami Beach and Ian Schrager’s beachfront boutique Edition. With that information the only thing left to do is to book a room and fight.
Tobago You can now get to the twin island of Trinidad even easier with new Caribbean Airline routes from NYC. Just a quick connection drops visitors to Tobago, which is known as the more attractive twin for its beaches. The island is known world wide for its Carnival festival but that isn’t the only festival that the island is known for. The 2015 Tobago Jazz Experience in April will welcome are opening powerhouse artist such as Jennifer Hudson and Kool & the Gang.
Bali If there were a contest for most hotel openings on an island in 2015, surely Bali would win. This year alone it will unveil at least five major resorts. The long-awaited Mandapa, and a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, will open by summer, with 60 luxury villas. The Alila, on the last sandy frontier of Seminyak will open this summer, as well as the exclusive 80 suites and 25 villas of the Jumeirah Bali. The Chedi Club, with 34 pool villas, will also join the resort scene in Jimbaran by summer. And that’s just a handful of what to expect. Several more big names are coming to the island next year, including Andaz, Mandarin Oriental, and Waldorf Astoria.
Lanzarote The easternmost of the Spanish Canary Islands has long been associated with an art-based history. Lanzarote was the birthplace of César Manrique, an artist and architect whose work decorates the island. Travelers to Lanzarote can visit the artist’s unique home at the Fundación César Manrique, where the design is based on the lava bubbles of the local volcanoes. Manrique’s spirit makes the island the perfect setting those who like to site see. Lanzarote is also home to the Museo Atlantico, Europe’s first underwater museum.
Curacao You really don’t need an excuse to steal away to the island of Curacao. Located just off the coast of Venezuela, you can now book a non-stop flight from New York with JetBlue. If that wasn’t enough of an inspiration, there is the fact that the island is basically storm-free, as it sits below the Caribbean’s hurricane belt. It has 38 lovely beaches, and is also a go-to spot for divers, as the waters teem with barracuda, sea horses, and brilliant corals. The island will draw in the fashion industry, by hosting the first International Swim Fashion Week.
Todos Santos This once-sleepy beach town in Baja California has received some new life, thanks to its thriving artist community, an annual music festival led by REM’s Peter Buck, and a soon-to-be completed “mindful living” community, complete with a beachfront boutique hotel. Tres Santos, a community within Todos Santos, will also include an organic community garden, gourmet farm-to-table restaurant, and a research center for Colorado State University, with an agriculture and water research focus. Aside from being artsy and healthy, Todos Santos also boast a fun surfing scene.