Whether by the lake or the sea, there is something special about a holiday by the water. Nominated by a panel of hotel and travel experts and then voted one of the top 10 waterfront hotels by our readers, each of these hotels set the stage for a memorable and relaxing vacation.
#1: Chatham Bars Inn – Chatham, Massachusetts.
With 1,300 feet of private beach and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, this classic New England destination has welcomed guests to Cape Cod since 1914. With 25 landscaped acres, poolside and beachfront cabanas and lounges, cottages, and five dining areas, there’s plenty to enjoy. Settle into an Adirondack chair, stroll into town or head out on the water to watch the whales.
#2: Wentworth by the Sea, a Marriott Hotel & Spa – New Castle, New Hampshire.
The Grand Wentworth, an hour north of Boston, was built in 1874 and is the last of New Hampshire’s Gilded Age hotels on the seafront. Today, this Historic Hotels of America property overlooking a marina includes a spa, two outdoor pools and one indoor pool, a fitness center, two restaurants, and a bar.
#3: Beachfront Acqualina Resort & Residences – Sunny Isles Beach, Florida.
Located on the Florida Riviera, this award-winning Miami resort resembles an all-inclusive villa, with a vast tropical beach and luxe touches like fresh fruit and homemade cookies delivered to rooms, a marine biology-based children’s program, and heavenly access to the spa . The lavish accommodations offer stunning views, while three pools add to the appeal.
#4: Ocean House – Watch Hill, Rhode Island.
Perched on a bluff overlooking the ocean in Watch Hill, the Ocean House offers an iconic New England shoreline experience complete with a full-service spa, a Forbes five-star rated restaurant, a private beach with butler service, croquet lawn and squash courts. Daily resort activities include classes at the Center for Wine & Culinary Arts, film screenings, exercise clinics, morning fitness programs and tours of the resort.
#5: Mirror Lake Inn – Lake Placid, New York.
Located directly on the shores of Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, just one block from Main Street, the Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa is an ideal base for exploring the Olympic heritage of the upstate towns.
Guests have access to indoor and outdoor pools, a private sandy beach, a tennis court, a fitness center, and a boathouse with paddleboards, kayaks, rowboats, and canoes.
#6: The Don CeSar – St. Pete Beach, Florida.
If you dream of lounging on a white sand beach and enjoying an unobstructed view of the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico, then Don CeSar Resort is the place for you. This flamingo pink palace has been a St. Pete Beach landmark since the Roaring 20s. With 277 rooms and suites with two pools and 71 all-suite beach houses half a mile up the coast for extended stays, your dream comes true.
#7: Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa – Honolulu, Hawaii.
Waikiki’s first resort hotel opened in 1901 and is located in the heart of Moana Surfrider in Honolulu, Hawaii. The First Lady of Waikiki dominates the stage at Hawaii’s most famous beach, offering her guests the best access and views with Victorian charm.
Enjoy your view of the sea from the beach bar under the famous 75-foot-tall Indian banyan tree planted in 1904 and stretching 150 feet across the courtyard.
#8: Turtle Bay Resort – Oahu, Hawaii.
From humpback whale watching to surfing and horseback riding along five miles of beaches, the ocean is never far from Turtle Bay Resort. The ocean surrounds the main hotel, made up of three wings on a small peninsula, which offers all 410 rooms and suites with sea views. The resort includes an additional 42 Beach Cottages and Ocean Villas and 1,300 acres to explore on Oahu’s North Shore.
#9: Halekulani Hotel – Honolulu, Hawaii.
A stay in Honolulu doesn’t get much better than at the waterfront Halekulani, a luxury Waikiki property that offers unobstructed views of Diamond Head.
Resort guests can practice yoga on the beach, dine by the heated pool, or indulge in a treatment at one of Oahus’ premier spas.
#10: Convention Hall – Cape May, New Jersey.
Founded in 1816, Congress Hall bills itself as America’s oldest seaside resort. Located in the heart of Victorian Cape May, the hotel began as a humble inn and has since grown into a popular summer retreat. The original owner, Thomas H. Hughes, was elected to Congress in 1828 and renamed the hotel to his current name in honor of this new position.
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