Whether you're planning a long romantic weekend or just need some much-needed R&R, it's hard to beat a getaway to an upscale beachfront hotel.
There's the ocean, the beach, the spa, the pool, the restaurants, and. of course, the bars. But really, it's all about that glorious beachfront vibe.
If you're heading to Mexico or Florida, three standout hotels are doing it well right now: the W Punta de Mita, the Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, and the Naples Grande Beach Resort. Here's a look at all three:
The surfer-chic W hotel in Punta de Mita, Mexico isn't just another celebrity-friendly beachfront hotspot, although you might find Michael Fassbender or supermodel Chanel Iman lounging by the pool. Grab a board at Wave Surf Shop to take advantage of the world-renowned surfing, and dine at Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Spice Market or, better yet, Mesa1, the hotel's "secret" restaurant that only offers seating to one party per day, whether it's two or 12 people.
Just North of buzzy Playa del Carmen is the beachfront paradise of the Andaz Mayakoba Resort, which is surrounded by a verdant forest, tranquil lagoons and lush vegetation. This gorgeous resort offers plenty of time for serious relaxation with a top-shelf spa, a cevichería and beachfront tequila bar, and plenty of nature trails to hike. It's no wonder that Sharon Stone, Freida Pinto and other celebs have stayed at this secluded oasis. And staying here helps a worthy cause: 30 percent of each package or rental rate goes to (RED)’s fight to end AIDS.
This popular resort is staging a major comeback after the devastation of Hurricane Irma. After an multimillion dollar renovation, the hotel is back and better than ever with a 72-par golf course, 200-acre nature reserve, a luxe spa, tennis and six restaurants. Want something more than just a typical jet ski rental? Take advantage of the hotel's proximity to the Everglades with an airboat tour or a ride on a Salt Island sea plane.
With reporting by Fabiana Santana