6 exquisite beach resorts for the perfect summer getaway

Sun, sand, and luxury!

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Summer is well and truly here and we’re welcoming it with open arms. Get ready to bask in the sun, golden sands, and turquoise waters at some of the most luxurious beach resorts and retreats around the world. Think ocean views, scenic beaches, exquisite properties, and delectable cuisine—the perfect recipe for a luxury holiday amid nature.

From scenic beachside resorts to delightful villas, here are some of the best beach resorts from around the world to visit this summer. 

Four Seasons Koh Samui, Thailand 

This luxury resort is located in the coastal hills of Thailand’s second-largest island. You can spend your days exploring pristine sandy beaches bordered by tropical greenery, by the infinity pool, or by relaxing on your private deck overlooking the idyllic Gulf of Siam. Wake up in your posh villa and enjoy a spread overlooking the jungle and the ocean. For those who enjoy an immersive day filled with adventure and activities, the hotel’s SiamSeas cruising boat offers access to the Marine National Park and a couple of other locations. Furthermore, you can indulge in a gruelling training session at their ocean-facing Muay Thai ring or opt for something more calming such as a yoga class, right by the shore. 

Susurros del Corazón, Auberge Resorts Collection, Punta Mita, Mexico

A luxurious seaside enclave, Susurros del Corazón sits between the jungled cliffs, along the pristine Mexican shoreline. Each of the 89 rooms, suites, and villas is designed in a neutral ambience with decor sourced from different parts of the country—terracotta animal figurines from San José del Cabo in Baja California Sur, custom wood headboards from Guadalajara, and so on. Complementing the exquisite setting and design, the service and list of curated experiences aren't far off. It includes a cacao ceremony done by a local healer, a wine-tasting session, and an ocean surf safari, where you get to observe Humpback whales, and more! 

Amanruya, Turkey


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Aman’s properties rank among the most luxurious hotel and resort chains around the world, and with good reason. Their Amanruya resort in Turkey’s Bodrum Peninsula is a prime example. Nestled amongst olive and cypress trees, the resort offers plenty of space and all the privacy you need to enjoy a relaxing vacation. The highlight of this resort is its guest pavilions which are made from sun-bleached stone, with a terracotta roof that provides a complete Mediterranean vibe. While the outdoors—comprising a private pool and lounge chairs—are perfect for a sundowner; it’s the inside of the hotel room that will make you want to stay in all day, especially the bathroom. There’s a bath, made of marble, that overlooks the garden, as well as a massive rainfall shower that will leave you in awe. The Beach Club, at the resort, is a series of terraces that overlooks the Aegean Sea, where you can munch on Turkish mezze, before heading off to their private beach for a swim.

Cali Mykonos, Greece


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Get ready for a summer to remember with some breathtaking views of the sea and Mykonian landscape. Located between Kalafatis Beach and Agia Anna Beach, Cali Mykonos is a place of profound peace and adventure. The property’s 40 suites and villas are located on a secluded cliff, on the south-east side of the island, offering plenty of privacy. The food here is prepared by Chef Lefteris Lazarou—whose restaurant, Varoulko Seaside, received the country’s very first Michelin star back in 2002. If you’re looking to party, there’s a DJ next to the cliffside infinity pool, that’ll have you moving and grooving all night. And if you want to take the party outside, you can go island hopping and enjoy a party at some of the best beach clubs around. 

Nobu Ibiza Bay, Spain

A beach retreat located in the heart of Ibiza, Nobu Ibiza Bay redefines luxury with its exquisite offerings and spectacular sights. You’ve got an on-call waiter who will serve you cocktails till the sun goes down (and long after that), a fresh-water pool, and private suites overlooking the beach, along with a host of bars and restaurants that set the mood for a perfect night out. The energy at this resort goes up once the sun goes down. And if you’re not exactly a party person, you can rejuvenate with a massage at the Six Senses Spa and enjoy a host of other wellness experiences, or relax in your room, which is laden with hand-crafted items and Ibizan artwork. 

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa

This Mediterranean-inspired resort in Benaulim sits over a sprawling 56 acres of lush greenery. All this space coupled with old-world architecture, floral patios, and a sunny atrium makes for a perfect romantic getaway or family holiday. The resort boasts a warm and earthy aesthetic with tiled roofs, textured walls, and aesthetic furnishings. A stay here is incomplete without a meal at their seasonal beachfront restaurant Lobster Village, which serves locally sourced seafood in a pleasing setting.

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