World's 10 Best Beachfront Hotels


World's 10 Best Beachfront Hotels

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Shelborne South Beach, Florida Where: Miami's South Beach The Details: It's a good thing that this 1940s-era hotel in the heart of South Beach's Art Deco District is being restored to its former glory. After all, the Shelborne is one of the few truly oceanfront properties in South Beach. Distance from the Sand: Beachfront rooms are about 40 feet from the sand. How Much: A beachfront king room starts at $177 per night. More Info: tel. 800/327-8757; www.shelborne.com

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Napili Sunset Resort, Hawaii Where: Napili Bay, West Maui Distance from the Sand: Walk out of your lanai, cross a narrow stretch of green lawn and beach lounge chairs, and you're on the sand -- about 10 feet away from the entrance to your room. How Much: A one-bedroom beachfront suite that sleeps up to five people starts at $239 in low season and goes up to $310 per night in peak season. More Info: tel. 800/447-9229; www.napilisunset.com

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Castaways Resort & Spa, Australia Where: Mission Beach, Tropical North Queensland Distance From the Sand: Walk across perfectly manicured lawns outside your villa for 60 feet, and you'll be standing on a private Coral Sea beach. How Much: Standard rooms start at A$145 per night (about $156), ground-floor resort rooms start at A$205 ($220), and two-bedroom beachfront apartments start at A$305 ($328) per night. More Info: tel. +61/7-4068-7444; www.castaways.com.au

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Crusoe's Retreat, Fiji Where: Viti Levu island, about two hours from Nadi (Fiji's capital and main airport) How Much: Beachfront bures start at FJD$335 ($193) and deluxe seaside bures are from FJD$390 ($225) per night. Distance From the Sand: According to the resort manager, you're so close that you can hold your breath while walking from your bure to the edge of the water. More Info: tel. 866/728-8189; www.crusoesretrea...

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Knossos Beach Bungalows & Suites, Greece Where: Knossos Beach is seven miles from Heraklion, Crete. Ferry service from Athens and various Greek Islands is available. The Details: Terraced rows of 120 white-washed mini villas line this exclusive stretch of Greek paradise. How Much: Waterfront bungalows for two people start at €89 (about $137) in low season and €226 (about $318) in peak season. Distance From the Sand: three feet. More Info: www.knossosbeach.com

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Island HoppInn, the Bahamas Where: Fernandez Bay on Cat Island is easily accessible by charter flights from Fort Lauderdale or Nassau (round-trip airfare is around $350 from Florida and $160 from Nassau) The Details: With a private beach and only four rooms, Island HoppInn is the ultimate escape that's relatively easy to reach. Distance From the Sand: Three steps How Much: A 1-bedroom suite is $225 per night (up to 2 people) and $245 (up to 4 people) More Info: www.islandhoppinn...

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Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort & Spa, Thailand - Where: Lo Ba Gao Bay, Phi Phi Don island (Krabi), about 32 miles by fast catamaran from Phuket Distance From the Sand: About three steps (with or without flip-flops) from your suite to fine white sand. Depending on the tide, you're only another 30 feet or so to the crystal-clear warm waters of the Andaman Sea. How Much: A superior bungalow starts at $185) including taxes and breakfast daily. More Info: www.ppisland.com

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Nikoi, Indonesia - Where: Nikoi Island, Bintan Islands, about two hours by ferry from Singapore Distance From the Sand: Zero -- your suite is on the white sand. How Much: Prices for two people start at SG$330 per night (about $269). Add SG$90 per day (about $73) for all meals. Boat/car transfers from the Bintan ferry are SG$90 per adult. More Info: tel. +65/9635-1950; www.nikoi.com

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Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, U.S. Virgin Islands - Where: St. Thomas Distance From the Sand: Beachfront rooms are about three feet from the edge of the white-sand beach, so you can enjoy a quick dip without having to bump into anyone on your way. How Much: Standard rooms for two people start at $160 per night More Info: tel. 800/524-4746; www.bolongobay.com

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Al Cielo, Mexico - Where: This boutique hotel is on Xpu-Ha Beach, about a 20-minute drive north of Tulum and 20 minutes south of Playa del Carmen on the Riviera Maya. Distance From the Sand: Your terrace is about five steps away from the sand. The private villa is about 90 feet from the edge of the beach. How Much: The lowest rate per night for two people is $160 (with breakfast) during May, June, September, and October. More Info: www.alcielohotel.com

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Where to Stay Steps From the Sand - If you crave a midnight dip or perpetually sandy toes, these 10 destinations are for you. Each of these hotels offers great value and even better views. From the Greek Islands to the Great Barrier Reef, allow us to help you find your perfect beach getaway. Photo Caption: You're less than 10 feet from the beach when staying at the Napili Sunset Resort in Maui.

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