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10 Dreamiest Beachfront Resorts in the World

At these dreamy digs on some of the world’s best beaches, you can learn to paddleboard or parasail, reel in a magnificent fish on the end of a spinning line, or simply lie back and adjust your hat as the sun moves across the sky.

We may be safe at home right now, but we’re already dreaming about our next vacation. At these dreamy digs on some of the world’s best beaches, you can sink your toes into warm sand and find your ideal place in the sun. Divide your time according to your own rules: Learn to paddleboard or parasail, reel in a magnificent fish, or simply lie back and adjust your hat as the sun moves across the sky. Read on for 11 out-of-this-world beachfront resorts to add to your bucket list.

LUX South Ari Atoll, Maldives

LUX South Ari Atoll, Maldives

LUX South Ari Atoll is the only hotel on the island of Dhidhoofinolhu. Pristine beaches and crystal clear water are steps away from the thatch-roofed suites. Looking for a retreat? Pamper yourself in the ocean-view spa. Want a more active holiday? LUX South Ari Atoll  is a prime spot for snorkeling and whale-shark spotting.

Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Seychelles

Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Seychelles

This dreamy beachfront resort is located on a private island in Seychelles. Six Senses Zil Pasyon has 30 villas to choose from, each with stunning vistas of the ocean and surrounding islands. Book a spa treatment and soak in the beautiful landscape of this sustainable gem.

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Bali

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Bali

Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay has done a great job of integrating elements of Indonesia into this hotel—from the lobby to the villas modeled after a Balinese home. Discover the island’s cultural heritage through onsite artist workshops and take a tour of the resort’s temple with a high priest.

Vana Belle, A Luxury Collection Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand

Vana Belle, A Luxury Collection Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand

Vana Belle is all about privacy, with 79 suites and villas all tucked into a secluded cove over Chaweng Noi beach. Each suite and villa has a terrace with a private pool and stunning views of the beach or of the lush rain forest.

Ocean Club Resort, Turks And Caicos

Ocean Club Resort, Turks And Caicos

Even though the Ocean Club Resort is packed with things to do, the best one might be to do nothing at all. Of course, you can scuba or snorkel to see yellow tangs, parrot fish, and turtles, go bonefishing, or arrange for the resort to drop you off on one of the 30-plus deserted islands in Turks and Caicos so you can spend the day Robinson Crusoe-style. Or, simply sleep late. Think about reading a book. Order a drink. And watch the sun set.

The Chili Beach Private Resort & Villas, Jericoacoara, Brazil

The Chili Beach Private Resort & Villas, Jericoacoara, Brazil

Malhada Beach was named one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world by the Washington Post. Make the most of it at The Chili Beach Private Resort & Villas. This exclusive boutique hotel has only six rooms, so you’ll be able to truly get away from it all.

Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius

Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius

Experience tasteful paradise at Le Touessrok, a resort that cuddles up to Trou d’Eau Douce Bay in the middle of the Indian Ocean. It has all the requisite amenities: nearby reefs for diving and snorkeling, southern trade winds for sailing, and ample turquoise waters for swimming and admiring.

Travaasa Hana, Hana, Hawaii

Travaasa Hana, Hana, Hawaii

Maui’s Road to Hana is as famous as its beaches. A journey to Travaasa Hana, which sits just off that road, leads to an older, quieter Hawaii, complete with waterfalls tucked into lush forests. The original Sea Ranch Cottages opened here in 1947 and became a favorite retreat for generations of travelers seeking barefoot elegance. Today, Travaasa runs the resort in the picturesque Hana community, where Hawaiian culture is still the focus. Daytime activities include outdoor yoga classes, horseback rides, spa treatments, and Hawaiian cooking classes. You won’t miss the glitz of the more populated beaches.

Thonga Beach Lodge, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Thonga Beach Lodge, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Seek out this untouched escape, where golden beaches and turquoise waters sit adjacent to coastal forests, a silvery lake, and a wetland park. The five-star eco Thonga Beach Lodge makes the most of its natural setting. It’s the ultimate beach safari, located just south of Mozambique’s fabled sands on the western edge of the Indian Ocean. The lodge sits in a dune forest overlooking a pristine beach. During winter, you can spot nesting turtles and whale sharks.

Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, Motu Tevairoa, Bora Bora

Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa

You won’t want to cross Bora Bora off of your bucket list after spending a few days at The Pearl. It’s worth returning to again and again. The full-service resort sits on one of Bora Bora’s islets, facing the main island. The peaceful retreat stuns with 360-degree vistas. Keep it calm by spending your days snorkeling in the crystal-clear water, hiking up a tropical mountain, or sailing on a catamaran.

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By Annette Thompson

Annette Thompson likes a packed suitcase and a new highway. Plane tickets make her happy too. The travel writer and photographer calls Birmingham, Alabama, home, though she knows many other places just as well, such as her summer digs in Cambridge, England.

She's a soft-core adventure seeker, from hiking an alpine path, to driving race cars, to hooking monster tuna and tarpon. She's also attracted to food porn and covets recipes and ingenious restaurants.

Annette is a board member with the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). Her work has appeared online and in numerous magazines, including USA Today's Go Escape. She was a longtime travel editor at Southern Living magazine until she set out to travel the world a couple of years ago.

Contact her at annette@annettethompsontravel.com and follow her on Twitter @annietravel.

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