Picture this: Sugar-white sandy shorelines, crystal waters, and uninterrupted views: Let’s face it — we could all use a private beach vacation right now. The best part? You don’t even have to leave the country to escape the crowds.
There are quite a handful of hotels throughout America that offer one-of-a-kind stays complete with private beaches for guests to enjoy. From a grand Palm Beach oceanfront oasis with a wide array of watersports programming to a ritzy Hamptons locale for luxurious lounging, read on for some of the best private beach hotels across the United States.
WaterColor Inn and Resort, FL
This expansive, 500-acre resort is situated along the shorelines of Florida’s Gulf Coast. The region itself is famed for its clear-blue waters, white-sand beaches, and abundance of natural beauty. You can expect the same at the property’s 1,400-foot-long private beach, where you can relax and unwind in the Florida sun in between dips in the ocean. Here, guests can also rent paddleboards and explore away. At night, the beach transforms into a lively bonfire hangout — complete with freshly roasted s’mores — and makes the perfect pit stop before retreating to your room for the night.
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Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa, NY
Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa continues to draw in well-heeled travelers, socialites, and celebrities alike with its luxe accommodations, prime Montauk locale, stunning spa, and exciting culinary offerings. Plus, its 2,000-foot-long private beach — which allows travelers to escape the crowds that flock to the nearby public beaches — continues to impress. Here, you’ll also find the swanky Beach Club at Gurney’s, complete with refreshing cocktails, mouthwatering appetizers, and satisfying snacks. For the ultimate experience, spring on a plush king-size daybed rental. (You won’t regret it.)
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Madison Beach Hotel, CT
The Madison Beach Hotel is chock-full of classic New England charm that’ll wow guests of all ages. Its private stretch of sand is lined with complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas. The beach is just as lively at night as it is during the day, with a rotation of seasonal events and activities like concerts, movie screenings, and craft fairs. Guests can also get their zen on by partaking in a beachfront yoga class. Other hotel highlights include 32 luxury accommodations — complete with blue color palettes, furnished patios, and plush wooden sleigh beds — along with a wellness-centric spa and four bars and restaurants.
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Castle Hill Inn, RI
Castle Hill Inn is nestled on a 40-acre estate in the coastal city of Newport and is housed in a 19th-century era mansion. While the private beach is on the smaller side compared to some of the other aforementioned properties, it makes the ideal escape for those searching for a low-key, laid-back, and (virtually) crowd-free beach vacation. Before venturing to the beach, savor a gourmet breakfast (lobster hash and bellinis, anyone?). Alternatively, hit up the spa and enjoy afternoon tea service. The property offers seasonal sunset sailings.
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Beachcomber Beach Resort, FL
The 102-room Beachcomber Beach Resort in beautiful St. Pete Beach spans six lush acres of tropical gardens. It also boasts a 200-foot-long beach, where you’ll find the beloved Jimmy B’s bar, which attracts travelers and locals alike. However, there’s more to do than just bask in the sun and drink cocktails. (Although you can certainly choose to do that — no judgment here.) Guests can also choose from an array of watersports like parasailing, jetskiing, kayaking, and fishing.
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The Royal Hawaiian, HI
It’s no secret that The Aloha State is known for its beautiful beaches — but many of them draw large crowds of tourists. For a more intimate beach experience, book a room at The Royal Hawaiian on the island of Oahu. This 500-room luxury resort, which earned the nickname “Pink Palace” due to its eye-catching pink facade, is best known for its luxurious accommodations and amenities, including a private beach area with postcard-worthy Diamond Head and Waikiki views. After soaking up the sun under your umbrella and chaise lounge, head into the ocean for a relaxing dip or take a complimentary surf lesson.
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Chatham Bars Inn, MA
It’s nearly impossible to be bored when you book a stay at this idyllic 25-acre Cape Cod property, which dates back to 1914. Perhaps the hotel’s best feature is its quarter-mile-long private beach, where guests can rent a private cabana and lounge the day away (Just don’t forget your SPF.) Chatham Bars Inn also offers complimentary beach bike rentals, private boat charters, and yoga on the beach. After a day well spent on the beach, refuel with a hearty meal at one of the on-site eateries, enjoy a soak in the hot tub or heated pool, or hit up the tranquil spa.
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Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach, CA
The Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach’s idyllic cliffside locale spans a whopping 175 acres. It offers panoramic ocean views — plus lavish amenities including two infinity pools, private cabanas, a 30,000-square-foot spa, an 18-hole golf course, and seven bars and restaurants. The property’s private beach is just a short, scenic tram ride away. Here, you’ll also find a sleek /outdoor beachfront bar as well as a beach club that offers lounge chairs and towel service. The beach is also a popular spot for paddleboarding, swimming, and surfing (lessons available on-site).
Omni Hilton Head, SC
Hilton Head is arguably one of America’s most famous coastal destinations, attracting millions of travelers each year. However, if you want to visit without having to navigate the crowded beaches, check into the Omni Hilton Head. The expansive oceanfront resort has its own pristine private beach, where you can rent chairs and umbrellas along with boogie boards and bicycles. On land, round up your friends and family for a game of beach volleyball, relax under your umbrella, or take a beach yoga class. After your beach day, visit the appropriately named Ocean Tides Spa, which utilizes tropical-inspired ingredients like organic cane sugar, quartz sand, and agave oil. Don’t miss the sprawling pool complex, which offers fun for guests of all ages in the form of splash pads, hot tubs, adults-only pools, family pools, and more.
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The Breakers, FL
With its fascinating Gilded Age history that dates back to 1896, combined with luxurious amenities and accommodations, this iconic Palm Beach resort has undoubtedly made a name for itself over the years. The Breakers’ on-site, Mediterranean-style beach club overlooks a half-mile of private beach for guests to enjoy — as well as four swimming pools, five whirlpools, poolside bungalows, two 18-hole golf courses, ten tennis courts, and 11 chic boutiques. After enjoying a dip in the ocean, dry off on your sun lounger and head to the 20,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor spa. You may also choose to embark on an action-packed adventure in the water: The property offers scuba and snorkeling tours, kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing, and banana boating. Sunset Catamaran cruises are also available.
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