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No matter where you live around the globe, the idea of summer probably conjures up one thing: the beach.  Be it a lake, a river, or the open sea, beaches the world over get packed to the extreme during the hottest months of the year with people taking advantage of beautiful weather, their natural surroundings, and a little fun in the sun.  And while some folks are lucky enough to have summer year-round, the rest of us have to wait for those three months to come around before we can get out and take advantage of beaching and boating.

While you may have been going to the same beach every summer for your entire life, there are plenty of others out there to expand your horizons.  And if you don’t have that home-away-from home, there are plenty of beach hotels to welcome you.  From amazing five-star resorts to tiny beach bungalows, ocean-view suites to lakeside cabins, here are some of the best beach hotels around the world:

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Florida Keys

Dubbed “Florida’s most secluded and romantic retreat” by Travel + Leisure, Little Palm Island Resort and Spa on Torch Key in the Florida Keys is a great spot for a romantic beach getaway.  Situated on a five-acre islet, all of the suites on the island are designed for island living, each one with thatched roofs, romantic netting around the bed, deep bathtubs perfect for soaking, and private balconies—all nestled among palm trees.  Pristine white beaches and crystal blue water are available for guests’ enjoyment and private tables on the beach are prefect for a romantic dinner.  Voted the best hotel dining in Florida, the restaurant at Little Palm Island Resort and Spa has an award-winning team of chefs putting together amazing tropical dishes inspired by their surroundings.

Discovery Shores Boracay, Philippines

The 88 all-suite guest rooms at the Discovery Shores Boracay in the Philippines brings luxury to a beach hotel.  With refreshing blue, white, and gray furniture and bedding furnishing the rooms and large window walls filling the space with natural light, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of nature right in your own room  A spa, four restaurants, a pool, a children’s area, and, of course, a gorgeous beach make filling your days and nights easy and enjoyable.

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St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Mexico

If you’re looking for a year-round beach resort to escape the cold of winter, look no further than the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort in Mexico.  Guests can choose from three pools, two of them bi-level, as well as an amazing stretch of white sand beach.  For those who aren’t into lounging around in the sun all day, a tennis court surrounding by palm trees, two Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses (one of which has a hole on its own islet), beautiful gardens, and four bars/restaurants offer plenty of alternative recreation options.  The elegant guest rooms and suites are furnished in calming earth tones with accent colors and art inspired by local flora.  And, of course, it wouldn’t be a St. Regis without the option of butler service.

Wickaninnish Inn, Canada

On the west coast of Vancouver Island in Canada, you’ll find an amazing beach property where woodsy mountains meet beach retreat. The Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino consists of two separate buildings, both on a point jutting out into the Pacific Ocean.  Chesterman Beach is a large, W-shaped beach that is great for sunbathing, swimming, and even surfing.  The Inn is just steps away from the sand, and all of its guest rooms offer panoramic views of the beach or ocean, and the 75 deluxe rooms and suites each feature a fireplace and a private balcony.  You’ll find a spa as well as three dining options on the property, including The Pointe Restaurant, which boasts 240-degree views of the Pacific and serves up amazing local seafood, meat, and produce.

Hotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi Coast, Italy

A 19th Century villa perched on a cliff overlooking the sea on the picturesque and breathtaking Amalfi Coast, Hotel Santa Caterina is surrounded by olive and lemon groves.  The pool area is just feet above the ocean, literally built into the rock face.  Elegant loungers, large umbrellas, and a heated pool filled with sea water make for a relaxing, gorgeous sunbathing experience.  All of the guest rooms at Hotel Santa Caterina are bright and airy with private balconies offering either an ocean or a garden view.  The Honeymoon Suites take luxury and tranquility one step further with a private infinity pool and patio.

The Marbella Club, Spain

What started as a retreat for royalty has turned into one of the best beach hotels in the world.  The Marbella Club is located on Spain’s Mediterranean coast, offering a seaside pool, an expansive beach, a world-class spa, and a premier golf course.  The resort’s 84 rooms, 37 suites, and 14 multi-bedroom Andalucian villas with private gardens and pools are spacious and decorated in calming natural tones that complement the beauty seen through the large windows that lead to a private balcony.  Throughout the property, you’ll find lush gardens designed by the prince who founded the paradise.  Seven wining and dining options on the property, headed by chef Juan Galvez, offer lots of variety in both cuisine and formality.  Warm temperatures and sun year-round make this Spain beach hotel a must-visit any time of the year.

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Delphin Palace & Spa, Antalya, Turkey

An amazing resort on the Mediterranean Sea, the Delphin Palace and Spa has 487 guest rooms, 40 family rooms, 24 exclusive rooms with private balconies and Jacuzzis, and six accessible rooms. The rooms are furnished with beautiful parquet floors and rich silks.  You’ll be able to choose from eight different dining options, from a la carte to fancy sit-down, with many different cuisines from around the world featured.  A glorious spa offers skin treatments, massages, and a Turkish bath while an enormous pool with a seemingly-endless amount of lounge chairs and umbrellas, poolside cabanas, a kids’ pool with a water slide, a gorgeous stretch of beach, and even a Ferris wheel all make for wonderful afternoons in the sun.  As glamorous as this hotel is, it’s also all about making families comfortable, so it’s a perfect place to travel with the kids.