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From the soft, sandy beaches of Mexico, to the azure blue waters of Bora Bora, there’s a perfect beach resort for everyone and we’ve searched the Earth for the finest, most luxurious places to unwind, relax and soak up the sunshine. Our team have visited these gorgeous destinations, professional selected the finest hotels and curated a list of our top 10 beach resorts in the world, get ready to feel inspired.
BY Kayleigh Causton
Luxtripper Travel Editor

Handpicked by myself and our expert team!

1. Conrad Bora Bora Nui

Conrad Bora Bora Nui is a breathtaking resort set upon its own private cove that offers its guests the opportunity to experience blissful, Polynesian paradise. Opened in March 2017, we immediately hopped on the next flight to Bora Bora so we could understand what makes this gorgeous resort so special. We adored the crystal clear waters, white sands and charming colony of thatched villas that float dreamily atop the beautiful blue lagoon, and you will too.

Set against the soaring backdrop of Mount Otemanu, this Polynesian jewel offers its guests the opportunity to experience pure luxury. Whether you prefer snorkelling among Oceania’s marine life, unwinding at Conrad’s hilltop spa, or taking a dip in their generously sized infinity pool, there is truly something for everyone at the Conrad Bora Bora Nui.

2. Sun Aqua Vilu Reef

In the heart of the Maldives lies a resort that perfectly combines high end luxury with chic, contemporary spaces. Swaying palm trees skirt the edges of the beautifully suspended villas that sit aloft from the turquoise waters, each welcoming its guests to enjoy a seemingly endless view of the Maldivian sea. Welcome to the Sun Aqua Vilu Reef, a five star beach resort that promises its guests a sun kissed sanctuary of relaxation and rejuvenation.

We loved snapping a stunning photograph of us swinging gently in the warm breeze, aloft the turquoise waters in one of the resorts luxury hammocks. Catering for both thrill seekers and those searching for a slower pace, the resort offers plenty of options to suit every guest. Whether you want to dive into the coral reefs and get up close and personal with local marine life or indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments to align the mind and the body, you’ll always have something to do at the Sun Aqua Vilu Reef Beach and Spa Resort.

3. Heritage Awali Golf and Spa Resort

For those who want to soak up the locale of their holiday destinations, look no further then the Heritage Awali Golf and Spa Resort in Mauritius, with its strong focus on heritage and cultural influences, the atmosphere and decor within the beautiful, spacious rooms of this excellent resort invites its guests to escape with them to Africa.

We’ve handpicked this destination for it’s diverse environment that suits all adventures, whether you prefer relaxing by one of the pools, slicing through clear waters in a glass bottomed boat or quad biking through the nature reserve, there’s sure to be something to suit everyone. We immediately fell in love with the lush landscape as we explored the nature reserve on a guided tour reminiscent of African safari tours. With plenty of room options and a remarkable 12 dining choices, you will be spoilt for choice at Heritage Awali Golf and Spa Resort

4. Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Sri Lanka’s best kept secret! As the only resort within the area that sits nestled on the rocky outcrop along a secluded stretch of the southern coastline, Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort offers its guests a beautifully golden, crescent beach and a view of the stunning Indian Ocean.

It wouldn’t make our top 10 list without it’s generous 25 metre swimming pool and the chance to participate in yoga and meditation classes on the beach, but what makes this destination truly unique is the chance to enjoy the resort’s cooking classes. We loved the guided tour of the fruit and vegetable market, along with a visit to the fishing port, and then learning how to cook beautiful dishes native to Sri Lanka’s unique culinary culture through a fun, interactive class. With a wide selection of rooms and villas available, it’s own remarkable spa and world class service, you’ll be in good hands at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort.

5 Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Overlooking the East Vietnam sea, the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay in Vietnam sits among impressive rocky formations and long white, sandy beaches that allows guests to feel like they have escaped to a far off tropical island. With a wide range of stunning villas available to choose from, we fell in love with the beautiful Beachfront Pool Villas that are characterised by their own private gardens, an exclusive plunge pool and direct access to the dazzling private beach.

Those looking to unwind are sure to find a treatment that suits them from their extensive spa menu, supported by yoga pavilions, a gymnasium and various beautiful treatment rooms. Those looking to explore have a lush, tropical paradise at their doorstep, with fantastic hilltop vantage points, turquoise waters to dive into and fantastic sporting equipment at their disposal to keep even the most energetic guest entertained. If you are looking for a destination that offers you both luxury and escapism, then look no further then the gorgeous Six Senses Ninh Van Bay.

6. UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya

Nestled on the gorgeous white, sandy beaches of Riviera Maya, with three unique swimming pools and its own holistic spa and wellness centre, guests are invited to experience a new category of all inclusive at UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya. For those looking to immerse themselves in the local culture, the resorts Mexican roots are embraced and celebrated through the decor that defines it’s nine incredibly diverse room and villa options, and the five unique dining experiences with menu’s inspired by local provenance.

We loved soaking up the sun with a cocktail in our hands from Bar Balam as we drifted along the pool on our flamingo float. For truly elevated luxury, the resort offers its Anfitrion Service which offers guests their own private butler to ensure every aspect of your holiday is pure perfection, and with the Unlimited Inclusions package guests can enjoy unlimited golf, spa treatments, local tours and beauty salon services. If that sounds like paradise to you, then the UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya is the resort for you. 

7. The Mulia

Across the dramatic and breathtaking coastline of Bali's Nusa Dua, experience the serenity of beautiful landscapes and sapphire waters that surround the The Mulia. Spacious and luxurious suites with butler service are available at this coveted destination, with access to the oceanfront Oasis pool and the Aqua pool, this resort exceeds all expectations for style, luxury and service.

You’ll find a wide selection of catering options and world class cuisine to suit everyone, but we strongly recommend making a booking into Soleil for the perfect fusion of Pan Asian and Mediterranean cuisine. The Mulia also offers it’s own spa incorporating Balinese, Asian and Western rituals to ensure all guests can unwind and relax in pure luxury, and we really recommend visiting Asia Pacific’s first Ice Room. For five star luxuryin the heart of tranquil Bali, you’d be safe in the hands of The Mulia. 

8. The Racha

Just south of Phuket, on the Andaman island of Racha Yai, you’ll find The Racha. Azure waters and an expansive white sand, crescent bay create the perfect backdrop for Thailands five star luxury escape. Our team enjoyed the breathtaking views of the crystal clear sea that we could enjoy from our beachside room, and those looking for action and adventure can enjoy snorkelling through the island’s kaleidoscopic coral reefs, hiking through the islands diverse landscape and even picking up a new skill through Thai craft making.

Guests looking to unwind can take advantage of one of Asia’s top ten spa destinations at the Anumba Spa, relaxing in one of the resorts three ozonated swimming pools or simply sitting back and enjoying world class cuisine at one their many restaurants and bars. With plenty of opportunities to hop across the islands, take in Thai culture and experience one of Asia’s finest luxury escapes, The Racha will always have a special place in our hearts and our top 10. 

9. Milaidhoo Island

The notions of private and secluded are truly elevated at this incredible location, with its luxury villa’s dotted across the beaches of its own tiny beautiful island, Milaidhoo’s guests will have the chance to experience something remarkably exclusive. This is luxury reinvented. All of the resorts spacious villa’s open up 180 degrees to allow the natural beauty of the Maldives to spill inside and are designed to help you unwind with each villas own private freshwater pool, a hanging Maldivian swing and outside day bed to soak up that gorgeous sunshine.

The emerald waters invite you to enjoy snorkelling and diving in the bay’s dazzling coral reef, but we were truly enchanted by the UNESCO biosphere reserve that offers it’s guests the opportunity to learn about the incredible wildlife from their resident marine biologists. Learn what makes dolphins smile, mantra rays dance and then enjoy the rare chance to witness whale shark spotting at the jewel of the island, Hanifaru Bay. True seclusion and breathtaking stories can all be found at Milaidhoo Island.

10. Forte Village

Our final handpicked destination resides a little closer to home, nestled in the heart of Sardinia’s lush landscape and the neighbouring Mediterranean Sea, Forte Village offers it’s guests an exclusive experience akin to stepping into a different world and living like a celebrity. Truly offering something for everyone, the resort boasts spacious suites on the beach, villas with private tropical gardens, or a room in one of the four or five star hotels with a panoramic view of the crystal clear ocean. Over 20 restaurants ranging from fine Italian dining to world cuisine are on offer to satisfy every palette, with celebrity chefs frequenting their restaurants and treating guests to a rare opportunity to sample their fine cuisines.


The entertainment continues into the evening with their trendy lounge bars, exclusive cafes, nightclubs and even concerts if you visit at the right time! Acquaforte Thalasso & Spa awaits for guests looking for a luxurious escape. We highly recommend Thalassotherapy for its six pure Sardinian sea water pools that detoxes the body, relaxes the muscles and stimulates the production of endorphins to offer guests a wonderfully unique spa experience. For a relaxing stay at a destination that offer’s every guest a wealth of options to suit their ideal luxury, look no further than Forte Village. 

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