Dec 25 2013

 

 

 

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Four Seasons Big Island (Hawaii)

Just in time to make winter plans as the blizzards start circling our cities is Conde Nast Traveler's list of the world's best beach hotels. Here are some of my favorites but you can see all of them here.

 

Amankila (Bali, Indonesia)

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With a location in eastern Bali right on the Lombok Strait, "this beautiful resort is very much in touch with its community."

 

Qualia, Hamilton Island (Great Barrier Reef, Australia)

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Hillside pavilions are spread over 30 acres of tropical bushland above the Coral Sea, and are designed to reflect Aussie style using local hardwoods and quarried stone.

 

Blue Palace Resort & Spa (Crete, Greece)

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Guest rooms are arranged in clusters along a slope overlooking the sea—"definitely splurge on one with a private infinity pool."

 

Capella Pedregal (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico)

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From the moment they make a dramatic entrance through a 1,000-foot torch-lit tunnel, guests say that this property designed to emulate a Mediterranean mountainside village is "a real nirvana."

 

Four Seasons Resort Maui (Maui, Hawaii)

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This "dream resort" on 15 acres is shaped like a horseshoe, providing views of the Pacific Ocean from almost every guest room.

 

The Reefs ( Bermuda)

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There just aren't enough accolades to go around for this salmon limestone resort built on the ruins of a 1680 farmhouse, on a cliff overlooking a private beach.

 

Palm Island (Grenadines, St. Vincent and the Grenadines)

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“You are completely disconnected from the world and on a little island heaven,” at this resort in the Grenadines