John G. Knecht
Laurie Brookins
Sep 2020

Whether your taste runs to the pristine Caribbean or Hawaii’s Pacific swells, these seaside oases are the perfect place to take the sun.

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Image courtesy of Domes Miramare

Domes Miramare
Corfu, Greece
Nestled by the Ionian Sea, the adults-only Domes Miramare dates to 1960 and has been refreshed with white marble, lucid glass and ecru and taupe fabrics. Lodgings range from single rooms with sea or garden views to villas with private pool and Jacuzzi. Five eating establishments and a spa complete the idyll.

Image courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Lanai / Photography by Barbara Kraft

Four Seasons Resort Lanai
Lanai City, Hawaii
Black volcanic lava and a free-form pool meet lush tropical landscaping at this resort, which offers everything from small suites to a 3,984-square-foot midcentury-style royal suite. Nine restaurants (including a Nobu outpost) and bars and a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course round out the offerings.

Image courtesy of Four Seasons at The Surf Club / Photography by Christian Horan

Four Seasons at The Surf Club
Surfside, Florida
Built in 1930 and redebuted in 2017, this seaside stunner consisting of a pair of 12-story glass buildings still houses the storied Mediterranean Revival Surf Club with a restaurant by Thomas Keller and the glorious Champagne Bar. History and today blend in a decor that echoes the ambience of the surrounding grounds, sea and sky.

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Imanta Resort
Punta de Mita, Mexico
Stone lodgings enchantingly illuminated at night await just half an hour from Puerta Vallarta. The buildings at Imanta are staggered across low cliffs hugging the sea. You might elect to dwell in the jungle, or perch higher for a view of the waves. A place of peace and felicidad.

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Little Palm Island Resort & Spa
Little Torch Key, Florida
Recently redone with a British West Indies aesthetic, these thatched-roof suites beguile on a private four-acre island off the Keys. Suites run from 550 to more than 1,000 square feet and feature indoor/outdoor showers and private decks. Tuck into local fare overlooking the silken sands or in the air-conditioned dining room.

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Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
Kona, Hawaii
Situated on the lovely Kohala Coast, Mauna Kea opened in 1965. The largest suite measures 1,610 square feet, including lanai. Dining options abound, from the open-air, ocean-facing Manta restaurant to a seasonal clambake. Further amenities include a spa, golf course and tennis club, as well as ocean sports.

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Sanctuary Cap Cana
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
An all-inclusive adult resort, Sanctuary is set amid 30,000 beach-rimmed acres. Regal Spanish-colonial architecture sets the tone, and guests can indulge in water sports, shopping at the resort’s galleria, spa treatments, and golf at the Jack Nicklaus-designed eight-hole course. Five restaurants run the gamut from Pan-Asian to Argentine.

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The Shore Club
Turks and Caicos
Situated on glorious Long Bay Beach, The Shore Club offers 38 suites and several 8,800-square-foot villas, all of which take their decor cues from the island environment. A spa, three bars and three restaurants await, including the Peruvian-Japanese Sui-Ren. There’s even a yacht for hire.

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Viva Wyndham V Samana
Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic
An all-inclusive adults-only resort arrayed along the powdery sands of Coson Beach, Viva Wyndham V Samana offers 144 stylish, minimalistic accommodations (V Rooms have plunge pools) and outdoor activities galore, including hiking, kayaking, canoeing, tennis, yoga and Pilates. Also on-site are a spa and three fine-dining restaurants.

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