Places Where You Can Sleep on a Beach
Palagama Beach Resort
Where: Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka
The Details: Palagama beach is a lovely Eco-friendly resort nestled in the sandy beaches of kalpitiya, Sri Lanka.
Kalpitiya is famous for being homes to large schools of dolphins between the months of November and August. The resort offers boat excursion to our guests to see the magnificent creatures. Furthermore, between the months of May and October, Kalpitiya is the ideal location for all kite surfing enthusiasts, as the winds in the region pick up. The resort can also organize day tours to the Willpattu national park which is a mere 60km away.
But if you’re looking for a little less adventure and more relaxation, look no further. Our beautifully designed homes offer you a unique environment in which to relax and enjoy the marvelous sunny afternoons. From hammocks in private gardens to large verandas up front, Palagama offers you a host of tranquil settings to just let your mind be at ease.
Price: From $100 per night
More Info: tel. +94 (0) 777 35 2200; palagamabeach.com
Where: Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Details: Nested on the northernmost Whitsunday Islands, these 8 villas exemplify Hayman’s vision of a luxury nature-resort. Each villa has been personally designed by Amanresorts and villas architect, Kerry Hill, who is continually recognized for his commitment to buildings that exhibit a strong relationship to the physical and cultural context of their site and environment. The villas are part of a resort with four restaurants (your breakfast is included every day), a white-sand beach, tropical gardens, a lagoon, and a pool.
Price: From $1,668-$1,835 per night for two people
More Info: tel. 800/122-339; hayman.com.au
Where: Isla Holbox, Mexico
The Details: Set along one of the most peaceful and relaxing beaches found in all of Mexico, Casa Sandra offers more than just a beautiful place to stay on the Island of Holbox, Mexico. 20 suites fronting the ocean at this boutique hotel owned by Sandra Perez, a painter, poet, and Latin Grammy Award-winner who dreamed up the property as an artists' retreat.
The atmosphere is one of casual luxury with well appointed rooms and attention to detail. Beautiful original pieces of art are found throughout the property, many of which were created by Sandra herself.
Price: From $290 per night for two people in a superior deluxe room, which includes ground transfers from Holbox Ferry/Airport, breakfast daily, a cocktail upon arrival, a fruit basket in your room, and Wi-Fi.
More Info: tel. 888/923-2272; casasandra.com
Dakhla Surf Hotels
Where: Dakhla, Morocco
The Details: Dakhla is a real paradise in the Moroccan Sahara, with tropical weather and windy conditions, all year long. Hang out on the lagoon beach, which for windsurfers and kitesurfers means no waves, no current, no rocks -- just good wind. The 22 Ocean Vagabond bungalows are nested among the dunes and include accommodations for two people, three meals, and a private porch; the hotel itself has a restaurant, a bar, and a surf shop.
Price: A bungalow with one king or two twin beds starts at €80 per person ($105), or $210 per night for two people with meals.
More Info: tel. + 212-651-828-562; dakhlakitesurfhotels.com
Where: Moyo Island, Indonesia
The Details: When you reserve one of the 20 luxury tents at this resort, be sure to ask for one of the 11 that's on the beach. This is a romantic, exclusive hideaway with each tent hidden away in fragrant gardens and tropical forest. Island cruises and sunset cruises are a great way to see more of the area. Take excursions to inland waterfalls and wildlife trails.
Price: From $950 per night for an ocean tent for two people, plus $135 per person for meals, non-alcoholic beverages, laundry service, short hikes, beach activities, and concierge airport services
More info: tel. 800/477-9180; amanresorts.com
Where: Kosrae, Micronesia
The Details: Award winning Kosrae Village Ecolodge & Dive Resort is the premier ecolodge/dive resort in Micronesia run by two U.S. expats.
Price: From $139 per night with a queen bed for two people; 7-night packages are available from $435-$936 per person based on activities such as kayaking, scuba diving/snorkeling, and hiking to ruins.
More Info: tel. 91 370-3483; kosraevillage.com
Where: Zihuatanejo, Mexico
The Details: Sleep in thatched wooden beach houses built from sustainable local woods (roofing material is harvested on the property). The beach houses are open to the elements so you can hear the waves, smell the sea and feel the breeze. The resort also has an on-site turtle sanctuary, where you can even help release newly hatched turtles back into the ocean.
Prices: From $195-$525 per night for two people
More Info: tel. 800/397-6093; playaviva.com
Where: Medjumbe, off the northern coast of Mozambique
The Details: Set on the remote Medjumbe Island - Medjumbe Island Resort is a cozy isalnd resort which is a island getaway for those who wish to experience exclusivity and privacy on a remote tropical island.
The Medjumbe Island Resort accommodation consists of a total of 13 thatched chalets with en-suite bathrooms fitted with indoor shower and separate bath as well as a private outdoor shower.
Price: From $530 per person per night
More Info: medjumberesort.com
Where: Nikoi Island, Bintan Islands, about two hours by ferry from Singapore
The Details: Nikoi is a 15 hectare private island 8km off the east coast of Bintan, Indonesia. This private island is capped at 60 guests who take up temporary residence in the two-story beach houses on stilts. The resort also has two swimming pools, four bars, a restaurant, acres of virgin rain forest to discover, and coral reefs to snorkel through.
Price: Prices for two people start at SG$330 per night (about $269). Add SG$90 per day (about $73) for all meals. Boat/car transfers from the Bintan ferry are SG$90 per adult.
More Info: tel. +65/9635-1950; nikoi.com
Elsewhere, Goa, India
Where: Goa, India
The Details: Elsewhere is a unique small hotel made up of four simple but charming houses located on a beach where the footprints of fishermen and turtles can still be seen. Elsewhere can only be accessed by a private bamboo footbridge. The hotel is set in a forest of towering coconut trees on a hidden spit sandwiched between the Arabian Sea and a saltwater creek, near the former Portuguese port of Goa.