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Summer Escapes: 11 Resorts Right on the Beach

South Beach, bringing the heat. Well, actually, close to South Beach but away from the fray, and whimsically dressed up in mid-century Art Deco--that's what this Thompson has to offer.
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Beach lovers, here's your list. Take a gander at these 11 destinations that put the ocean on your doorstep.

Florida: Thompson Miami Beach
South Beach, bringing the heat. Well, actually, close to South Beach but away from the fray, and whimsically dressed up in mid-century Art Deco—that’s what this Thompson has to offer. The hardest decision you’ll have to make is beachfront or poolside.
Hawaii: Turtle Bay Resort
On Oahu’s notorious North Shore, this resort perched on a peninsula offers many splendors. When you aren’t lazing on the beach, take to the water, the golf course or trails—the activity options are bountiful.
Cuba: Royal Service Paridisus Varadero
In Rincon Francés area, within the Varadero ecological reserve, this property pampers its guests with privacy and personalized service. All-inclusive, its eight restaurants and nine bars mean there’s something to satisfy everyone’s tastes. Room choices too are diverse, so if you want, say, a private pool, there’s that option.
Brazil: Zorah Beach Hotel
On Brazil’s northeast coast you’ll find Zorah, where South American hospitality meets Asian influences, such as an Eastern-inspired menu made with the local ingredients. Horseback riding along the white sandy beach can also be on the itinerary.
France: Miramar Beach Hotel & Spa
Not particularly fond of sand in the whole beach equation? Just 15 minutes outside Cannes, Miramar Beach Hotel and Spa puts you right on the water without grit getting in the way. Explore other beaches nearby on a private outing using the hotel’s pontoon.
Spain: Puente Romano Beach Resort Marbella
Sunny Southern Spain makes for an idyllic retreat. Beyond the beautiful beachfront, where the salty ocean and pool water are steps away from each other, this property is bursting with activities and amenities—stroll the gardens, hit the links, get in a game of tennis or wind down at the spa.
Kenya: Msambweni Beach House & Private Villas
Africa isn’t just safari experiences, the continent has a lot of spectacular beachfront to brag about too. On Kenya’s south coast, Msambweni owns a piece of that pie. Opt for one of the Lamu Villas, each with an infinity pool, Jacuzzi and large terrace overlooking the sandy shore.
Mauritius: Constance Belle Mare Plage
If you find yourself on Africa’s east coast, you might as well make a hop over to Mauritius. Its beaches are renowned, and it boasts charms beyond that. The Constance property here is a one-stop luxury spot for relaxation and recreation.
Maldives: Constance Moofushi
As far as beach vacations go, the Maldives delivers. The ultimate accommodation involves a suite with doors that open right onto the sand where a pair of lounge chairs awaits, and Constance Moofushi provides just that.
Thailand: Kanda Residences
A little Koh Samui village unto its own, the Kanda Residences offers 36 villas right on the Gulf of Thailand. Every suite offers a sea view and it’s a short walk down to the private beach to feel the sand between your toes.
Indonesia: The Mulia – Nusa Dua
The Nusa Dua region on Bali’s south eastern tip provides perfect contrast to the cultural stimulus of the busy townships. Head out to buy batik textiles in the morning and return to laze by the beach late afternoon—The Mulia has an epic beach setup with stone statues, large pool, cabanas and lounge chairs.
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