Best New Beach Resorts

Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort

In the 1980, Malliouhana was an iconic hotel on the island of Anguilla, a secluded escape for the rich and famous. The original closed and sat idle for years, but in November 2014, Auberge Resorts opened this modern iteration in the same location, so elite guests can once again luxuriate amid Moorish pavilions, high atop a panoramic bluff, overlooking the pristine white sand beaches of Meads Bay and Turtle Cove on the west end of the island.

Ritz Carlton, Bali

Opened in February 2015 in the Nusa Dua area of Southern Bali, The Ritz-Carlton, Baliboasts a unique two-level design, with one section of the hotel high atop a sea cliff and the other along the sands of the beach. Guests can ride a soaring glass elevator between the two.

Dreams Las Mareas

Located in Guanacaste, on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, the Dreams Las Mareas resport opened in November 2014 in an enviable location along the palm-studded Playa El Jobo, backed by lush tropical jungles. It’s the perfect jumping off point for deep-sea fishing, zipline canopy tours through tropical rainforest or simply lounging by the region’s largest swimming pool.

Bahia Vik José Ignacio

Spanning 10 acres of beach dunes in the bohemian town of José Ignacio, Uruguay, Bahia Vik José Ignacio offers a natural and relaxed beachfront retreat in one of the world’s hottest up-and-coming beach destinations. The boutique resort has a mere eleven bungalows tucked into the dunes around a central building with 26 rooms.

Paradise Beach Nevis

The newest resort on the unspoiled Caribbean island of Nevis is Paradise Beach Nevis, a chic boutique resort that opened in February 2015. Guests stay in the island’s only beachfront villas, which have hand-woven thatched roofs, privacy walls enclosing lush gardens and waterfall pools overlooking the Caribbean.

Westin Jekyll Island

The Westin Jekyll Island opened on April 20, 2015, along the remote and wildlife-rich beach of Jekyll Island, Georgia. The island itself was once the private retreat of the Rockefellers, Carnegies and Pulitzers, and it remains a secret escape where 65 percent of the land is protected state park offering great opportunities to spot birds, dolphins and nesting sea turtles.

Beyond Benguerra Island

For the ultimate beach getaway, the newly opened &Beyond Benguerra Island offers barefoot luxury from beachfront lodges on a tropical island in Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago. The Indian Ocean retreat sits within a protected marine conservation area, where guests can explore pristine beaches and unspoiled African coral reefs.

CHIC by Royalton Punta Cana

For an adults-only escape, the CHIC by Royalton Punta Cana, newly opened in December 2014, is an over-the-top resort along Uvero Alto Beach on the Dominican Republic’s eastern shore. What makes the resort unique are a bevvy of Las Vegas-style features, including a mermaid pool, poolside cabanas, an oxygen bar and a restaurant with an exclusive chef’s table.

Swissôtel Resort, Bodrum Beach

Opened in June 2015, the Swissôtel Resort, Bodrum Beach is the latest addition to this jet-set enclave along Turkey’s Aegean Coast. Situated on a private beach near the Turgutreis marina, guests can dine al fresco on authentic Turkish mezze and hit the spa for a relaxing treatment in a traditional Turkish hammam.

Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres

Just a short boat ride from Cancun, Mexico, Isla Mujeres is home to the new Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres, an intimate boutique property from Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts with only 35 oceanfront rooms. Guests arrive via private catamaran and can enjoy an unrivaled view of the Caribbean from their balcony Jacuzzi.