Forget swim-up bars, swim-out suites, and in-room pools.
When it comes to tropical getaways, staying in a room with its very own private beach — as in swim-naked-if-you-want private — is the ultimate way to go. (Well, short of chartering an entire island.)
These dreamy hotel rooms around the world feature secluded shorelines, hidden-away coves, and far-from-anyone lagoon locations. Throw on your swimwear (or not) and dive on in — the water’s all yours.
James Bond himself was born what is now the resort’s most coveted accommodation — the Fleming Villa, a massive oceanside compound where the writer penned all of his 14 novels about the sleek and sophisticated spy.
The beautifully preserved villa still contains Fleming’s original writing desk.
This historic accommodation sleeps up to 10 guests and features an ocean-facing lawn with a zero-entry pool framed by wooden loungers, hammocks strung between trees, an outdoor dining table, and Adirondack chairs facing the sea.
Stone steps lead to the villa’s lush private beach, where guests can find kayaks, a barbecue pit, several ocean-viewing perches, and a totally private stretch of white sand.
One of Belize’s top properties, Turtle Inn is a laid-back, Bali-inspired luxury resort attracting honeymooners and celebs (the hotel is owned by the Coppola family).
Turtle Inn has around two dozen cottages, villas, and private homes, including the modernist Sofia’s Beach House and the ultra-luxe Francis’ Family Pavilion, but the most exclusive is Coral Caye, a two-acre private island for a party of up to 12.
Eight miles from the resort’s shoreline, Coral Caye features two eco-chic cottages; a sand-floor, indoor/outdoor living room with a bar and kitchen; and a dock with a built-in, over-the-water hammock.
Coral Caye guests won’t miss Turtle Inn’s open-air restaurants and pools, as island butlers and chefs prepare all meals (including Creole seafood barbecue dinners).
The islet has its own coral beach, mangroves, and snorkel spots; Coral Caye is sequestered by the Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the second largest barrier reef in the world.
Taveuni Palms is a super-luxe and exclusive Fijian boutique resort with just two rooms, each one an incredibly private villa equipped with its own staff of seven, not to mention pool and beach access.