Places to sleep on the beach
(Photo: Hayman Villas)
If beachfront hotels aren't close enough to the water's edge for you, you'll want to check out these hotels, casitas, chalets, bungalows, eco lodges, and cottages that are on the beach.
From Mexico to Australia's Whitsunday Islands, don't miss these 10 places around the world where you can sleep as close to the water as it gets.
Where: Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
You'll find these eight villas, which opened in August 2011, on the northernmost Whitsunday Islands. Each villa comes with a king-size bed, a private terrace with views of the Coral Sea and Whitsundays, a private pool with a daybed, and an outdoor shower.
Should you want to plug in, wireless Internet is available in the room, along with movies and a Bose digital music system. 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.
(Photo: Casa Sandra)
Where: Isla Holbox, Mexico
Picture 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. It's just two hours north of Cancun on the island of Holbox, where the streets are made of sand.
Two thatched daybeds are available for daytime napping (or nighttime sleeping) on a first-come, first-served basis at no extra charge. If you change your mind, your room is just paces away, and there's a hammock on your room's balcony. Yoga, Reiki, and massages are available on-site, too.
(Photo: Ocean Vagabond Dakhla)
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