Ocean View Hotels
I’ve been getting a lot of requests from people for ocean view hotels – either in specific locations or anywhere in the world. We love hotels with good views, especially with kids. If we’re somewhere with young kids and they need downtime in the middle of the day, I want to be able to look out and know where I am in the world, and enjoy the view while waiting to head back out.
I’ve written about our favorite hotel views before, but nothing specific to ocean views. So here you go: our top 20 ocean view hotels in the world. I’m not including lakes or rivers here, but I am including seas, since really that’s all the same water. And we’ve stayed at a lot more beachfront hotels than these, but I’m just including those where we could see the ocean from our room.
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
Most rooms at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach have partial ocean views. It’s worth paying more for a full ocean view. A perfect location right in the middle of Waikiki.
Prices and Booking: Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
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Hotel Punta Islita
Hotel Punta Islita is built up the side of a mountain and most rooms have ocean views. The beach is just a few minutes’ walk from anywhere, and the hotel includes more complimentary activities than anywhere else we’ve stayed.
Prices and Booking: Hotel Punta Islita
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Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu is our favorite resort in the world, and all overwater villas have incredible ocean views!
Prices and Booking: Six Senses Laamu
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Playa Torguga Hotel
Bocas del Toro, Panama
Playa Tortuga Hotel was ok. I’m including it here sort of as a placeholder for all of Bocas del Toro, an amazing, not-well-known destination on the Caribbean coast of Panama. We passed so many hotels on the water that looked great, and the area’s less expensive than nearby Costa Rica.
Prices and Booking: All Bocas del Toro Hotels
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Hilton Barbados Resort
I really liked the Hilton Barbados. The hotel was inexpensive, the beach was excellent, and the local horse owners all bring their horses down to the ocean near the hotel every morning at sunrise. One of my favorite sunrise experiences ever!
Prices and Booking: Hilton Barbados Resort
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Ko Kood, Thailand
One of the nicest places we’ve ever stayed, Soneva Kiri is amazing on every level.
Prices and Booking: Soneva Kiri
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Nissaki Beach Hotel
We return to the Nissaki Beach Hotel every other year or so. It’s just a couple minutes’ walk from all of Naxos Town and the ferry terminal, its beach is amazing, and the room setup is perfect. Plus the hotel’s restaurant is one of the best on the island.
Prices and Booking: Nissaki Beach Hotel
Al Bustan Palace
We love Oman. Our favorite hotel there is Six Senses Zighy Bay (listed below), but it’s remote. If you’re in the capital of Muscat, Al Bustan Palace is a great choice.
Prices and Booking: Al Bustan Palace
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Shutters on the Beach
Santa Monica, California
There are very few hotels in Los Angeles that are actually on the beach. Shutters on the Beach is excellent.
Prices and Booking: Shutters on the Beach
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Six Senses Zil Pasyon
Maybe the nicest place we’ve ever stayed? Everything at Six Senses Zil Pasyon was amazing, from our helicopter arrival to our side-by-side villas to our private pool. And the view is beautiful from everywhere.
Prices and Booking: Six Senses Zil Pasyon
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Taj Mahal Palace
The Taj Mahal Palace is one of the world’s great hotels. Go for the Palace wing, and pay a little more for a sea view.
Prices and Booking: Taj Mahal Palace
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Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay
After cultural travel through Turkey, a couple days of relaxation in Bodrum were appreciated! We loved basing at the Kempinski Barbaros Bay.
Prices and Booking: Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay
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Four Seasons Bora Bora
Four Seasons Bora Bora is an iconic honeymoon resort, but the view is amazing whether you’re solo, honeymooning or with your kids.
Prices and Booking: Four Seasons Bora Bora
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Not a beach hotel, but one of my favorite views anywhere! Definitely opt for a view of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, although you can see both from the breakfast restaurant as well.
Prices and Booking: Shangri-La Sydney
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Miniloc Island Resort
We loved El Nido Resorts’ Miniloc Island Resort. Our overwater hut was small but it was all we needed, we kayaked every day, and we did frequent excursions to neighboring islands. Loved relaxing with this view too.
Prices and Booking: Miniloc Island Resort
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Aqua Terra Traditional Cave Houses
Santorini is amazing no matter where you stay. We loved our cave house at Aqua Terra Traditional Cave Houses, but it’s hard to go wrong.
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Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
All villas at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay have amazing ocean views, and the beach and water villas are literally steps away from the water. After exploring the culture of Vietnam for a week or two, relax for a few days at Ninh Van Bay. Incredible!
Prices and Booking: Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
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Belize is an easy destination from the US, and Francis Ford Coppola’s Turtle Inn is a great beach hotel. We really enjoyed both of his lodges in Belize.
Prices and Booking: Turtle Inn
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Round Hill Hotel
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Round Hill Resort is an easy Caribbean beach destination, with a lot of water activities. My kids still talk about the ocean trampoline.
Prices and Booking: Round Hill Hotel
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Six Senses Zighy Bay
Musandam Peninsula, Oman
I didn’t intend to include every Six Senses we’ve stayed at on this list, but the truth is I’ve purposely booked their resorts around the world because of the service level and the locations, and every one that we’ve stayed at is on the water. Six Senses Zighy Bay in northern Oman is amazing, and an easy two-hour drive from Dubai.
Prices and Booking: Six Senses Zighy Bay
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Ocean View Hotels: Your Turn
What’s the best view you’ve every had from a hotel room on the coast?