Best Waterfront Hotel (2018)


Whether by a lake or the sea, there's something special about vacationing on the waterfront.  Nominated by a panel of hotel and travel experts, each of these waterfront properties sets the scene for a memorable and relaxing vacation.

  • Acqualina Resort & Spa

    Acqualina Resort & Spa
    Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.

    Located on the Florida Riviera, this award-winning Miami resort's setting resembles an all-inclusive villa, with a vast tropical beachfront and luxurious extras like fresh fruit and homemade biscotti delivered to the rooms, a marine biology-based children's program and heavenly spa access. Lavish accommodations boast stunning views, while three pools add to the appeal.
    Photo courtesy of Acqualina Resort & Spa

  • Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa

    Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa
    Lake Placid, N.Y.

    Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa sits directly on the banks of Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, just one block away from Main Street, making it an ideal base for exploring the Upstate town's Olympic heritage. Guests have free reign of indoor and outdoor pools, a private sandy beach, tennis court, fitness center and a boat house equipped with paddle boards, kayaks, row boats and canoes.
    Photo courtesy of Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa

  • Halekulani


    A stay in Honolulu doesn't get much better than at the waterfront Halekulani, a luxury property in Waikiki that enjoys unobstructed views of Diamond Head. Resort guests can practice yoga on the beach, dine by the heated pool or indulge in a treatment at one of Oahu's best spas.
    Photo courtesy of Leading Hotels of the World

  • WaterColor Inn

    WaterColor Inn
    Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.

    Visitors to Santa Rosa Beach who book a stay at the lovely 60-room WaterColor Inn enjoy outdoor pools (including an adults-only option), a fitness center, complimentary bike and kayak rentals, easy access to the sugar-soft sands of a stunning private Florida beach, and access to tennis courts and three golf courses. 
    Photo courtesy of WaterColor Inn

  • Ludlow's Island Resort

    Ludlow's Island Resort
    Cook, Minn.

    This family-operated resort on Lake Vermillion occupies its own private island, where guests can spend their days swimming, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, hydrobiking, paddle boating, rock climbing or scaling a giant floating "iceberg." 
    Photo courtesy of Ludlow's Island Resort

  • Opal Sands Resort

    Opal Sands Resort
    Clearwater Beach, Fla.

    Opal Sands Resort on beautiful Clearwater Beach features 230 gulf front rooms and suites, as well as a zero-entry pool, full-service spa, beachside tiki bar and gulf-inspired restaurant.
    Photo courtesy of Preferred Hotels & Resorts

  • Prince Waikiki

    Prince Waikiki

    Prince Waikiki sits in one of the most vibrant areas of Honolulu, with floor-to-ceiling windows in guest rooms offering stellar views of the Pacific. An infinity pool looks out over the Honolulu harbor. Amenities include a welcome drink, fitness center, nightly turn-down service on request and a complimentary shuttle to Waikiki and the surrounding beaches.
    Photo courtesy of Prince Waikiki / Facebook

  • Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

    Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
    Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

    Situated on the Big Island's scenic Kona-Kohala coast, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai celebrates Hawaiian culture, design and tradition throughout its decor and programing. Guests stay in one of 243 rooms and suites houses in numerous two-story bungalows, many with ocean views.
    Photo courtesy of Don Riddle / Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

  • Lake Pointe Inn

    Lake Pointe Inn
    McHenry, Md.

    Maryland's Lake Pointe Inn sits along the 65-mile shoreline of Deep Creek Lake. Guests are invited to relax lakeside next to an outdoor fire pit or in a rocking chair on the wrap-around porch. The luxury bed and breakfast provides daily pontoon cruises (weather permitting), kayaks, canoes and bicycles for exploring the surrounding natural beauty.
    Photo courtesy of Lake Pointe Inn

  • The Pearl Hotel

    The Pearl Hotel
    Rosemary Beach, Fla.

    The Pearl Hotel brings Old World European architecture to the lovely shores of Rosemary Beach, Florida. The 55-room, adult-oriented hotel features an adults-only outdoor pool, full-service spa, free in-room wifi, sparkling wine at check-in and access to a private beach with complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas.
    Photo courtesy of The Pearl Hotel

The top 10 winners in the category Best Waterfront Hotel are as follows:

  1. Acqualina Resort & Spa - Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.
  2. Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa - Lake Placid, N.Y.
  3. Halekulani - Honolulu
  4. WaterColor Inn - Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.
  5. Ludlow's Island Resort - Cook, Minn.
  6. Opal Sands Resort - Clearwater Beach, Fla.
  7. Prince Waikiki - Honolulu
  8. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai - Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
  9. Lake Pointe Inn - McHenry, Md.
  10. The Pearl Hotel - Rosemary Beach, Fla.

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Marla Cimini (USA TODAY), Eric GrossmanGerrish Lopez, Eileen Ogintz (Taking the Kids) and Christopher Parr (Pursuitist) were chosen based on their knowledge of the American hotel scene.

Congratulations to all these winning properties!

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