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Best Waterfront Hotel? Readers vote Acqualina Resort & Spa

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Miami Beach resort guests enjoy easy beach access and multiple pools

Whether by a lake or the sea, there's something special about vacationing on the waterfront. Voted best in the U.S. by 10Best readers, each of these waterfront properties sets the scene for a memorable and relaxing vacation.

  • 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

  • Ocean House
    Watch Hill, R.I.

    Set atop a bluff overlooking the sea in Watch Hill, Ocean House offers an iconic New England seaside experience, complete with a full-service spa, Forbes Five Star-rated restaurant, a private beach with butler service, croquet lawn and squash courts. Daily resort activities include classes at the Center for Wine & Culinary Arts, movie screenings, sports clinics, morning fitness programs and guided tours of the resort property.
    Photo courtesy of Ocean House

  • Mirror Lake Inn
    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

  • Rosewood Miramar Beach
    Montecito, Calif.

    Rosewood Miramar Beach is 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles along the idyllic coastline of Montecito. The hotel features 124 guest rooms and 37 suites, sprawled across 16 acres of lawns and gardens.
    Photo courtesy of Rosewood Miramar Beach

  • Tides Beach Club
    Kennebunkport, Maine

    The Tides Beach Club is the only waterfront hotel on Goose Rocks Beach. Guests can sit on the front porch to watch the waves roll in or stroll down a path to the beach itself. Amenities of the 21 guest rooms and suites include Frette linens, flat-screen TVs and bath products from MALIN+GOETZ.
    Photo courtesy of Kennebunkport Resort Collection

  • Lava Lava Beach Club
    Waikoloa, Hawaii

    The Lava Lava Beach Club on the Big Island offers four beachside cottages right on Anaeho’omalu Bay. Each freestanding cottage come adorned with “New Island” decor and artwork celebrating Hawaii’s rich water sports culture.
    Photo courtesy of Lava Lava Beach Club

  • Sunset Key Cottages
    Key West

    Sunset Key Cottages occupy an exclusive 27-acre island just off the coast of Key West. Guests have access to a white sand beach, full-service spa, tennis courts and dining at the award-winning Latitudes Restaurant. Cottages come in one, two, three and four-bedroom layouts.
    Photo courtesy of Sunset Key Cottages

  • Stephanie Inn
    Cannon Beach, Ore.

    According to the folks at the Stephanie Inn, the 41 luxury guest rooms are just 28 steps from the beach. The exact number may vary, but Cannon Beach's iconic Haystack Rock looks like it's just outside the windows. Bonus amenities include gas fireplaces in every room and Jacuzzi Pure Air Baths, some of which enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean.
    Photo courtesy of Stephanie Inn

  • White Elephant Nantucket
    Nantucket, Mass.

    A blissful waterfront getaway in Nantucket starts at the White Elephant, a historic and luxurious harbor hotel with 66 rooms, suites and cottages (many with harbor views). Guests can lounge in the lawn overlooking the harbor, grab a drink at the BPG Bar, enjoy a sunset lobster dinner or walk to some of Nantucket's top attractions, like the nearby Brant Point Lighthouse.
    Photo courtesy of White Elephant Hotel

  • Halekulani
    Honolulu

    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

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

  1. Acqualina Resort & Spa - Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.
  2. Ocean House - Watch Hill, R.I.
  3. Mirror Lake Inn - Lake Placid, N.Y.
  4. Rosewood Miramar Beach - Montecito, Calif.
  5. Tides Beach Club - Kennebunkport, Maine
  6. Lava Lava Beach Club - Waikoloa, Hawaii
  7. Sunset Key Cottages - Key West
  8. Stephanie Inn - Cannon Beach, Ore.
  9. White Elephant Nantucket - Nantucket, Mass.
  10. Halekulani - Honolulu

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning hotels and resorts!

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