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Acqualina Resort & Spa named Best Waterfront Hotel

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Guests of this luxury hotel enjoy beach access and three pools

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  • 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

  • Ocean House

    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

    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

  • The Beach Club

    The Beach Club
    Charleston

    This waterfront resort in Charleston offers 92 guest rooms inspired by the South Carolina Lowcountry aesthetic. Guests can sip cocktails on the grand wraparound porch, unwind with a massage at the Estuary Spa, play a game of bocce ball at a private seaside court or cozy up for a movie night in a 33-seat surround sound theater. Water taxis ferry guests from the marina to the heart of historic downtown Charleston.
    Photo courtesy of The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina

  • Rosewood Miramar Beach

    Rosewood Miramar Beach
    Montecito, Calif.

    Rosewood Miramar Beach is 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles along the idyllic coastline of Montecito, known as the American Riviera. The hotel features 124 guest rooms and 37 suites, sprawled across 16 acres of lawns and gardens. Guests enjoy complimentary use of beach chairs, umbrellas and water sports equipment to make the most of the California sunshine.
    Photo courtesy of Rosewood Miramar Beach

  • Montage Laguna Beach

    Montage Laguna Beach
    Laguna Beach, Calif.

    The Montage Laguna Beach sits on a bougainvillea dotted bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, where a walking path and stairs lead directly to the beach below. The resort exudes a California beach vibe that attracts celebrities, locals and lots of families. During the summer, a free trolley stops in front of the hotel and takes guests on a 5-minute ride into downtown Laguna Beach.
    Photo courtesy of Preferred Hotels & Resorts

  • White Elephant

    White Elephant
    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

  • Halekulani Hotel

    Halekulani Hotel
    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

  • Stephanie Inn

    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

  • Congress Hall

    Congress Hall
    Cape May, N.J.

    Congress Hall, established in 1816, calls itself America’s oldest seaside resort. The hotel in the heart of Victorian Cape May began as a modest boarding house and has since become a popular summer escape. The original owner, Thomas H. Hughes, was elected to Congress in 1828, and he renamed the hotel to its current name in honor of this new position.
    Photo courtesy of Cape Resorts

  • Acqualina Resort & Spa
  • Ocean House
  • Mirror Lake Inn
  • The Beach Club
  • Rosewood Miramar Beach
  • Montage Laguna Beach
  • White Elephant
  • Halekulani Hotel
  • Stephanie Inn
  • Congress Hall
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 and voted best in the U.S. by our readers, each of these waterfront properties sets the scene for a memorable and relaxing vacation. 
 
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. The Beach Club - Charleston
  5. Rosewood Miramar Beach - Montecito, Calif.
  6. Montage Laguna Beach - Laguna Beach, Calif.
  7. White Elephant - Nantucket, Mass.
  8. Halekulani Hotel - Honolulu
  9. Stephanie Inn - Cannon Beach, Ore.
  10. Congress Hall - Cape May, N.J.

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

Congratulations to all these winning hotels!

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