AAA Travel Tips / Inspector Picks: Five of Our Favorite Hotels with Ocean Views

Inspector Picks: Five of Our Favorite Hotels with Ocean Views

AAA/Inspector 46
March 08, 2019
Looking for fun places to go for a summer vacation? Consider these beachfront hotels with grand ocean views.
oceanfront hotel
AAA/Inspector 55
Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Residence Inn by Marriott
Bethany Beach, Delaware
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AAA Inspector 55: I love the center-of-town location overlooking the beach, large rooms with kitchens, and the great summer activities.
This lovely new hotel sits directly on the boardwalk and offers large studios, one-bedroom suites, and a restaurant deck overlooking the dunes. The décor is crisp and modern with a coastal vibe. Relax with spa services, or on the sunny deck beside the covered saltwater pool.
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5 diamond resort, beach, private beach, beach chairs, sandy beach, palm trees
AAA/Inspector 46
The Breakers, Palm Beach
Palm Beach, Florida
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AAA Inspector 76: No matter how many times I pull up the grand driveway, I am still awed by the stunning architectural features of this iconic luxury hotel.
Originally built in 1896 by Henry Flagler, this Italian-inspired hotel is one of the world's most famous. The multifaceted resort features stunning architecture and a plethora of areas to explore. Your world-class experience begins upon driving up the long beautifully landscaped drive. Striking architecture is a hallmark of this magnificent structure. The lobby is steeped in rich fabrics and luxurious textures. Take a look above at the cathedral-style ceilings, which are all hand-painted to spectacular perfection. Your guest room is your retreat for the night. Luxurious bedding packages, solid wood furnishings, marble bathrooms and exquisite amenities await your arrival. There are four pools, all of which overlook the Atlantic Ocean and are set amid lush landscaping. There are a slew of bungalows and cabanas. The Activities Center is fun for the whole family, and the two golf courses are quite the challenge for any player. The Ocean Course is the oldest golf course in the state of Florida. There are several dining options available, including the signature outlet, the Four Diamond rated, HMF. Guests will find upscale boutiques, a coffee shop, an ice cream and candy shop, a spa and a health club on the grounds. This resort is not only a favorite for leisure guests, but corporate groups frequent the property as well. With more than 80,000 square feet of function space, meetings and weddings are the norm.
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Club view
AAA/Inspector 569
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Wailea, Hawaii
AAA Inspector Rating
AAA Inspector 569: Although the airy, elegant decor and beachfront location are breathtaking, it is the great service which defines my stay and makes me feel at home!
Known for luxury, this recently renovated property does not disappoint. The oceanfront resort cascades from hilltop to ocean over terraced, lush, manicured landscaping. Enjoy the adults-only infinity pool with underwater music. Don't worry about bringing a beach bag; one is provided in your guest room closet. Consider upgrading to the club level, which includes breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails in the club lounge.
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Beach fire pit dunes
AAA/Inspector 55
Sanderling Resort
Duck, North Carolina
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AAA Inspector 55: Fabulous views of the ocean and the sound draw me to the casual elegance at this coastal hotel.
The gracious hotel reflects a rambling beachfront ambience. The decks and patios are stocked with rocking chairs and overlook the beach; some have views of Currituck sound. Spacious guest rooms are luxuriously decorated in a handsome modern beach style. In season, water-sports rentals and instruction are offered, such as surfing, kayaking, kite boarding, stand-up paddle-boarding and more.
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View from room
AAA/Inspector 373
WaterColor Inn & Resort
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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AAA Inspector 591: The view of sand dunes topped with tall grass, the surf and crystal blue water from the 4th floor balconies is a favorite for me.
Designed by renowned architect David Rockwell, the luxury hotel is located on the Gulf shoreline. Take in gorgeous sunsets while relaxing on the balcony overlooking the beach or dunes. The well-appointed rooms are very inviting, with peaceful color schemes. Expect an upscale flair with a beach cottage feel. Each unit has a king bed along with a pull-out sleeper sofa.
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