Seven of the best seaside hotels for summer 2019
1. The Reef 28, Mexico
Doubles in October about €160 a night*
This new all-inclusive city-meets-beach hotel opened earlier this year on Mexico’s sizzling Riviera Maya. It’s just steps from the beach and strolling distance from downtown Playa del Carmen – ideal for a night on the tequila and tacos or for picking up a few souvenirs to take home. It’s a high-energy kind of hotel. Think flamingo inflatables in the pool, DJ beats on the roof and a buzzing Thai restaurant. But for chilled vibes, there are plenty of wave-side nooks for sipping a Corona and reading a book – and the hotel’s beachside cabanas have ‘siesta’ written all over them.
Search for flights from Ireland to Cancun – from €481 return*
2. The Julia, Miami
Doubles in January about €180 a night*
Located in Miami’s candy-coloured Art Deco district, mere steps from South Beach, this brand-new boutique hotel was built on the foundations of the third oldest hotel in Miami. It’s simple, chic and petite (just 29 rooms); pink tiles and palm leaves breaking up a largely coral colour palette. There’s no restaurant to speak of but you’ll get free coffee and pastries in the morning, and after a hard day of sunbathing and people-watching, you can join your fellow guests for ‘happy hour’ wine and cheese.
Search for flights from Ireland to Miami – from €353 return*
3. The Seaside Boarding House, Dorset
Doubles in September about €240 a night*
Recently taken over by new management, this dovehouse-style clifftop beauty has been spruced-up to ravishing effect. With a wonderful aspect overlooking Lyme Bay and Chesil Beach, you can sit back, homemade damson gin in hand, and soak up views of silver glimmering seas from the hotel’s terrace. Bedrooms (of which there are nine) are understated – no TVs in the room – yet warm, and with a dining room offering gorgeous views, there’s nowhere better to eat on the Jurassic Coast.
Search for flights from Ireland to Southampton – from €69 return*
4. Marpunta Village Club, Greece
Doubles in September about €160 a night*
Originally a traditional fisherman’s village, this family-run hotel re-opened in May on Alonnisos after a total overhaul. Greece’s first national marine park is the main draw (hello snorkeling and diving) and the coastline is gloriously untouched. Our advice? Scamper down to Marpunta’s feet-in-the-sand taverna for a feast of tyropita (traditional cheese pie) and plump olives, then flop out on a warm stretch of sand (there are three private beaches to choose from). Once the mercury drops, head into Alonnisos old town for iced ouzo and fresh grilled lobster. No need to dress up. It’s blissfully unpretentious.
Search for flights from Ireland to Skiathos – from €187 return*
5. Havgrim Seaside Hotel, Faroe Islands
Doubles in August (when you can see Atlantic puffins) about €320 a night*
This boutique hotel on the island of Streymoy isn’t your typical seaside escape. It has a craggy, moody aesthetic and feels cut off from the rest of the world – in a fabulously photogenic way. Check in to one of Havgrim Seaside Hotel’s 14 simple rooms and you can wake up to ocean views and warm poppyseed pastries. Even the bathroom goodies are ocean-themed (by L’Occitane).
Nearby, there are ancient forts, fish markets, fjords, and the town of Tórshavn to explore. Or you can simply sit back and enjoy the view as the tides change.
Search for flights from Ireland to Sorvagur – from €251 return*
6. Six Senses Kaplankaya, Turkey
Doubles in September are about €400 a night*
Located on a cyprus-studded stretch of shoreline to the north of Bodrum, this coastal superstar was recently taken over by the masters of wellness, Six Senses. With a glorious aspect overlooking the Aegean Sea and marble-clad, cocoon-like rooms, there’s no better place to unwind (supermodel Eva Herzigova and Prince Harry are both fans). Best of all, the hotel’s private beaches are totally pristine. You won’t find clearer water to swim in, and because of their isolated position, you’ll most likely have them all to yourselves.
Search for flights from Ireland to Bodrum – from €147 return*
7. Surfrider, Malibu, USA
Doubles in September are about €360 a night*
A converted ocean-facing 1950s motel with 20 rooms, there’s nowhere cooler to stay in California right now. Local architect Matthew Goodwin grew up surfing off the pier in Malibu and set up the hotel with his Australian wife Emma. Expect boho beachhouse vibes, rooftop cocktails with breathtaking views of the barrelling Pacific and no shortage of vintage knick-knacks to play with – including love-worn surfboards you’re welcome to borrow.
Malibu’s epic swathe of sand is just across the street and both Malibu Farm (local organic nosh) and Nobu Malibu (modern Japanese) are within walking distance. Can’t drag yourselves off the beach? Text your food order to the hotel and it will be delivered straight to your beach towel.
Search for flights from Ireland to Los Angeles – from €323 return*
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*Updated April 2019. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only on 13 April, 2019 and are subject to change and/or availability.