Top 5 Most Beautiful Beach Resorts: America

Nothing says “reward” quite like a warm, tropical getaway. With the weather heating up, we turn our attention to sun, sand, and surf for your travel incentives and destination meetings. But with so many gorgeous beaches in the world, how do you pick the right one for your group? Travel along with us in this five-part series as we explore some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and their oceanfront properties! First up, American beaches:

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is an intimate, private island resort nestled in the Florida Keys. It is secluded with guests arriving on the island by either seaplane or boat. Plus, with only 30 luxury bungalows, Little Palms is highly exclusive, offering the opportunity to buy out the property for the ultimate VIP experience. Even though this is a more intimate resort, it offers an abundance of space for group events. You and your guests can dine together in the indoor and outdoor dining spaces, comingle during social events in the resort’s “Great Room,” or participate in an award ceremony on the beach.

The Florida Keys offers a taste of the Caribbean right here in the United States with its white sand beaches, turquoise blue waters, and local activities! The island life offers a variety of ocean-centric activities such as backcountry island hopping, eco tours to see the mangroves, snorkeling, dolphin encounters, sailing, and fishing. The possibilities are endless, allowing you to create an experience for your participants to fully immerse in the tranquil sounds of swaying palms and gentle waves.

  • Private island resort

  • Luxury thatched-roof bungalows

  • Full island rental option

  • Adult-only

  • Old Town walking tour through historic Nice
  • Cow Key Marina – visit the marina to see one of Florida’s most beloved and protected creatures: the manatee

  • The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

  • Key West Aquarium

  • Fishing tours – experience the adventure of the ocean on a deep sea fishing excursion

  • Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure – see sharks, dolphins, stingrays, turtles and birds and learn about all the exciting creatures that inhabit Key West

  • Location: Key West, Florida

  • Airport: Key West International Airport (EYW)

  • Transfer Time: approximately 26 miles, or 38 minutes

Alila Marea Beach Resort

Experience tranquil sophistication, with a clifftop resort that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The Alila Marea Beach Resort offers top-notch accommodations with a modern and luxurious atmosphere. The location of this beautiful resort invites guests to explore both the serenity of nature and the bustle of the city. Hike in the coastal wetlands, cycle on the beach, enjoy a round of golf on the seaside fairways, or take a walk through downtown San Diego. Alila Marea offers versatile venues for any occasion, from a boardroom for a brainstorming session to a spacious ballroom for hosting any number of award ceremonies and meetings.

For groups that want to embrace the natural beauty of California, Alila Marea is the perfect resort. The true magic of this location is in its priority on health and wellness and beach culture immersion. Groups can participate in both relaxing and adventurous activities such as yoga, surf lessons, cave kayaking, and snorkeling. A visit to this stunning beach promises to be a memorable and rewarding experience that will leave you and your guests wanting more.

  • Variety of rooms & suites with gorgeous coastline views

  • Restaurants on property offering locally sourced cuisine

  • Complimentary yoga & each concierge

  • E-bikes on property – perfect for touring nearby Encinitas at your own pace

  • Surf lessons

  • San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Safari Park

  • Whale and dolphin watching

  • Old Town – take a stroll through historic old town San Diego exploring shops and exquisite dining

  • Paragliding and hang gliding

  • Location: Encinitas, California

  • Airport: San Diego International Airport (SAN)

  • Transfer Time: approximately 29 miles, or 45 minutes

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is a luxurious hotel on the shores of Kiawah Island, South Carolina. The hotel presents an elegant coastal décor that guarantees the perfect combination of luxury and relaxation. The Sanctuary was made for hosting meetings and events with its ample boardroom and dining space coupled with outdoor venues and team-building excursion opportunities. Do you have golf lovers in your group? Kiawah Island is a golfer’s paradise with five competitively designed master golf courses for your guests. So, whether you and your people are interested in golfing, wine tasting, kayaking, or fishing, your group is sure to bond and have the most memorable experience! Plus, the resort is also only a 30-minute drive from downtown Charleston, making it an ideal location for those who want to experience the city while still enjoying a serene oceanfront sanctuary.

Kiawah Island boasts some of the most beautiful and pristine beaches. It has earned numerous prestigious awards and honors, year after year, and is regarded as one of the best beaches in the world. The Sanctuary honors this prestige by offering beach service for its guests, which includes beach chairs, umbrellas, complimentary beach towel service, and friendly beach attendants.

  • Recognized with the Forbes Five Diamond Award

  • 10 miles of private shoreline

  • Five world-class golf courses on property

  • Tennis courts, pickle ball courts, & bike rentals all available on property

  • Horse and carriage ride through historic downtown Charleston

  • Beach tours – cruise the island on bicycles, taking in the sights and sounds of the island

  • Sailing and dolphin watching

  • Fishing charters

  • Location: Kiawah Island, South Carolina

  • Airport: Charleston International Airport (CHS)

  • Transfer Time: approximately 36 miles, or 58 minutes

Chatham Bars Inn

Chatham Bars Inn overlooks a private, quarter-mile beach and has a fleet of boats for sportfishing, sailing, and day trips to Nantucket Island. It is coastal luxury at its finest with serene ocean views and elegant interior design. Plus, it has several gorgeous meeting and event spaces, including a unique meeting room in the “boathouse” overlooking the property and the water where our team can design a breathtaking group event. Chatham Bars Inn is in a prime location with an abundance of activities and experiences to engage your group, such as whale watching, fishing and lobster trips, and visiting nearby Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Oh, and don’t forget to try the local clambake!

The beach is a refreshing and rejuvenating experience, and the beach at Chatham Bars Inn is no exception. A stroll along the boardwalk takes guests right to the resort’s private beach. Enjoy breathtaking views, fresh, locally sourced seafood, and beachside beverage service as you sunbathe, swim, and walk along the coast.

  • Enhancements (such as champagnes, charcuterie, and chocolate truffles) to customize and specialize your stay
  • Gourmet, on-property dining
  • Volvo rentals for scenic drives
  • Whale watching

  • Sport fishing

  • Cisco Brewers – local winery, brewery, and distillery

  • Martha’s Vineyard – ferry over and tour the island, visiting it’s many shops, eateries, beaches, and lighthouses

  • Aero Tour – see the Cape from above in a air tour

  • Location: Chatham, Massachusetts

  • Airport: Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)

  • Transfer Time: approximately 90 miles, or 1 hour and 45 minutes

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Located on the North Kona Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai offers a stunning blend of white-sand beaches, breathtaking oceanfront views, and black-lava landscapes. During your stay, your participants can indulge in an unlimited golf package, savor delicious island-fresh cuisine, and experience the warm and welcoming aloha spirit with cultural festivities. Are you looking for an exciting group activity to engage your participants? There are many exclusive experiences such as a thrilling helicopter tour over volcanoes, swimming at secluded beaches, and dining under the stars to create memorable experiences for you and your group.

Hawaii is an island well-known for its rich culture and stunningly pristine beaches. The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is located amidst stunning white-sand beaches making it an ideal spot for a variety of island adventures, including snorkeling, surfing, fishing, private catamarans, and boat charters. The scenery and unique experiences make Hawaii a bucket list destination and a wonderful option for your next incentive or destination meeting!

  • Variety of accommodations including guest rooms, suites, & private villas

  • Private catamaran charters

  • On-site, 18-hole golf course

  • Spa treatments using native Hawaiian ingredients

  • Manta Ray night snorkeling – see manta rays in their natural habitat on this evening excursion

  • Sail and snorkel

  • Big Island day tours – explore the beauty of the Big Island and see volcanoes and waterfalls

  • Kona Cloud Forest – immerse yourself in nature with experiences like educational ecotours, forest bathing, sound bath and guided meditations, and yoga

  • Coffee and chocolate tour – learn about the coffee-making process and how local coffee is grown and produced

  • Location: Kailua Kona, Hawaii

  • Airport: Kona International Airport (KOA)

  • Transfer Time: approximately 8 miles, or 10 minutes

Are you interested in any of these beautiful beachy destinations? Let’s connect and start planning your next travel incentive or destination meeting today!

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