The weather may be cooling down, but there’s never a wrong time to daydream about sea air and perfectly arranged lounge chairs. With so many jaw-droppingly gorgeous seaside resorts on both the East and West coasts, it’s difficult not to picture yourself sipping a tasty treat oceanside and letting the day-to-do responsibilities fade away just about any time of year.
If you’re ready to plan your next escape, consider a seaside resort for a peaceful winter retreat, or book in advance to look forward to a refreshing and revitalizing trip in the springtime. You can venture to Maine to visit a property that’s just as enjoyable in the fall and winter months as it is in summer or head to Orange County for endless summer vibes at Montage Laguna Beach.
Whichever coast you choose, be sure to pack a swimsuit and prepare for ultimate relaxation as you listen to the serene sounds of crashing waves at one of these seaside resorts.
Cliff House in Neddick, Maine
This oceanfront destination sits just on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean in southern Maine. It boasts panoramic ocean views, gorgeous wedding and event venues, and a luxurious spa and wellness center. You’ll wake up to the smell of salty sea air before a day of pampering in the Spa Sanctuary and relaxing in the cliffside infinity pool.
Terranea in Los Angeles
A mecca for staycationers in the Palos Verdes hills of Los Angeles, Terranea is the perfect place to get away from it all (with the bustling city still easily within reach). It has all the amenities you’d expect of a luxury seaside resort—spectacular ocean views, fine dining, and an array of activities to help you make the most of your experience. Most notably, the spa treatments at Terranea are not to be missed.
Gurney's in Montauk
A Hamptons icon, this year-round luxury resort sits atop some of Montauk’s most pristine oceanfront real estate. Private sand beaches, sprawling ocean views, and renowned healing seawater spa treatments are just a few of the things you can expect from this seaside resort. Gurney’s also recently unveiled a new location in Newport, Rhode Island, and you can even take a seaplane between the two properties.
The Surf Club in Miami
This gem built in the ’30s as a private club for seaside socializing is now a glamorous Four Seasons property—and perhaps the site of your next dream vacation. Clear turquoise ocean views can be seen from rooms through floor-to-ceiling windows. You can also reserve one of the five cabana studios on Miami’s famed Cabana Row for a day spent lounging at the beach.
Montage in Laguna Beach
Retreat to Laguna Beach to enjoy this relaxing resort. Thanks to its location, you’ll be able to sit poolside or venture into the ocean practically year-round. Treat yourself to a spa treatment, or get moving with a beachside boot-camp class (it’s all about balance). You can also catch an ocean view while dining on French cuisine at the property’s restaurant, Studio.
Sound View Greenport in North Fork, New York
This charming beachfront hotel overlooks the Long Island Sound. Less than 100 miles from New York City on the North Fork of Long Island, it’s the perfect retreat for city dwellers. Each room leads to private or boardwalk style waterfront decks perfect for sipping a glass wine as the sun sets on the horizon. Spend a day lounging around the hotel’s private beach, or take a dip in the seaside swimming pool.
Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California
Back on the West Coast, the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point provides a sanctuary to unwind and embrace the vacation state of mind. Enjoy beachfront dining and a Miraval Life in Balance Spa—the first of its kind outside of Arizona—complete with a variety of yoga classes. It doesn’t get more relaxing (or more Southern California) that sunset beach yoga.
The Asbury, New Jersey
If you’re looking for a trendy spot to enjoy a rooftop cocktail, an outdoor movie, a beer garden, and food trucks all with a view of the Atlantic, this is the spot for you. The Asbury is new to the Jersey Shore, repurposing a restored 1950s red brick building. It’s definitely not your typical seaside resort, but the lively atmosphere and quirky amenities make this an unexpected destination.
Ocean House in Westerly, Rhode Island
This iconic seaside property—one of Forbes’s triple-five-star hotels—has a rich history in New England. Ocean House covers 13 acres of oceanfront land overlooking a 650-foot private beach, allowing guests to enjoy views of Montauk, Block Island, and the vast Atlantic. In true New England fashion, the resort offers a tournament-level croquet lawn, shuffleboard and squash courts, yachting activities, and surfing and paddleboarding lessons.
The Sanctuary Beach Resort in Monterey Bay, California
For a Northern California coastal experience, head to The Sanctuary in Monterey Bay. Situated in between the Carmel Valley and the Marina Dune, this seaside resort has everything you’ll need to for a restful and luxurious vacation. Book a treatment at Serenity Spa, or plan a day on the shoreline.