Nothing says vacation like a trip to the beach, where the ocean washes away our day-to-day lives, a cold drink helps beat the heat, and the only care in the world is remembering to apply (and reapply) sunscreen.
A great beach vacation usually starts with a great place to stay — and for points and miles enthusiasts (and those new to the game), one of the best ways to get a top-notch beach resort is booking through World of Hyatt, considered the most award-friendly hotel program out there.
The U.S. is full of both great beaches and great Hyatt properties where the sun and sand are as friendly as World of Hyatt’s award chart. Here, you’ll find Hyatt resorts — from the iconic beaches of Maui to the East Coast sands near Charleston, South Carolina — and plenty of family-friendly beaches perfect for all ages.
Just don’t forget the power of the World of Hyatt program and how easy it is to book some of the portfolio’s best beach resorts by transferring points from credit card reward programs like Chase Ultimate Rewards, so all of your summer dreams can come true.
Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
Wailea, Maui, Hawaii, USA
As one of the best hotels on Maui and among the best hotels in Hawaii as a whole, it makes perfect sense that the chic and family-friendly Andaz Maui at Wailea is also one of the absolute best U.S. beach resorts in Hyatt’s extensive portfolio.
The resort checks all the boxes, starting with location: 15 stunning beachfront acres on Mokapu Beach. Add in 320 guest rooms with private lanais, a series of suites, plus two- and four-bedroom villas, and you’ve got all the necessary ingredients for the perfect Hawaii vacation.
At the resort, guests can spend their days lazing by any of the resort’s five pools — including infinity pools, a lagoon pool and even an adults-only option — or head to Mokapu Beach and relax in a lounge chair under an umbrella.
For something more active, the resort can arrange snorkeling and whale-watching excursions, golf days or a trip to a pineapple farm. After a day of exploring, head to the 14,000-square-foot Awili Spa and Salon for a heated hibiscus body wrap ($205 for 60 minutes) to truly become one with paradise.
As for food, don’t worry about going hungry as there are four restaurants to enjoy, including the family-style Hawaiian restaurant Kaana Kitchen; a lounge with tropical cocktails and small bites; a beach/pool bar serving light lunches perfect for a day out in the sun; and Morimoto Maui, a world-class sushi restaurant from celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto. Also, since it’s Hawaii, after all, be sure to make a reservation for The Feast at Mokapu Luau, where guests are served a delicious dinner with a side of culture in the form of music, dance and more.
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Rates at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort currently start at $890 per night plus a $50 daily resort fee (on paid rates). World of Hyatt members can book award nights from 35,000 points per night.
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii, USA
Best for: Families traveling to Hawaii who want to enjoy a full roster of activities without leaving the resort.
Why stay here: The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa is a destination unto itself with pools, waterfalls, a water park-style waterslide and tons of scheduled activities for the kids, including Hawaiian cultural lessons.
Called “a crown jewel in Hyatt’s resort lineup” by one of TPG’s most well-traveled staffers, it’s safe to say that this massive resort full of fun for all types of travelers should be on every Hyatt loyalist’s bucket list.
On a pristine stretch of beach in Poipu, this place is exactly what you think of when you conjure up images of a Hawaii resort: multiple pools and a saltwater lagoon, a lazy river, waterfalls and dozens and dozens of slender palm trees swaying in the breeze.
With over 600 rooms and suites, there’s an accommodation option for every need, and they all come with a private lanai to help breathe in some of that salty Pacific Ocean air. For a full family affair, consider one of the resort’s many suite options, such as the Alii Suite, which can be combined with a connecting guest room to create a three-bedroom suite.
There’s no shortage of activities, which include hitting up the Poipu Bay Golf Course (adjacent to the resort), learning classic Hawaiian songs on a ukulele, attending an over-the-top luau, volunteering with a nearby organization to help keep the island as beautiful as you found it, relaxing at the spa, or just simply parking it on a beach lounger and listening to the sound of the ocean.
Dining options are equally as expansive. For breakfast, hit up the open-air Ilima Terrace for a seared ahi Benedict, have fish tacos for lunch at casual poolside restaurant Hale Nalu, and enjoy a fancy dinner at Tidepools, where Hawaiian dishes are served at a lagoon by a waterfall that’s as beautiful and romantic as Kauai itself.
Rates at Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa currently start at $761 per night plus a $45 daily resort fee (on paid rates). World of Hyatt members can book award nights from 25,000 points per night.
Hyatt Centric Key West Resort & Spa
Key West, Florida, USA
There’s nowhere quite like Key West, a funky and lively island community in Florida that happens to be the most southern city in the continental United States — and there are few places better to stay there than the Hyatt Centric, a charming oceanfront resort tucked away between the Gulf waters and town.
Here, you won’t find sweeping beaches with views for miles, but rather a small stretch of sand where you can claim a beach chair and live that American island life.
At the pool, which is heated during the cooler months, guests can snack on popsicles while enjoying the southern Florida sun. For full relaxation, spend a few hours at the pool before heading to the Jala Spa for a deep tissue massage (starting at $160 for 50 minutes) or a full-body treatment.
Guests need not worry about dining, as there are a handful of options to choose from on the property — not to mention that Key West itself has tons of incredible restaurants. At the hotel’s dockside location, Four Flamingos, A Richard Blais Key West Kitchen serves sea-to-table dishes like oysters, a fresh catch of the day and more. There’s also a casual bar and grill concept, Blue Mojito Bar and Grill, as well as in-room dining and a coffee shop.
Rates at Hyatt Centric Key West Resort & Spa start around $300 per night plus a $56.25 daily resort fee (on paid rates). World of Hyatt members can book award nights starting at 45,000 points.
The Confidante Miami Beach
Mid-Beach, Miami, Florida, USA
Both Hyatt enthusiasts and beach lovers know that The Confidante Miami Beach, part of Hyatt’s Unbound Collection, is a top-tier resort on a sandy stretch of Miami Beach. Known for its colorful beach and pool chairs, you’ve probably seen this Category 5 Hyatt property on social media at one time or another.
With 339 rooms (including over 30 suites), accommodations at The Confidante range from hip 300-to-400-square-foot king and double rooms with bold textures and a big writing desk to a 980-square-foot penthouse.
The hotel boasts a range of restaurants and eateries, including a casual beach bar-style restaurant; an indoor, midcentury-themed restaurant and bar that harks back to Miami’s past; a grab-and-go coffee shop; and Ambersweet, a restaurant serving local and regional food for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a beautiful setting with tables indoors and out.
The stars of this resort, though, are the pools (including an adults-only option) and direct access to Miami Beach, where dozens of chairs with pastel umbrellas are available for hotel guests to enjoy, along with an attendant to take care of all your needs.
Just know if you’re considering a stay at this iconic hotel, you’d better book fast. The Confidante will be transformed into an Andaz; it was announced in 2022, but we’re still waiting to hear when.
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Rates at The Confidante start at $279 per night plus a $49 daily resort fee (on paid stays). Reserve this hotel for 17,000 World of Hyatt points on off-peak dates, 20,000 on standard dates and 23,000 points on peak dates.
Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
Clearwater Beach, Florida, USA
Roughly 21 miles west of Tampa International Airport (TPA), the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa is a family-friendly affair that’s also a great value.
On the Gulf near Pier 60, the resort has plenty to do and experience, starting with an 8th-floor, year-round pool overlooking the ocean and cabanas to rent with 55-inch TVs and high-speed internet access. There’s also a fitness center to get your workout in and the Sandava Spa to indulge in a little self-care.
The resort has 286 rooms, all with lots of space and balconies. Many rooms have kitchenettes or fully equipped kitchens and even multiple-bedroom options, so you can really treat the place like a home away from home while on vacation.
However, if you want to skip home cooking, don’t fret, as there are plenty of food options to enjoy. At SHOR American Seafood Grill, enjoy American fare for breakfast and seafood dishes for dinner. Savor the lunch or dinner menu of Latin favorites at Tropico Rooftop Cantina. There’s also a casual bar-style restaurant, OffSHOR, with light bites and cocktails, plus a full in-room dining menu.
Rates at Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa start at $269 per night, plus a $35 daily resort fee (on paid stays). World of Hyatt members can book award nights starting at 29,000 points per night.
Wild Dunes Resort
Isle of Palms, South Carolina, USA
Best for: With an assortment of accommodation types, ranging from standard rooms to large suites and standalone vacation rentals, this resort really is perfect for everyone.
Why stay here: Wild Dunes may feel like an island escape, but it’s an easy commute to Charleston’s cultural attractions, restaurants and nightlife.
At over 1,600 acres, Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms — a hop, skip and a jump away from downtown Charleston — really has it all and then some.
The resort is made up of four different accommodation styles to fit every type of traveler’s needs: the costal-style Sweetgrass Inn, the more intimate and upscale Boardwalk Inn, one- to three-bedroom suites at the Residences at Sweetgrass and Wild Dunes Vacation Rentals, which offers full property rentals ranging from one-bedroom condos to seven-bedroom houses — and everything in between.
Activities at Wild Dunes are plentiful and can be as fast-paced or relaxing as you need. For a little adventure, go kayaking or paddleboarding before an afternoon of fishing. Practice your golf swing at an oceanfront golf course, or give your backhand a go at the tennis courts. You can also just let it all go at the Spa at Sweetgrass.
Across the resort, there are a handful of pools, including a fun pool complex at Sweetgrass Inn, two smaller pools and the Swim Center, which features a pool with swimming lanes. Of course, there’s also a beautiful stretch of beach to relax in the sunshine with the sound of the waves crashing along the coast.
Being a large resort, there are lots of places to dine, from upscale seafood restaurants and family-friendly Italian restaurants to quick bites and ice cream parlors. There’s even a rooftop bar with beautiful views across the island.
Rates at Wild Dunes start around $315 per night plus a resort fee on paid reservations of 16% daily rate plus tax. Award nights are available starting at 24,000 World of Hyatt points per night.
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa
Huntington Beach, California, USA
In California, the beaches of the Pacific are calling — and the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa is a great place to enjoy it all. Great for families, the resort offers spacious rooms to spread out in, a pool with cabana rentals, fire pit rentals and beautiful Spanish-style architecture fitting of Southern California.
During the days, relax by the pool, book a whale-watching excursion, or sign your kids up for mermaid lessons so they can live out their “Little Mermaid” fantasies. Adults can enjoy time at the Pacific Waters Spa and a cocktail at one of the many bars and restaurants, like the poolside Mankota’s Grill.
Other dining options include the casual and family-friendly Slyders Bar and Café, located by the pool, a grab-and-go pizzeria, coastal cuisine at Pete’s Sunset Grille and the upscale, date-night-appropriate Watertable, which has a menu of Southern California favorites.
As for the accommodations, choose a room that features an outdoor fire pit to really feel like you’re somewhere special or splurge on a larger-than-life suite to make sure the entire crew can spread out comfortably. If you really need more space, there’s even a 2,500-square-foot Presidential Beach House with a fireplace, walk-in closet and giant soaking tub.
Rates at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa start around $305 a night plus a $42 per night resort fee (on paid bookings). World of Hyatt members can book award nights starting at 29,000 points per night.
Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas
Encinitas, San Diego, California, USA
North of San Diego in Encinitas, the Alila Marea Beach Resort is a coastal gem that offers luxurious fun in the sun with a side of local-influenced activities designed to make every guest happy.
For starters, the location is just plain gorgeous, as the resort is tucked away on a coastal bluff, and each of the 130 rooms and suites offers picture-perfect views. Speaking of those rooms, each is airy and modern, with a design that reflects the rugged nature of the coastline. For an extra-special experience, book a first-floor Fire Pit Room to unwind in a private seating area in the glow of a fire pit.
At Spa Alila, let your troubles melt away after picking the perfect treatment, like a walnut husk and sugar scrub ($225, 50 minutes) or a Himalayan salt stone massage ($230, 50 minutes).
Guests can also join one of Alila’s signature “Journeys” that incorporate local experiences into your stay, like the Surfboard Quiver. It allows guests to rent (for an extra fee) a surfboard curated by local surfer Rob Machado. If you want to relax oceanside, hit up the beach concierge, who can help you plan the perfect day.
Or, simply post up for the day at the pool overlooking the ocean, where servers are on hand to deliver drinks. For meals, check out the hotel’s signature restaurant, Vaga, helmed by executive chef Claudette Zepeda, or stop for drinks and snacks at The Pocket, a surf-inspired bar with beautiful views of the coast.
Rates at Alila Marea Beach Resort start at $629 per night plus a $55 resort fee (on paid stays). Award nights start at 35,000 World of Hyatt points per night.
Mission Pacific Hotel
Oceanside, California, USA
Not all of Hyatt’s best beach hotels are massive resorts with hundreds of rooms.
One stellar resort that’s on the boutique side of things is the Mission Pacific Hotel, part of JDV by Hyatt. In North San Diego County (technically in Oceanside), the hotel has just 161 rooms and 38 suites, with many featuring breathtaking ocean views, balconies and laid-back but modern interiors. For more space, opt for a suite with a kitchenette.
There’s plenty to do outside of the hotel, like enjoying a stroll on the wooden pier across the street. If you don’t feel like leaving, you won’t get bored. Spend days relaxing in a cabana at the rooftop pool, chilled rosé in hand; hit up the associated Sunny’s Spa & Beauty Lounge across the street for a treatment; or cozy up by an outdoor fire pit and relax in the breezy air.
Guests can’t go wrong with the hotel’s dining options, especially Valle Restaurant, a Michelin Guide-recognized Mexican restaurant from Chef Roberto Alcocer that serves a popular prix-fixe meal. There’s also High/Low, a seasonal California restaurant open for breakfast and lunch, as well as The Rooftop Bar, where pool-goers can drink cocktails and party Thursday-Sunday night with a DJ.
Rates at Mission Pacific Hotel start around $281 per night plus a daily resort fee of $46 (on paid reservations). World of Hyatt members can book award nights starting at 29,000 points per night.
Mar Monte Hotel
Santa Barbara, California, USA
In Santa Barbara, California, the Mar Monte Hotel, part of the Unbound Collection by Hyatt, is a timeless property across the street from a great beach that guests can enjoy.
With 200 rooms, guests can select from options that include large ocean-view suites, as well as rooms and suites in the off-property Palmoro, a block-and-a-half away from the main property.
At the hotel, there’s much to enjoy, like live music during the summer, yoga on the beach, a bocce ball court and house bikes guests can rent to explore the area. The hotel can also direct guests to local activities, like sailing or coastal wine tours.
Although Santa Barbara has a great food scene, the hotel’s two restaurants are good reasons to stay put. At Café Lido, grab-and-go breakfast is served in the morning, while the rest of the day features a shareable menu of small Mediterranean plates and cocktails. Costa Kitchen & Bar features a local wine menu accompanied by Italian and Mediterranean dishes served in an ocean-view setting.
Rates at Mar Monte Hotel start at $275 per night plus a $30 daily resort fee (on paid stays). World of Hyatt members can book award nights starting at 21,000 points per night.