Best Hilton hotels and resorts on the beach, from the US to the Maldives

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With 580-plus Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties across nearly 100 countries and territories, it should come as little surprise that there are more than a few Hiltons on beaches around the world.

So, if you’re looking to book a beach vacation — with either your travel credit card or Hilton Honors points — there are plenty of hotels from which to choose. Some Hiltons are family-friendly properties with kid-centric amenities like water parks and teen clubs, while others are best for romantic getaways thanks to their adults-only policies.

Then there’s the matter of destination. You can find beachfront Hilton Hotels & Resorts on six continents, so there’s no shortage of options.

But which one(s) should you book for your next sun-and-sand-focused getaway? From the Caribbean to the Indian Ocean, here are 14 of TPG’s favorite beachfront Hilton hotels.

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This family-friendly, all-inclusive resort sits on Jamaica’s northern shore in the tiny neighborhood of Rose Hall, an upscale area just outside Montego Bay. An ideal spot for beachgoers, the property overlooks one of the country’s longest stretches of private beach, which measures an impressive 2,500 feet long.

On its 400 acres, you’ll find two towers that house 489 guest rooms and suites, some of which have full ocean views. The decor is simple and beachy, with soft blues and warm neutrals. Amenities range from flat-screen TVs to coffee makers to private furnished balconies.

As this is a true resort, there’s no shortage of activities for each member of the family. Kids will likely love the Sugar Mill Falls Water Park, where a 280-foot waterslide, a kids zone and various lagoons await. Sports courts for beach volleyball, basketball, tennis and pickleball, plus life-size chess, dance lessons and nonmotorized water sports like kayaking and paddleboarding are also available without additional charges thanks to the property’s all-inclusive rates.

In between your visits to the beach, dips in the pools or drops down the waterslide, head to one of the 11 restaurants and bars to fuel up. Highlights include the Rum Factory, a barbecue restaurant with standout cocktails (reservations are required), and Mangoes, a Jamaican street food eatery by day and a seafood restaurant by night.

Rates at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa start at $304 or 80,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

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Los Cabos, Mexico, isn’t known as a swimming destination — the shoreline is mostly rocky, and the waters are rough. However, if you do seek a sandy, swimmable beach, you’ll find a private one at Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort.

The hotel blends vacation-style amenities with impressive event spaces, so you’re just as likely to see families here as you are corporate groups. In either case, there’s fun to be found across the property. There are four pools in total, two of which have swim-up bars, as well as a spa and a kids club. Additionally, the property offers frequent programming throughout the week, so you can partake in agave tastings, craft workshops and beach bonfires, among other activities.

Dining options are delightfully varied: There are six restaurants, from the romantic Italian spot Vela to seafood-focused Mio. The Enclave Beach Club serves a selection of tapas-style bites as well.

When it comes to getting your nightly rest, there are 264 accommodations available. Each has at least a partial ocean view and a private outdoor space, plus decor that draws inspiration from Mexican culture. Upgrade to an AltaMar room for additional perks like free airport transfers, a daily cocktail hour and a dedicated concierge.

Rates at the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort start at $315 or 80,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

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If you’re flying into Barbados for a cruise, book a pre-night stay at this beach resort that conveniently sits just 15 minutes away from the cruise port and 25 minutes away from the airport.

Somewhat unique, the Hilton Barbados Resort’s grounds include the remains of a 17th-century fort. Given the resort’s location in Needhams Point, which has a great vantage point over Carlisle Bay, it’s easy to understand why this spot was chosen for the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There’s more to this property than its convenient location, though. The resort has two white sand beaches and an infinity pool complex with a view of the sand. For those who wish to be pampered while on vacation, there’s a spa with treatment rooms, saunas and a quartz bed featuring heated sand.

For meals, you’ll have your pick of five dining options. Choose The Grille for Bajan-inspired fare, or head to The Water’s Edge Bar for casual bites poolside.

After a busy day in the sun, retreat to one of 355 rooms to unwind. All come with ocean or bay views, plus bathrooms with separate tubs and walk-in showers.

Rates at the Hilton Barbados Resort start at $203 or 58,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

Related: 9 new Caribbean resorts, from Barbados to Belize, you need to visit

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Since 1949, when it became the first Hilton built outside the continental U.S., the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been a hot spot for celebrities (everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Johnny Depp), business travelers, couples and families. It also claims to be the birthplace of the piña colada, which was reportedly invented here by barman Ramón “Monchito” Marrero in 1954.

The 652-room property sits on 17 beachfront acres near Old San Juan, and it’s filled to the brim with everything you could want during a beach vacation. There are three pools, a kids club, a hammock garden, sports courts and a spa, among other amenities. Though beaches aren’t technically private in Puerto Rico, the one here feels quasi-private due to the hotel’s location on a peninsula that doesn’t get much foot traffic.

Dining options are plentiful, too. There are nine venues from which to choose, including Morton’s Steakhouse, Caribar (of piña colada fame) and Mojito’s Caribbean Fusion, a cool lounge-like space that blends Spanish and Caribbean flavors.

The rooms themselves benefited greatly from a post-Hurricane Maria renovation to the tune of $150 million. They’re quite updated, offering a modern take on island decor via details like dark wood headboards and ocean blue color palettes.

Rates at the Caribe Hilton start at $292 or 68,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

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Variety isn’t always an option when it comes to dining at all-inclusive resorts, but at the Hilton in Playa del Carmen, it’s the name of the game.

The adults-only resort has an astonishing 14 restaurants and bars, almost all of which the rate cover. (You do, however, need to make reservations.) The exception is Chef’s Plate, a gastronomic experience only available to those booked in a one-bedroom suite, a one-bedroom oceanfront suite or a presidential suite.

Having so many options is particularly impressive when you consider the resort has a relatively small footprint — it’s located right in downtown Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

When you’re not eating, you can lounge poolside, book a treatment at the Innan Spa (for an additional fee) or play tennis on the rooftop of the hotel. Yes, there’s a rooftop grass tennis court.

One more thing to note: All the accommodations here are massive suites that start at 653 square feet. Some even offer swim-up access to a semi-private pool.

Rates at the Hilton Playa del Carmen, an All-Inclusive Adult Only Resort start at $325 or 58,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

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Many travelers flock to Cartagena, Colombia’s walled old town, for sightseeing, strolling the colorful streets and nightlife, but if you’re looking for respite from all of that, the Hilton Cartagena may be the property for you. It’s a little less than 4 miles away from the historic part of town at the end of the Bocagrande peninsula, meaning the pace is slower, and the beach is usually less crowded.

While you could easily spend the bulk of your stay at the beach, save time for the three-pool complex, too. Though they can sometimes get noisy because of the families that frequent them, the pools offer a nice change of scenery from the white sand shore.

When you need some peace and quiet, retreat to your room. All 341 accommodations have substantially soundproof windows, plus blackout curtains, coffee makers and flat-screen TVs. The decor is mostly neutral, with pops of color on accent walls and drapes.

Dining options are limited here, with just one restaurant and one bar. However, Hilton Honors elites also have access to a 10th-floor lounge with snacks, soft drinks and sea views.

Rates at the Hilton Cartagena Hotel start at $139 or 35,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

Related: 8 reasons why travel to Cartagena, Colombia, is growing

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Just an eight-minute drive from the trendy Zona Romántica neighborhood of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and a 30-minute drive from the airport, the Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort has the best of both worlds: It’s accessible yet feels secluded.

The resort has everything you need for a vacation. You can partake in group fitness classes, send the younger travelers in your crew to the kids club and/or teen nightclub, pamper yourself at the spa or take a dip in the two infinity pools. And, of course, there’s the beach as well.

Food and beverage options are also numerous, with 14 outlets, including Italian-inspired La Luce, the Cocomar seafood restaurant, Mexican-focused Maxal and bars like the Mojito Lounge and the Sky Bar. There’s even an international buffet with live cooking stations, should you prefer a lot of options in one venue.

As for accommodations, all 444 rooms are oceanfront and have balconies for enjoying the incredible views. If you’d like to upgrade your experience, book an Enclave room, which comes with a beach bag full of amenities like an umbrella and bug spray, nightly turndown service and access to the Enclave Lounge, which serves breakfast, alcoholic drinks and snacks daily.

Rates at the Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort start at $289 or 72,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

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Set on 24 acres of central California coast, this resort is adjacent to East Beach near Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, a cultural district known for its street art, tasting rooms, galleries and boutiques. Take a two-hour bike rental from the hotel — it’s included in the daily resort fee — to ride around town.

There are 360 rooms and suites here, each with soft coastal-inspired decor. While some of the rooms do overlook the ocean, keep in mind that most have resort or mountain views — the property is not on the beach but is instead across the road from it.

Though you can’t take advantage of beach service during your stay, as East Beach is a public stretch of sand, you can have the resort pack you a picnic lunch to enjoy while soaking up some sun. There’s even an option to add a bottle of wine.

On the resort itself, you can lounge at the large pool and dine at the poolside Terraza del Mar, play resort games like bocce and croquet, or try wines at the Fess Parker Wine Tasting Room. Keep an eye out for the Treat Trolley serving drinks and snacks every weekend.

Rates at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort start at $235 or 74,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

Related: Here’s where to look for fun family activities in Santa Barbara

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You’ll find 545 guest rooms spread across a 37-story tower at this Copacabana hotel, which is the tallest building on Rio de Janeiro’s iconic beach. That means you won’t have to worry about obstructed views at the rooftop pool and bar (not to be confused with the larger pool on the fourth floor).

Although the hotel actually sits on a quieter stretch of sand called Leme Beach, you won’t be too far from the action, as the property is only about a 10-minute drive away from the liveliness of Ipanema. The Centro, where you’ll find many of Rio’s museums, is also a mere 15-minute drive away.

Should you decide to linger on-site, there are the aforementioned pools, plus a wellness center with a spa, gym and two hot tubs. A full-service restaurant is available, too, though it’s only open for breakfast. For more substantial fare later in the day, head to Isabel Lounge by the fourth-floor pool.

The rooms are fairly straightforward, offering minibars, walk-in showers and neutral decor in white and beige hues. Standard views are of the city, while upgraded rooms face the ocean.

Rates at the Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana start at 846 Brazilian real (about $170) or 41,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

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Occupying a single concrete tower in Tel Aviv’s Independence Park (about a 20-minute drive away from Jaffa) are two hotels: the Hilton Tel Aviv and The Vista at Hilton Tel Aviv.

Comprising the lower floors of the tower, the Hilton Tel Aviv offers a solid stay. Even from the lower floors, guests enjoy memorable sea views from the 393 rooms, which are outfitted with balconies, flat-screen TVs and marble bathrooms stocked with Ahava Dead Sea toiletries.

Outside the rooms, guests have access to a number of amenities shared by both properties. Visit Sheva Spa for a traditional Thai-style treatment, or break a sweat in the gym before cooling off in the large saltwater pool overlooking the sea. The public stretch of sand in front of the hotel is, of course, an option as well.

Five dining venues are also available to satiate your appetite, no matter what you’re craving. Highlights include the Yakimono Sushi Bar’s fresh Japanese bites and Darya Restaurant’s Silk Road-inspired cuisine.

Rates at the Hilton Tel Aviv start at $451 or 85,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

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Despite being only a 15-minute drive from the Seychelles’ bustling capital of Victoria, the Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa feels like a secluded jungle paradise. The property is quite vertical from its lush hillside perch — its 56 villas, including several with private infinity pools, are built on stilts, creating a treehouse vibe. As such, you’ll definitely want to make use of the complimentary buggy service to get around the property.

Beyond the villas, you’ll find two restaurants: Mahé, which serves Creole cuisine, and Wave, a Mediterranean-influenced venue. Additionally, there are two bars you won’t want to miss. One features a menu inspired by “James Bond,” plus live music from local musicians, while the other is the country’s only bar that specializes in gin.

Other facilities include a spa, a communal infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean and a small beach off which is a house reef ideal for snorkeling. You can also rent kayaks to glide over the coral.

One of the resort’s more unique offerings is its makeshift driving range. You can practice your swing directly from your private pool terrace or the terrace off the gym— the golf balls are not only biodegradable and non-toxic, but they also turn into fish food when they land in the water.

Rates at the Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa start at 447 euros (about $493) or 95,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

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The Maldives might commonly be regarded as a honeymoon destination, but many of its resorts are very family-friendly — and that includes the Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa, a property just 20 minutes away (by speedboat) from the airport. With a kids club, a teen lounge, a multipurpose sports court and a soccer field, the resort offers families plenty of ways to stay entertained landside.

The 109 villas are ideal for families, too. All come outfitted with private pools, and some have overwater designs to bring you as close to the water as possible. Splurge on a two-bedroom villa for extra space both inside and by your pool.

If you’re traveling sans kids, don’t fret: There are all kinds of adult amenities, too, including a spa, fitness classes and the adults-only Eden Champagne & Gin Bar. Regardless of who is in your crew, water activities like kayaking in glass-bottom boats, snorkeling the resort’s lagoon and sunset dolphin cruises with the property’s marine biologist shouldn’t be missed.

For meals, you can choose from three resort venues. The Beach Shack offers a refined toes-in-the-sand experience with various grilled meats, seafood dishes and fresh pizza, while Habitat specializes in Western, Asian and Italian a la carte fare. Make a point to dine at Origin at least once during your stay, as this overwater restaurant serves jaw-dropping views alongside its sustainably sourced seafood.

Rates at the Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa start at $763 or 110,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

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Mauritius isn’t always on Americans’ radars when seeking out a far-flung beach vacation, but there are great deals to be found in this island paradise, especially when compared to Indian Ocean neighbors like the Seychelles and the Maldives. For example, the Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa is fairly reasonably priced for a luxe getaway, though its availability is currently limited due to a renovation that has it closed through Oct. 19, 2023.

Prepare to be wowed by the resort’s range of restaurants when you visit. You’ll find everything from Mauritian to American cuisine at La Pomme d’Amour, while Ginger Thai is the place to go for authentic Thai in a relaxing setting. For a more laid-back dining experience, sit for a meal at the beach’s Les Coquillages venue.

When you’re ready for some vitamin D, make your way to one of two pools, both of which have bars so you don’t have to venture far for a cocktail. Or, simply spend your stay sunbathing on the white sand beach or kayaking on the lagoon’s stunning turquoise water.

Should the renovation breathe new life into the 193 rooms and suites — and we fully expect it will — this beach resort will remain a standout option for those looking to visit a new country while enjoying the comforts of a familiar hotel brand.

Rates at the Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa start at 384 euros (about $423) or 70,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

Related: An unbeatable price for paradise: A review of the Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa

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For some fun in the South Florida sun, head to the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. Though the resort sits some 15 minutes away from downtown Fort Lauderdale, it has a phenomenal location just across the street from the beach.

However, its beach might not even be its biggest draw. Each of the property’s 374 light and bright accommodations is a suite, offering at least 402 square feet for stretching out. Need more elbow room during your beach vacation? Choose the three-bedroom presidential suite, which has a whopping 3,629 square feet of space.

Satiating your appetite is no problem at this Hilton resort, as there are four eateries available. Noteworthy options include Ilios, which specializes in seasonal Florida fare, and Sun, Surf and Sand Restaurant (casually referred to as S3), where you’ll often find live entertainment to enjoy while savoring coastal cuisine.

If you find yourself looking for more to do than sunbathe, book a treatment at Spa Q or go for a swim in the outdoor pool. The property’s daily resort fee also covers morning beach yoga classes and two hours of bike rentals.

Rates at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort start at $266 or 80,000 Hilton Honors points per night.