Best New U.S. Coastal Hotels
CNN/Stylemagazine.com Newswire | 5/23/2016, 9:52 a.m.
By Chadner Navarro
Special to CNN
(CNN) -- With summer just around the corner, there might not be a more iconic vacation than a stay at the beach.
With a spate of new coastal hotels opening in time for this weekend's Memorial Day holiday -- the unofficial launch of summer in the United States -- there are even more lodging options from which to choose.
There's the unveiling of Larry Ellison's Four Seasons Resort Lanai in Hawaii, which many have dubbed the best new resort in the world. But there are also brand-new boutique hotels that offer more intimate experiences.
Here are six of the best in the United States.
Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Hawaii
Previously the Four Seasons Manele Bay, this transformed luxury hideaway -- owned by tech billionaire Larry Ellison -- opened this past February with 217 rooms and suites.
There's plenty to try out, including brand-new dining venues such as Nobu and One Forty for steaks and Hawaiian seafood, a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course that is now exclusively available to guests and a collection of island activities including scuba diving, horseback riding and UTV tours.
"We're a resort with its own island to explore," says hotel general manager Tom Roelens. "There are just 3,100 residents on Lanai, and we believe we offer the opportunity to almost step back in time to experience the true aloha spirit of authentic Hawaii."
Paséa Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach, California
Scheduled to start welcoming guests for Memorial Day weekend, the latest from Meritage Collection is all about blending modern, beachy features with unfussy service.
Expect to see the concierge playing the ukulele in the lobby as you're whisked away to a cabana for check-in. Or be taken on a pedicab tour of Huntington Beach Pier before meeting with the hotel's surf butler.
Other amenities include a Balinese-inspired spa, yoga classes and two infinity-edged pools. Plus, almost all of the 250 rooms and suites look out to the Pacific Ocean, so the water's always within sight even if you are indoors.
The Christopher, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
This intimate boutique hotel, which opened on May 15th, is all about bright, look-at-me aesthetics.
Inspired by the vibrant hues of the French Caribbean, Boston-based designer Annsley McAleer swathed every inch of the 15-room property with a mélange of colors, patterns, and textures.
Guest rooms are a mix-and-match of abstract wallpapers, sculptural metallic chandeliers, whimsical patterned textiles, reclaimed wood furniture and exotic area rugs.
Spring for the Lark Suite and get treated to two balconies with great views of the Edgartown harbor and though a bit farther away, the Atlantic Ocean.
The Confidante, Miami Beach
Combining classic mid-century design with Art Deco flourishes, this 363-room hotel -- part of Hyatt's newly launched Unbound Collection -- is located right on the beach.
A perfect home base for any Miami vacation, the hotel offers easy driving access to hip enclaves like Wynwood and the Design District.