The World’s Best Waterfront Luxury Hotels

Pursuitist proudly presents Christopher Parr’s definitive list of the world’s best waterfront luxury hotels, where each property represents the apex of luxury travel. Whether in Asia, Europe, the Americas, Oceania, or Africa, these are the accommodations that set the bar, the lodgings that embody unparalleled elegance and adventure. Secure your reservations at these matchless retreats and bask in the luxury that only Christopher Parr can recommend. The ultimate waterfront experiences await—book your next adventure today.

Christopher Parr, founder of Pursuitist—the award-winning luxury travel and lifestyle guide—unveils his meticulously curated list of the world’s best waterfront luxury hotels for the discerning traveler. The Pursuitist editorial team had the privilege of inviting the illustrious Parr to share his unparalleled insights into the pinnacle of luxurious waterfront accommodations. Fresh off receiving accolades as the “Best Luxury Influencer in the World” by the Luxury Lifestyle Awards, Parr delivers yet another premier list of the finest properties in the world.

When he’s not jet-setting to the world’s most exclusive destinations or breaking bread with the who’s who of the global elite, Christopher Parr is defining the future of luxury travel. From extravagant hotels to secluded island getaways, Parr not only foresees but also shapes the latest industry trends in high-end experiences and cosmopolitan adventures. His acumen in luxury travel remains unmatched. Having experienced the world’s most sought-after experiences, the Pursuitist editors crafted this exceptional list with Parr: the ultimate guide to waterfront luxury hotels.

These are immediate-booking luxury hotels and resort destinations, designed for the affluent traveler who demands nothing but the best.


Asia

Aman Amanwana Moyo Island, Indonesia

Property Overview

Nestled on Moyo Island, this Aman property offers a harmonious blend of luxury and nature.

Services

Expect impeccable concierge service, bespoke adventures, and world-class dining.

Spa

The Jungle Cove Spa provides treatments rooted in ancient Indonesian traditions.

Adventures

Scuba diving, guided nature walks, and private cruises are among the offerings.

Costs

Prices begin at $1,500 per night.

Parr’s Pursuits

“Aman Amanwana is your secluded sanctuary. My stay was transformative, especially the tailored nature walks that offer intimate encounters with the island’s unique flora and fauna.”

Aman Amanwana Moyo Island, Indonesia
Aman Amanwana Moyo Island, Indonesia

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Property Overview

Unparalleled luxury amidst azure waters and stunning overwater bungalows.

Services

From in-room dining to private beach picnics, the services are designed for ultimate comfort.

Spa

Kahaia Haven Spa offers Polynesian-inspired treatments.

Adventures

Shark and ray feeding tours, and sunset cruises on a private catamaran.

Costs

Starting at $2,000 per night.

Parr’s Pursuits

“My personal highlight was the private beach dinner, complemented by the resort’s impeccable service and the stunning ocean views.”

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, French Polynesia

The Mulia, Bali, Indonesia

Property Overview

A sprawling estate with oceanfront pools and a secluded beach.

Services

Personal butlers and chauffeur services are at your disposal.

Spa

Mulia Spa offers an extensive array of holistic treatments.

Adventures

Private cooking classes and temple tours.

Costs

Starting at $1,200 per night.

Parr’s Pursuits

“The Mulia stands out for its perfect blend of opulence and Balinese traditions. The private cooking class was an authentic touch that I particularly enjoyed.”


Europe

Aman Venice, Italy

Property Overview

Located on the Grand Canal, Aman Venice is the epitome of Italian elegance.

Services

Private opera experiences, and Venetian feasts curated just for you.

Spa

The Aman Spa offers treatments inspired by Chinese and Ayurvedic traditions.

Adventures

Private gondola rides and art tours led by local experts.

Costs

Starting at €1,500 per night.

Parr’s Pursuits

“Aman Venice is a romantic escape that offers a private opera experience that’s second to none. The artwork throughout the property is also a real draw for any art aficionado.”

Aman Venice, Italy
Aman Venice, Italy

Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE

Property Overview

An iconic hotel known for its sail-shaped structure and breathtaking sea views.

Services

Helicopter transfers and 24/7 butler service.

Spa

Talise Spa provides a range of luxurious treatments, featuring gold facials and caviar scrubs.

Adventures

Underwater dining at Al Mahara and desert safaris.

Costs

Starting at AED 5,000 per night.

Parr’s Pursuits

“The helicopter transfer to the hotel sets the tone for a stay that’s as opulent as it is unique. The underwater restaurant, Al Mahara, is an unmissable Dubai experience.”


The Americas

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, California, USA

Property Overview

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this hotel combines Californian lifestyle with luxury.

Services

The Ritz-Carlton offers coastal dining experiences and pet-friendly amenities.

Spa

Indulge in ocean-inspired treatments at the Ritz-Carlton Spa.

Adventures

Whale watching and paddleboarding top the list.

Costs

Prices begin at $700 per night.

Parr’s Pursuits

“This place nails the SoCal vibe while upping the ante on luxury. Whale watching here is a must; it offers a perspective of the coastline that is nothing short of awe-inspiring.”

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Hawaii, USA

Property Overview

Located in Wailea, this resort provides a tropical oasis with a luxurious touch.

Services

Custom island tours and in-room Hawaiian blessings are on offer.

Spa

The spa offers traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massages.

Adventures

Hiking in the nearby volcanoes or a private helicopter tour.

Costs

Starting at $800 per night.

Parr’s Pursuits

“From the room to the reef, this resort captures the essence of Hawaii while providing top-tier luxury. Don’t miss the traditional Hawaiian blessing—highly uplifting.”

Four Seasons Maui
Four Seasons Maui

Four Seasons Resort Nevis, West Indies

Property Overview

A Caribbean hideaway featuring villas with private pools.

Services

Golf lessons and moonlight dinners on the beach.

Spa

The spa specializes in sugar and rum body scrubs.

Adventures

Scuba diving, and sailing on a catamaran.

Costs

Starting at $900 per night.

Parr’s Pursuits

“The secluded villas offer much-needed privacy. Service is fantastic. The rum tasting is amazing—a Caribbean must-try.”

Four Seasons Resort Nevis, West Indies
Four Seasons Resort Nevis, West Indies

Oceania

Qualia, Hamilton Island, Australia

Property Overview

Set in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Qualia offers breathtaking ocean views.

Services

Personal chauffeurs and private beach drop-offs.

Spa

The Qualia Spa offers unique ‘Bularri Yarrul’ hot stone massages.

Adventures

Helicopter rides over the reef and private yacht charters.

Costs

Starting at AUD 1,500 per night.

Parr’s Pursuits

“Qualia is the Australian coastline at its finest. The helicopter ride over the reef was one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences.”

Qualia, Hamilton Island, Australia
Qualia, Hamilton Island, Australia

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay, New Zealand

Property Overview

Set atop cliffs, the Lodge offers a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean.

Services

The resort offers luxury picnics and fishing trips.

Spa

The spa features Maori-inspired treatments using local herbs.

Adventures

Guided forest hikes and deep-sea fishing.

Costs

Starting at NZD 2,000 per night.

Parr’s Pursuits

“The luxury picnics by the sea are a unique Kiwi experience that provides both privacy and culinary excellence.”


Africa

North Island Lodge, Seychelles

Property Overview

Situated on a private island, the lodge offers ultimate seclusion.

Services

Customized picnics on private beaches and island-hopping via helicopter.

Spa

The spa incorporates local botanicals in their treatments.

Adventures

Private diving expeditions to view coral reefs and rare fish species.

Costs

Starting at €6,000 per night.

Parr’s Pursuits

“The private diving expeditions are an underwater spectacle that delivers both thrill and awe—truly a Seychelles highlight.”

North Island Lodge, Seychelles
North Island Lodge, Seychelles

One&Only Cape Town, South Africa

Property Overview

Located in the bustling V&A Waterfront, this hotel offers a mix of urban luxury and seaside beauty.

Services

Wine-tasting tours and personal shopping experiences.

Spa

The One&Only Spa offers African-inspired treatments.

Adventures

Cage diving with Great White Sharks and Table Mountain climbs.

Costs

Starting at ZAR 8,000 per night.

Parr’s Pursuits

“The cage diving is an adrenaline-fueled experience that pairs perfectly with the hotel’s luxury offerings. A true African adventure.”


With this well-curated list of waterfront luxury hotels, your next booking is bound to be a splash. Whether it’s Asia, Europe, the Americas, Oceania, or Africa, each of these luxury hotels and resorts offer a unique blend of nature, comfort and adventure. Stay tuned for more curated insights from Christopher Parr, only on Pursuitist.