As more and more countries begin to legalize gay marriage and warmly welcome LGBTQ visitors, sunny getaway options are increasingly becoming available. From stunning properties in Mexico to bucket list escapes in Hawaii, we’ve narrowed down our Top 10 LGBTQ-Friendly Resorts for your vacation planning pleasure.
Does a private island pique your interest? Keep reading.
This beautiful beachfront resort caters to a mix of heterosexual and LGBTQ couples. While children are permitted to stay at the hotel, the atmosphere is certainly geared toward adults, with an adult-exclusive experience offered in the Marina Hotel zone and adult-only amenities, including a lounge and a 24-hour casino. Guests will also enjoy a multitude of dining and beverage options for every meal at 7 mouth-watering restaurants, with an all-inclusive option available.
The Renaissance offers access to the only private beach in Aruba that stretches across 40 acres, three pools, a full-service spa and fitness centre, and activities that include scuba diving, kayaking, sailing and more.
This Marriott property is a quality choice, a private island escape that guarantees a quality experience.
Make way for the magic of Oahu at number nine. Sheraton Waikiki provides a unique getaway, offering a gorgeous oceanfront pool with a 70-foot long water slide and world-class dining options that are sure to please every palette.
Relax at a full-service spa, wander 2 minutes away and arrive at the beach, or simply enjoy the incredible view of the Diamond Head Crater located only 6 minutes away.
If you’re looking for a vacation that will take your breath away, the Dominican Republic is where you’ll find it. Located less than 1 hour from Punta Cana International Airport, Breathless is the perfect choice for an adults-only getaway that includes relaxing by the pool, adventurous excursions, and a party scene like no other.
With 6 pools, 750 suites with private terraces, and access to an additional 9 bars and 9 restaurants via Exchange Privileges with the neighbouring Now Onyx Punta Cana, this is where ultimate luxury meets exciting nightlife.
Coming in at número 7 is The Almar Resort Luxury LGBT Beach Front Experience in Puerto Vallarta (also known as Almar Resort Luxury All Suites & Spa). As an adults-only resort, this property promises a romantic escape from it all. Located only 6 km from the cruise ship pier and adjacent to a beach club, this hotel brings simplicity and luxury together for a perfect stay. Select suites come with an absolutely breathtaking view of the ocean, a seating area, and a balcony or terrace.
Here’s your chance to meet the best in class for a truly lavish vacation – say hello to the Grand Solmar in Cabo San Lucas. The hotel rests at the edge of the ocean, offering guests direct access to the beach and a day of fun in the sun. Suites come with king size beds and a view of blue waters and stunning sunsets, providing the perfect place to rise with the sun and rest in the evening.
Hunting for the perfect Hawaiian haven? The Westin Maui Resort & Spa is where it’s at. This hotel has a beachfront setting, 5 pools, a 5-star experience at the Heavenly Spa, and 4 restaurants that guarantee a world-class dining experience.
The property’s location is nearly perfect, situated on the incredible Ka’anapali Beach, 4.8 km from downtown Lahaina, 10 minutes from the Ka’anapali Golf Resort, and next to Whalers’ Village. There is no shortage of things to see and do and of course, the option to do next to nothing at all at the Adults-Only Oahu Pool Deck.
Marriott makes our top 10 again, but this time we’re taking you to Cancun. Marriott has made it its mission to practice tolerance, embrace diversity, and provide a welcoming atmosphere for all of its guests. The CasaMagna in Cancun is recognized for the friendly environment it creates, along with the fabulous amenities you’d expect from this world-renowned hotel chain.
The property is located directly on the beach in the hotel zone, promising visitors a quick 1-minute walk to the sandy shores of the Caribbean Sea. The resort offers 7 gourmet dining options, including an Italian restaurant, sushi, a steakhouse, and more.
Care for an escape to the island of Kauai? The St. Regis is an absolute must-stay. Located a quick 2-minute walk from the beach along the Napali Coast, this 5-star property has incredible views and the perfect setting to make memories you’ll never forget.
There is plenty to see and do in Kauai and the St. Regis ensures you’ll have the opportunity to choose from a variety of activities and tours. If simply relaxing is what you’re after, the swim-up bar and luxurious spa are at your service. Guests can also choose from an assortment of delectable delights, including seafood, Mediterranean dishes and Hawaiian cuisine.
2. Hyatt Ziva
Hang on to your Hyatt, this 5-star haven will bump you right up to first-class vacation status. With one of the best locations in Puerto Vallarta, rooms with ocean views, nightly entertainment and 4 à la carte restaurants, this hotel hits all the right points.
This tropical paradise has no shortage of places to cool down from the heat of the Mexican sun, with 5 infinity pools, an infinity hot tub, and the surrounding sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean. Unique food carts throughout the resort and 24-hour room service ensure you’ll never go hungry, and if you have a taste for tequila, you can quench your thirst with access to the resort’s very own tequila sommelier.
1. Royal Belize
If vacationing like royalty is your thing, consider renting a 7.5-acre private island for you and that special someone. You’ll enjoy upscale dining options provided by the island chef, a variety of watersports and activities, and a villa that comes with a private plunge pool and an iPad that will connect you with your concierge.
The culinary experience at Royal Belize alone is worth writing home about. With delicious meals made with local ingredients and evening dining set perfectly at different locations around the island, your taste buds will never be the same again. Available activities include everything from yoga to fishing to snorkelling at the Belize Barrier Reef located only 15 minutes away. After a day of fun under the Caribbean sun and a meal that’s nothing short of magical, you’ll turn in at a stunning villa with unbeatable views of the turquoise waters surrounding you.