Places to sleep on the beach

(Photo: Hayman Villas)

If beachfront hotels aren't close enough to the water's edge for you, you'll want to check out these hotels, casitas, chalets, bungalows, eco lodges, and cottages that are on the beach.

From Mexico to Australia's Whitsunday Islands, don't miss these 10 places around the world where you can sleep as close to the water as it gets.

Hayman Villas
: Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

You'll find these eight villas, which opened in August 2011, on the northernmost Whitsunday Islands. Each villa comes with a king-size bed, a private terrace with views of the Coral Sea and Whitsundays, a private pool with a daybed, and an outdoor shower.

Should you want to plug in, wireless Internet is available in the room, along with movies and a Bose digital music system. The villas are part of a resort with four restaurants (your breakfast is included every day), a white-sand beach, tropical gardens, a lagoon, and a pool.


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