With 270 beachfront hotels, Thailand's Koh Samui takes 1st place, beating many world famous destinations
Koh Samui proved itself the global leader of beach destinations, taking first place in the Global Beachfront Destination Awards with over 270 true beachfront establishments. This 'coconut island' overcame world famous competitors like Riviera Maya in Mexico (250), Greece's Crete Island (194), Spain's Mallorca (187), which took the second, third and fourth places respectively. They were followed by Indonesia's Bali, Hawaii and Thailand's Koh Phangan. The Global Beachfront Awards issued by The Beachfront Club on 15 August 2014 are a count of each country's, and each beach destination's, true beachfront hotels and resorts. It includes accommodations of all levels, from cheap bungalow establishments to luxurious 5-star resorts – but all must meet the club's strict criteria and sit directly on the beach or oceanfront, without a road or traffic between.
In the primary, country-level awards Thailand outnumbered all famous old beach countries including Spain, Greece, Mexico, the USA and Turkey, taking the No 1 spot with 1,250 true beachfront accommodation establishments. See the graph for all totals.