10/02/2013 07:31 am ET Updated Dec 02, 2013

Top 20 Beach Resorts

For those of us in more temperate climes, fall is the time to arrange winter beach escapes. Each year, I conduct a survey of Hideaway Report readers' favorite hotels around the world, including their favorite beach resorts. This year, the list offered a few surprises in addition to perennial favorites (I was especially gratified to see sparkling Lizard Island in Australia make the cut). I hope these suggestions inspire a relaxing beach vacation in your near future.

-- Andrew Harper

P.S. Please enjoy this free issue of the Hideaway Report, featuring our readers' favorite small hotels, city hotels, family escapes, food and wine properties, golf destinations, safari lodges and spas.

Hideaway Report Readers Top 20 Beach Resorts