These timeless and beautiful resorts on every coast have kept their historic roots intact, while continuing to be grand places to gather at the ocean's edge.
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Let's be honest: The Breakers, like virtually all of these properties, is expensive. But what a glorious place to be pampered! A $225 million renovation and expansion reinvigorated the 108-year-old resort, preserving the historic character of the landmark Italian Renaissance-style building while adding every possible 21st century amenity. The splendidly landscaped grounds complement the wide Atlantic Ocean beach. As an indication of its obsession with service, the resort points out that its staff of 1,800 claims a collective fluency in more than 56 languages.