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Guam HotelsSurrounded by nothing but ocean, any troubles will be left miles behind as you arrive on this speck of Pacific paradise, and taste your first coconut cocktail while reclining on a secluded white beach. Having previously been a Spanish Colony - and now a US territory - the island is a melting pot of different influences and cultures, and the native Chamorro people have developed their own rich identity - which will fascinate you during your sunny stay on the island. Things to seeWade out into the warm waters that lap against Turro Beach, and you'll see hundreds of curious jewel-colored fish zipping between your legs. Strap on a snorkel mask to get a closer look, and discover coral teeming with life, while gently drifting along the beach, carried by the water's current. Back on the sand, stretch out your towel and feel the sun browning your skin, before retreating to the shade of a swaying palm tree, or a local bar, to cool off. If you can pull yourself away from the glowing sands and enticing ocean waters, hike up Mount Lamlam to reach the highest point on the island. From there, you can enjoy views down over the rolling green slopes, watching as they flow out towards the ocean. Spin around, and you'll be able to see every inch of the island and, if you look to the east, you'll be staring out over the deepest point of the world's oceans, where the seabed descends almost 7 miles at Mariana Trench. In July, the whole island fervently celebrates Liberation Day – a time when the islanders remember the battle that saw the US army drive occupying Japanese forces from the islands during World War II. Learn about the battles - and horrors that the occupiers committed - at the detailed Pacific War Museum. Hotels in
Guam (all)After a tough day relaxing on the beach, come back to one of the luxury hotels in Guam, where you can chink glasses of bubbly in a frothing hot-tub, while looking out over an expanse of star-ceilinged ocean. Guam hotels specialize in the art of luxury - and whether you want to feel palms releasing the tension from your neck in a sumptuous spa, or swim through the apparently endless water of an infinity pool, it's all possible. Cheaper options are available – where you'll still have access to a cooling swimming pool – but perks like internet access will cost extra. Where to stayGuam's hotels cluster around the 2 main beaches, meaning everything you could need is within easy reach. Follow your nose from the beach to one of Tumon's restaurants, where you'll taste fresh treats like tenderly grilled, flaky salmon - and rings of lemon drizzled calamari. The other option is to check in at one of Tamuning's hotels, which clamor around an island-spotted bay. Don’t forget your camera as you paddle through the warm waves on the shore - sunset rarely fails to paint the sky fiery red and deep orange. How to get to Guam (all)Guam's remote location means air travel is practically the only viable way to arrive. Won Pat Guam International Airport handles direct flights from Hawaii, as well as other destinations like Japan and Australia. Cars rental is available at the airport, and it's often worth paying for, because the roads lack sidewalks outside the popular areas. Many of the hotels do run shuttle busses from the airport, however, along with excursions out to other areas of the island, so a car is by no means an essential.