From man-made marvels to natural wonders, there’s a lot of coast packed into our planet. As a result, you’ll find some incredible escapes to sit back and relax in the sun. Whether it’s the isolated and rugged, or the hotel-lined and vibrant, we’ve selected five of our favourite worldwide spots to soak up the sun. For extra icing on the cake, we’ve also chosen the best resorts to have these stunning shores as your backdrop on your next beach holiday.
Barnes Bay, Anguilla
Often overlooked by its Caribbean counterparts, Anguilla is a stunning plain of the softest sands in the seven seas. There’s 33 different beaches at your fingertips, but we’ve chosen Barnes Bay as the Queen of Anguilla’s shoreline. A beach holiday here has a mix of powdery sands and sparse crowds to ensure a relaxing break. Travel to Barnes Bay on a beach holiday to the Caribbean to catch a spot of peace on a – so far – undiscovered slice of paradise. The best luxury place to stay for Barnes Bay is Viceroy Anguilla at the northern end of the beach. This is a great spot to mingle with chic crowds and enjoy vibrant beach holiday life a short walk away from sandy tranquillity.
Long Beach, Vietnam
You’ve probably seen Long Beach in Phu Quoc before. Images and artwork depicting its dozens of postcard-perfect shores can be found everywhere. On a holiday to Vietnam, you’re spoiled for choice with over 3500 kilometres of coastline, but Phu Quoc is definitely one of our favourites, and it’s been voted “The Cleanest and Most Beautiful Beach of the World” by ABC News. Picture ivory sands backed by tropical jungles in a perfect blend of gorgeous scenery. Whether you want to play castaway and let the world turn without you, or you’d rather join the vibrant local life, grab a lounger and lie in the Vietnamese sunshine, a holiday to Long Beach is for you. La Veranda is an ideal place to stay on a beach holiday to Vietnam, where you can walk straight from the hotel onto the Long Beach’s gorgeous sun-kissed sands.
Anse Lazio, Praslin, Seychelles
Seychelles is possibly the best beach-destination on our list because of the island’s dreamlike nature. On a beach holiday to Seychelles, you don’t feel like you’re travelling to another country, but another world. Our top beach in Seychelles is Anse Lazio on Praline Island. The coastline in the island North West of Seychelles’ mainland has a reputation as the best beach in the country, and it’s easy to see why. This is a place where azure waters lap white-sand shores, and on first glance it seems to go on forever. Throw in the takamaka trees and giant granite boulders as your backdrop, and you’re living the Indian Ocean dream. To enjoy a luxury resort a short distance from this beach, book Constance Lemuria Resort. There’s few better places to relax.
Long Beach, Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
It’s the second ‘Long Beach’ beach holiday on our list, and for good reason. Sit back on the beach chairs and take in the breathtaking sight of dramatic peaks and jungles of Phi Phi Leh Island. This particular Long beach isn’t only stunning – it’s an ideal spot for snorkelling and watersports too. And if you want a spot of peace and quiet, steal away to the hidden Loh Moodee or Ao Poh beaches round the corner. Sandy sunsets here will be the highlight of your beach holiday to Thailand. Our hotel of choice for taking advantage of Long Beach is Zeavola: a luxury hotel fringed by the gorgeous beach sands.
Palm Jebel Ali, Dubai UAE
Imagine a beach holiday featuring one of the world’s most exciting cities as your backdrop. Relax on sands overlooked by the world’s tallest buildings, most luxurious hotels and unique landmarks on a beach holiday to Dubai. Jebel Ali Beach on man-made wonder Palm Jebel Ali is a long stretch of sand with amazing watersport opportunities such as kite surfing, waterboarding, and snorkelling. This is beach life right in the centre of the world’s most exciting development. Staying at JA Palm Tree Court means the beach is at your doorstop, so you can walk straight from your hotel to the sands and start surfing first thing in the morning.