If your New Year’s resolution is to stay active, don’t read this article. If you’re looking to hit the gym, rework your schedule and be extra productive, this will only set you back because below we’ve picked the best beaches in the world you can visit today. After all, who needs a gym when you have a beach lounger? Why bother hiking wildlife trails when marine life is right in front of you? These beaches are bound to reshape your resolutions until you’re knee-deep in carefree relaxation. But that’s not so bad, right?
Trou aux Biches, Mauritius
Considered one of the best beaches in Mauritius, Trou aux Biches is sheltered from the trade winds and faces the sunset. It features shallow, crystal-clear water making it ideal for swimming and snorkeling. It’s also a sweet spot for romantic walks along the shore or beach-dining. Throw in an island golf course and breathtaking reefs and you’ve got yourself a perfect beach holiday. If Trou aux Biches (the beach) sounds like your thing, a safe bet is booking a room at Trou aux Biches (the resort.) These two beauties come hand in hand.
Jolly Harbour Antigua
Presenting ‘The World’s Friendliest Marina Village Community.’ Jolly Harbour Marina Village is a sprinkling of colourful houses fringing smooth strands of sand. This describes much of Antigua in fact, and the blend of the serene coastlines with a community village brings this Caribbean village comfortably onto our best beaches list. Jolly by name, and jolly by nature. Jolly Beach Resort is perched in the heart of Jolly harbour, and serves as a fantastic base for exploring, not only the coast, but the rest of Antigua.
Bang Tao Beach, Phuket
Escape the crowds in Thailand by visiting this spot of paradise. Bang Tao Beach is one of the longest beaches in Phuket, and serves those who yearn for a little peace. This sandy stretch offers postcard-perfect Thai tranquility lapped by turquoise waves and shaded by lush tropical greenery. Near the north end of the beach, you might feel as if you have the whole area to yourself. Added bonus: baby elephants from Angsana Laguna Phuket walk down Bang Tao Beach for their 4pm daily swim, so make sure you take a break from your relaxation to catch sight of them. If you do want to liven it up at one of Phuket’s more popular coastal spots, it’s easy to reach the nearby beach parties. Bang Tao Beach is only a short walk from Twinpalms Phuket Resort, which features a free beach shuttle to the famous Surin beach too!
Saadiyat Beach, Abu Dhabi
Saadiyat Beach Club is a paradise in two halves. On one side, you’ll feel as if you’re stepping into untouched wilderness, with shrubs, wildlife, and windswept sands. And on the other, you’re in a pristine getaway complete with sunbeds and beach loungers. Saadiyat is particularly special for its wildlife – not only can you see dolphins from the shore on lucky days, but the critically endangered Hawksbill Turtles arrive each year to lay their eggs. Pedestrian beach access is via elevated boardwalks, therefore preventing people from walking through the delicate dune system and potentially disturbing the turtle nests. Wildlife aside, the smooth white sand of Saadiyat Island offers visitors everything they need to relax. Check out Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi and visit the nearby Saadiyat Beach Club to enjoy a perfect day of beach lounging.
Datai Bay, Langkawi
Datai Bay is all about the atmosphere. Bordered by an ancient rainforest and facing breathtaking views of Malaysia’s tropical island, this beach is gorgeous. It’s no surprise that Datai Bay was voted in as one of the world’s best beaches by National Geographic. Set on the far reaches of Langkawi, you’ll get a real sense of seclusion from the outside world – and that’s what makes this one so special. Those wanting to visit Datai bay have a choice of two hotels. There’s the Datai Langkawi, shrouded by the million year old rainforest, and the beachfront Andaman Langkawi. Both of these resorts are beautiful, meaning any wanderlusters in search of a Datai Beach break can choose either.