Best Beach Holiday Destinations
When it comes to relaxing breaks away, a beach holiday is tough to beat. Stunning sands, gorgeous weather and a range of action-packed activities all help to provide the ideal holiday experience.
Whether you prefer a laidback or more active holiday, you’ll find plenty of choice available to you. So, to help you narrow down your options, below you’ll discover some of our top picks for the best beach holiday destinations.
Commonly referred to as the Land of Smiles, Thailand boasts some of the best beaches in the world. The Khao Lak region is a particularly good spot to travel to, benefitting from unspoilt beauty.
The hotels and resorts here are designed to blend in effortlessly with the scenery. You’ll find a range of discrete villas and striking resorts to choose from. Situated on the south west coast of Thailand, the region has a laidback feel and three great natural parks. Its scuba diving scene is also not to be missed, thanks to the clear mineral waters.
Stay at the luxurious Khao Lak Merlin Beach Resort. Situated within a rainforest right on the beach, this stunning resort is a true tropical hideaway. There are four pools on site, alongside 16 acres of lush tropical gardens. Alternatively, if you’re seeking a more romantic getaway, the TUI Blue Khao Lak Resort is an ideal choice. This adults-only resort is located on Khao Lak beach, just a 15-minute walk from Lamru National Park. You can enjoy massages for two, five swimming pools and an exclusive dining scene at this luxury resort.
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With an impressive 330 kilometres of coastline, it’s unsurprising Mauritius makes it onto our best beach destination list. Featuring silvery white sands and turquoise waters, you’ll find a beach holiday here has everything you could want.
The Belle Mare region on the eastern coast of Mauritius boasts one of the best beaches in the area. Stretching for several miles, the beach offers warm waters and white coral sands. You’ll get to see spectacular sunsets here, plus the beach doesn’t get too crowded during the week. Its lagoon has a wide range of watersports, including diving, for you to try out during your stay.
For the ultimate relaxing getaway, stay at the Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort. Set on a sandy beach, this resort overlooks a stunning lagoon. There are three bars, an infinity pool and a fantastic on-site spa for true relaxation.
If you’re seeking a livelier beach holiday, the Le Morne region is the place to head for. The beaches here offer an excellent variety of activities and watersports. Head to Blue Ray Beach to discover some of the best snorkelling opportunities. There are over 50 known species of coral here, alongside large numbers of colourful fish. Alternatively, head to the Trou aux Biches Beach with its shallow calm waters. This family-friendly beach offers great activities, such as glass-bottom boats and snorkelling.
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If you’re looking for a short-haul beach getaway, Spain is an ideal option. There are so many beaches to pick from on Spain’s coastline. You can also choose from the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands.
If you’re looking to stay on mainland Spain, the Costas are typically the most popular option. In particular, Costa Del Sol and Costa Dorada have some excellent beaches on offer. In Costa Dorada, Salou is the place to head to thanks to its Blue Flag beaches. Meanwhile, in Costa Del Sol you won’t want to miss the Playamar Beach in Torremolinos. Boasting gingerbread-coloured sands, this is just one of many popular beaches in the Costa Del Sol region.
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If you want the ultimate beach holiday, Barbados is difficult to beat. Set within the Caribbean, the beaches here are some of the most photographed in the world. There’s more than 92km of sandy beaches, many of which are backed by palm trees for that tropical paradise feel.
Head to St James, where you’ll be met with idyllic beaches and upscale shopping opportunities. Holetown beach is one of the most popular here, with its white sands and great choice of beach shacks selling refreshments. Or, take a holiday to the St Lawrence region, known for its unspoilt beaches and great nightlife scene. Dover Beach is one of the best here, offering fresh seafood and a variety of watersports to keep you entertained. It stretches for 800 metres, and there’s a playing field situated behind it for the kids.
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