The beach is always calling, but what’s your beach style? Powder white sand under the shade of a palm tree, cocktail in hand, turquoise waters lapping at your feet? Snorkel and fins on hand 24/7 – couldn’t miss a house reef sighting!
Isolation – private islands only, please.
There is something for everyone and we have put the heavy hours in to make sure we know the best options on offer.
For ultimate luxury, the 115 islands that make up the Seychelles Archipelago offer impossibly scenic beaches. From dense thickets of palm trees to giant granite boulders that are seemingly littered along the dazzling white sand, the islands are breath-taking. On some islands, you could find yourself sharing the beach with the Aldabra giant tortoise which can grow to 305kg!
Australias East Coast is home to some legendary beaches and the worlds largest coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef. Visible from space, the reef is a kaleidoscope of colours and the beaches that surround this rich marine sanctuary have, arguably, some of the most power white, soft sand in the world.
In search of some world famous surf that rolls up onto your bungalow door? Teetering between the lush tropical rainforest and Pacific Ocean, the Costa Rican coastline is perfect for those active beach dwellers. Surfing, horse riding, rock jumping above waterfalls, ocean fishing and bird watching to name but a few.
Where to stay for Beach
20 Degrés Sud
Small and elegant, 20 Degrés Sud offers guests a warm and personal service within a haven of refinement and style. It is ideal for those who like to explore without being tied into a resort, but who want somewhere peaceful and private to return to. Nestled in a coconut grove in the mouth of the bay, this is a boutique resort with 36 colonial-style rooms.
Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara
Between a beach and freshwater lagoon, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara offers refreshing luxury, and also a gateway to Oman’s cultural treasures. It is a beachfront oasis that is the first luxury villa resort of its kind in Salalah, along the south coast of Dhofar.
Azura is Mozambique’s first luxury ‘eco’ retreat. Built entirely by hand by the local community and operated in partnership with them, this boutique resort has just 15 villas, each with their own infinity pool and designed for both pampering and barefoot escapism.
Banyan Tree, Mahé
Banyan Tree Seychelles luxury resort is perfectly located in the highlight of the islands, Intendance Bay. Along Intendance Bay, nestled amidst exotic flora and fauna, is where the granitic island of Mahé plays host to Banyan Tree Seychelles. A mere 25 minutes away from the airport, a timeless habitat of swaying palms and Takamaka trees awaits.
Baraza Resort & Spa
With just 30 pool villas, Baraza Resort and Spa is a stunning family-friendly hotel on the quiet east coast of the tropical island of Zanzibar. Offering a variety of one and two bedroom pool villas, with a distinct fusion of Arabic, Swahili and Indian design, this all-inclusive 5-star resort has been named as one of the top 30 in the world by the prestigious Conde Nast Traveller magazine.
Belle Mare Plage
The Belle Mare Plage’s 278 rooms and villas are set in two storey houses around lush tropical gardens, each with its own private balcony or terrace giving onto the gardens or beach and tastefully furnished in warm colours. It is protected by offshore coral reefs making the resort ideal for swimming, snorkelling and water sports.
Blue Safari – Cosmoledo Atoll and Astove Atoll
Situated in the heart of the Indian Ocean in one of the last untouched frontiers, Blue Safari are pioneering a new style of distinctive lodging and experiential travel, all while actively conserving this pristine region.
Cape Weligama is a gorgeous cliff top resort that inhabits twelve manicured acres above the Indian Ocean on Sri Lanka’s southern coast, just thirty minutes south east of Galle.
Cocoa Island by COMO is an intimate private Maldives island resort with just 33 overwater suites. Encircled with powder white sand, the carefree, understated luxury experience at Cocoa Island includes holistic wellness treatments at COMO Shambhala Retreat, South Indian-influenced cuisine and worldclass diving.
Built with a modern approach to design and quality, Constance Lemuria lives up to – and often exceeds – the expectation of guests who enjoy pure luxury and preserved nature. Constance Lemuria Seychelles is located just five minutes from Praslin airstrip in an idyllic setting on the northwest coast of the island.
Barefoot 5* luxury on a serene Madagascan island resort. For those seeking to engage all 5 senses, less has always been more. Virgin beaches, turquoise clear water, the pleasures of nature at every turn, total privacy, the ultimate in Robinson Crusoe chic.
A privately owned coral island, Denis Island is the perfect location for those seeking true escapism, total relaxation and tranquillity. The 375 acres of Denis Island barely rise a few feet above sea level and are fringed by coconut palms, brilliant white sand and coral reefs. Denis Island Private epitomises the Seychelles experience.
Four Seasons, Desroches
Four Seasons at Desroches is a 5* Seychelles resort in the Amirante Islands – a cluster of remote coral atolls that are considered some of the world’s most pristine and untouched. This resort is remote and secluded yet a 35 minute flight from Mahé and offers couples and families a luxurious island hideaway for rejuvenation and adventure.
Fundu Lagoon is a stylish lodge on the small island of Pemba offering barefoot luxury in a unique Tanzanian setting. There are eighteen tented safari style bungalows, some on the beach and some on the hill side, but all with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean.
The first all over-water villa resort and located in one of the largest lagoons of Maldives, Gili Lankanfushi surrounds the bijou island of Lankanfushi and exudes sophisticated barefoot luxury. The 44 villas are all crafted in a traditional style from natural materials, sustainable woods and traditional fabrics.
Hemingways Watamu lies within the Watamu Marine National Park, approximately 90 miles north of Mombasa. The ambience of the hotel is one of relaxed sophistication with the friendliness of a privately-owned hotel matched by the facilities and standards of an international resort.
In the Footsteps of Tusk – Tanzania
Tanzania’s natural beauty spans the plains of the Serengeti, snow capped peaks of Kilimanjaro, mighty rivers of the Selous and Ruaha and the clear crystal waters of the Indian Ocean. A mecca for wildlife on land and in the ocean, Tanzania arguably offers the best “bush & beach” experience in Africa.
Kinondo Kwetu’s secluded position means that its beach and adjoining gardens are utterly private. After bathing in the sea, you can completely relax in the hotel’s grounds and two pools, beneath the shade of towering baobab and palm trees.
Located on the west side of Habaraduwa, Sri Lanka, KK Beach is just 12km from Galle and the beach stretches as far as the eye can see. Having built up an International reputation at the award winning Kahanda Kanda the owner, George Cooper, has turned his attention to the stunning Sri Lankan coastline. He identified […]
Kumu Beach is a charming boutique hotel on Sri Lanka’s south-west coast occupying an elevated, elongated strip of land overlooking boulder-scattered Balapitiya Beach.
Le Saint Geran
Le Saint Geran is the incomparable and distinguished ‘Grande Dame’ of Mauritius, sitting serenely on its own private peninsula on the country’s north-east coast, with a white sand beach on one side and a sheltered lagoon on the other. Discreet luxury prevails throughout this all-suite haven.
Lizard Island, Australia’s northern-most island beach resort, is truly secluded from the rest of the world. It is right on the Great Barrier Reef, 240 kms north of Cairns with 24 powdery-white beaches, over 1000 hectares of national park, 40 understated beach luxe suites, Azure Spa, and the bluest of clear blue ocean views from every angle.
Manda Bay is a rustic beach hideaway found on an idyllic island within Kenya’s Lamu Archipelago. Accessed only by speedboat, Manda Bay lies on the remote north western tip of Manda Island, on the Kenyan coast. This friendly owner-run lodge offers wonderful beach front accommodation, informal pampering and barefoot luxury, superbly combining the bush and beach experience.
Matemwe is perched on an outcrop overlooking a shallow coral fringed lagoon on the quieter north-east coast of Zanzibar. Built from local materials and surrounded by beautiful lush gardens, each suite has a private veranda with expansive views of the Indian Ocean with its constantly changing hues of blue.
Brand new, ultra-luxury lodge, Miavana is a private, four island paradise, surrounded by powder-soft beaches and pristine coral reefs, just 3.5kms off north east coast of Madagascar in the Nosy Ankao Archipelago. Miavana is home to just 14 vast villas each with ocean and beach views.
Milaidhoo is a tiny tropical island, an emerald drop of paradise wrapped in soft white sands, surrounded by a vibrant coral reef, lapped by warm turquoise waters and hidden in the heart of a UNESCO biosphere reserve. It is a boutique luxury resort in the Baa Atoll UNESCO biosphere reserve, close to Hanifaru Bay, 126km north west of Male.
Nihi Sumba, formerly Nihiwatu, is a unique and intimate, luxury eco retreat, situated within 560 hectares and 2.5km of pristine beach on the little known and beautifully preserved Indonesian island of Sumba.
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai is located on the waterfront of Pearl Jumeira, allowing guests to enjoy the Arabian Gulf’s blue waters and stunning panoramic views from almost every corner of the resort. The modern property features cutting-edge architecture and design with the brand’s signature all white décor.
NIYAMA is a luxury contemporary and vibrant resort for the stylish aspirational traveller, incorporating traditional Maldivian elegance in a naturally modern aesthetic. Split over two islands, Niyama Private Islands Maldives offers up the luxury of choice for active couples and fun loving families.
North Island is designed to offer the ultimate in romance, superb beaches, watersports and immaculate service. A place of barefoot luxury for those seeking an unspoilt, spectacular tropical retreat. It is one of the ‘inner’ islands of the Seychelles – often referred to as being amongst the most beautiful on Earth.
Located at the water’s edge on a sheltered cove in northern Mauritius, the Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel and Spa proves to be an absolutely idyllic island retreat, with experiences tailor-made just for couples. The hotel is nestled in a beautiful 30,000 m2 tropical garden around the beautiful cove in very private and intimate surroundings.
Pretty Beach House
Pretty Beach House is nestled into the escarpment, high above Pretty Beach on the NSW Bouddi Peninsula, demanding that the luxury compass be reset for just 100 kilometres north of Sydney. Offering a new style of luxury, this exclusive guesthouse has only three, one-bedroom pavilions on the seven and a half-acre property.
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa
Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa comprises a total of three hotels, catering for myriad of travellers and parties from young families to young-at-heart couples. The family friendly Al Waha offers several swimming pools set among date palms while Al Bandar has been designed to reflect a small town with a variety of fine restaurants.
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa
Located near Gan in the south of The Maldives, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa is the definition of luxury, a place where all experiences are tailored to suit your passions. Retreat in style in one of Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa’s private villas perched atop the emerald green jungle or strung along the turquoise shoreline.
Six Senses Laamu
Just an inter-island plane trip from Malé International Airport and a short boat ride brings you to the pristine palm-fringed paradise of Laamu. The resort features 97 villa accommodations, with most being set over the lagoon’s turquoise waters and some on the island, and all constructed of sustainably sourced materials.
Six Senses Zighy Bay
Six Senses Zighy Bay is located on the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman. The setting of these 82 indigenous village-style pool villa accommodations is spectacular, guarded by the dramatic Hajar Mountains and private sandy beach.
Six Senses Zil Pasyon
One of the country’s most high-profile recent openings, and a certain magnet for British honeymooners, Six Senses Zil Pasyon stands on the 652-acre Félicité Island and is dramatically beautiful. It is located on Félicité, a private island where massive granite rocks and coral fringed beaches create an air of drama and beauty.
Hidden away 130 miles off the coast of West Africa, Sundy Praia is a tented luxury hotel at the wild northwest tip of the island of Principe. Praia Sundy is a nature lover’s paradise and a traveller’s nirvana.
The Oberoi is one of Mauritius’ most romantic hotels, with mountain views, gourmet restaurants, a holistic spa and faultless service. An idyllic sanctuary overlooking Turtle Bay on the glorious northwest coast of Mauritius, it is set in 20 acres of fabulous tropical gardens. A honeymooner’s heaven, it offers everything you need for an idyllic island break.
Thonga Beach Lodge
Thonga Beach Lodge is set above a secluded bay and nestled into the indigenous coastal dune forest of the KwaZulu Natal’s Maputuland coast. This rustic luxury lodge is the ideal place to discover one of South Africa’s last unspoilt wilderness beaches.
Xanadu is a luxury collection of six individually designed villas nestled on Zanzibar’s east coast. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, pristine white sands and the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean, Xanadu makes for the perfect island escape.