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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Tailor-made beach holidays

Every beach has its own pace and personality — long smooth sweeps of golden sand with brilliant blue waves, palm-shaded coves where you can go all day without seeing another soul, white-sand stretches that are just a short swim from a coral reef.

Our specialists have scoured the globe to uncover a selection of carefully curated coastal retreats, from Australia to Zanzibar, Hawaii to Sri Lanka, Costa Rica to French Polynesia. Here, you’ll find the best options they’ve discovered over decades of looking — the places they escape to when they need to take a deep breath and just relax.

Many of the hotels and beaches they’ve chosen are far from everyone and everything — tranquil retreats where you can enjoy your beach holiday in privacy and seclusion. And, whether you want to snorkel among tropical fish, hike up a jungle-clad volcano or just laze away the days on a hammock while sipping cocktails, our specialists can suggest the best things to see and do.

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Our recommended destinations for a beach holiday

Our specialists can help you plan your beach trip, individually focusing on your tastes and interests, to the destinations below.

Our recommended beach holiday itinerary ideas

Our itinerary ideas will give you a starting point for what your trip could entail. Treat them just as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you and there are many more options available.

Our expert guides to choosing your beach holiday

Penned by our specialists from their own travels, these guides aim to inspire you with suggestions of where to spend your beach vacation. Giving tips for what to experience and recommendations for where to stay, we share our ideas for the best beach destinations to consider.

  • Your beach is waiting

    Your beach is waiting

    Once travel resumes, your urge for adventure might come with a desire to relax, too. Our new video invites you to escape to some of the beaches we particularly love around the world, as you anticipate what your next trip could hold. You can slow the tempo by combining activity-filled days with beach time and enjoy the best of both worlds.

  • Positano, Amalfi Coast

    Our expert guide to exploring the Amalfi Coast & Capri

    Italy specialist Caroline picks some of her top things to see and do on and around the Amalfi Coast and Capri. Highlights include driving along the Amalfi coast, taking a boat tour of Capri, and hiking the Path of the Gods and Path of the Forts.

  • Thai beach

    Thailand's best beach holidays and resorts

    The beaches of Thailand have always been alluring to travellers. We highlight some of the best beaches (and where to stay on them), all of which you can incorporate as a relaxing end (or start) to your journey in Southeast Asia.

  • Beach, Nha Trang

    Vietnam's best beach resorts

    Bounded by the warm South China Sea, Vietnam’s sandy beaches are equal to any in the region. Add to this a range of sophisticated beach resorts and the scene is set for a quiet break in understated comfort. Vietnam specialist Mark picks his best of the bunch.

  • Villefranche-sur-Mer, The French Riviera

    Discover the real French Riviera

    Look past the super yachts and movie stars to discover the authentic French Riviera. Stroll through hillside villages that overlook the Mediterranean, tour a century-old perfume factory and discover the paintings that Picasso produced while staying here.

  • Lembongan Island, Indonesia

    Best beaches in Indonesia

    Indonesia has so much to offer: history, culture, scenery and diverse wildlife. After seeing so much, you might want to end your trip relaxing on an idyllic beach. We look at some of the best beaches in Bali and Lombok.

  • Sooty Terns, Bird Island

    Where to go in the Seychelles

    Beach specialist Savina explains why you shouldn’t limit yourself to just one base, in this island-by-island guide to the Seychelles. If you extend your reach, there’s trekking on Silhouette, turtle encounters on Denis Island and long walks along Cote D’Or Beach, just for starters.

  • Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Asia's best city & beach combinations

    Twin a beach stay with time in a city and you’ve got a trip of real contrasts. Asia’s mix of high-rise metropolises and swathes of beach lends itself to some particularly intriguing combinations. Our Hidden Beaches specialists have chosen their top coastal locations to pair with Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.

  • Fairy tern chick on Denis Island

    Family holidays in the Seychelles

    Though a popular honeymoon destination, don’t overlook the Seychelles for a family holiday. Hidden Beaches specialist Jack explains why he wants to encourage families to explore these tropical islands.