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Beach travel guides

Our specialists make regular trips to the best beach destinations around the world, returning year after year so they can find the quietest stretch of sand, the best spot for a sunset view and hidden coves for snorkeling. Our travel guides are the result of these visits, written from our specialists’ first-hand experiences. We hope they help you get the most out of your trip, whether you’re looking for a private island where you won’t see another soul or a great location for diving among tropical reefs.

Using our guides to spark your imagination, you could start planning a trip that sees you island-hop in the Caribbean, enjoy a truly private honeymoon in the Maldives or discover a sunny, sandy destination somewhere you didn’t expect.

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Inspiration for your beach vacation

Our beach specialists regularly travel to discover new experiences and explore untried areas. They love nothing more than sharing their ideas and experiences to help you plan your ideal beach vacation. We've written these travel guides based on our own first-hand beach experiences to help inform and inspire your next trip.

  • Velassaru Island, Aerial View

    Winter honeymoon ideas

    Swap the harshness of winter for long sunny days on a joint honeymoon to the Maldives and Sri Lanka. Thailand's beaches stand out at this time of year but are matched by the culture you'll experience inland.

  • Praslin, Seychelles

    Autumn honeymoon ideas

    As the weather starts to turn, feel Morocco's warm glow on a honeymoon in Marrakesh and the Atlas Mountains. Enjoy a wildlife honeymoon in Borneo, home to orangutan, or travel to Japan as the maple trees turn it gold and red.

  • Borobudur, Yogyakarta

    Summer honeymoon ideas

    Summer honeymoon hot spots include Canada, where you can explore the national parks and spot grizzly bears; Tanzania, when the great migration of the herds is at its peak; and Indonesia, home to over 17,000 islands.

  • Franschhoek, South Africa

    Spring honeymoon ideas

    Spring is a great time to tour South Africa and its Winelands, combine beach time with activities such as diving and whale watching in French Polynesia, or head to Malaysia for secluded islands, white sand beaches and culture.

  • Boat near jetty, Koh Russey

    Cambodia's best beach vacations and island resorts

    Lauren from our Cambodia team shares five of her best-loved Cambodian beach and island resorts. From luxurious to eco-friendly, she explains what resonates with her about each beach and suggests the best activities and places to stay on each island.

  • The Gateway of India, Mumbai

    Mumbai and Goa: An Indian trip of contrasts

    Goa’s relaxing beaches are a welcome contrast after spending time exploring chaotic Mumbai, according to our India specialists Nick and Louisa. They share their experiences including waking before dawn in Mumbai and delving into south Goa’s secluded beaches.

  • Upolu Coral Reef

    Choosing your ideal South Pacific Island

    A cross-island guide to the South Pacific. Drawing on their own experiences, our travel specialists discuss the lure of French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, Fiji and Samoa with the aim of helping you decide which island is right for you.

  • Beach pool villa, Milaidhoo Island Maldives, Maldive Island

    Luxury vacations in the Maldives

    Opulent hotels, indulgent spas, world-class dining, crystal-blue waters and white sand beaches — Audley’s Ludo explains what makes the Maldives a top luxury destination. As an avid diver and snorkeler, he also discusses the island’s thriving coral reefs and exceptional water sports.

  • Saint Lucia

    Boutique hotels of the Caribbean

    You can opt for an intimate experience in the Caribbean by staying at boutique properties. Caribbean specialist Annabel picks out some of the best hotels, from a cocoa plantation in Saint Lucia to a spot on Nevis that was beloved by Britain’s Admiral Nelson.

  • St George's, Grenada

    Touring in the Caribbean: trips to get you out of the resorts

    Known for beach vacations, the Caribbean is often overlooked as a multi-stop destination for wider exploring. Caribbean specialist Annabel picks out her top three trip ideas to give you an idea of what’s possible, if you want to get beyond your resort.

  • 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.

  • Chamarel Waterfall, Mauritius

    A seasonal guide to Mauritius

    When to sample the sweetest fruits, surf a reef break or swim in the calmest waters. We share our insights into the best times to visit, whether you’re interested in the natural world, seasonal food or water sports.

  • Mauritius

    Which Island? An Indian Ocean comparison guide

    Deciding between the Indian Ocean’s Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius can be a challenge. Our specialists compare the trio in this guide, concentrating on what sets each destination apart, as well as tips for couples, honeymooners, families and those eager to snorkel or dive.

  • 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 beach specialists have chosen their top coastal locations to pair with Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.

  • Luxury Tent, Four Seasons Tented Camp, Golden Triangle

    Luxury vacations in Thailand

    Our Thailand specialist Harriet has had the tough job of vetting some of Thailand’s most luxurious properties and exclusive experiences. Sharing her expertise, she’s picked out some of the best, including a sojourn in a 100-year-old rice barge and time in an opulent tented jungle camp.

  • The Maldives

    Palm-fringed paradise: honeymoons in the Maldives

    The Maldives might just be the honeymoon destination you’ve been dreaming of. With some of the world’s whitest sands, clearest waters and most extravagant hotels, it’s an obvious choice, but not all islands are created equal. Hidden Beaches specialist Vicki picks her top honeymoon islands.

  • Le Morne, Mauritius

    The best luxury vacations on Mauritius

    Mauritius’s pearl-white beaches are backed with luxurious hotels, where the restaurants are world-class and nothing’s too much trouble. Our specialists have come together to suggest the best of the best, from a pampering spa retreat to a laid-back boutique stay, from a destination that’s popular among the Audley team.

  • Fregate Island, Seychelles

    Luxury vacations in the Seychelles

    A tropical idyll known for its luxurious hotels, the Seychelles can leave you wondering where to start. A true sybarite, Hidden Beaches specialist Vicky has hand-picked island retreats where your experiences can range from tailor-made spa treatments to private heli-pad dining.

  • Na Pali Coastline - Kauai, Hawaii

    What to do in Hawaii: our highlights guide

    There’s more to Hawaii than just beaches, according to US specialist Gillian. With six main islands to discover, you can spend your days exploring ever-changing volcanic landscapes, snorkeling with manta rays, taking a helicopter flight over cliffs, and soaking up the Polynesian culture.

  • 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.

  • The Moorings 514 Power Catamaran

    Where in the Caribbean? Our island guide

    Caribbean specialist and former resident Ludo has sailed across the archipelago. In this guide he explains why each island is distinct, helping you to choose your ideal Caribbean getaway. Explore the historic Nelson’s Dockyard on Antigua, eat in one of Barbados’s fine-dining restaurants or escape to a private island in the Grenadines.

  • Boat journey in to Taman Negara National Park, Malaysia

    Malaysia family vacations: exploring Peninsular Malaysia

    Malaysia specialist Katie explains why she feels Peninsular Malaysia is an ideal destination for a family vacation, recounting her own journeys there. She pinpoints some of the best experiences for children, from jungle quests to inner-city adventures.

  • Fairy tern chick on Denis Island

    Family vacations in the Seychelles

    Though a popular honeymoon destination, don’t overlook the Seychelles for a family vacation. Our Country Specialist Jack explains why he wants to encourage families to explore these tropical islands.

  • Mauritius

    Family vacations in Mauritius

    Plan your family vacation in Mauritius with country specialist Natalie. Her highlights include snorkeling in Blue Bay National Marine Park, trying the activities on offer in Casela Nature and Leisure Park, and spotting wildlife in the Vallée de Ferney.

  • Petit St Vincent, St Vincent & The Grenadines

    What to do in St Vincent and the Grenadines: our highlights guide

    Our Caribbean specialists choose their top things to see and do on a trip to St Vincent and the Grenadines. Highlights include exploring Bequia and St Vincent, sailing to the Tobago Cays, staying on a private island and walking the coastal path on Union Island.

  • Majors Bay, Saint Kitts, Saint Kitts & Nevis

    What to do in Saint Kitts and Nevis: our highlights guide

    Our Caribbean specialists have put together some of their top places to visit and things to do on the islands of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Highlights include hiking on Saint Kitts, following the Nevis heritage trail, and exploring Brimstone Fortress and Basseterre.

  • Elephant in Tarangire National Park

    Honeymoons in Tanzania

    Tanzania offers a variety of private, secluded experiences, which make it a stand out honeymoon destination. Country specialist, Georgia, explains how you can combine time on safari with relaxation on a palm fringed beach in Zanzibar.

  • Beach at the Four Seasons Resort, Mauritius

    Honeymoons in Mauritius

    Audley Mauritus specialist Lucy explains what makes this the ideal honeymoon destination. White sand beaches and superb hotels make it the perfect place to unwind and relax. You can also combine your honeymoon in Mauritius with a safari.

  • Iguacu Falls, Brazil

    Honeymoons in Brazil

    Plan your perfect honeymoon to Brazil. Country specialist, Tom, picks some of the country’s highlights, from exploring the Brazilian Amazon and spotting wildlife in the Pantanal to spending time on Brazil’s beaches and experiencing Iguaçu Falls.

  • Ceylon Tea Trails, Castlereagh Bungalow, Hatton

    Honeymoons in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka is a small island, yet for its size it offers a remarkable array of attractions from ancient temples and grand colonial cities to diverse national parks and powder-soft beaches. For honeymooners, that means lots to see and do as well as plenty of time to relax between destinations.

  • Over-water bungalows in Bora Bora

    French Polynesia honeymoons

    Country specialist, Lisa, offers her expertise on getting the most out of your honeymoon in French Polynesia. Swim in clear lagoons with manta rays, stay in an overwater bungalow and take a guided walk in a rainforest.

  • Praslin, Seychelles

    Honeymoons in the Seychelles

    White sandy beaches and crystal clear waters where you can snorkel with turtles and tropical fish make the Seychelles an ideal choice for a honeymoon. Seychelles specialist, Hannah, highlights some of her top places to stay, what to see and do, and the possibility of including a safari in Africa.

  • Red eyed tree frog, Costa Rica

    What to do in Costa Rica: our highlights guide

    One of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, Costa Rica attracts nature lovers and adrenaline seekers alike. Country specialist, Nik, picks out some of the country’s highlights, from white water rafting to wildlife spotting in the cloudforest.

  • Whale Shark, The Maldives

    What to do in the Maldives: our highlights guide

    Dive with turtles and whale sharks, take a dolphin cruise, and find out where to stay and eat some of the best seafood the Maldives has to offer. Maldives specialist, Francesca picks her favorite things to see and do when visiting this collection of islands in the Indian Ocean.

  • Northern part of Hawaii Big Island

    Self-driving in Hawaii

    Hawaii is known for its powdery beaches and swaying palms, but the islands of this tropical archipelago have much more to offer. One of the best ways to experience Hawaii away from the crowds is on a fly-drive tour, giving you the flexibility and freedom to immerse yourself in the culture and history of the Aloha state at your own pace.

  • Mauritius

    What to do in Mauritius: our highlights guide

    Mauritius is renowned for its sand-rimmed lagoons and cobalt-blue seas, but head inland and you can trek volcanic mountain ranges, explore painted temples and spot rare wildlife. Mauritius specialist, Natalie Jenkins, shares her knowledge of the island.

  • View from Main Pool, Six Senses Yao Noi, Koh Yao

    Honeymoons in Thailand

    Combine culture, beaches and delicious food on a honeymoon in Thailand. We can advise on the best places to stay and how to make your visit extra special depending on your interests and preferences.

  • Thai beach

    Thailand's best beach vacations and resorts

    The beaches of Thailand have always been alluring to travelers. 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.

  • Balloons over Bagan

    Honeymoons in Myanmar (Burma)

    Myanmar is not your archetypal honeymoon destination but that's why you should consider it. An Audley tailor-made Myanmar honeymoon will leave you with lingering memories of stunning temples, smiling faces and a wonderfully laid-back way of life. It also has some beautiful beaches.

  • Sunrise over Mount Bromo, Indonesia

    What to do in Indonesia: our highlights guide

    Active volcanoes, exotic wildlife and outstanding beaches; the Indonesian archipelago has so much to offer. Spend time with the Taroja people and discover their traditions or explore the many Buddhist temples.

  • West Coast, Bali

    What to do in Bali: our highlights guide

    With beaches accessible only through caves, and Hindu dances at cliff top temples, Bali is characterized by the spirituality of the people and the variety of cultural and environmental experiences it has to offer.

  • Ayuthaya, Thailand

    What to do in Thailand: our highlights guide

    To travel to Thailand and only see the beaches is to miss a magical and enthralling experience. This guide delves more deeply into what you can see and experience in this diverse country.

  • Tropical Beaches of Phan Thiet, Vietnam

    Vietnam’s best beach resorts

    Bounded by the warm South China Sea, Vietnam can offer the traveler a variety of beautiful sandy beaches which are the equal of any in the region. Add to this sophisticated beach resorts and the scene is set for a quiet break in which to unwind in laid-back, understated comfort. One of our Vietnam specialists explains his favorite beach resorts.

  • St George's, Grenada

    What to do in Grenada: our highlights guide

    Utterly charming and laid back, Grenada is known as the ‘Isle of Spice’. This little island at the southern tip of the Grenadines is an alluring balance of lush rainforest, sparkling waterfalls and powdery white beaches.

  • Aerial view, Antigua

    What to do in Antigua: our highlights guide

    Antigua is best known for the many beautiful beaches that line her shores, as well as the islanders' fondness for cricket. There are plenty of other activities to enjoy, such as diving and sailing. Here we highlight just a few.

  • St Nicholas Abbey, Barbados

    In-depth Barbados: best experiences beyond the beach

    Though it’s known for its bright-blue waters and soft-sand beaches, there’s more to Barbados than Caribbean pleasures, says our specialist Annabel. You can eat with the locals on Friday night, wander in a botanical garden and discover its rum-soaked colonial history.

  • 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.

  • Kakadu National Park, Australia

    Top End & the Kimberley

    Explore gorges and canyons that reveal hidden Aboriginal rock art, take a lesson on mustering cattle, journey along a dusty four-wheel-drive track and escape to a coastal retreat on a tailor-made vacation with us in the Kimberley.

  • Hill Inlet, Whitehaven Beach, Queensland

    Queensland & the Great Barrier Reef

    Discover our highlights of a trip to Queensland, which stretches from bordering New South Wales up to the tropical north. You'll find most of the attractions along the coast: the Daintree Rainforest, the Outback oases of the Atherton Tablelands and the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Red sea, Egypt

    Diving vacations in Egypt

    The Red Sea is an ideal destination if you're a diving enthusiast. With clear and calm waters, and a variety of marine life to view, it's one of the world's best diving sites.

  • Quirimba Archipelago, Mozambique

    Honeymoons in Mozambique

    A tailor-made honeymoon in Mozambique not only allows you the chance to relax on white sand beaches, it also offers you the opportunity to experience the excitement of spotting big game such as lion, leopard and elephant on safari.

  • Sapi (left) and Gaya (right) Island, Borneo

    Luxury vacations in Borneo

    Our specialists can create the perfect luxury tailor-made vacation to Borneo for you. A top destination for wildlife enthusiasts, and with plenty of unspoiled beaches, we can advise on the best luxury accommodation to suit your preferences.

  • Northern Shores of Lake Malawi

    Honeymoons in Malawi

    Whether you want fine beaches, luxury accommodations, activities galore or good safari opportunities on your honeymoon, Malawi offers all of this and more. Our Country Specialists have also hand-picked a number of exquisite properties for you to choose from.

  • One Foot Island, Aitutaki, The Cook Islands

    Family vacations in the South Pacific

    A warm Pacific island welcome and laid-back atmosphere, combined with reefs and lagoons to explore, and traditional bungalow-style accommodation make the South Pacific an ideal location for a family vacation.

  • Picnic on Pansy Island

    Luxury vacations in Mozambique

    Known for its beautiful white beaches and wildlife safaris, Mozambique is one of Africa's undiscovered jewels, the perfect destination for a luxury vacation.

  • Kuala Lumpur cityscape

    Malaysia luxury vacations

    If you're planning a luxury vacation to Malaysia we have a wide range of accommodations available, as recommended by our specialists, from luxury beach resorts to top class hotels.

  • Kempinski Nile Hotel, Cairo

    Luxury vacations in Egypt

    If you're planning a luxury, tailor-made vacation to Egypt we can recommend accommodation to enhance your stay, whether you wish to take a cruise down the Nile or visit the highlights of Cairo.

  • Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands, Fiji

    Honeymoons in Fiji

    Plan your perfect honeymoon to Fiji with Audley. Discover some of the beautiful beaches and properties available and how you can make your honeymoon in Fiji extra special.

  • Ik-Kil

    Honeymoons in Mexico

    Famous for its white sand beaches, turquoise sea and Mayan ruins, Mexico makes an ideal destination for your honeymoon. Plan your trip with Audley and we'll recommend the most suitable accommodations to make your stay a memorable one.

  • Tioman Island, Malaysia

    Honeymoons in Malaysia

    Plan your perfect honeymoon to Malaysia with Audley. Discover some of the beautiful properties available and how we can make your honeymoon in Malaysia extra special.

  • Sunrise at the Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada

    Honeymoons in Egypt

    Combine relaxation and culture on a honeymoon in Egypt. Our specialists can help you plan your perfect trip, recommending the best places to stay to make your honeymoon extra special.