Luxury Alternative Beach Holidays

Here at Exsus Travel we often find that intrepid travellers assume a beach holiday is the boring choice when planning a luxury escape. But, escape the obvious on one of our alternative beach holidays and you’ll soon see that life on the sand is anything but dull.

Having travelled extensively, our experts have uncovered numerous beautiful bays and unspoilt stretches of sand in places that are usually not considered beach holiday destinations. For example, those who want something a little off-the-beaten-track could consider Oualidia in Morocco. Or if you love the culture and scenery in Thailand then why not head to coastal Cambodia?

By choosing an alternative beach holiday you are able to maintain a level of adventure and mystique, while also being able to enjoy some pure and simple R&R. What’s not to love?

Take a look at some of our alternative beach holiday suggestions below, and then get in touch with one of our experts to tailor-make your own trip.

Alternative Beach Holiday Resorts & Hotels

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La Sultana Oualidia

Location: Essaouira & the Southern Coast | Morocco

La Sultana Oualidia is a luxury hotel in Oualidia, a beautiful coastal town in western Morocco. The hotel is housed in a Moorish-style fort fit for a sultan, with a private beach, an outdoor pool and several Jacuzzis overlooking the lagoon and the ocean beyond. Exquisite seafood is served at the restaurant, while the world-class spa facilities are perfect for recharging after a day’s swimming or surfing at the beach.

Best for: Setting & Views, Wildlife & Nature, Beach, Landscapes & Scenery

Capella Lodge

Location: New South Wales | Australia

This luxury boutique lodge, with the feel of an exclusive beach house, is situated on the tiny Lord Howe Island, a UNESCO world heritage site surrounded by the world’s southernmost coral reef. With just nine suites overlooking a pristine beach, Lord Howe Island is a very special place to unwind at the start or end of your Australian holiday.

Best for: Setting & Views, Eco-tourism, Hideaway, Honeymoon

Kaya Mawa

Location: Lake Malawi & Likoma Island | Malawi

Mention the name “Kaya Mawa” and past visitors turn misty eyed and start plotting an escape to Malawi. This is one of those legendary lodges that send Africaphiles into raptures, and makes first timers want to return again and again. Perched on the shore of Likoma Island, this is a retreat from modern life and an escape from the outside world.

Best for: Beach, Family-friendly, Honeymoon, Lodge

Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

Location: Galapagos Islands | Ecuador & the Galapagos

Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel is a perfect base for exploring the Galapagos Islands, and offers a range of eco-luxury accommodation options. Meet local wildlife, stroll along the beach, dine on local cuisine and take a refreshing dip in the inviting pool.

Best for: Wildlife & Nature, Beach, Eco-tourism, Snorkelling & Diving

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Location: Garden Route & Little Karoo | South Africa

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a remote eco-reserve on the South African coastline set within 1,700 hectares of protected land, with an abundance of wildlife, stunning landscapes and access to some of the Cape's most secluded and beautiful beaches. With two lodges to choose from, it is ideal for both families and couples alike.

Best for: Eco-tourism, Setting & Views, Family-friendly, Honeymoon


Location: Tayrona National Park | Colombia

The only high quality accommodation in beautiful Tayrona National Park, Ecohabs combines a stunning setting with rustic but very comfortable rooms. With simply spectacular views down to the turquoise sea and across the rainforest, Ecohabs is an idyllic and intimate escape in a magical location.

Best for: Eco-tourism, Lodge, Peace & Quiet, Rustic

White Pearl

Location: Bazaruto & the South Coast of Mozambique | Mozambique

White Pearl is a rare treasure on Mozambique’s lesser-explored south-east coast, combining barefoot bliss with a chic, boutique feel. This makes a refreshing contrast to some of Mozambique’s more rustic hotels, and is perfect for an ultra-exclusive beach escape after your safari.

Best for: Beach, Peace & Quiet, Romantic, Snorkelling & Diving


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