For lots of people, the perfect luxury holidayor honeymoon features a stunning beach. The perfect beach is different for everyone though. Talk to our team of specialists to discover which is right for you, from a remote desert island where you can be Crusoe and Cousteau in a day, to idyllic honeymoon-worthy stretches of endless white sand or a shipwreck-scattered stretch of shore.

Whether you’re dreaming of barefoot luxury, a beach hut on stilts or an over-water villa with a private infinity pool looking out to sea, we know the best beach holiday and honeymoon spots all around the world and can advise on the ideal way to enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation. Alternatively, if you’d like some suggestions for how to combine a few lazy days on the beach with a cultural or active experience as well, our specialists have an array of ideas too.

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TOP DESTINATIONS FOR BEACH HONEYMOONS AND HOLIDAYS

Fundu Lagoon

Location: Zanzibar, Pemba & the Islands | Tanzania

Enchanting and unique, Fundu Lagoon is shabby chic down to the ground. The ideal post-safari wind down, this beach lodge is a winning combination of luxury, style, romance and fantasy, with the added bonus of offering some of the best diving in the world.

Best for: Barefoot, Beach, Chic Design, Family-friendly

Birkenhead House

Location: Garden Route & Little Karoo | South Africa

Birkenhead House is a luxurious and superbly elegant boutique hotel perched high on the clifftops overlooking Walker Bay. Ideally located for in-season whale watching, this manor house combines 18th century antiques with beach-house décor to form one of the most stylish options on South Africa’s southern coast.

Best for: Setting & Views, Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel, Peace & Quiet

Greystoke Mahale

Location: Western Tanzania | Tanzania

Nestled on the edge of the forest, by the azure waters of Lake Tanganyika, Greystoke Mahale is wild, remote and breathtakingly beautiful. Find just six thatched bandas at this exotic location, home to one of the last wild chimpanzee populations.

Best for: Barefoot, Beach, Chic Design, Eco-tourism

&Beyond Mnemba Island Lodge

Location: Zanzibar, Pemba & the Islands | Tanzania

Ever dreamt of a secluded island surrounded by colourful coral reefs, turquoise seas and pristine beaches? An island with an abundance of fresh fruit, seafood and lobster daily? A paradise shared with only you, your loved one and a handful of other people? Look no further than the &Beyond Mnemba Island Lodge, Tanzania's most exclusive beach lodge.

Best for: Barefoot, Beach, Boutique Hotel, Chic Design

Alila Villas Uluwatu

Location: Bali | Indonesia

A stylish and contemporary Design hotel, Alila Villas Uluwatu sits poised high on a clifftop on Bali's East Coast, with amazing views of the crashing waves and sultry black sands.

Best for: Chic Design, Food & Wine, Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel

Nihiwatu

Location: Eastern Indonesia | Indonesia

Nestled in an unspoilt region of the Indonesian archipelago, the exclusive Nihiwatu resort is set in magnificent tropical forests and prides itself on its spacious suites and exceptional service. With a winning combination of deserted white sand beaches, delectable food and world-class surfing, it’s no exaggeration to describe this resort as ‘paradise’.

Best for: Beach, Eco-tourism, Family-friendly, Hideaway

Tugu Lombok

Location: Lombok | Indonesia

Housing the owner’s eclectic collection of antiques and Balinese art, Tugu Lombok is a gorgeous boutique hotel with real soul. It also has a peaceful white sand beach, breathtaking views towards Mount Rinjani, and the Gili islands just a speedboat ride away.

Best for: Boutique Hotel, Chic Design, Cultural Immersion, History & Heritage

Pangkor Laut Resort

Location: Malaysian Islands | Malaysia & Borneo

Just off mainland Malaysia, this exquisite private island retreat is about as close to paradise as it gets. Spirit yourself away to Pangkor Laut Resort and totally unwind in a villa that’s either enveloped by pristine rainforest, or sits right above the crystal clear waters.

Best for: Beach, Chic Design, Food & Wine, Hideaway

Soneva Kiri

Location: Koh Kood & Koh Chang | Thailand

The stylish Soneva Kiri sits on the blissfully remote Thai island of Koh Kood, amidst tropical forest and overlooking aquamarine waters. This chic, eco-friendly hotel offers pure relaxation and escapism in a beautiful, tranquil setting.

Best for: Barefoot, Chic Design, Family-friendly, Hideaway

Six Senses Yao Noi

Location: Phuket & Western Thailand | Thailand

Looking for a room with a view? We’ve found it. This spectacular hotel seamlessly combines an eco-friendly ethos with luxurious living in 56 private pool villas overlooking the stunning Phang Nga limestone peaks. Sundowners don’t get much better than this.

Best for: Honeymoon, Setting & Views, Barefoot, Chic Design

Rayavadee

Location: Phuket & Western Thailand | Thailand

On Thailand’s spectacular Phra Nang Peninsula, magnificent limestone cliffs peer down over the wonderful Rayavadee, a luxurious resort hidden away amongst acres of tropical gardens, coconut groves and unspoilt jungle, with Railay Beach (one of Thailand's most beautiful beaches) on its doorstep. 

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

Six Senses Con Dao

Location: Southern Beaches & Islands | Vietnam

The new Six Senses Con Dao resort is located on the idyllic and unspoilt Con Dao Islands, a breathtaking archipelago featuring white powder beaches and warm crystal seas. With such a fabulous location, high eco-credentials, and excellent food and spa facilities, this hotel effortlessly brings style and luxury to the beach.

Best for: Barefoot, Beach, Chic Design, Eco-tourism

Southern Ocean Lodge

Location: South Australia | Australia

Nestled on the rugged, untouched coastline of Kangaroo Island’s Hanson Bay, the luxurious Southern Ocean Lodge blends perfectly into its natural environment. From its enviable clifftop position, experience breathtaking views of the surrounding wilderness, and dine on delicious locally sourced food.

Best for: Honeymoon, Lodge, Luxury Hotel, Seriously special

Aman Sveti Stefan

Location: Sveti Stefan | Montenegro

Steeped in history, the former 15th century fishing village and royal residence, Sveti Stefan, has been painstakingly restored by Aman resorts into an ultra-exclusive private island retreat.

Best for: Beach, Chic Design, Cultural Immersion, Family-friendly

Cheval Blanc Randheli

Location: Maldives

Any creation of the prestigious Louis Vuitton label will be a surefire frontrunner for the world’s most luxurious hotel. Situated on a secluded lagoon of the Noonu Atoll, a collection of sumptuous designer villas blanket this tropical paradise, where palatial 23-foot walls slide open to reveal private infinity pools in ocean-view gardens.

Best for: Beach, Boutique Hotel, Chic Design, Family-friendly

Conrad Maldives

Location: Maldives

Spread over two tropical islands, Conrad Maldives is the ultimate romantic destination. With powder white sand, sparkling ocean and a beautiful lagoon, the destination is just perfect. Add magnificent villas, fine cuisine, two superb spas, an abundance of water-sports and slick service and you may just find the ultimate Indian Ocean retreat.

Best for: Beach, Chic Design, Food & Wine, Honeymoon

Gili Lankanfushi

Location: Maldives

The spectacular Gili Lankanfushi effortlessly combines rustic chic and ultra luxury. Get away from it all in stunning suites that sit over the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean, some of which are only accessible by boat. Isolation doesn’t get more splendid than this- those in the know consider this to be 2015's best hotel in the world.

Best for: Barefoot, Beach, Chic Design, Eco-tourism

Huvafen Fushi

Location: Maldives

Imagine it - spacious, private bungalows built on stilts that look out to picture postcard views of crystal seas and powder white sand. Look below water and you will see a multitude of brightly coloured fish swim by and the world’s first underwater spa. Above water, a divine resort awaits that offers impeccable hospitality and exceptional dining. Sounds divine? That’s Huvafen Fushi.

Best for: Beach, Chic Design, Food & Wine, Hideaway

Six Senses Laamu

Location: Maldives

Immersed in its own tropical paradise, Six Senses Laamu is the sole resort in the Laamu Atoll. Indulge in absolute island bliss, spotting dolphins offshore and swimming alongside the colourful underwater reef. Come sundown, the open-air jungle cinema opens its doors for an unforgettable trip to the movies under the moonlit palms.

Best for: Barefoot, Beach, Chic Design, Eco-tourism

Soneva Fushi

Location: Maldives

Soneva Fushi is an understated and luxurious Maldivian resort set in the most sublime location – blue sea, white sandy beach and pristine jungle. This is a real Robinson Crusoe experience, where the expression ‘no news, no shoes’ best describes the island’s relaxed ethos.

Best for: Barefoot, Beach, Chic Design, Eco-tourism

Soneva Jani

Location: Maldives

In a postcard perfect setting in the Maldives, with luxurious, secluded accommodation, and the sea, the beach and tropical landscapes all at your disposal, Soneva Jani is THE place for a perfect holiday or honeymoon. For a quintessential Indian Ocean experience, look no further.

Best for: Barefoot, Beach, Chic Design, Eco-tourism

Fregate Island

Location: Seychelles

Rising 125 metres out of the Indian Ocean, Fregate Island is a tropical paradise considered one of the most beautiful, luxurious and enchanting islands in the Seychelles.

Best for: Beach, Boutique Hotel, Eco-tourism, Family-friendly

North Island

Location: Seychelles

Robinson Crusoe meets Noah's Ark on this gorgeous desert island and conservation project in the Seychelles. North Island is the ultimate in barefoot luxury and one of the most exclusive, private beach retreats in the world.

Best for: Beach, Eco-tourism, Family-friendly, Food & Wine

Butterfly House

Location: Bahia | Brazil

Though the exteriors may have succumbed to the encroaching jungle, with the thatched grass roofs completely shrouded by palm fronds, the Butterfly House’s interiors are determinedly boho-beach chic. It may be a bit of a mission to get to, but trust us when we says it’s worth it - turn onto a dirt road, weave between the freshwater lagoons and peel away the coconuts palms to reveal this stylish boutique eco-hotel flanked by one of Brazil’s most beautiful beaches.

Best for: Beach, Honeymoon, Romantic, Barefoot

Pumulani

Location: Lake Malawi & Likoma Island | Malawi

Relax along the tranquil shores of beautiful Lake Malawi at Robin Pope owned Pumulani. The lodge’s stunning hillside setting provides magnificent views over the Lake of Stars, the perfect respite after an exhilarating safari.

Best for: Beach, Honeymoon, Romantic, Rustic

Bulgari Resort

Location: Bali | Indonesia

Positioned on cliffs 150 meters above the sea, the Bulgari resort more closely resembles a medieval fortress than a hotel. With stunning views over the Indian Ocean and the ancient temple of Uluwatu, this lofty hotel is a design hybrid of traditional Balinese architecture and slick Italian styling, complete with private gardens and an acclaimed spa.

Best for: Spa & Wellness, Food & Wine, Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel

Wakatobi

Location: Eastern Indonesia | Indonesia

This luxury eco-friendly dive resort has a secluded island setting and effortlessly blends 5-star facilities with a pristine natural environment that’s perfect for exploring pristine coral reefs and rich marine life.  

Best for: Off the Beaten Track, Snorkelling & Diving, Eco-tourism, Family-friendly

Qunci Villas

Location: Lombok | Indonesia

A dreamy Indonesian hideaway, Qunci Villas occupies a glorious position on the western coast of Lombok, surrounded by swaying palms and pristine, landscaped gardens. The brainchild of renowned Dutch architect, Joost Van Grieken, Qunci Villas combines an attractive contemporary design with local architectural styles.

Best for: Beach, Chic Design, Hideaway, Honeymoon

The Lombok Lodge

Location: Lombok | Indonesia

A luxurious, private boutique hotel experience awaits you at The Lombok Lodge. Wake up to stunning views of Medana Bay’s turquoise ocean and sunrise over Mount Rinjani as you unwind in the retreat’s tranquil surroundings.

Best for: Beach, Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel, Romantic

The Sanchaya

Location: Sumatra & Bintan | Indonesia

A magnificent luxury beachfront estate, The Sanchaya is an exciting new arrival in Bintan. Fusing contemporary chic with colonial charm, this hotel celebrates the opulence and beauty of South East Asian culture. Surrounded by unspoilt beaches and lush rainforests, The Sanchaya offers the ultimate secluded tropical escape.

Best for: Service & Hospitality, Beach, Chic Design, Food & Wine

Amanpuri

Location: Phuket & Western Thailand | Thailand

Amanpuri bottles everything we love about Phuket, in an ultra-exclusive setting. Poised amongst lush coconut groves, and with a gorgeous private cove, Aman’s flagship retreat sets the standard for intuitive and fluid service.

Best for: Family-friendly, Hideaway, Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel

The Nam Hai

Location: Central Vietnam | Vietnam

Super stylish designer villas. Lush, beautifully manicured gardens. A spa that hovers over the water. Just a few things to expect at the divine Nam Hai, Vietnam. One of Vietnam’s top hotels, owned by the acclaimed GHM hotel Group, the Nam Hai exceeds every five star expectation.

Best for: Beach, Chic Design, Cultural Immersion, Food & Wine

Amanoi

Location: Southern Beaches & Islands | Vietnam

As miles of unspoiled lush green vegetation meets rugged coastline and descends into the tranquil waters of Vietnam’s East Sea, a few pagoda-style roofs peek through the greenery to face towards the spectacular bay with its flawless beach – this is Amanoi, a cluster of luxurious yet understated pavilions and villas that exude stately serenity.

Best for: Chic Design, Eco-tourism, Family-friendly, Hideaway

Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay

Location: Southern Beaches & Islands | Vietnam

A new breed of luxury, this captivating hotel is only accessible by boat and on arriving, you’ll find a Vietnamese inspired paradise set on tropical hillside, overlooking a pristine white beach framed by massive rock formations and a towering mountain range beyond. A stunning and definitive hideaway, true to its namesake.

Best for: Barefoot, Beach, Chic Design, Eco-tourism

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

Bedarra Island Resort

Location: Queensland | Australia

Fringing beautiful beaches and lush rainforest, the Bedarra resort comprises just seven private villas hidden amongst 45 hectares of tropical rainforest, offering solitude, privacy and sublime views over the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef. With a maximum of 14 guests at the resort at any time, you are guaranteed a sanctuary of seclusion and solace.

Best for: Chic Design, Hideaway, Honeymoon, Peace & Quiet

Lizard Island Resort

Location: Queensland | Australia

With 24 private white sand beaches and designated as a national park with no day trippers, you will be one of the few to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this perfect little island resort. Sitting at the Northern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, Lizard Island is ranked among the world’s best resorts and is a diver and snorkeller’s dream destination, as well as offering the romance and exclusivity for the perfect honeymoon to Australia.

Best for: Eco-tourism, Hideaway, Honeymoon, Peace & Quiet

Split Apple Retreat

Location: West Coast & Abel Tasman National Park | New Zealand

Towering above Tasman Bay at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, the stylish Split Apple Retreat commands stunning views over the Abel Tasman National Park.

Best for: Food & Wine, Hideaway, Honeymoon, Lodge

Casa Chameleon

Location: Northern Pacific Coast | Costa Rica

Overlooking a secluded mountainside, across from the clearest of Pacific Ocean waters in the heart of the Costa Rican jungle, Casa Chameleon offers an exclusive romantic getaway in a stylish and private setting. This exclusive six villa hotel exudes excellence and charm in a Central American paradise.

Best for: Boutique Hotel, Hideaway, Honeymoon, Romantic

Flor Blanca

Location: Northern Pacific Coast | Costa Rica

Set on the endless white sands of one of Costa Rica's, if not the world’s best surfing beaches - surrounded by tropical forest - Flor Blanca hotel offers the perfect combination of seeming remoteness yet with plenty on its doorstep in nearby Santa Teresa.

Best for: Beach, Boutique Hotel, Hideaway, Honeymoon

Blue Palace

Location: Crete | Greece

Looking for a super stylish and charming resort with the finest cuisine and a world-class spa to match? Nestled on the spectacular coast of Elounda, the Blue Palace is the perfect destination for anyone seeking an exceptional stay in a truly stunning area of natural beauty.

Best for: Family-friendly, Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel, Service & Hospitality

Grace Mykonos

Location: Santorini & the Cyclades | Greece

Combining traditional architecture with contemporary style, Grace Mykonos is a luxurious boutique hotel on the fashionable Greek island of Mykonos, with beautiful interiors, gourmet Mediterranean cuisine, a world-class spa and jaw-dropping views over the Aegean. 

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Boutique Hotel, Chic Design, Food & Wine

Mykonos Grand

Location: Santorini & the Cyclades | Greece

This majestic beach resort on the island of Mykonos oozes luxury and glamour. From decadent suites with private pools to exquisite seafront dining and champagne at sunset, with sweeping views over the island and the sea everywhere you look, Mykonos Grand lives up to its name.

Best for: Beach, Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel, Romantic

Chena Huts

Location: Southern & Southwest Coast | Sri Lanka

Located deep in the south of Sri Lanka, the Chena Huts are the perfect platforms for exploring the turtle-laden Indian Ocean and the leopard-hotspot jungle of Yala National Park. Though the lodge’s exteriors say shabby-chic, the interiors scream opulent living, making it a luxurious retreat set in a wildlife haven that’s hard to beat.

Best for: Beach, Boutique Hotel, Chic Design, Family-friendly

Barefoot at Havelock

Location: Tamil Nadu & the Andaman Islands | India

Fully embracing their ‘barefoot’ motto, take your shoes off at reception and wriggle into the beach bliss blanket that Barefoot at Havelock casts. A secret paradise on the off-the-beaten Andaman Islands, the resort uses environmentally sensitive and indigenous materials, making it the first and only ecologically friendly resort on the secluded island.

Best for: Beach, Off the Beaten Track, Honeymoon, Rustic

Ponta dos Ganchos

Location: Sao Paulo & Southern Brazil | Brazil

One of South America’s best hotels and member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group, Ponta dos Ganchos is the place to come to inject some luxury into your South American itinerary. Stunning bungalows boast amazing sea views, the food is great and there’s a wonderful Christian Dior Spa to boot.

Best for: Chic Design, Food & Wine, Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel

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