Luxury Beach Holidays

We’re self-proclaimed sun worshippers here at Exsus Travel, and as much as we love adventuring on our travels, sometimes we just want to sit on a beach and let the sun warm our bones. After all, the madness of everyday life means that a holiday which is all about relaxation is often just what the doctor ordered, and there’s nowhere better to fully switch off than at the beach.

Thankfully our years of travel mean we’ve compiled quite the list of the world’s best beaches, and can recommend the perfect destination to suit just about anyone. Whether it’s a romantic week in Greece or a big family jaunt to the Caribbean, we know the best spots to sink your toes into the sand.

To make sure you have the best luxury beach holiday possible, we have also hand-picked the very best beachfront hotels, which all offer unbeatable locations and fantastic service. From bohemian boutique hotels to chic resorts with amazing infinity pools, and even entire private island hotels, we know the very best properties in the beach business. Of course, a beach holiday doesn’t have to be all about doing nothing, and many of the hotel’s we work with also offer an extensive array of activities and facilities to keep even the most active traveller happy.

So if you’re hankering after a luxury beach holiday in the sun, take a look at some of our favourite hotels below. We’ve got plenty more to offer too, so get in touch with one of our experts and let them help choose the perfect place for you.

LUXURY BEACH HOLIDAY HOTELS

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Domes Miramare

Location: Crete & Corfu | Greece

Domes Miramare is a boutique adults-only resort in the quiet town of Moraitika on the west coast of Corfu. Part of the Luxury Collection by Marriott-Starwood, this stylish retreat, our top pick on the island, is set right on the waterfront in peaceful gardens. The luxurious accommodation is unmistakably modern, with beautiful waterfront suites and villas with private pools and outdoor Jacuzzis. 

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Beach, Honeymoon, Setting & Views

The Sarojin

Location: Phuket & Western Thailand | Thailand

An award-winning boutique hotel with direct access to a delightful stretch of Phang Nga coastline, the Sarojin is a gem of a beach retreat, which oozes sophistication and style thanks to its stunning setting and impeccable service.

Best for: Hideaway, Beach, Setting & Views, Snorkelling & Diving

Carlisle Bay

Location: Antigua

A great beach, sleek design and lashings of Caribbean charm make Carlisle Bay one of our favourite Antiguan hotels, ideally suited for all types of travellers. With a brilliant kids club cleverly tucked away from the main resort, everyone's a winner.

Best for: Family-friendly, Water activities, Setting & Views, Luxury Hotel

Shangri-La Barr al Jissah Resort and Spa

Location: Muscat | Oman

This 124-acre resort is located on a private sandy bay at Barr Al Jissah, between the rugged interior mountains and the spectacular waters of the Gulf of Oman. It is the perfect place to relax in Omani elegance and discover this wonderfully historic land of contrasts and culture.

Best for: Family-friendly, Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Spa & Wellness

Vakkaru

Location: Maldives

Vakkaru has a beautiful island setting in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of the Baa Atoll. With no other islands in sight, total escapism awaits you here, and you can indulge in luxury accommodation and panoramic views. Have everything you could ask for at your fingertips, from a spa and a pristine beach for premium relaxation to activities from cycling around the island to diving with dolphins and manta rays in the aquamarine waters.

Best for: Beach, Honeymoon, Family-friendly, Setting & Views

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

Anassa

Location: Polis | Cyprus

Anassa in Cyprus is an elegant and stylish hotel built in the style of a traditional Greek village with a truly Mediterranean feel. Anassa provides gorgeous gardens, a long stretch of pristine beach, light and airy bedrooms and an enormous Thalassa spa.

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

Annabelle

Location: Paphos & Around | Cyprus

Referred to as the 'grande dame' of Cyprus hotels, Annabelle has a longstanding reputation for five-star service, breathtaking views, delectable cuisine and state-of-the-art amenities.

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

Azura Benguerra Island

Location: Bazaruto & the South Coast of Mozambique | Mozambique

Azura Benguerra Island is a luxury boutique eco-retreat built entirely by hand by the local community on unspoilt Benguerra Island. It offers a wonderful combination of pampering, conservation and pure barefoot escapism.

Best for: Barefoot, Beach, Chic Design, Honeymoon

Belmond Cap Juluca

Location: Anguilla

Located on one of the best beaches in the world, Belmond Cap Juluca offers wow factor in spades. And with the lights of St Maarten left behind on the distant horizon, you have no choice but to switch off and relax - this is a true Caribbean paradise!

Best for: Beach, Luxury Hotel, Chic Design, Honeymoon

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 vacation.

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

COMO Parrot Cay

Location: Turks & Caicos Islands

One of the Caribbean’s most unique and exclusive hotels, COMO Parrot Cay is so much more than just a luxury resort. With its crystal-clear waters and beaches rivalling the Maldives, this is the ultimate Caribbean sanctuary for those looking to unwind in blissful yet subtle luxury in stunning surroundings.  

Best for: Beach, Chic Design, Honeymoon, Spa & Wellness

D Maris Bay

Location: Turquoise Coast | Turkey

Everything you’re looking for in a beach vacation in Turkey, you’ll find it all at D Maris Bay, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. This super-luxury resort sits on the cusp of the mountains on the Datca Peninsula, facing the cobalt seas, and securing itself six-star status with its luxurious style, delectable cuisine and idyllic private beaches.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Chic Design, Setting & Views, Beach

Domes Noruz Chania

Location: Crete & Corfu | Greece

The award-winning Domes Noruz Chania, an Autograph Collection hotel, has a stunning setting, with an unbeatable location on the gorgeous Agioi Apostoloi beach, and its stylish suites all come with their own pool or Jacuzzi - perfect for honeymoons and long weekends. With its effortless elegance and unique ambience, this hotel is fast becoming one of our favourite spots for a Grecian getaway.

Best for: Couples, Honeymoon, Boutique Hotel, Beach

Ecohabs

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

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

Four Seasons Costa Rica

Location: Northern Pacific Coast | Costa Rica

Fringed by gold-sand beaches, amidst lush mountainside, Four Seasons Costa Rica is one of Costa Rica’s finest luxury hotels. Within a landscape of volcanic peaks, dense forest and deep blue Pacific waters, the secluded resort offers world-class diving, five star luxury and excellent service.

Best for: Beach, Family-friendly, Luxury Hotel, Food & Wine

Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita

Location: Mauritius

A gem in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is an island retreat  where natural beauty and vibrant culture coincide in harmony, with charming colonial structures taking their place amid breathtaking mountain vistas and lush sugar cane fields. The Four seasons occupies its own little corner or heaven.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Honeymoon, Beach, Setting & Views

Four Seasons Resort 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 Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai. One of Vietnam’s top hotels, it exceeds every five-star expectation - and more.

Best for: Chic Design, Beach, Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel

Fundu Lagoon

Location: Zanzibar, Pemba & the Islands | Tanzania

Enchanting and unique, Fundu Lagoon is 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

Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque Resort

Location: The Canary Islands | Spain

This lavish hotel in Tenerife was dreamt up with a traditional village in mind, so between the rooms and villas you’ll find mock plazas, turrets and streets built in a colonial style. As such, despite the huge size of Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque Resort, the atmosphere here is warm and friendly – the members of staff even dress in traditional attire from the Canaries!

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Landscapes & Scenery, Beach, Multi-activity

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Location: Riviera Maya | Mexico

The Grand Velas Riviera Maya is a luxurious all-inclusive resort on the Caribbean Coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Inland lies dense jungle, while some of the most famous Mayan ruins are within easy reach. Back at the resort, there are several restaurants offering gourmet cuisine from across the globe, a beautiful beach, and one of the world’s finest spas.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Beach, Spa & Wellness, Setting & Views

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

Hotel Esencia

Location: Riviera Maya | Mexico

On those icing-sugar sand beaches of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, tucked far, far away from Cancun’s crowds, is Hotel Esencia, the epitome of the boutique hideaway. Chic and stylish yet understated, Hotel Esencia combines Mexican charm and hospitality with impeccable service and laid-back luxury to create one of our favourite hotels.

Best for: Beach, Boutique Hotel, Family-friendly, Honeymoon

Japamala

Location: Malaysian Islands | Malaysia & Borneo

The most resplendent resort on the tropical island of Tioman, Japamala is a luxurious hideaway nestled in the jungle. Its wooden chalets overlook stunning white sands, and in undisturbed tranquillity you can wallow in the warmth of the South China Sea, relax the hours away by hidden waterfalls, or dine on incredible cuisine beneath a blanket of glistening stars.

Best for: Beach, 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

Kempinski Hotel Bahia

Location: Costa Del Sol | Spain

Kempinski Hotel Bahia is a stylish and elegant hotel, and an ideal base for discovering Spain’s beautiful Costa del Sol. Relax on the beach and on your terrace overlooking the Mediterranean, dine on fresh seafood and explore the historic town of Estepona and beyond.

Best for: Setting & Views, Luxury Hotel, Beach, Family-friendly

Kensho Psarou

Location: Mykonos | Greece

Kensho Psarou is a five-star boutique resort on the iconic Psarou Beach, where the rich and famous dock their yachts to head to the exclusive Nammos Beach Club. The beach is perfect for sunbathing, swimming or enjoying a range of water sports, while the cultural and historic attractions of Mykonos are within easy reach.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Beach, Water activities, Boutique Hotel

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

Martinhal Sagres Family Resort

Location: The Algarve | Portugal & Madeira

With a philosophy of being family-friendly at its core, the Martinhal Sagres Family Resort in the Algarve combines contemporary design and fantastic service on the dazzling beach of Martinhal Bay. It offers stylish accommodation and a range of facilities, with a vast natural playground on the doorstep that both children and parents will love.

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

Park Hyatt Mallorca

Location: Mallorca | Spain

Overlooking the Canyamel Valley, Park Hyatt Mallorca is a traditional hotel made up of elegant terraced houses. Nestled in five hectares of gardens, this is a home away from home and the perfect place for a luxurious escape.

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

Pine Cliffs Resort

Location: The Algarve | Portugal & Madeira

Pine Cliffs Resort is a stunning retreat on Portugal’s sunny southern coastline, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. With its luxurious accommodation, several restaurants and bars, a range of activities to enjoy and a beautiful beach on the doorstep, it ticks all the boxes.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Beach, Family-friendly, Multi-activity

Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa

Location: Muscat | Oman

You’d be forgiven for mistaking the Shangri-La Al Husn for a sultan’s opulent abode. The Al Husn hotel (meaning ‘palace in Arabic), is the resort’s ‘VIP’ hotel and the only one where you can have access to facilities across the resort. Expect the royal treatment when you step through the through intricately-carved wooden doors, with staff in traditional wear waiting to welcome you warmly.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Service & Hospitality, Honeymoon, Spa & Wellness

Six Senses Zil Pasyon

Location: Seychelles

Six Senses Zil Pasyon offers everything you could want from a luxury Seychelles resort. Staying in beautiful villas, overlooking the ocean and backing onto the jungle, you’ll enjoy African, European and Asian cuisine across several restaurants.

Best for: Beach, Honeymoon, Snorkelling & Diving, Setting & Views

Song Saa Private Island

Location: Cambodia's Beaches | Cambodia

Song Saa Private Island spans two exquisite and untouched islands in the Gulf of Thailand, and is an intimate, relaxing world away from the bustling temples and towns of mainland Cambodia. Take refuge in the rainforest or unwind to the sound of the waves in one of Song Saa’s 24 beautifully appointed villas, which blend contemporary chic with traditional Cambodian elegance.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Eco-tourism, Hideaway, Seriously special

Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort

Location: St Lucia

Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort has luxurious villas and bungalows, a vast spa and some superb restaurants. A little slice of luxury nestled in over 100 acres of lush tropical rainforest, it has the white sands of Sugar Beach and the Caribbean Sea on its doorstep and the spectacular Pitons as its backdrop.

Best for: Beach, Setting & Views, Snorkelling & Diving, Family-friendly

The Chedi Muscat

Location: Muscat | Oman

A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the Chedi Muscat is an oasis of luxury and calm on the beautiful shores of Oman, where the crystal waters of the Gulf of Oman reflect the dramatic Hajar Mountains behind, and offers stylish luxury accommodation, exceptional restaurants and stunning facilities including a beautiful pool. 

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Chic Design, Setting & Views, Beach

The Romanos, Costa Navarino

Location: Athens & Southern Mainland Greece | Greece

Set among rolling greenery along The Dunes Beach, The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, is an idyllic Greek retreat and collection of luxury suites and villas overlooking the sparkling Ionian Sea.

Best for: Beach, Family-friendly, Setting & Views, Food & Wine

The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino

Location: Athens & Southern Mainland Greece | Greece

Surrounded by luscious gardens next to an endless golden beach, The Westin Resort is a luxury Greek getaway in Costa Navarino. Inspired by historic Messinian mansions, the elegant architecture marries the hotel perfectly with the surrounding landscapes. 

Best for: Beach, Family-friendly, Luxury Hotel, Multi-activity

Tokoriki

Location: Fiji

Arrive at Tokoriki to be met with a chorus of Fijian song, a lei of fragrant flowers and a resounding 'bula', the local welcome greeting. You’ll be shown to your personal villa, with its uninterrupted ocean views, and your own sundeck and pool to admire them from, and by night, soak up the island culture, legends and cuisine with the resort’s traditional barbecues, storytelling and music.

Best for: Hideaway, Setting & Views, Beach, Honeymoon

UXUA Casa

Location: Bahia | Brazil

When Wilbert Das, creative director of Italian fashion label Diesel, opened UXUA Casa, it’s safe to say we were pretty excited. Cool, quirky and situated right on Trancoso’s historic square, this boutique gem comes complete with beautiful rooms, a café, a spa and a beach lounge that is a haven for relaxation.

Best for: Chic Design, Honeymoon, Romantic, Boutique Hotel

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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