We asked our Facebook fans to tell us where the best beaches in the world are. What better than a personal recommendation? Here, we’ve chosen our top five from all the inspiring suggestions… So, take your pick and get packing for a trip to paradise!
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Intensely turquoise waters gently lap pristine white sands against a backdrop of dramatic, jagged volcanic peaks; it’s no wonder that the eighteenth century explorer Captain James Cook christened Bora Bora as the “pearl of the Pacific”. For a luxury island retreat, stay at Le Méridien Bora Bora, and glimpse turtles and tropical fish in the lagoon through the glass-bottomed bungalows.
For a more active beach trip, visit Jericoacoara. Perched on Brazil’s north coast, the beach enjoys year-round sunshine, warm waters and windy conditions, making it one of the world’s best windsurfing and kitesurfing destinations. The charming Pousada Vila Kalango, can organise tours and lessons, or you can simply lie back beneath the palm trees in one of the hammocks. Enjoy taking in the spectacular sea views with a frozen caipirinha in hand – a twist on Brazil’s signature cocktail.
Kihavah Huravalhi Island, Baa Atoll, Maldives
From the striking clarity of the balmy waters to the purity of the white sand, Kihavah Huravalhi Island in the Maldives is stunning beach beauty at its best. With nothing but open ocean as far as the eye can see, the island is the ultimate destination for serenity and seclusion. Spend the day out on the water fishing, and the chefs at the Anantara Kihavah Villas will cook your catch for you. Experience luxury beachfront dining or view the ocean as you’ve never seen it before at the innovative underwater restaurant.
Koh Samui, Thailand
Lush, emerald forested mountains slope down towards pure white, powdery sands and glistening waters on Koh Samui, Thailand’s third biggest island. This dazzling slice of paradise is laid back and peaceful; for blissful luxury and pampering, stay at the Zazen Boutique Resort and Spa. This haven for relaxation and well-being offers traditional Thai spa treatments and one of Thailand’s best restaurants. The mouth-watering cuisine can be enjoyed by candlelight at the restaurant, or on the beach.
Playa de Bávaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Warm, crystal-clear seas and soft, sugary sand have made this one of, if not the most famous beach in the Dominican Republic. With tall, majestic palm trees lining the shore and calm, transparent water, it is the perfect place to relax beneath the Caribbean sun. The Paradisus Punta Cana Resort offers the ultimate luxury stay, with 12 restaurants to choose from, and activities ranging from horse riding to sushi-making classes.
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