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Best Beach Holiday Destinations

The best beach holiday destinations

 

Beaches...need we say more? An escape to the white sands and blue seas are a quintessential part of our urban lifestyle to relax and recharge Whether you love relaxing on white sand, plunging into some high-octane watersports or simply reading that book under the coconut tree – there’s always something to suit everyone. Feeling girly? We’ve even got pink sand beaches in the mix. 

 

When it comes to unique, award-worthy sandy coastlines, there are plenty to choose from across our resorts. Forget super popular stretches of sand full of tourists and touts and go somewhere quieter with our handpicked selection. Some are near little fishing villages, while others are nestled in far-flung Caribbean destinations. You’ll find a pink-tinted beach in Sardinia, a flamingo-filled sandy number in Aruba, and even a beach that starred in a film in Thailand. Many of the beaches have been awarded Blue Flag status, and there are even some beaches where you can go swimsuit-free if you dare.

 

So, to help you choose your perfect stretch of sand and the best swim and resort wear to compliment the beautiful shores, here are our top picks from across the globe…

 

BERMUDA

 

Horseshoe Bay Beach in Southampton, Bermuda, is famed for its blush-pink sand. Its rosy shade comes from a blend of crushed shells, coral and calcium carbonate, known as red foraminifera, and provides the perfect Instagram backdrop for your beachy snaps.


But that’s not all. Surrounding the curved Caribbean coastline are dramatic rock formations with hidden caves and tucked-away coves, offering up the perfect spot for watching the sun come down with a cocktail. And, if you don’t want to leave, grab a bite to eat from the bars, restaurants and ice cream shacks that dot the sand.

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Stroll the sandy white beaches with our favorite instagramable peek a boo Railey Flower Bikini.

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS

 

It’s hard to dispute that the Turks and Caicos Islands are home to some the best beaches in the world. And we’re not exaggerating. Take Grace Beach. Frequently grabbing the number one spot as the world’s best beach, this stunning bay is protected by a barrier reef that’s home to some amazing scuba diving spots.


Meanwhile, Long Bay Beach offers an unparalleled spot for kiteboarding and horseback riding through the sand. Dreamy. Love diving? Dip underwater at this beach and you’ll find a shipwreck of the La Famille Express, a Soviet oil rig vessel that’s been grounded since 2004. Discover the waters with this Sporty Babe piece.

 

MAURITIUS

 

Mauritius has 330 kilometres of pristine coastline, so you’re almost certain to find a secluded spot all to yourself. Best of all the sand here is silvery white, flour soft, and lapped by dreamy turquoise waters full of colourful fish.

 

Belle Mare on the east coast is a strong contender for best beach on the island. It stretches over several miles and boasts white coral sand, bath-warm waters and some spectacular sunrises, too. It’s quiet here during the week if you’re after a relaxing sunbathing session, and much more lively on the weekends. Over on the west coast, Flic en Flac, meaning ‘free and flat land’ is another picturesque spot lined with Casuarina trees and backed by mountains. Stroll around the five star Sugar Beach Resort and Spa hotel in this gorgeous resort piece, and the whole resort has been styled like an old sugar plantation with colonial-style villas and lush, green lawns.

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If you’re keen to get your adrenaline fix in Mauritius, you’ll love the watersports on offer at Le Morne, which is a haven for surfing, windsurfing and kiteboarding. Go for a piece like Anastasia Tankini that will bring you from active to lounging by the beach. Or, if you want to explore the island’s kaleidoscopic population of fish, Blue Bay Beach is where you can get stuck into some Finding Nemo-esque snorkelling. The water is so clear that you’ll get amazing visibility of all the fish and coral reefs. More than 50 species of coral reef have been found here, and even really rare Blue Tang fish (commonly known as ‘Dory’) which you’ll be able to spot.

 

If you’re travelling with little ones in tow, there’s also Trou aux Biches beach which has calm, shallow waters, gently shelving sands and family-friendly activities like glass-bottom boat trips. It’s a great snorkelling spot for beginners too, and a handy 20 minutes from our resort Anse La Raie and the Sensimar Lagoon Mauritius.

CUBA

 

Everyone knows about Cuba’s colourful capital Havana – from the 1950’s Cadillacs to the movie set-style architecture. But, the island has some pretty amazing beach credentials, too. Cayo Santa Maria– one of the Caribbean’s biggest secrets – is a tiny island off the north coast of Cuba which has an eight mile long sandy number, and the world’s second largest barrier reef. So you can switch between relaxing on the secluded shores and going beneath the waters to spot turtles, angelfish and barracudas. It’s the perfect place to try out watersports, like kayaking and windsurfing, which are handily included with your stay at the adults-only Royalton Cayo Santa Maria.

 

Cuba’s biggest beach resort in Varadero, which is also on the north coast, and combines 20 kilometres of sand with plenty of watersports, seafood and salsa dancing on offer. It was Al Capone’s stomping ground back in the 1930’s, and now this resort is the ideal spot for snorkeling, relaxing and feasting on freshly-made seafood at the beachfront restaurants. 

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To get the best of both worlds, it’s easy to combine a beach holiday to Cuba with a trip to Havana with our Multi-Centre holidays. You’ll be able to relax and recharge in the secluded beach resorts and then get your culture fix on a day trip or overnight stay in the famous capital. Find out when is the best time to visit Cuba to plan your holiday.

THAILAND

 

Thailand is famously known as the setting for Leo DiCaprio’s movie of the book The Beach. But, in reality, it’s not all about one beach – that would get a bit crowded, after all – and there are so many to choose from, including unspoilt beauties, locals’ favourites and bustling resorts. Many of the beaches are right next to our resorts too, so you’ll be footsteps from the sand for the duration of your stay.

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In Krabi, our Centara Grand Beach Resort And Villas Krabi is right next to a secluded beach, backed by dramatic limestone cliffs and only accessible by boat – so the VIP experience comes as standard. You can switch between beach and pool easily here, with a spectacular two-tiered pool that comes with jaw-dropping views of the sea. Krabi is also the ideal place to go beach hopping to find some peaceful coastal strips, too. Railay Beach in Krabi is one of the world’s best, and well-known for its towering limestone cliffs which you can watch brave rock climbers scale. And Phra Nang Krabi is another amazing beach which you can get to via kayak from Railay Beach, stopping off at a cave shrine filled with monkeys on the way. 

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 You perfect coverup for those away from the beach adventures.

Over on Khao Lak, you’ll be able to explore Thailand’s native side and unspoilt beauties. Hotels here are actually designed to blend into the landscape, so you can expect camouflaged villas surrounded by tropical greenery. The Khao Lak Merlin Beach Resort has a beach right on its doorstep and is set among 16 acres of lush garden, while the JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort is not only footsteps from the beach but boasts the longest pool in the whole of South-East Asia. A luxurious family getaway can be had at the TUI FAMILY LIFE Mai Khao Lak which is set on its own unspoilt slither of sand and offers accommodation in private garden villas.

 

Phuket is where you’ll find Thailand’s livelier beach resorts. Patong Beach is packed with bars and restaurants, and it’s closed to vehicles post-sunset to make way for crowds dipping in and out of the bars and clubs – you can even catch a Thai boxing match here. And, if you want to see the actual beach from The Beach, you can take a trip to Maya Bay in Koh Phi Phi Leh on our Full Day Phi Phi Island by Speedboat excursion. On this trip you’ll be taken to some of the best snorkelling spots, enjoy a stop off at Monkey Island to see the small population of primates, and finally snap some selfies on the impossibly-white sands of Maya Bay where it was filmed.

SPAIN

 

There are so many beaches along Spain’s mainland coast, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, it’s difficult to know where to start. These range of course, from the bustling well-known resorts that tourists have been travelling to for decades, to the quieter little-known spots.

 

On Spain’s mainland coast, the famous ‘Costas’ are where you’ll find the best stretches of sand. Costa de Almeria is home to untouched beaches and quiet, whitewashed villages, while Costa de la Luz is another sleepy, traditional Spanish resort with a stunning six-kilometre beach, Chiclana de la Frontera. Costa del Sol is of course the most famous of the Spanish resorts, and lines up 5T hotels, glitzy beach clubs, tapas bars and a lively, bustling atmosphere. The Costa Brava’s iconic Benidorm is still a firm favourite with Brits, and has managed to shrug off its brash stereotype in recent times. Alongside nature reserves, stunning waterfalls and a lively town, there’s one of Spain’s best stretches of sand, the award-winning Levante Beach, with six kilometres of pristine golden sands for you to stretch out on. You can even stay in the hotel where the TV show Benidorm was filmed which gives you easy access to the best shops, restaurants and bars in New Benidorm.

Over in the Balearics, Ibiza is where you’ll find one of the best sunset spots in the world, and Cala Conta beach, if a little rocky, is one of the top places to experience this. There’s also the famous Las Salinas beach which is a long stretch of sand where the Ibizan hipster crowd hang out. The sexiest beach on earth requires a gorgeous swimwear.

In the Canaries, Playa del Inglés in Gran Canaria boasts seven miles of honey-coloured sand and Playa Blanca in Lanzarote is a low key number in the south of the island that’s ideal for families.

Love the suggestions? Read more about destinations and how to get there by visiting https://www.tui.co.uk/destinations/discover/culture/best-beach-holiday-destinations

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 Author: Selina Akhtar


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