Beachside holidays are often associated with sipping Pina Coladas by the pool or ocean, or taking a stroll along white-sand beaches. One thing’s for sure, you’re ready to take a break from work, chores and other responsibilities and replace them with thoughts of sun, sand and waves. To help you decide where you can ‘flop and drop’ next, we’ve selected our top beachside holiday destinations that not only offer a luxurious, beach vacation, but also offer something truly unique to what you might be used to…
Fiji is a popular choice for an island escape. You can stay in Denarau, a man-made island filled with a range of different luxury resorts, a golf course, and located near the marina perfect for boat excursions. Or you can head south to the Coral Coast, known for its stretch of pristine beaches and crystal clear shoals and more private accommodation. As beautiful as these regions are, our pick is to head to the Mamanuca Islands for a once in a lifetime stay at Six Senses Fiji on Malolo Island. Six Senses are known for creating meaningful experiences, and their Fiji resort is no exception. Each of the 24 villas combine modern technologies and Fijian design elements to create a native and tropical paradise. Enjoy a private plunge pool and an outdoor shower and bath. This luxury resort is perfect for anyone looking for a luxury tropical paradise experience.
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One of many popular international beach holidays, Indonesia, sees Australians holiday in many different regions. Some opt for a stay at Seminyak beach, venturing to hotels and exclusive beach clubs sampling an array of fruity cocktails and seaside vibes. Others head to Nusa Dua for a more luxurious and quieter experience. But if you’re looking for somewhere new to visit - somewhere that is truly isolated from the world and only some have the pleasure of visiting - we recommend a stay at Bawah Reserve. Located in the unheard-of Anambas Archipelago, the resort offers overwater bungalows and beachfront suites overlooking one of three lagoons and 13 beaches. What makes this resort so unique is its dedication to offering a refined and sustainable luxury experience. This means limiting guests to the resort and using only eco-friendly materials, all in the hopes of preserving marine conservation on which Bawah exists.
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When we think of a beachside holiday destination in Thailand, most would suggest Phuket. And why not? It’s full of a range of beautiful beaches ranging from popular Patong Beach, to more quieter beaches like Karon Beach. And even though this region seems to have it all - from fresh seafood, cheap beers, markets and impeccable resorts - we do believe there is another beachside region and property that deserves some attention. Soneva Kiri is an impression resort located on the island of Ko Kut and offers guests the chance to experience a slower, more appreciative lifestyle of luxury. What does that mean? It means embracing an eco-friendly lifestyle to redefine what luxury is. Like enjoying a leisurely shower under the open sky, indulging in spacious villas that don’t impose onto the environment and embracing your natural surroundings to find your zen.
Vietnam may not traditionally be a destination you think of for an idyllic beach holiday. However particular regions such as world-famous Halong Bay or Da Nang still attract the beach-goers looking to relax. As you start to travel south along the coast of the country, you will eventually arrive at The Aman. Not your typical Vietnamese escape, The Aman is located on a secluded coastline between a National Park and a coral-rich bay. The tranquil seclusion offered by the rich biodiverse region enhances the wellness offerings of The Aman Spa accessible for all guests. Each Villa and Pavilion offers enchanting ocean views from the modern and luxuriously designed rooms. A visit to The Aman will not only grant you the relaxing escape you’ve been craving - but leave you with a whole new appreciation for the powers of nature's healing powers.