Beach holidays

Beach holiday highlights – Sandcastles, sunshine and surfing

The beach. Consider, if you will, a holiday without a beach. Unthinkable! That’s why we have a range of beach holiday destinations for everyone. We’re talking crystal-clear blue water, soft sand that’s just perfect for building sandcastles, lazy days filled with cool drinks, ice creams, lashings of factor-50 and surf bubbles tickling your toes. Can you feel the sun on your back already? That tangy scent of salt in the air? The whispering of the tide lapping the beach? It’s time to hit the beach!

If you look at a picture of the globe there’s an awful lot of blue. That means no matter where you go in the world, you’re never that far from the beach. The Caribbean is the ultimate beach holiday destination, where sun-kissed sand is fringed with palm trees and the pina coladas just keep on coming.

Thailand offers exotic attractions and the scent of spices in the air, with water that’s as warm as the welcome. For the ultimate romantic setting, Mauritius and the Seychelles simply cannot be beaten for luxury. And how about the fun and frolics of California’s beaches for all you surfer dudes and dudettes?

All-inclusive beach holidays

Let’s start things off with that ultimate all-inclusive beach holiday. This is basically like a regular all-inclusive holiday, only better – much, much better. The ultimate sun-spot for all-inclusive beach holidays is where everything’s taken care of, including the view. Top of the list goes to St Lucia and the amazing Cap Maison. This award-winning boutique hotel has everything you could wish for, from infinity pools to private beaches, an extensive wine cellar and gourmet food. St Vincent and the Grenadines is home to Cotton House, which sits in its own tropical estate and private island excursions on offer for that castaway experience.

Family beach holidays

Ask your kids if they fancy going to the beach and they’ll probably be in the car and yelling ‘Are we there yet!’ at the top of their lungs. Family-friendly beach holidays have a special place in everyone’s heart, so we’ve chosen some top spots that’ll give you all a holiday to remember. Tidewater Beach Resort in Panama City, Florida, is right on the beach (literally – it’s about half a dozen steps before you hit the sand) and you’re just a short hop from Shipwreck Island Water Park, if the kids want even more water-based fun.

If you fancy a change from Florida, how about gorgeous Koh Samui, in Thailand? The Centara Villas Samui Resort has its own private beach and special kids clubs to keep the younger members of your tribe happy all day long. Or how about somewhere truly exotic? Borneo is starting to make a big splash when it comes to beach holidays, and we have a couple of fabulous beach resorts that are great for families too. Check out the superb accommodation on offer at the Magellan Sutera Harbour Resort, or chill out in the seclusion of Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and Spa, set in 400 acres of tropical rainforest that tumbles all the way down to the utterly perfect beach and the warm South China sea.

Luxury beach holidays

Beach holidays are all about reconnecting with nature. The sound of the waves, the soft feel of sand between your toes, and sunsets that take your breath away. That doesn’t mean you have to forgo the luxuries, though. That beach holiday in the Bahamas or a sojourn by the sea in Sri Lanka can come with some serious amounts of luxury too. They don’t get more luxurious or more idyllic than the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in Hawaii. This started life in grand style as the most expensive hotel ever built in 1965, and it hasn’t let its standards slip since then. If anything, you’ve got even more luxuries at your fingertips now, complete with some authentic Hawaiian culture thrown in for good measure.

Life’s a beach, and we’ve got just the right ones for you. Pick your favourite from our beach hotels, pack your swimming costumes and Factor 50, and hang a sign on the door – ‘gone to the beach’!

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