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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.

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?

  

Top beach hotels

Retrieving our hand picked hotels...

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.

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.

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’!

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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The Foreign & Commonwealth Office UK have advised against all but essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected.

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Your holiday will not be going ahead as planned

Due to the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19, the Foreign Commonwealth Office have advised against all but essential travel. Therefore, with known airline cancellations, the following holidays will not go ahead as planned:

  • Any holidays departing before 27th April 2020.
  • Any Caribbean holidays departing before 1 May 2020.

We’re flexible with your holiday plans

We understand you may want to change your holiday plans. You can postpone your holiday to any time before 31 December 2021, and even choose a different destination. We won’t charge you to make these changes.

For now, we do ask you not to contact us. As a priority, we are currently supporting those customers whose holidays have already been directly affected by cancellations. We will contact you as soon as we can, or if there are any further changes that could affect your holiday.

We know you’ll want to get this sorted as soon as possible, and we’re very grateful for your understanding.

Please look out for an email from us in the coming days and weeks with our latest advice. See our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for latest updates.

You’re good to go

In line with the advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office UK, and known airline cancellations, all trips booked from June onwards are currently going ahead as planned.

As a priority, we are currently supporting those customers whose holidays have been directly affected by cancellations.

So, for now, we ask you not to contact us. Rest assured we are contacting all of our customers by email in departure date order to support them with options, and we will absolutely let you know if your situation changes.

Please look out for an email from us in the coming weeks. See our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for latest updates.

Rebook your holiday


We are sending all affected customers a voucher by email that is valid for the full value of your cancelled holiday. When you rebook, we’d like to gift you with 4,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles too.

There’s no rush. You can redeem your holiday voucher on a new booking with us any time before 31 July 2020.

We know you’ll be wanting to get this sorted as soon as possible. So please look out for our email for more details of how to amend your holiday plans.

Cancel your holiday


We're sending all affected customers a voucher by email that is valid for the full value of your cancelled holiday.  

Rather than cancel, if you’d like to travel with us sometime in the future, we would still love to find a great holiday for you (and gift you with 4,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles as a thank you).

If you'd prefer to cancel completely, we understand. We will refund you in full. Refunds will be successfully returned in approximately 90 days.

We know you’ll be wanting to get this sorted as soon as possible. So please look out for our email for more details of how to amend your holiday plans.

Your holiday is in safe hands


No need to contact us. Be assured, that if the situation changes, we will contact you as soon as this happens with the options available to you.

Change it up


You can postpone your holiday to travel any time before 31 December 2021, and even choose a different destination. We won’t charge you to make these changes and our Service Team are there to help – just give us a call.

Please bear in mind our wait times are currently longer than usual due to high demand.

Your holiday is in safe hands


Your holiday is scheduled to depart as booked. Continue to pay off your holiday balance with the assurance that your money is fully protected through ATOL. Be assured, that if the situation changes, we will contact you as soon as this happens with the options available to you.

The choice is yours


No problem! To amend your holiday dates, just give us a call. Any amendments to your booking can be made for £50pp, and our Service Team can help you decide on dates, or even a different destination.

Please bear in mind our wait times are currently longer than usual due to high demand.

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If you’re abroad and your flight home has been cancelled please let us know, as relief flights will end soon.

Register as away from home

Alternatively, call our UK Duty Office on +44 0344 472 9646 (option 3) to discuss your options for getting home.

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Looking for inspiration? Explore our destinations and holiday types and save your faves to your very own Wishlist

Or dive right in to our 2021 holiday offers

Help is at hand


Looking for inspiration? Explore our destinations and holiday types online and save your faves to your very own Wishlist

If you’re ready to book but can’t find the information you need on our website, just call our travel experts who will be happy to help.

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