If your idea of a dream vacation consists of soft sand, turquoise water, and palm trees gently swaying in the breeze, then this list was written especially for you.
Anse Victorin, Seychelles
The phrase “short and sweet” perfectly describes this white sand beach on Seychelles’ Frégate Island. Visitors will enjoy prime swimming and snorkeling conditions, but many are drawn to the sheltered rest area that offers hammocks, sunbeds, and a cooler full of refreshing drinks.
What the experts say: “The dazzling sand is so fine, it squeaks under your feet, with giant boulders scattered here and there. There are only 16 villas on the island, so the beaches definitely won’t be crowded” ― Telegraph UK Travel
Bulgari Resort, Bali
A private beach with sparkling views of the Indian Ocean is merely one perk of this legendary resort. Bulgari also offers a first-rate spa and treatment center, two award-winning restaurants, and lodgings that are supremely relaxing even by Balinese standards. But the most remarkable aspect of the resort is its construction; every stone on the premises was cut and chiseled by hand.
What the experts say: “Villas are filled with local antiques, and each has its own pavilion, plunge pool and terrace. The spa includes an open-air infinity pool and yoga pavilion. Try the Unforgettable Double Bulgari Royal Lulur, a top-to-toe treatment for two people involving four therapists” ― Condé Nast Traveller
Cayo Espanto, Belize
This five-star resort features several miles of beachfront property exclusively reserved for registered guests that overlook the world’s second largest barrier-reef system. Accommodations include deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, and SCUBA in the world’s second largest reef system, as well as the enticing “Deserted Island Beach Picnic” for you and your partner (and the kids, if applicable).
What the experts say: “Each villa—six beachfront and one overwater bungalow—features private plunge pools and docks and the services of a personal “houseman.” Rates include three meals a day plus access to a snack pantry. Lounge on the beach or dock of your villa or take out a pedal boat, sea kayak, or sailboat. A secluded island picnic can be arranged as can excursions to the rain forest or Mayan ruins, fishing trips, and private cruises” ― Fodor’s
Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
Why settle for just a beach when you can borrow an entire island? Necker Island is owned by none other than Virgin Records CEO Richard Branson. Sure, it’s a little spendy (roughly $46,000 per night), but the lodgings can accommodate up to 28 guests at any given time.
What the experts say: “This 74-acre paradise can be rented by anyone willing to pay the cost of a luxury car for one night (for up to 28 guests). Stay in either The Great House, located in the center of the island on top of Devils Hill with eight bedrooms (each with its own bath), or in one of five individual Bali Houses scattered around the island, each with a pool and beach space” ― Forbes
Tsigrado Cove, Greece
Beachcombers who don’t climbing down a steep embankment with the aid of a rope will be richly rewarded by Tsigrado Cove, a secluded little spread on the island of Milos. The shallow cove and clear azure water make this one of the Mediterranean’s finest snorkeling spots.
What the experts say: “It should be said that it’s not easy getting to Tsigrado: it’s surrounded by steep cliffs and a shallow bay, which makes access by boat a bit tricky. But, intrepid travelers who dare to descend the cliff-side rope ladder will be rewarded with an unspoiled Mediterranean paradise with tranquil emerald waters and plenty of peace and quiet” ― The Huffington Post