Beach Hotels

The beach: soft sand between your toes, warm sun kissing your skin, the sound of waves gently rolling onto the shore and the smell of salt in the air… essentially the travel dictionary definition of heaven.

Cultural immersion and historical exploration are all well and good but sometimes it's the old fashioned R&R that really does the trick. And if you are going to head coast-wards, we know all the very best luxury beach hotels to complete the experience.

For some in-depth knowledge on the properties (or just an ogle at some beautiful beach-side abodes), take a look at our top ten beach hotels blog.

Pristine white sandy beaches, rugged coastlines, black sand, pink sand, pebble beaches - we've seen the lot, so if you're unsure about where to go on holiday but you know you want the sandy stuff to feature, we're here to help.

Tom, Original Traveller

Where to stay

Constance Tsarabanjina

Constance Tsarabanjina

Just off Madagascar’s north coast, this ultra relaxed hideaway in the Mitsio Archipelago is the definition of a Robinson Crusoe island.

Pool view at Song Saa, luxury hotel in Cambodia

Song Saa

Few could have predicted that Cambodia's untouched Koh Rong Archipelago would be the destination of one of the most hotly awaited hotel openings of recent years.

Mandarin Oriental Bodrum

Mandarin Oriental Bodrum

The opening of Mandarin Oriental Group’s first non-city hotel in Europe was always going to be a big event, and Mandarin Oriental Bodrum has upped the already high ante on luxury hotels on the Aegean Coast.

Geejam

Geejam

Geejam is an achingly hip hideout on the Port Antonio coast that’s a magnet for cool kids and celebrities thanks to a laidback tropical ambience, oh, and its own recording studio. As you do.

Pousada Maravilha

Pousada Maravilha

Pousada Maravilha has often been called Brazil’s most exclusive and remote hotel, being the first to offer comfort and a certain degree of luxury in this largely forgotten island in the Atlantic.

Coral Lodge

Coral Lodge

Set on a peninsula overlooking one of Mozambique’s most beautiful beaches, Coral Lodge is renowned for both its location and accommodation.

Kyrimai

Kyrimai

The Kyrimai Hotel is located in the Mani region of the Peloponnese, famed for its Byzantine churches, charming fishing villages and rugged landscapes.

Amanwana

Amanwana

Amanwana is surrounded by tropical rainforest and overlooks the waters of the Flores Sea.

Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi

A luxury hideaway on the island of Kunfunadhoo in the Baa Atoll. Reaching the resort involves a half-hour scenic flight by seaplane from the Maldives’ capital of Malé.

Maroma Resort Spa, luxury hotel in Mexico

Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa

Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa is a former coconut plantation turned idyllic beach resort located on a secluded stretch of the Riviera Maya, on the Yucatán peninsula.

Where to go

Colourful lizard in Madagascar

Madagascar

Bizarre beasties and loco landscapes put the 'mad' in Madagascar.

The North

The North

The north combines dramatic landscapes and beautiful beaches in one manageable region.

Silhouette of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh

Cambodia

Cambodia is sandwiched between Thailand, Laos and Vietnam in the very heart of South-East Asia, and ideally explored in combination with some of its neighbours.

Beach in Sihanoukville

Coastal Cambodia

The Coast of Cambodia is going to be the next big thing in Asia.

Mosque in Istanbul at Sunrise

Turkey

Istanbul is one of the most magical cities on the planet, but Cappadocia and the beautiful Aegean coastline are both well worth exploration as well.

Lycian Tombs on the Aegean Coast

The Aegean Coast

Turquoise sea, beautiful bays and pretty little villages line Turkey's south western coast - a holiday in its own right or great in combination with Istanbul.

Jamaican jerk chicken

Jamaica

The most distinctive Caribbean island, in terms of landscapes and cultural influences, Jamaica works equally for romantic breaks and family holidays.

Brazil

Brazil

Indisputably the ‘in’ country on earth right now, and somewhere that we at Original Travel can’t get enough of.

Mountain sunset view

North East Brazil

At the North Eastern tip of Brazil is Jericoacoara, home to huge sand dunes and a deliciously laid back vibe. Further south, the small fishing village of Pipa perches on cliffs overlooking some of Brazil's finest beaches. Finally, 220 miles from the mainland east of Pipa lies the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha - a UNESCO Natural Heritage site - consisting of 21 small volcanic islands, isolated in the equatorial South Atlantic. All different, all wonderful.

Mozambique

Mozambique

Mozambique is the ultimate holiday destination thanks to mile upon mile of palm-fringed coastline, warm turquoise waters and now a national park that allows for the ultimate 'bush and beach' combination.

Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago

Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago

The remote Quirimbas Archipelago is one of the last untouched wilderness areas on Africa’s Indian Ocean coast.

Greece

Greece

One of the great summer destinations, with everything from historic ruins to some of Europe’s hottest nightclubs, our luxury holidays in Greece offer a combination of hedonism and culture that is hard to beat.

Peloponnese

Peloponnese

Few, if any, destinations have had as significant an impact on the Western psyche and vocabulary as the Peloponnese peninsula in south-western Greece.

Indonesia

Indonesia

The Indonesian archipelago consists of a sprawling chain of tropical volcanic islands comprising one of the most diverse and exotic nations on Earth.

Java

Java

If you want to discover what makes Indonesia tick, then this, the capital island, should feature on any itinerary.

A Hammock On A Maldivian Beach

Maldives

Paradise islands don’t come much better than the Maldives.

Tulum Coastline

Mexico

Forget Cancun, Mexico is a truly diverse country, with a vast array of attractions for travellers of all tastes.

Chichen Itza, Mexico

Yucatan Peninsula

A holiday in its own right, Mexico's southern tip combines Mayan archaeological sites with Caribbean beaches.

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