What’s your idea of the perfect holiday? Riding across the majestic savannah in Kenya? Enjoying exclusive access to a Buddhist ceremony in a remote Bhutanese monastery? Or just sitting on a beach having a well-earned rest from the rigours of daily life back home?

Let's face it, scratching beneath the surface of a foreign culture or pushing your body to its physical limits is all well and good, but some old fashioned R&R on a white sand and palm-fringed beach, pina colada and Kindle in hand is hard to beat. Well, maybe not the pina colada bit.

Below are our favourite peachy beachy destinations, in countries around the world so you could - in theory, and bank balance/holiday entitlement allowing - enjoy some beach action in every month of the year.

Where to go

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

With an almost guaranteed 300 days of sunshine a year, Abu Dhabi is the ideal winter break destination.

A Hammock On A Maldivian Beach


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

Birds of the Seychelles


An ideal choice for anybody looking for lower-key beach time than is provided by the glitzier Maldives or Mauritius.

Aerial view of Mauritius


This tiny Indian Ocean island has long set the standard for tropical luxury holidays.

Peaceful lagoon

St Barths

A tiny eight square mile corner of France in the Caribbean, St Barths is pretty idyllic and a firm Original Travel favourite.

Lone tree at beach


Possibly Original Travel’s favourite hangout in the whole Caribbean, Anguilla oozes laidback charm.



With 365 beaches to choose from, you'll need expert advice to seek out Antigua's best spots on your luxury holiday.

Boat on the beach Barbados


Barbados. The name alone summons up images of palm-fringed beaches, cricket, polo and rum punches. Not a bad little combo.

Sunset in Mancora - Peru


Mention Peru and most people will visualise dramatic Andean scenery, the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu or the mysterious Nazca lines. What they almost certainly won’t be thinking about is hip and happening beach resorts and a surfing and social scene to rival that in other Latin American hotspots such as Buzios or Jose Ignacio.

Paradise beach

Turks & Caicos

Superb diving on more than 1,000 square miles of coral reef, and luxurious hotels.

Where to stay

Vamizi Island

Vamizi Island

Vamizi is an eight-mile long finger of jungle covered island, fringed by idyllic sandy beaches and pristine coral reefs. It also happens to be about the most idyllic barefoot luxury destination on the planet.

Six Senses Zighy Bay, luxury hotel in Oman

Six Senses Zighy Bay

Zighy Bay has a dramatic setting on the Musandam Peninsula, an exclave of the Sultanate of Oman, separated from the rest of Oman by the United Arab Emirates.

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.

Hotel Esencia

Hotel Esencia

Hotel Esencia is a chic beach retreat set on a two-mile stretch of white-sand beach along the ‘Riviera Maya’ of Mexico’s Yucatán coast.

Viceroy Anguilla, luxury hotel in Mexico

Viceroy Anguilla

The Viceroy Anguilla is arguably the best new hotel to open in the Caribbean for a while, and on one of our favourite islands, too.



Nihiwatu is a luxury hotel on Sumba Island but also just happens to receive the most amazing feedback from deeply satisfied clients who have visited.

Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France

Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France

Situated on one of the island’s most breathtaking beaches is this luxurious intimate property, which combines tropical beachfront luxury with French sophistication.

Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel

Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel

Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel has set itself a modest goal - to be the finest luxury family resort in Europe. We like what we see so far.

I just want you to know how pleased we were with the organization of our trip. It really was seamless from start to finish and exactly what I was looking for: no stress, no worry, perfect execution, wonderfully beautiful hotels and exotic locales.

Alastair & Wing

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