The world has countless breathtaking beaches, but which one should definitely not be missed? Here is our selection of the best beaches in the world, ranging from the UK to Australia.

1. Mahe Island, Seychelles

Off the East coast of Africa, in the Indian Ocean, are the spectacular Seychelles.

Without a doubt one of the finest beaches on Mahe Island is Petite Anse, home to the Four Seasons hotel. Individual suites and villas stand on stilts set on a verdant hillside or beachside where clear turquoise waters lap the power-white sands.

2. Pamalican, Philippines

A tiny island an hour's flight from Manila, Pamalican has some of the world's best diving, snorkelling, and a spectacular beach.

Stay at Amanpulo, part of the luxury Aman group, for huge beds, luxurious bathrooms, and private sandy tracks leading to one of the planet's greatest beaches.

3. Thonga Beach, South Africa

The Northern KwaZulu-Natal coastline, known as the Elephant Coast, has pristine shores, coastal forests, and sandy beaches.

Set in the dunes above a secluded bay with spectacular views is the Thonga Beach Lodge from which the area can be explored.

4. Vamizi Island, Mozambique

Just eight miles long, Mozambique's Vamizi Island is a long thin island covered in jungle and edged by tranquil sandy beaches and coral reefs.

Home to endangered species such as Samango monkeys, green turtles and humpback whales, the island is great for relaxing or exploring, with a range of first class hotels in which to stay.

5. Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Off Madagascar's north coast is the Mitsio Archipelago, home to Tsarabanjina, the ultimate in relaxed hideaways.

Here the thatched bungalows have uninterrupted views of the sea, and are spread along the beaches under shady palms, with hammocks in the corner of the private verandas. What more could you ask?!

6. Queen's Beach, Montenegro

This beach got its name as it Villa Milocer was the former summer residence of Queen Marija Karadordevic.

The beach is exclusively for it's and Aman's guests, so remains exclusive, with perfectly crystal clear waters. Views look out over the sea towards Sveti Stefan, and the property is surrounded by olive trees and cedar and pine forests in 80 acres of grounds.

7. Holkham Beach, UK

A little closer to home, Holkham Beach in Norfolk is beautiful.

The vast sandy beaches are ideal for horse riding and long walks after which nothing revives you quite like a local pub lunch of fresh seafood and local samphire.

8. Wineglass Bay, Tasmania

Wineglass Bay in Tasmania has a perfect curved beach where white sand meets turquoise waters.

Staggering views of the bay are found at the top of a 45 minute uphill walk, taking in The Hazards and their pink granite peaks which form the dramatic backdrop of the surrounding Freycinet National Park.

9. Koh Rong Archipelago, Cambodia

The Koh Rong Archipelago is a marine reserve established to protect the reefs and marine life of this virgin coastline.

Across two islands lies the Song Saa resort where guests can explore the islands' reefs, wander among virgin rainforest or relax on the soft white sand beaches.

10. Peloponnese, Greece

Greece has a plethora of beaches, coves and bays, but the Peloponnese region is our favourite.

The extreme landscapes from soaring mountain ranges and forests through to vineyard covered rolling hills and down to perfect bays of white sand beaches, are second to none.

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