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

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, 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

Maldives

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

Birds of the Seychelles

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

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

Anguilla

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

Antigua

Antigua

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

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

Mancora

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

Four Seasons Anguilla

The Four Seasons Anguilla is among the best of the Caribbean luxury hotels, and on one of our favourite islands, too.

Nihiwatu

Nihiwatu

In 2016 luxury hotel Nihiwatu (on Sumba Island) was declared the number one hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure Magazine. With a mile long beach exclusive to hotel guests, a private surf break, and a sustainable tourism project that sees a portion of the resorts profits repatriated into the local community we can easily see why.

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.

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City Breaks

Think of a holiday destination and it's likely that a palm-fringed beach springs to mind, but don't rule out the good old fashioned city break. By definition we're talking short transfers and a perfect distillation of the country in question's cultural highlights in one conveniently accessible destination. Then there are more than likely some seriously slick hotels (both big and boutique), excellent restaurants and top shopping to boot.

Child Snorkelling

Family Holidays

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City Breaks

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Northern Lights, Sweden

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Sleeping Leopard, Zambia

African Safaris

Safari remains one of the most evocative words in the travel lexicon, and luxury African safari holidays remain some of our most popular trips.

Child Snorkelling

Family Holidays

Fun for all the family.

Honeymoons

Honeymoons

Post-wedding wonders

Big Short Breaks

Big Short Breaks

Original Travel's portfolio of Big Short Breaks, launched in 2003, contains luxury breaks to suit all requirements from city breaks to skiing, adventures and escapes, all chosen with accessibility in mind... minimum time and maximum experience.

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Saskia, Miranda, Katie and Rosie are our 'Best Beach Holidays' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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