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Top five beach retreats

Clive Wedderburn October 14, 2016

A luxury beach break should take you far from home, but more importantly well away from life’s daily stresses. There’s little in this world quite as idyllic as sipping a cold drink while gazing at mile upon mile of sand and sea. It’s not an easy task to choose just five sun hotspots, but we’ve put together some of our favourites and highlighted just why you should sink your feet into the sand of these beautiful beaches.

The Samaya, Seminyak, Bali

Located at the quieter end of Seminyak, this luxurious retreat offers peace, tranquillity and a place to ease away your troubles. The Samaya Seminyak offers all the relaxation you could ask for while still being close to the action: just a short drive away you’ll find the town’s upmarket boutiques and craft shops. If surfing is your thing you can ride the waves here too, and if you relax for long enough the reward is one of the best views of a Balinese sunset from Breeze, The Samaya’s beachfront restaurant.

LUX* South Ari Atoll, Maldives

At LUX* Maldives on the island of Dhidhoofinolhu you’ll be pampered beyond belief while also being cut off from the world as you know it. You can choose from a range of accommodation, from beachfront villas to water villas, to soak up those magnificent ocean views. With 2.5 miles of beach, you can read your books on a different stretch of white sand every day. The island offers a delight at every turn; whether hunting for the secret bar or stumbling across an impromptu al fresco cinema screening on the beach. But your enjoyment of this island does not stop on dry land: parrotfish, stingrays and even whale sharks swim just off the coast. The on-site diving school will let you see these amazing creatures up close.

Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort and Spa, Koh Phangan, Thailand

Koh Phangan is a magical isle with a dual personality. On one side you have vibrant nightlife  epitomised by one of the most legendary celebrations in South East Asia, the Full Moon Party, while on the other you have blissfully tranquil secluded coves hidden behind coconut groves and palm laden beaches whose shores are lapped by the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand. On the serenely quiet north-eastern coast perched above a paradise cove is the Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort and Spa, featuring elegant teakwood rooms that beautifully frame views of tropical gardens cascading down to a private bay. Here you’ll find the Ayurvana Spa, a place of tropical indulgence combining nature and purity in signature treatments including body scrubs, wraps, facials and aromatherapy; ideal for those seeking the perfect beach retreat in magical Thailand.

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, Maui, Hawai’i

If you’re planning a holiday to magical Maui on your Hawai’i tour you’ll want an amazing hotel to complement your Pacific island paradise.  The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa on the Ka’anapali coast is the perfect base to explore the miles of sparkling coastline and lush rainforests Maui has to offer. With 550 metres of white-sand beach and spa treatments right on the waterfront, you’ll be thoroughly indulged during your stay. You can also enjoy the unique underwater cave and Grotto Bar that sits snugly between two waterfalls. Make sure to head north to Puu Kekaa one evening to witness the spectacular cliff diving ceremony.

Diamonds La Gemma Dell Est, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Luxurious and fully inclusive, this resort on the unspoilt northern coast of Zanzibar provides a beach retreat of the highest order. Enjoy meals at the Pavilions Restaurant or relax at the Sunset Lounge and Bar for views, cocktails, local shows and live entertainment. Whether you prefer to rejuvenate your senses in the MVUA Spa or venture out to the five-star Scuba Do Dive Centre, or embark on a dhow cruise across the Indian Ocean, this resort promises pure indulgence and paradise on an exotic isle far from the pressures of everyday life.

Visit our beach holiday pages for more inspiration on luxurious private escapes.