For many around the world, summer weather has already begun – only with one key element missing – those tropical, picture perfect beaches we daydream about the rest of the year. Summer anywhere is welcomed, but we all know nothing beats the feel of warm sand under our feet and crisp ocean water splashing around our ankles.
Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, has hand-picked a selection of the most pristine beaches around the world for those travellers looking to venture off the beaten track and discover their own piece of paradise. Pack your bathing suit, sunscreen and shades and head to one of these stunning shores to escape hectic city life ASAP.
Koh Lanta, Thailand
Amongst the neon lights and hedonistic full-moon parties of Thailand is the hidden gem of Koh Lanta. An untouched haven, unspoilt by tourists and appealing to all kinds of travellers. This beautiful island is loved by locals and travellers for its beaches, relaxation and diving. Embrace barefoot beauty and immerse yourself in the rich island culture of traditional fishing villages or kayak through natures tropical mangrove forests.
Where to stay: The luxurious Crown Lanta Resort & Spa is situated on an elevated peninsula in Koh Lanta and offers guests a piece of paradise with their very own private beach, with breath-taking views of the Andaman Sea. The resort is a perfect fusion of modern Thai style and extravagance, with spacious rooms and beautiful sea views. Guests can enjoy a selection of restaurants, bars, a fully-equipped gym and free mountain bikes, kayaks and snorkelling gear – perfect for exploring the natural beauty of the island.
At only 4.5 miles long, Boracay is a picture-perfect postcard stretch of sand white beaches lined with luxury seafront resorts. Booking.com travellers have endorsed this piece of paradise for its beaches, beautiful beach walks, water sports and for the friendly locals. It’s a secluded getaway perfect for travellers seeking idyllic beaches, timeless sunsets and friendly islander locals.
Where to stay: Surrounded by a lush hillside overlooking the turquoise ocean, Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa provides a luxurious and secluded hideaway. Boasting a private beachfront, two stunning outdoor pools and spacious guest rooms, travellers are sure to experience the true meaning of Shangri-La. The villas and suites add a touch of first class with a butler service and either a private pool or hot tub. Whether you are seeking adrenaline or tranquillity this resort can cater for all, with a selection of spa treatments or a range of water-sport activities from kayaking, deep sea diving to even a romantic sunset cruise.
Whether you are taking a family trip or a romantic getaway America’s 50th state will not disappoint. Unearth the tropical beauty of Hawaii and surround yourself with stunning ocean views, pearl-dust beaches, vast green mountains, and an abundance of tropical wildlife, island culture and food, making Waikoloa the perfect place for the more than 46% of Canadian travellers that a recent Booking.com survey found choose their vacation destinations for its great food and drink.
Where to stay: Situated amongst 32 oceanfront acres on the Kohala Coast, the Fairmont Orchid is a spectacular resort offering luxurious accommodation and extensive resort facilities to the discerning traveller. The stunning beachfront location of powder soft sands and aquamarine waters even attracts a family of sea turtles. Surrounded by landscaped gardens, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls and a 10,000 square foot free form pool guests are spoilt for choice. Resort facilities include an array of first-class restaurants and bars, ten tennis courts, a 36-hole golf course, and a unique outdoor Hawaiian ‘Spa Without Walls’, which features waterfall massage huts and massage cabanas.
Grand Case, Saint Martin
This small, 37 square mile Caribbean island shared by France and the Netherlands – offers travellers secluded beach coves, a fusion of cuisines and a vibrant island nightlife. Grand Case is known for its sandy white beaches and restaurants.
Where to stay: Discover the tranquil French side of St. Martin at the beautiful Grand Case Beach Club, with two private beaches where guests can swim, snorkel, and water-ski and all rooms have a tropical garden or oceanfront setting. Guests can enjoy an array of activities such as golf, windsurfing, deep-sea fishing, and horseback riding. The on-site restaurant, Sunset Café serves delicious French cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. BBQ facilities are also available for guests to enjoy.
Chia, Sardinia, Italy
Discover the silky sands of Italy’s Chia, lapped by turquoise-hued waters and attracting visitors from Italian families, local surfers, dolphins and flamingos. This coastal area in southern Sardinia is loved by the locals because of its beautiful seaside, tranquillity and nature.
Where to stay: Guests at the Chia Laguna Hotel Village can relax in the luxurious infinity pool, unwind in the Turkish baths or have a cocktail or two at the poolside restaurant specializing in Sardinian dishes. Guests can enjoy stunning beaches, a tennis club and the location and merely one hour from the Cagliari-Elmas Airport.
Punta Prima, Menorca
Explore the beauty of the Balearic Islands and visit the picturesque Punta Prima. Unlike the neighbouring island of Ibiza, travellers to Menorca can experience a laidback island lifestyle and ultimate relaxation. Punta Prima is highly endorsed by Booking.com travellers for tranquillity and being family friendly. This charming little island offers scenic landscapes, deserted beaches and turquoise seas.
Where to stay: Guests will love the oceanfront setting of Insotel Punta Prima Prestige Suits & Spa, ideally situated near the beautiful Punta Prima beach. Relax in your own apartment featuring a seating area, balcony, kitchenette and private bathrooms, and take advantage of the complex’s outdoor pool, fitness centre and spa. Spend your days relaxing on sandy white beaches and indulge at the three restaurants offering a selection of mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine and stunning sea views.