Incredible Beach Destinations
Incredible Beach Destinations

Even if you’re not a self-proclaimed “beach bum”, it’s really hard to pass up a relaxing vacation in a beautiful beach destination, especially if it comes with all-inclusive beach drinks and a lounge chair directly facing the ocean.

For those times when home has turned hectic and you need a serious break from the norm to just indulge yourself and relax the stress away, give one of these incredible beach destinations a try. Along with the destination, we’ve given recommendations on where to stay, and many of these resorts have overwater bungalows, private pools, deserted beaches and many great restaurants and bars to check out. You won’t need to lift a finger because you’ll have a personal butler to take care of everything. It doesn’t get any more relaxing that this!

Oh, and once you’re there, you’ll need to know the best beach drinks to order at all-inclusive resorts!

Like the Caribbean? Check out these 5 beaches in the British Virgin Islands.

Bora Bora

Bora Bora
Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora is defintely in the running for most beautiful island paradise in the world. You can reach the island in just under an hour flight from the main island of Tahiti. When you see the beautiful turquoise waters and swaying palm trees, you’ll know you’re in the right spot for serious relaxation. Bora Bora is lush and tropical with perfect white-sand beaches and emerald waters teaming with colorful fish. Luxury resorts and spas dot the island with overwater bungalows and thatched-roof villas, making it the island of your dreams.

★ Where to Stay: Four Seasons Bora Bora – Check prices and read reviews on Trip Advisor.

Phuket

Sri Panwa
Cape Panwa, Phuket, Thailand

Spectacular scenery, stunning tropical sunsets and warm blue sea surrounds the island of Phuket, one of the most popular beach destinations in the world. You’ll find a range of experiences and accommodations to fit your budget. Vibrant nightlife and partying carries on in Patong Beach, while remote romantic hideaways can be found not far away. Explore outlying islands like Ko Phi Phi, made popular by the movie The Beach, or relax in high class at one of the ultra-plush all-inclusive resorts that line the coast.

★ Where to Stay: Sri Panwa Resort – Check prices and read reviews on Trip Advisor.

Mayan Riviera

Tulum
Tulum beach, Mayan Riviera, Mexico

Located on the northeast corner of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, the Mayan Riviera offers stunning Caribbean views, powder-fine sand, warm azur water to swim in and some of the best beach resorts in the world. You’ll find incredible snorkeling and diving just off the coastline, and a plethora of adventure sports and activities, not to mention a very active nightlife. There are dozens of Mayan archeological sites, like Tulum and Chichen Itza, as well as hidden underground cenotes to explore.

★ Where to Stay: Grand Residences Riviera Cancun – Check prices and read reviews on Trip Advisor.

Fiji

Fiji Island resort
Fiji Island resort

In the heart of the South Pacific, Fiji, famous for its white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and unspoiled natural environment, is made up of more than 300 small islands. The perennial favorites are the Mamanuca and Yasawa island groups, just north of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu. There you will find a kind of paradise you can’t find anywhere else. Snorkeling and diving, relaxing in the shade of a palm tree, and feeling the soft sea air drift by while sipping on a fruity umbrella drink — it’s heavenly.

★ Where to Stay: Tokoriki Island Resort – Check prices and read reviews on Trip Advisor.

Maldives

W Maldives bungalow
W Maldives bungalow (Photo by Flickr user Simon Clancy)

The Maldives, located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, are one of the world’s most celebrated tropical havens. Here is where you’ll find unrivaled luxury, where every resort is its own private island, and where the most prestigious and luxury brands compete to provide the most over-the-top, indulgent luxury you’ll find in the world. There are more than 1200 small islands in the Maldives, each with an incredibly beautiful, powder-soft beach. The islands are very remote – perfect for a romantic, completely unplugged vacation.

★ Where to Stay: Gili Lankanfushi Maldives – Check prices and read reviews on Trip Advisor.

Seychelles

Seychelles
Seychelles (Photo by Flickr user Didier Baertschiger)

Made up of 115 islands spread through the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles is a dreamlike setting with stunning beaches. There are three main islands — Praslin, La Digue and Mahé — plus a plethora of smaller, outlying islands to visit and each has its own character, so you’ll surely want to visit each one on your quest for the perfect beach. The best part about the Seychelles is that it’s not overrun with tourists and maintains its local charm.

★ Where to Stay: Raffles Seychelles – Check prices and read reviews on Trip Advisor.

Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman Island
Stingray City, Grand Cayman Island

Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman Island is a long crescent of coral sand beach on the western end of the island. Seven Mile Beach is known for its incredible beauty, and even though it’s not exactly seven miles (more like 4.5), vacationers flock to its developed coastline in troves. You can spend your days lounging at a resort right on the beach, go to nearby Stingray Island and swim with the stingrays or go snorkeling with the turtles.

★ Where to Stay: Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort – Check prices and read reviews on Trip Advisor.

St. Lucia

Jade Mountain Resort in St. Lucia
Jade Mountain Resort in St. Lucia (Photo by Derek Galon)

Home to many alluring features, like the towering and dramatic Piton mountains, volcanic beaches and rainforest waterfalls, it’s no wonder St. Lucia makes it onto the list of most incredible beach destinations. If you’re into scuba, you’ll find great reef diving, and if not, you can snorkel the day away a world of tropical fish. St. Lucia has a number of fantastic resorts that will leave you speechless, as well. The views are second to none.

★ Where to Stay: Jade Mountain Resort – Check prices and read reviews on Trip Advisor.

Can you think of any other place you’d rather be right now than one of these incredible beach destinations? I think I could move in at one of these resorts and never leave! Where are your favorite beach destinations?

5 thoughts on “8 Incredible Beach Destinations

  1. Brooke of Passport Couture says:

    Love reading about all of these great getaways! It would be so hard for me to decide which one to visit because they look so great. Currently, a friend and I are finding a way to visit Fiji after a trip to New Zealand. I’m thrilled it’s listed on your post!

    • Laura Lynch says:

      Brooke, we did a stopover in Fiji on our way back from New Zealand and it was a pretty economical way of doing it. It’s just really expensive once you get there if you want to go out to some of the islands. If you stay closer to the main island, it’s much better. I hope you get there! You’ll love it.

  2. Agus says:

    All those beaches are really amazing. I work at Le Meridien Bali and I have some great story of Le Meridien Bora bora and Le Meridien Phuket. Hopefully I will be there someday.

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