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Beach holidays

Feel the sand between your toes

Whether you’re looking for powder-soft sands to sit back and tan, or the ocean for water sport adventures, getaway for a beach holiday. Listen to the sounds of the sea lapping the shore and kick back beachside.

Enjoy our spectacular beachfront hotels, from glistening infinity pools with coastal views, to private cabanas on white sands, you can simply relax. Find a stay with beach dining experiences and gaze into the sunset on romantic holidays. With plenty of water sports on offer, go paddle boarding on calm waters or let the kids run wild on a treasure hunt, everyone will be smiling on family holidays. Make the most of the wonderful facilities, limitless drinks and boastful beaches on All Inclusive holidays. Whatever you’re looking for this beach holiday, make it one to remember, without taking too much sand home.

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Beach holidays

Our recommended beach holidays

All our beachfront hotels enjoy direct access to the beach. Enjoy the peace and privacy of your own stretch of sand on a romantic getaway – or take to boats, canoes, pedalos and paddle boards to keep the whole family entertained on the water. Europe has plenty of gorgeous places for a seaside holiday. Ikos Oceania overlooks a golden, sandy Greek beach from its hilltop perch. There’s childcare down on the sand, so parents can spend some time simply relaxing in the sun. Dubai is famous for its purpose-built beaches, which come with dreamy white sand that gently slopes into safe, shallow waters. Stay at Sofitel The Palm Dubai for brunch on the beach every Friday. In the Caribbean, Hilton Barbados has access to not one, but two beautiful beaches, and all rooms overlook the ocean.

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Coastal breaks for couples

Discover romantic treasures when you book a beach holiday. From catching waves on sailing days, to dreamy sunset beach dining, it’s time to reignite that flame. Get away to the white sands of the Jamaica Inn on the north coast of Jamaica and indulge in the ocean front spa, then enjoy a six course Caribbean dinner. Or stay at the fabulous D Maris Bay in Dalaman, Turkey. The exotic views are perfect for passion, with three adults-only beaches to unwind on, let this hotel take your breath away. Book into Secrets The Vine in Cancun, for a sensual adults-only luxury experience. Bask in the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea, then feel the heat in a dancing lesson or shake it up with a cocktail class.

Water sport adventures

What better place to be, than by the beach for the ultimate water sports holiday. Whether you’re looking for high in the sky sights parasailing, or an underwater experience, we’ll have the trip for you. Stay in stylish luxury at Sani Beach, Halkidiki and enjoy miles of sensational sand. Hit the beachfront and Zen out for paddle board yoga, or explore the ocean on scuba diving excursions. Be sure to head out on the sunset cruises. The All Inclusive Blue Waters in Antigua has perfect cove beaches for water sports or simply relaxing. Go out water skiing on turquoise oceans or head out for deep sea fishing in the tropics, the choice is yours. Arrive by seaplane to paradise at the LUX* South Ari Atoll in the Maldives. With its sandy lagoons and perfect coral reef snorkeling spots, you’ll be left overwhelmed.

Family time out at the beach

Enjoy your family holidays with a beachside retreat. From children’s clubs to outdoor adventures, outstanding facilities and coastal resorts to blow you away. Located on the iconic Palm, enjoy stretches of pristine beaches at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai. With its wonderful waterpark, outstanding aquarium, phenomenal facilities, the whole family will be smiling. Or take a trip to the unbelievable beaches of the Indian Ocean, with a stay at LUX* Belle Mare, Mauritius. Stay by dazzling azure waters and powder sands, the kids club and teens club will keep the youngsters busy. Take to the sea on a family pedal boat excursion or dual kayaks together. Overlook views of the Ionian Sea when you book into the MarBella Corfu Hotel, Corfu. Lounge with the whole family on the golden beach and enjoy the numerous facilities here for a fantastic beach holiday.

Activities on the beach and beyond

Explore shores and more on your beach holiday. Take to golfing greens, rock climbing ventures or check out nearby towns. Stay at the Sandos San Blas Nature Resort & Golf, Tenerife and go out on the boating lake, try some mountain biking or hit the tennis courts, before relaxing on the beach. With eight pools to choose from, a spa and two nearby golf courses, the choice is yours. Enjoy coconuts and palm trees at the Occidental Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Embrace the spectacular beachfront and play a game of volleyball before visiting the nearby village of Bavaro, to drive dune buggies at Punta Cana or head out on a catamaran for snorkeling. Immerse yourself in the views and swing in beach hammocks at the Breeze Bahamas in the Caribbean. Try the trapeze, go waterskiing and soak up the sun, then take the short one-dollar bus ride to Nassau and see more.

City beach stops

Get the best of both worlds, when you choose a city beach holiday. From breathtaking scenery to mesmerising culture, find the trip to make you tick. Stay at the dazzling W South Beach in Miami for a beachfront haven with luxurious facilities. Located close to the city centre, it’s easy to discover the jewels of Miami. Enjoy the coastal views of Portugal from the Cascais Miragem, Lisbon. Spend days by the beach or drive 20 minutes for an adventure to Lisbon city for egg custard tarts.  Explore its many wonders, then head back to your five star hotel by the sea. Or take a beach holiday in South Africa and stay at The Twelve Apostles, Cape Town. Set between the almighty Table Mountain and Camps Bay, this stunning hotel will capture your heart. Watch dolphins, seals and whales from the hotel and enjoy al fresco dining with radiant sunsets. Discover the heart of the Cape Town which is close by and revel in the hypnotising landscape, vibrant neighbourhoods and spine-tingling safaris.

Where to go for your perfect holiday on the beach

European beach holidays

The sparkling Mediterranean and the dramatic Atlantic complement Europe’s best beaches. In Spain, choose from the port city of Malaga, gateway to the Costa del Sol or the beautiful, quiet island of Menorca. Head to the dramatic cliffs of the Algarve or the heat of Paphos in Cyprus. For a Greek Odyssey, spend time in Kalamata amongst the vineyards and olive groves above the shore or head out to the perfect sandy crescent of Voidokilia Beach.

Caribbean beach holidays

The Caribbean Sea is home to a tenth of the world’s coral reefs. The coral makes beautifully fine white – and sometimes even pink – beaches around its 7,000 individual islands. The reefs and the warm sheltered bays make for great snorkelling and diving. On the beaches, enjoy all the components of island life: rum punch, barbeques and music in charmingly rickety huts.

Middle East beach holidays

Scorching in summer, year-round sun makes the Middle East a great beach holiday in the milder months. The Palm in Dubai might be an extraordinary feat of engineering, but that shouldn’t distract you from the beautiful white beach under your feet. Relax under a shady date palm in Muscat and enjoy calm, shallow waters perfect for families. Quiet beaches can be found in Ras al Khaimah, in the UAE.

Indian Ocean beach holidays

The tiny islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean are tropical paradises on earth. Formed from coral atolls, the Maldives is famous for its stretches of white sand. Once the home of the dodo, Mauritius still has plenty of biodiversity and beaches that range from honey-hued to powder-white sand. Explore the island’s natural wonders, from the Seven Coloured Earth dunes to the trails beneath the beautiful Chamarel Waterfalls.

North America beach holidays

Renowned for its iconic lifeguard towers, beautiful people jogging along the boardwalk and surfers riding the waves – the laid-back beach life is never far away. Discover cool, classy or captivating beaches in North America and kick back beachside. Grab a towel and fish taco, to experience American beach life at its best.

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If you like Spain, try the Algarve- Portugal has an equallyfabulous stretch of coastline

Amanda Statham,  Travel editor of Cosmopolitan

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