Skip to Navigation

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.

We couldn’t find any content to match your selection. Please try again.

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.

Best for beach holidays

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. 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. Journey to Barcelona, an idyllic city and beach break destination. Walk hand in hand along the vibrant promenade, then kick back on the golden sands. Take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea to refresh, before sipping on Sangria and tucking into tapas. For something a little different, visit Venice, on the edge of Italy. Feel the wind through your hair, as you ride boats along the canals. Feel the romance ooze, as you ride on a gondola for two. Or wander through the little lanes and nibble on tantalising pizza slices.

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. Or enjoy year-round sunshine in Lanzarote. Join a yacht excursion and glide through turquoise waters, take a turn at windsurfing, try a jet ski safari or cling on to a banana boat as you skim over the sea. Arrive by seaplane to paradise at the LUX* South Ari Atoll in the Maldives. With its sandy lagoons and perfect coral reef snorkelling 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. Unwind on blissful beaches or hit the ocean on water-skis in Paphos. Go hiking in the beautiful Troodos Mountains, join a quad-biking safari, or wander through Roman mosaic sites. Be sure to visit a vineyard for some wine-tasting and try local mezze. Immerse yourself in the views and swing in beach hammocks in the Seychelles. Take a paddle boarding class, or enjoy sea-kayaking around beautiful coves. Take a cycling excursion around one of the islands or hike through the Morne Seychellois National Park on Mahé and reach the highest peak.

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. 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.

95% of customers would book again with British Airways Holidays

42,444 authentic ratings and reviews from customers (last updated 04/07/18)

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

We do not offer vacation packages to Caribbean from US departure points.

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

We do not offer vacation packages to North America from US departure points.

Discover more

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

Amanda Statham,  Travel editor of Cosmopolitan

Terms and Conditions