Thankfully, our planet is brimming with thousands of blissful beach destinations, from the tropical delights of the Caribbean, Mauritius and the Maldives, to the crystal waters, secret coves and chic beach clubs of the Greek islands and the Balearics.
If you want relaxing and effortless holidays without crowded sands and the hum of watersports , look no further than a luxurious beach resort: pad barefoot through secluded Maldives coves, swim with turtles in the Caribbean, or just kick back with a cocktail on a silky-sanded Thailand beach.
Naturally, it’s worth booking with the experts who know their lavish over-water villas from their great-value summer-sun package holidays – and who will help you find your very own slice of paradise.
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Luckily for us, sun, sand and sea is now accessible at any time of the year. In Europe, bag the best of the Mediterranean sunshine on the glorious Cote d’Azur, the Basque coast or Greek islands any time from May until well into September and October.
Come autumn, it’s worth making like a swallow and flying south for winter, perhaps flocking to South-East Asia and the movie star beaches of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia which come into their prime in the dry season between November and April.
But for the ultimate beach escape, head to the exotic sugar-white sands of Hawaii, Fiji and Tahiti, or the blissful Whitsunday Islands on Australia’s East Coast, whose beaches are blessed with year-round good looks.