At Elegant Resorts, we remain dedicated to inspiring you through this uncertain time with our 'World's Best.' series, guaranteed to reignite your passion for travel.
This week we've curated a collection of the world's best beaches. From powdery white sands and azure waters, to wonders of nature and out of this world stargazing, this collection of beaches has something for everyone.
So kick off your flip flops and feel the sand between your toes.
The Southern Coast of Sardinia
With miles of unspoilt coastline, Sardinia is renowned for beautiful beaches and the most azure waters in the Mediterranean. Along the Southern coast of the island, the beaches are protected by mountains, are never too windy or hot, and have their own individual charm. Chia has a lagoon cut off from the sea by a narrow spit of land, Cala Cipolla is wild and rugged, with dramatic rock formations that plunge into the sea, whilst Tuerredda's fine white sand stretches out to crystal-clear blue waters. The beaches in this region just beg to be explored.
We recommend: Forte Village - it's the perfect place for families to enjoy a fabulous array of activities as well as stunning beaches, which can be accessed aboard the Forte Village private yacht.
Maundays Bay, Anguilla
BELMOND CAP JULUCA
Located near to the south-west tip of Anguilla, the beach at Maundays Bay offers simple perfection. With white-sand shores, sparkling azure waters and a tranquil yet vibrant atmosphere, it's easy to see why this frequently ranks as one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. Whether you sunbathe on the pristine sands, swim in the placid waters of the bay, or explore a reef whilst snorkeling, this beautiful beach will not disappoint. Alternatively, you can visit Maundays Bay at night, to spot the distant twinkling lights of St. Martin on the horizon.
We recommend: Belmond Cap Juluca - located just a moment away from Maundays Bay, at Belmond Cap Juluca, every room is a beachfront haven.
Santa Monica Beach, California, USA
SHUTTERS ON THE BEACH
Located west of Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica beach is an iconic example of the famed Californian beach. This three-mile-long sandy shoreline is perfect for runners, walkers and sunbathers, whilst surfing, swimming, and paddle-boarding are some of the more popular water sports. The Santa Monica Pier is without a doubt the most recognisable feature of this coastal playground, conveniently located next to the Pacific Coast Highway, making it the perfect place to start or finish your Californian Road Trip.
We recommend: Just minutes from the coastline, Shutters on the Beach is Californian comfort at its best.
Teti'aroa, French Polynesia
The breathtakingly beautiful Teti'aroa, in French Polynesia, is an atoll composed of twelve small islands, surrounding a sparkling turquoise lagoon. Bordering this lagoon are magical white-sand beaches frequently visited by sea turtles, manta rays and many exotic birds. In 1960, whilst searching the South Pacific for filming locations, Marlon Brando saw Teti'aroa for the first time. He was so taken aback by its beauty, that he made the island his personal retreat. Over the years he welcomed many ecologists and marine biologists to the shores, showing a keen environmental awareness before such things were commonplace. Now home to an exclusive resort which bears his name, The Brando offers carefree luxury amid pristine nature.
We recommend: As the only resort on Teti'aroa, we recommend The Brando for its sustainable, barefoot luxury.
ONE&ONLY REETHI RAH
Located in the heart of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives consists of over 1,200 small coral islands and sandbanks, of which only 200 are inhabited. Each island is edged with white-sand beaches and offers endless views of stunning turquoise waters. Just offshore, nearby reefs offer world-class dive sites, with the opportunity to spot hawksbill turtles and other marine life whilst later in the day, guests can marvel at the transcendental sunsets, for which the Maldives are renowned. Paradise on earth, it's the perfect place to relax and unwind.
We recommend: Exclusively nestled in this island paradise, the stylish, sleek and spectacular resort of One&Only Reethi Rah offers guests a true taste of paradise.
Desroches Island, Seychelles
FOUR SEASONS DESROCHES ISLAND
With crystal blue waters and pristine white sands, Desroches Island Seychelles is the epitome of tropical paradise. Added to that, the stunning coral reef, swaying palms and remote tropical location all combine to provide a unique sense of castaway exclusivity. The spectacular waters around the island offer great opportunities for fly, bottom and deep-sea fishing, whilst back on land, guests are encouraged to visit The Aldabra Giant Tortoise Sanctuary, where they can visit these gentle giants.
We recommend: As the only resort on this captivating island, we recommend the stunning Four Seasons Desroches Island for true castaway luxury.
Pamalican Island, The Philippines
Pamalican Island is a small island within the Cuyo Archipelago, resting in the Sulu Sea - a body of water in the southwestern area of the Philippines A pristine island, covered in lush jungle, fringed by dazzling white beaches, crystal clear waters, and with tropical birds fluttering overhead, this unspoilt wilderness really does steal the spotlight. For lovers of marine life, a snorkelling trip to House Reef provides an opportunity to feed the Nemo-like fish, whilst boat trips nearer the shore allow guests to spot the resident sea turtles. Come night-time, gaze at breathtaking celestial constellations in the clearest of skies, through the island's huge telescope.
We recommend: Amanpulo - Exclusively situated on the island, and accessible only by private plane, this resort offers seclusion, relaxation and is popular with a celebrity audience including Beyoncé sand Brad Pitt.