Seductive, silky sands framing sparkling blue waters...towering palm trees swaying gently in the breeze...the quiet lapping of waves breaking at the shoreline - beaches are a quintessentially relaxing retreat. It's little wonder then that being near to a beautiful beach regularly features high up the list of holiday desires and, at Elegant Resorts, we're highly experienced in finding the ideal beach location for any luxury holiday.
As well as this, we understand that you might want to journey beyond the beach - to make everlasting memories, immerse yourself in the local culture and experience something truly out of the ordinary. With that in mind, here are 7 of our top beach destinations, each with an added twist!
Rosewood Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Nestled in the heart of a 1,600 acre ecological enclave, lush mangroves and tranquil lagoons surround this luxury resort, and a mile long stretch of pristine, powdery white sand alongside the Caribbean Sea stretches out to its front. Sip a refreshing cocktail, delivered to your comfortable lounger by an obliging beach attendant, take in the sea views and enjoy any of the complimentary non-motorised watersports on offer.
Beyond the beach...marvel at marine life
A fascinating underwater world awaits at the world's second largest barrier reef offshore, where crystal-clear waters allow visitors to get an effortless view of hundreds of species of fish, a variety of different corals and endangered creatures including turtles and manatees. The Mayakoba Dive & Watersports Centre offers diving excursions for all levels of ability, as well as a diving school for anyone interested in training and certification. Dives take place on the centre's private boat and knowledgeable instructors are on hand to support and guide in a marine adventure you're sure to remember for years to come.
Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Félicité, Seychelles
The private island paradise of Félicité is one of other-worldly beauty, with the exclusive pool villas and residences of Six Senses Zil Pasyon
hidden between enormous granite boulders jutting through verdant vegetation, tumbling down towards secluded white sand beaches. Palm tree framed sands are the perfect romantic retreat and guests can also explore nearby uninhabited islands on kayaks, paddle boards or on a sailing boat.
Beyond the beach...learn the language
One of three official languages in the country, Seychellois Creole is the most widely spoken language in the Seychelles. Take the chance to learn the local lingo in a complimentary one-hour lesson, where Seychellois hosts will teach you the basics and chat as you hone your new skill. There are plenty of opportunities to practise after class, when ordering delicious dishes from any of the four outstanding restaurants, requesting a bespoke cocktail from the waterside bar, or as you enjoy a sumptuous treatment at the Six Senses spa.
Eagles Palace, Halkidiki, Greece
Well-loved by couples and families alike, the luxury beachfront resort of Eagles Palace
takes full advantage of its coastal location in one of Greece's most beautiful areas. A gorgeous private beach with coveted Blue-Flag status boasts calm, clear waters ideal for younger travellers, and plentiful sun loungers for adults looking to relax. An array of fun-filled watersports tempts visitors off their loungers, and inflatables allow kids to get wet and wild as well!
Beyond the beach...cruise to Halkidiki's hidden gems
The resort's brand new, state-of-the-art motorboat is the ultimate way to explore the surrounding area. Discover stunning beaches on idyllic neighbouring islands, stopping off only to dive into the emerald-green sea and to savour traditional Greek cuisine, or take in the views of the autonomous monastic state of Mount Athos, with its ancient monasteries standing dramatically on the rocky coastline. With space for up to seven people, ample room for relaxing and a bar to provide refreshing drinks, there's no better way to experience the spectacular sights this region has to offer.
Jumeirah Al Naseem, Dubai
Resplendent in its scale and grandeur, Jumeirah Al Naseem
is a refined and elegant beachfront retreat in the dynamic city of Dubai. Beyond the hotel's extensive five-star facilities an impressive two-kilometre long stretch of immaculate white sand offers guests a private sanctuary, where days can be spent blissfully soaking up the sun. With views of the iconic Burj Al Arab from the comfort of the luxury sun loungers, beach vistas don't get much more thrilling than this.
Beyond the beach...discover Arabian charm
The winding waterways of Dubai reveal the many wonders of this vibrant city, once a small fishing village, and now a modern-day metropolis. Charming traditional abra boats carry visitors past the city sights on a magical journey bound to impress. Private tours allow for exclusive exploration, with the option of drinks and afternoon tea to accompany this wonderfully authentic Arabian experience.
One&Only Le Saint Géran, Mauritius
With a prime position on its own pristine peninsula, sugar white sands and crystal-clear seas promise an unforgettable setting for this legendary resort. An exclusive retreat often frequented by the rich and famous, exemplary facilities, divine dining options and first-class service set it apart, but it's the expanses of soft sands and views to the sparkling Indian Ocean beyond that's the real star of the show.
Beyond the beach...get close to nature
Surrounded by acres of untouched mangroves ringing serene lagoons, the flora and fauna around the hotel is remarkable. The secret mangroves discovery tour explores hidden spots, getting off the beaten track on kayaks or stand up paddle boards. An expert guide will point out wild fish swimming in the still waters and birds nesting in the twisting branches whilst you paddle slowly through the tranquil surrounds.
Columbia Beach Resort, Pissouri, Cyprus
Authentically Cypriot architecture complemented by elegant furnishings ensures a relaxing stay at this all-suite resort, where dazzling sea views can be glimpsed from many of the rooms. Meandering pathways wind their way through the exquisite grounds and down to the beach, where a secluded stretch of Blue-flag awarded sand awaits. Turquoise waters offer a refreshing haven from the Mediterranean sun, as do the comfortable shaded sunbeds.
Beyond the beach...explore ancient sites
Less than an hour away, the UNESCO World Heritage Site The Tombs of the Kings makes for a fascinating excursion. Part of a large necropolis, the tombs are carved out of solid rock and are believed to be the burial sites of aristocrats as long ago as the 4th century BC. Despite the site's name, historians don't believe that any kings were buried there, but that the impressive nature of the tombs is simply reflected in their title.
One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai
A stylish retreat nestled in over 65 acres of grounds, where manicured lawns meet vibrant flowers, and winding paths lead past gushing fountains to serene al fresco courtyards, One&Only Royal Mirage
is a relaxing sanctuary within Dubai's bustling cityscape. The resort's prime stretch of private beach boasts contemporary cabanas with views to Palm Island and Dubai Marina, and the exclusive address slips effortlessly from day to night at DRIFT, the resort's popular adults-only beach club.
Beyond the beach...enjoy an exceptional afternoon tea
Indulge in a sumptuous afternoon tea in The Samovar Lounge, nibbling on delectable delights in opulent surrounds. Panoramic views of the impressive gardens and sparkling pool adds to the experience - an enticing combination of fantastic food and wonderful ambience.
Our Luxury Travel Specialists are on hand to discuss your ideal beachside spot, and how we can help you make memories 'beyond the beach', so please do get in contact to plan your perfect luxury escape.