Whether you're looking for a short-haul weekend getaway, family-friendly escape or a bucket-list beach adventure across the globe, we've got you covered with our handpicked selection of luxury holidays that are all sat upon sandy shores.
Spend less time in the sky and more time enjoying your dreamy destination with these sunny short-haul beach holiday destinations - all less than a five-hour flight away.
Gorgeous golden sands await at this legendary luxury hotel, home to a Blue Flag-awarded beach lined with elegant cabanas. There's also an incredible children's club - offering everything from pottery classes to theatre productions - plus relaxing pools, vibrant bars and the expansive Kalloni Spa for grown-ups.
Overlooking the UNESCO-recognised Spinalonga Island, this recently renovated waterfront resort boasts access to a private Blue Flag beach, complete with a fabulously revamped Beach Lounge for alfresco refreshments aplenty. It's also introduced two new and internationally renowned restaurants - Il Borro Tuscan Bistro and Sumosan - both enjoying stunning Aegean Sea views.
Live like royalty at this Mediterranean beachfront paradise - once the private residence of Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe, no less. It combines a blissful beach and Andalusian spirit with truly world-class facilities, including the tranquil Thalasso Spa, an equestrian centre, tennis club and open-air utopia for kids.
Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa
Mid-Haul Middle East
Year-round sunshine, incredible seascapes and a fascinating heritage: the Middle East is the perfect mid-haul destination. Even better, you can get there in just over 7 hours.
ABU DHABI, UAE
From mosques to beaches and even theme parks, there's something for everyone in Abu Dhabi - and there's no better place to return after a day's adventure than this contemporary resort. Make sure to visit the rejuvenating Iridium Spa, bask in the sun on the private beach, enjoy the six destination restaurants and bars, and make the most of the signature St. Regis butler service.
Easily one of Dubai's most iconic luxury hotels, you'll probably recognise the palatial pink-hued façade of Atlantis, The Palm. Bucket-list experiences await everyone who stays here - from families to couples, thrill-seekers to foodies. Highlights include the world's largest waterpark, award-winning dining, and (of course) a fabulous stretch of sandy beach.
MUSANDAM PENINSULA, OMAN
Arabian adventure meets eco-conscious luxury at this serene resort, surrounded by the mighty Musandam mountains and overlooking a mile-long sandy beach and the endless blue hues of the Gulf of Oman. After arriving by (optional) paraglide, get set for an abundance of beachfront pursuits - from scuba-diving and sunset cruises to yoga and movies on the sand.
This might just be one of the UAE's best kept secrets. Set in the protected area of Al Zorah, its modern design cleverly reflects the incredible natural surroundings, including a white-sand beach and mangrove forest - home to almost 60 bird species. Explore the coast by kayak, tee off at the Jack Nicklaus golf course and enjoy romantic private dining right on the beachfront.
The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
Six Senses Zighy Bay Beach
Atlantis, The Palm
The Oberoi Beach Resort Al Zorah Beach
Take your travels further afield on a luxury long-haul break and you'll experience beachfront beauty and marine life that might just take your breath away.
ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES, CARIBBEAN
What the five-square-mile island of Canouan lacks in size it more than makes up for in natural beauty and to-die-for beaches. And right at its heart, Mandarin Oriental, Canouan is one of the most exclusive resorts in the Caribbean.
After settling into your luxurious suite or chic villa - each with an ocean view - enjoy a game (or several) of golf, embrace laid-back living at the hillside spa and make the most of your surroundings. You can hike up to Mount Royal for sensational sea views, snorkel over the island's immaculate natural coral reef or sail along the coast in style. Or head away from Canouan towards the Tobago Cays Marine Park, where heavenly lagoons, more rich reefs and green sea turtles await.
Discover pure castaway paradise at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island - the only resort on this captivating coral island amid the Indian Ocean. A place of unmatched serenity and seclusion, expect 14km of dazzling white sand, lapped by crystal-clear waters over a thriving coral reef, plus a sanctuary where you can come face-to-face with giant tortoises. See just how clear the night sky is on an ultra-romantic stargazing experience, reap the benefits of nature at the Circle of Connection Spa and join the Conservation Guide to explore the island by bicycle. Meanwhile, a trio of restaurants serve up super-fresh seafood - best enjoyed with an ocean view and tropical cocktail in hand.
THE BAHAMAS, CARIBBEAN
Indulge in the glamour and beauty of The Bahamas at this stylish luxury resort, set within the exclusive Baha Mar resort enclave. From the moment you arrive, prepare to be captivated by the striking architecture, chic décor (think local art and natural colours) and views across Cable Beach.
Take a dip in one of the property's six swimming pools, before unwinding with a locally sourced scrub or immersive remedy at Sense®, A Rosewood Spa. Then, when it's time to refuel, you'll find everything from beachside breakfasts to refi ned coastal Mexican cuisine across the restaurants. And don't forget that beautiful beach; with its silky soft sand and still waters, it's the perfect spot for a day of pure relaxation or alfresco adventure.
Standing proudly on Palm Beach, The Breakers is a coveted classic in the world of luxury hotels - perfectly combining timeless glamour and tailored service with pure relaxation and experiences that embrace the best of the beach.
You can take to the waves by paddle board, set out on a guided snorkelling tour or sip bubbles on a catamaran cruise at sunset. Light, bright and brimming with sophistication, The Beach Club is an outdoor oasis overlooking a private stretch of sand, complete with four glittering pools surrounded by relaxing loungers and 25 (seriously) luxurious beach bungalows. And if you're a lover of golf, the resort is home to two expertly designed 18-hole courses.
Mandarin Oriental, Canouan
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island
Rosewood Baha Mar Beach
The Breakers, Palm Beach