If you're dreaming of your next luxury beach holiday and longing for the feel of the soft sand between your toes and the warm sun on your back but don't know where to go, we've put together a list of our top 10 trending beach destinations for 2022. Whether you're after a relaxed seaside escape, beachfront family getaway, or amazing beachside adventures, we're here to help you achieve your luxury travel goals and get you back to the beach in style.
Oman: Fun for families of all ages
Set between the mountains and azure waters of the Bay of Oman and nestled on a mile-long sandy beach, Six Senses Zighy Bay promises an unforgettable stay in paradise. This award-winning resort is not only beautiful and tranquil, but also offers guests an array of brilliant facilities and provides the ultimate backdrop for a number of thrilling activities! From the simplicity of sunbathing, to kayaking or sand art, and beach sports for children, to the unique Cinema Paradiso which gives families the chance to enjoy alfresco movie-watching on the beach while ushers serve no fewer than five flavours of popcorn and forty flavours of ice-cream! The resort also offers a range of underwater activities, including snorkelling and scuba-diving, where guests can see amazing limestone formations, caves, and coral-encrusted rocks, along with an abundance of marine life.
Maldives: Ideal for romantic retreats
Looking for something more laid back? Milaidhoo Island Maldives is the ideal location for those looking for relaxed, barefoot living with uncompromising luxury. Located in the Baa Atoll, on a tiny tropical island, this resort promises guests a once-in-a-lifetime beach experience, with a pristine coral reef that is part of a UNESCO Bisophere Reserve, as well as crystal-clear waters and white-sand beaches. Spot sharks, turtles, tuna, rays and much more as you swim among the fascinating scenery beneath the stunning Indian Ocean with scuba-diving and snorkelling opportunities or spend time with the one you love most as you enjoy an evening together under the stars with a private beach dinner.
Portugal: Timeless Portuguese paradise
Perched on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, near to the traditional village of Porches, VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa boasts timeless elegance and style throughout each of their 203 rooms, suites, and villas. This vast resort's coastal surroundings promise the ultimate spot for beachfront bliss, with warm rays and an array of water activities, such as water-skiing, windsurfing, jet-skiing, and paddleboarding, you're sure to love this Portuguese paradise. For something special, treat yourself to a trip round the beautiful Algarve coast on the exclusive VILA VITA yacht before enjoying a delicious meal at Whale Restaurant, celebrating costal-inspired cuisine.
Mexico: Modern Mexican luxury
Set across several small islands on the Yucatán Peninsula's Riviera Maya and located along a mile-long stretch of white-sand beach, Rosewood Mayakoba is a luxury escape that combines five-star living with a sustainable stance and a celebration of Mayan heritage. Boasting captivating marine life, healthy reefs and striking ecological formations, the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Mexico is a paradise for divers and snorkellers with a steady current and exceptional visibility, ideal for those who love spending their days exploring the waters. Alternatively, relax on the pristine white-sand beach and unwind beneath the glorious Riviera Maya sunshine, or allow your dedicated butler to organise a selection of activities - from breathtaking boat trips to private dinners on the beach - or simply spend your time enjoying the gourmet restaurants and deeply luxurious spa treatments.
Marbella: Memorable tropical adventures
Positioned in the heart of the Costa del Sol's 'Golden Mile' and only five minutes to Old Town Marbella and Puerto Banús, the Marbella Club Hotel enjoys 325 days of sunshine. This prestigious resort on Marbella's beachfront offers beautiful tropical gardens, calm and safe waters that are ideal for swimming, and of course, the celebrated Beach Club where guests can expect first-class service and expertly made cocktails as they relax under the sun. The tranquil, rock-free seabed surrounding the resort creates perfect conditions for paddle surfing and kayaking, while scuba diving, windsurfing and motorised sports can be enjoyed off a nearby beach.
Grenada: Perfect for watersports
Located on one of the most beautiful beaches in Grenada, Grand Anse Beach, Silversands is a contemporary hideaway boasting 43 suites and villas, each highlighting the incredible natural beauty of Grand Anse Bay and its warm turquoise waters. This boutique hotel is ideal for beach lovers, with a selection of complimentary non-motorised watersports available- including kayaking, snorkelling and paddle boarding, allowing you to explore the wild natural beauty of nearby coves and enjoy the two miles stretch of white sands and the serene, sheltered waters of the Caribbean Sea. Ensuring a luxurious beach experience, Silversands' Beach Club is home to the Grenadian Grill, serving fresh catch of the day during a relaxed, feet-in-the-sand dining experience backed by the tunes of local bands and resident DJs, as well as stunning views over the Caribbean Sea.
The British Virgin Islands: Picturesque beaches and vibrant marine life
Nestled within a 500-acre private estate on the paradise island of Virgin Gorda, Rosewood Little Dix Bay offers the ultimate luxury beach escape, located in a picture-perfect crescent shaped bay. Exuding barefoot luxury, your dedicated butler will always be on hand to bring or arrange anything you desire before you make your way down to the pristine beach. Unwind and soak up the sunshine atop the white sand, explore the vibrant coral reef with sensational snorkelling opportunities, or enjoy other watersports such as waterskiing, sailing, and kayaking, while yacht charters and island tours invite you to explore the island's other beautiful beaches.
Mykonos: A beach for every desire
A member of 'Small Luxury Hotels of the World', Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort is conveniently situated right on Ayios Yiannis Beach. Throughout the hotel, the island of Mykonos' natural beauty shines through with picturesque stretches of sand, crystalline seas, azure-blue skies, and an earthen-coloured landscape bathed in the unique Aegean light. The hotel's beach is overlooked by a quaintly traditional Greek chapel, and offers exclusively reserved, complimentary sunbeds with attentive staff that will see to your every need. The emphasis on serenity and relaxation means that watersports are not organised, but fear not - Mykonos provides a beach for every taste and mood. Enjoy lively tavernas, sheltered coves and watersports on the glorious south coast or escape to the less developed, but equally beautiful beaches in the north.
Bali: Buzzing beach club and surfing opportunities
Overlooking the soft sands and rippling waves of Echo Beach and encapsulating Bali's famous surf culture along the island's southern coast, COMO Uma Canggu is a contemporary retreat which incorporates the destination's outstanding natural beauty with the brand's award-winning luxury hospitality. With panoramic views over the ocean and of the velvet volcanic sands, this relaxed Bali retreat is ideal for those looking for a beach escape, with a balmy year-round climate, complimentary daily activities, and guided surfing for the whole family with Tropicsurf on nearby beaches.
Koh Samui: Ocean lovers' paradise
Not one but two secluded beaches await you at The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui, a luxury tropical paradise nestled in a private bay. Simply unwind beneath the island sunshine, enjoy a trip on the resort's private luxury speedboat, or make the most of the complimentary non-motorised watersports - including kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkelling. The hotel is also home to the unique Swim Reef, the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia (within a resort) and home to over 50 species of beautiful marine fish. Scheduled feeding sessions and guided snorkelling are sure to delight all ages, while the reef also supports the conservation of clownfish and coral.