Now that the Northern hemisphere has pulled down the curtains on another summer and turned up the heating in preparation for winter, it is only natural to cast a longing eye toward those beaches of the world that enable a return to relaxed days of sunlight and sea. Having said that, there are beaches and then there are – beaches.
Here are the Top 5 Beaches In The World:
Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti
It is a cliche but there’s a sound reason for that! This is simply the beach by which all others are measured. Crystal clear waters? Check. Teeming with marine-life? Check. Fine white sand? Check. Postcard-level palm tree leaning out to sea? Check. Do yourself a favour – as soon as you can – escape the continually increasing tourist numbers on Bora Bora and head to this corner of heaven on earth.
‘Zanzibar ‘ the name itself magics up visions of exotic travel and legendary beauty. This place stays true to the dream. In recent years this island has become something of an upgrade to a mainland safari but it has got a wizardry all of its own. With over 30 beaches to pick from, head to the island’s north and experience the shallow azure waters and relaxed beach vibe of Nungwi.
Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia
Ok I admit to a tiny issue with this beach – a miniscule problem. The sand. This four-kilometre beach is made up of sand that’s so tiny and fine it is 98% silica. It is literally squeaky clean. Each step produces a little squeak. That aside the Whitsunday National Parks have done a good job in preserving this beach. Access to the island is with a registered tour guide and visitors can only stay for a few hours. But what one or two hours these will be!
Be sure to add this to your itinerary when you plan your romantic Great Barrier Reef experience in Australia.
Maya Bay, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
You can’t blame Leonardo DiCaprio for everything – I tried! It is not his fault this beach is the template for remote and romantic beaches. Limestone cliffs caress white sandy beaches which lead to some of the best coral in the area. Since ‘The Beach ‘ was filmed here traveller numbers have exploded but if you time your visit right – early morning or late afternoon – you can still see it in all its natural glory.
Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
My wife’s reaction proves it all. Upon seeing this beach, our bags were – literally – thrown into the hotel room as she ran onto this beach. She did not break stride. The same could be said for the holiday infrastructure development in the area. Once the escape of a well-informed few the island has become the Caribbean destination du jour. With astonishing coral, 19-kilometer white beach delicately caressed by waves it is easy to see why. For an authentic T&C experience stay at the first beach hotel – Sorbonne.
Paul Kent is Managing Partner of boutique travel experience company Mr Aristotle and spends too much time on beaches to be a real job. So visit www.mraristotle.com and discover a world full of exclusive travel gifts for her …and him.