I’m sure many of you have been counting the days until you can travel again – and with hope on the horizon, those days are now numbered and the world will soon open up. Beat the January blues (and the lockdown blues, and any other blues) by giving yourself something to look forward to: a balmy beach break, full of silky sands, shimmering seas and glorious sunshine. Here’s a handful of the best beach breaks high on our holiday list right now, here to inspire and warm you up this winter.
For many of us, an annual beach holiday feels like a necessity – a moment of calm and respite from our otherwise hectic lives. Most of us missed out on our beach holiday in 2020, which is why we’re looking ahead to 2021 and planning our top beach destinations for that all import week (or two) in the sun. Whether you enjoy powdery sand, rugged coastlines or bustling beachside towns – we have the perfect beach destinations for all, plus the best hotels to stay in when you’re there. Now is the ideal time to book in our incredible Black November Sale, where you can book ahead for your 2021 beach holiday.
Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands and also the historic capital. Due to its seafaring location, Rhodes played a huge part in the areas ancient history, some of which dates back centuries and can thankfully still be appreciated today. If you’re looking for a beautiful island beach holiday, that’s also got plenty of architecture to entertain history buffs, plus gorgeous natural landscapes to boot, then Rhodes and nearby Kos sound like the perfect destinations for your next Greek island getaway.
Situated in northern Greece, the region of Halkidiki is known for its three magnificent peninsulas (or legs as they’ve come to be called), each home to stunning beaches that lead into the Aegean Sea, and incredible natural vistas. The most popular peninsula with holiday-makers is Kassandra which is occupied by luxury hotels and sand-hugging resorts. If you’re looking for something off the beaten track then Sithonia is home to secluded coves, and in Athos, you’ll see a beautiful historic Byzantine monastery which can be viewed from afar.
Croatia is multifaceted, from its rugged rocky landscapes to historic buildings and crystal clear bays. The land on the Adriatic Sea offers the perfect place for beach, culture and active travellers. The diverse natural treasures of Croatia extend from the mainland to around 1,000 surrounding islands.
Few places are associated with glamour and elegance like the French Riviera. Jetsetters and celebrities have frequented this place to try their luck at the gaming tables and glide around on luxury yachts. What we call the Riviera, and as the French call it the Côte d’Azur, is the coastal strip that begins in the city of Hyères and stretches all the way to the eastern border where the Italian equivalent takes over.
The Philippines has been pegged as one of the most up-and-coming travel hotspots, thanks to its backdrop of serene natural habitats, UNESCO world heritage sites, relaxed local atmosphere, fabulous food and above all, the out-of-this-world beaches. We’re taking you island hopping to some of the county’s central islands.
Year-round sunshine, yacht-studded marinas and sparkling beaches make Miami an ever-popular choice for a glam getaway. But beyond the postcard-perfect sands of South Beach lies the city’s true appeal – a patchwork of diverse districts, each totally unique from the last. We’ve rounded up our pick of the city’s hippest ‘hoods – so don your shades, grab a margarita and dive head first into the only Miami neighbourhoods you need on your radar.
Contrary to the evidence of many light-pocketed tourists leaving Sin City, a trip to extravagant, flamboyant, downright infamous Las Vegas doesn’t have to entail spending the weekend sat at a blackjack table counting your losses. There are literally thousands of things to do in and around Vegas, and the iconic strip is truly just the beginning.
As a predominantly Hindu country, Bali has an overwhelmingly spiritual atmosphere that can’t go unfelt and is overflowing with extraordinary religious and altogether ethereal sights. You genuinely could spend every minute of your trip temple-hopping – every corner of this magical island has a magical temple to go along with it, and likely more than one – but presuming you also want to spend a …