Beaches, islands, tropical sunshine – Fiji was made for relaxation. The options are almost endless here and so is the selection of accommodation, which ranges from beach bures, luxury beach spas, beach cottages, beachfront hotels to motels...and more.
For white sands and calm lagoon waters, the Coral Coast is hard to beat; the Yasawa islands are famous for their fabulous blue lagoons and silver sands; the magnificent beaches of the Mamanucas enjoy unforgettable sunsets and superb snorkelling. In the north, Tavenui is the place to go for diving, and while this island doesn’t have quite so many beaches, it has a whole lot of charm. Then there’s unspoiled Kadavu or Vatulele in the southern group... the choice is yours!
There’s a Fijian resort for every possible taste, including sophisticated world-class luxury and down-to-earth tranquillity, and something for every single beach-going budget.
Thailand’s magical resort island is ringed by beautiful beaches and a matching selection of tropical resorts. If it’s peace you’re after, you’ll find it at bays like Kata Noi and Bang Tao; if you’re planning to enjoy nightlife as well as time on the sand, base yourself somewhere near Patong, Phuket’s key party zone. To break away from the beaten track, why not head to Nai Thon or Mao Khao?
Kata and Karon offer plenty to do, Kamala Bay is great for families – and every single Phuket resort offers warm, blue seas, soft sand, palm trees and traditional Thai hospitality. There are world-class luxury resort hotels, tucked into the finest spots along the island’s coastline, as well as a great range of accommodation for budget travellers – and everything in between.
Phuket is all about pleasure: sunshine, sandy beaches, a leisurely lifestyle and good food in gorgeous surroundings.
Can this colourful island lay claim to the title ‘heaven on earth’? There are plenty of travellers who think so! Smack in the centre of the Caribbean Sea, it has been luring visitors of every age and every budget for many, many years. Its beaches and ports are legendary: Montego Bay, Kingston Town, Ocho Rios, James Bond Beach, Seven Mile Beach, Lime Key and Frenchman’s Bay – undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Doctor’s Cave Beach in Montego Bay has crystal, spring-fed waters and white, white sands; Turtle Beach and Mallard Beach in the Ocho Rios area are two of the island’s most popular resort bases. For scuba diving, head to Runaway Bay, and for the best surf in Jamaica, head to Boston Bay. There’s no way you can appreciate Jamaica’s many charms without experiencing them – and we know you’ll be glad you did.
Not only is this Australia’s most exciting big city – it’s one of the best beach destinations in the world. So, as a destination, it really does offer the opportunity to have your cake and eat it! If by chance you tire of the gorgeous golden sands, there are ample alternative attractions to keep you busy.
And, if you don’t want to stir from the shoreline, there’s simply no need – Sydney’s beaches are blessed with excellent amenities. Which one’s for you? There are more than 150 to choose from, so you can stay centrally and visit a new one every day, or base yourself somewhere like Bondi, Manly, Cronulla (with four beaches in one!), Dee Why or Palm Beach (aka Summer Bay in the TV soap Neighbours).
If you’re travelling with your family, check out leafy Clovelly, Bronte and the snorkelling trail in Gordon's Bay.
Famous and undeniably fabulous, Waikiki is the beach we all associate with Honolulu and surfing. But there are countless others: this city on the island of Oahu has access to bays and beaches of every possible kind, including black sand, white sand, towering surf, glassy calm, sophisticated or simple, crowded or quiet, sheltered or windswept. All of them are at their busiest during America’s winter season (December to February), and the perfect time for Australians to visit is during our winter, when the Honolulu weather is close to perfect.
If Waikiki’s not your kind of place, head to quieter Kahala, Kailua or the calm waters of Lanikai and Pokai Bay. Sunset and Waimea have huge winter surf, and Kahana Bay Beach Park is ideal for a family holiday. Sandy Beach is great for body-surfing, Kuhio is a sheltered extension of Waikiki itself, and for the adventurous, little Halona Beach Cove is a fun place to swim when the surf is calm – plus there’s a spectacular blowhole around the rocks.