The beach is back. Or rather it will be, once the covid-19 lockdown comes to an end!
This inevitability being in mind, many caged jet setters and holiday makers are already doubtlessly planning their post-quarantine excursions already and a massive surge in international travel is bound to occur when it becomes possible again. If you’re the sort of person who’s always itching to see new lands and distant places, doubtless you will be one of them.
The lockdown having denied many people their own chance in the sun this summer, beach holidays are going to be a popular choice. But don’t just settle for any sundry beach resort – make your first holiday after social-distancing truly special by selecting only the most exclusive and beautiful beach hotels.
To help you, read through this selection of some of the world’s most famous and idyllic coastal resorts.
Situated on one of the many man-made isthmuses and islands that have helped make Dubai famous, the Atlantis is a luxury resort overlooking the dazzling Persian Gulf. Composed of two world-class resorts, the palatial Palm Resort and the ultra-modern the Royal Atlantis, this beach-side resort is a small green paradise on the edge of the Arabian desert.
As well as offering luxury rooms and first-rate service, the Atlantis also boasts a waterpark to help keep cool and Dubai’s biggest aquarium. The Atlantis is not just a hotel – arguably it is a destination in its own right, and one of Dubai’s most glamorous resorts.
Nothing quite says tranquil tropical luxury like the sun-kissed islands of the Pacific Ocean, making the islands of Polynesia some of the most highly sought tourist destinations on the planet. Placed upon its own island within French Polynesia, the Brando Resort features some of the most exclusive experiences around.
Seamlessly blending French elegance with Polynesian hospitality and charm, the Brando consists of thirty-five private villas spread out along the Edenic island of Tetiaroa, each one enjoying beautiful sea views and lush tropical greenery. As well as the beach being quite literally at the front door, the Brando also provides activities such as a spa, snorkelling, nature hikes, traditional Polynesian arts and crafts, and boating.
The Sultan of Oman once found the coast of Zanzibar so appealing that he relocated his entire court and set up his palace there. A quick stay at &Beyond Mnemba Island will easily demonstrate why he fell in love with it so much.
Placed upon Africa’s eastern shores, overlooking the Indian Ocean, &Beyond Mnemba Island describes itself as an “exclusive paradise” consisting of two dozen seaside cottages, including more spacious family accommodations. Each one has a private butler and immediate access to the surrounding beaches, offering amenities such as diving, yoga, massages and private boating excursions.
Harbour Island has been popular with celebrities and the wealthy ever since it set up business in the 1950s, offering a reclusive retreat on some of the Bahamas’ most tranquil beaches. Offering twenty-five spacious one- and two-bedroom cottages to its guests all providing ocean or garden views and a calming retreat from the rest of the world. The Hotel is awash with a welcoming yet sophisticated charm that seeks to recapture some of the majesty of 19th and 18th centuries.
As well as beachside activities such as swimming, diving and boating, the Pink Sands Hotel also provides fine-dining at its colonial-themed restaurant in Malcom 51, with fresh seafood and salad dishes offered daily.
Upon Brazil’s famous Ipanema Beach, the Hotel Fosano draws visitors for its location and views alone. Rio De Janeiro has long been acclaimed for the quality of its beaches and the warm Luso-American culture of its people, all of which are central themes of Hotel Fosano.
Its 79 rooms and 10 suites are modern and hugely comfortable, and the hotel is especially proud of its luxurious infinity pool found on the roof, offering a prime sight for viewing the Ipanema Beach.
Offering an entire private peninsula to its guests, the Amanpuri features some of the most scenic and beautiful beaches in South-east Asia. Built in a classic Thai style reminiscent of its historic temples and palaces, it provides an oasis of peace and meditative calm far away from the bustle of cities like Bangkok.
An easy half-hour drive from the Phuket International Airport, the Amanpuri blends Thai serenity with an international flare offering traditional Thai massages alongside modern comforts. Its dining likewise is a mix of Thai, Japanese, Mediterranean and Latin blends, while its amenities include private pools, reclusive beaches, and world-class sporting activities.
The Great Barrier Reef is a natural wonder, one of which Australia is most proud and keen to promote. The Qualia on Hamilton Island is especially proud of its connection to the Reef, offering its guests complete access to all its natural glory.
Even before guests arrive the Qualia treats its guests like VIPs, offering a chauffeured transport from the airport to the hotel. All facilities and amenities are exclusive, with world-class service and personally tailored experiences on hand. As well as quick access to the beach, and of course the Reef itself, the Qualia also provides gourmet dining, a spa, private pools, sporting activities, and helicopter tours of the island.
A small slice of Asian luxury within the bustling beach city of Miami, the Setai is a modern and reclusive retreat for those who want to enjoy their private relaxation without necessarily isolating themselves from the comforts of the city.
Providing several modern suites for its guests to stay in, the Setai focuses itself on providing first-class treatment with an Asian twist. Its design is sleek, stylish and sophisticated, all of which give immediate views and access to Miami beach. As well as a spa, the Setai also provides excellent retail therapy with its onsite boutiques and shops, and all the expected beachside activities are provided upon request.
A luxury five-star resort on the tropical Hawaiian island of Maui, the Four Seasons Resort offers the classic Hawaiian experience to all comers. Just a short walk away from the world-famous beaches and coves of this Polynesian state, it provides a beautiful beach resort experience as well as guided tours of Maui itself.
All its rooms are airy and comfortable, providing sea or poolside views, and available to both couples and to families. In-room dining is provided at all hours, while those wishing to eat set meals will be spoilt for choice over all of the Four Season’s high-quality restaurants, bars and cafes. The hotel offers numerous sources of entertainment, from pools to spas to daily activities and workshops, or else you can always head out on your own to the beach and retreat back in the evening to relax.
While some resorts on the Maldives may be flashier and more contemporary, few can stand up to the prestige and well-matured majesty of the Soneva Fushi Resort on the Baa Atoll, the Maldives’ original desert island getaway.
Completely surrounded by white sanded beaches and the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean, the Soneva Fushi truly provides all the best experiences of an exotic castaway fantasy. Its islands are idyllic and almost-untouched, while its island villas all offer spectacular sea and garden views, all just a hop, skip and jump away from the surf. The largest villas offer private amenities such as pools, spa areas and gyms, yet even the smallest are mini-palaces in themselves. In the evening fine dining and entertainment is provided by its world-standard chefs, including beachside picnics and elegant night-time dinner cruises.
We may be in lockdown right now but it won’t last forever – even if you can't hit these top-end beautiful beaches, where will you be getting your dose of sun, sea and sand on your next holiday?