Have you dreamed of finding the best beach ever? We asked our favourite travel experts for their dream beaches, and asked the a&u team for their suggestions too. Find out about our top 10 beaches in the world, how to get there and where to stay etc.
Cala Bassa, Ibiza
Tamara Lohan, Founder of Mr & Mrs Smith
“My favourite beach has to be Cala Bassa in Ibiza – as great for grown-ups as it is for the kids. Book a daybed at the beach club, dine on amazing food and hear great music. It’s a very safe, sandy beach – perfect for little ones. In fact, I used to come here for paella under the trees when I was a little girl.”
Stay at Villa Conte with sea views and fab infinity pool.
Santa Giulia Beach, Corsica
Suzie Skipper, a&u Travel Editor
“Corsica is both beautiful and wild and there are so many fantastic beaches but Santa Giulia is my favourite. Shallow turquoise water and beautiful white sand – plus water sports and laid back beach bars to keep everyone happy.” Simpson Travel has a range of villas in Corsica, including the luxurious Villa Santa Giulia, overlooking the beautiful Santa Giulia Bay.
Playa Langosta, Costa Rica
Rory Byrne, Founder of Powder Byrne
“Leaving from one’s hotel room and emerging onto the beach after a short walk through the dense forest makes it feel truly unique and unspoilt.” Stay in boutique hotel, Cala Luna, which is ideal for families and make the most of the area’s incredible wildlife, sports (including surfing) and activities. Powder Byrne
Compton Bay, Isle of Wight
Emily Turner, a&u Editor
“Summer evenings at low tide don’t come much more idyllic. When the wind gets up the breakers are great for surf and the rocks were once the
home to Iguanadon who have left their footsteps among the rock pools.” You can camp in a lovely farm just above the beach comptonfarm.co.uk or try wightlocations.co.uk to find your perfect self-catering cottage.
Chesterman Beach, Canada
Lizzie Healey, Marketing Director at Turquoise Holidays
“The raw and rugged coastline from Tofino to Ucluelet, boasts vast expanses of golden beaches, hidden amidst protected wilderness. Learn to surf on Chesterman (my favourite), spot black bears, orcas and humpback whales or explore hidden coves and inlets by kayak or paddle board.” Rest weary heads at The Wickaninnish Inn. Lizzie has just relocated to Vancouver so watch this space for their tailor-made Canada programme.
Le Morne Peninsula, Mauritius
Julia Colls, a&u Contributing Editor
“The 5km stretch of white sandy beach on the stunning Le Morne peninsula in Mauritius is beyond beautiful. But what makes it even more perfect for families is the connecting lagoon (the island’s largest). Kids can learn to paddle board and kayak here in the safety of the shallow water. There’s also a sunken wreck in the middle, a perfect snorkelling site.” Stay at the Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa.
Rob Penn, author and director of bikecation.co.uk
“Sines in Alentejo, south of Lisbon in Portugal, has several magnificent Atlantic beaches and unspoilt coves. The whole coast is a great place to explore by bicycle. And once you’ve worked up an appetite, the food is great too.”
Cap Ferret, France
Annie Reid, Founder of a&u
“Two for the price of one: calm bay filled with oyster beds on one side of the picturesque headland and roaring Atlantic waves on the other side. You really can dip your toe in both in one afternoon. Hold on to your hat though as it gets very windy and those rollers aren’t for young children who would be safer in the natural pools of water dotted along the vast beach. But for supervised kids (of all ages) there is nothing more exhilarating.” Book accommodation with Red Savannah.
Bousoulas Beach, Halkidiki, Greece
Emma Barnett Spitzer, Managing Director, Tots Too
“We went on my birthday with my two young daughters. The Beach Bar is just wow. Literally around the corner from the glorious Sani Resort; this is windswept cool at its absolute best."
Callela de Palafrugell, Costa Brava, Spain
Amanda Grapes, Head of Design
“This beautiful little fishing village on the Costa Brava has numerous little sandy coves, beachside tapas restaurants and wonderful coastal paths suitable for all ages.” Amanda Grapes, Head of Design. Find a luxury Spanish villa at Scott Williams.