Sun, Sea, and Sand: Our Favourite Beach Retreats
A gentle breeze playing across your skin, the warmth of the sun means you have been able to shed your heavy layers and can sit in just a T-shirt. You rise, and barefoot wander slowly, feeling the soft sand meld to the shape of your feet. The sand is warm, but you stand with the waves lapping around your ankles, cooling your hot skin. The blue of sea and sky seem to merge on the horizon. Later you will return to your room and lay on a bed of crisp white sheets and watch the curtain fluttering in the gentle wind. Heaven!
A beach retreat feels like the epitome of luxury, even without a beautiful hotel but these retreats turn a beach holiday into something utterly magical.
Imagine a little coral cay, right at the south tip of the iconic Great Barrier reef. Lined with white sand, and verdant with greenery, it is suffuse with wildlife and beauty. With a variety of accommodation and a plethora of activities, there is something for everyone.
Utter luxury is waiting to be discovered in this secretive Thailand destination. Whilst the island has remained an untamed jungle paradise, the resort offers every possible delight. Enjoy your own private villa and infinity pool. Spend an evening at the open air Cinema Paradiso, and cool down at the Chocolate and Ice cream parlour. In the evenings you can be gently raised into the trees in a bamboo pod to enjoy incredible food in an unforgettable way!
Viewed from Mombacho Volcano, the Isletas of Lake Granada are a beautiful sight. Head out to them by boat for seclusion and tranquility. Jicaro Island Ecolodge is a collection of private treehouse-like casitas where you can relax and enjoy your privacy. Sip cocktails in your hammock as you enjoy the stunning views and gentle breeze off the lake. The island is also a wonderful base from which to head out and explore the colonial architecture of Granada or the artisan market of Masaya.
We can’t talk about beach retreats without mentioning the original desert island hideaway in the Maldives. This little island of white sands and sparkling cerulean ocean is host to luxury villas where every wish will be catered for. Adults and children alike will find plenty to entertain them, from exploring the UNESCO protected coral reef and cycling the island, to switching off and enjoying the simple feeling of sun on your skin is utter tranquility. This is everything you imagine in an island escape.
Reconnect both with nature and yourself at Samasati Retreat. This yoga retreat is set high in the cloud forest but close enough to the ocean for you to enjoy views of the shimmering Caribbean Sea. The resort is designed to integrate with nature and provide a harmonious experience. Explore land and sea, getting to know the diverse local wildlife, or simply relax and ground yourself with daily yoga.