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10 Most Unusual Beaches around the world

"Every time I stand on a beautiful beach, its waves seem to whisper to me. If you choose the simple things and find joy in nature's simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard."

Like most people I love the beach. I love to sit and listen to the ocean, watching the waves caress the sand. I love to ponder life, as I see the sea meld into the sky. This blog post will focus on the world's most unusual beaches. There are hundreds of thousands of beaches around the world, but some of them are truly breathtaking and stand out. There are beaches of various colors - red, green, pink, black, white and beige. There are shell beaches, glass beaches, rocky beaches and volcanic beaches. There are even hidden beaches. I will tell you about my favorite beaches that I have researched, when to go, where to stay and what to do while you are there. I hope you get to enjoy at least one of these magnificent beaches that nature has created.


Benagil Cave (hidden beach), Algarve, Portugal

Benagil Cave is one of the most iconic sea caves in Portugal, located on the southern coast, specifically in the Algarve region near the town of Benagil. What makes this cave so famous is its stunning natural architecture, with a large hole in the ceiling that allows sunlight to stream through, illuminating the sandy beach inside and creating a mesmerizing sight.

Many visitors choose to explore Benagil Cave by boat, either by joining a guided tour departing from nearby coastal towns like Portimão or Lagos or by renting a kayak or paddleboard. Swimming to the cave is also an option for strong swimmers, but it's important to consider safety and tidal conditions.


Benagil Cave is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the Algarve coast, attracting tourists and nature enthusiasts from around the world who come to admire its beauty and take in the unique experience of being inside a cave with such incredible natural light. If you're planning a visit, it's a good idea to check the local tide times and weather conditions to ensure the best experience!


Best time to visit: Summer


Where to stay:

Bela Vista Hotel & Spa

One of the most well-traveled hotspots on the European beach circuit, the Algarve region of southern Portugal is packed with its fair share of big-time resorts — and it’s the contrast with this backdrop of uniformity that makes a newly renovated 19th-century residence like the Bela Vista so appealing. Thankfully, the building stayed in the family over the years, so the redesign wasn’t a scorched-earth overhaul. Elements like the original bar in the main house have been retained, restored, and juxtaposed with modern furniture and eye-catching décor.


The historic house is perched on an outcrop above the beach, giving it a distinctive mansion-on-the-hill look. With the design update came a modest expansion, so guests can also choose to stay in the Blue House or the Garden House, the latter home to 20 rooms defined by personal terraces. Inside, the mildly Hitchcockian atmosphere of the exterior is replaced by the detail-oriented style of an urban design hotel. The lobby boasts one of the quirkier grand pianos we’ve ever seen, and the colorful, exacting sensibility puts an artistic spin on everything from floor tiles to fireplaces. Guest rooms are no exception — while the spirit of the old place asserts itself in the form of high ceilings and ornate wallpaper, contemporary furniture and bold hues generally prevail.


Amenities are upscale and up to date — this isn’t a bed-and-breakfast, despite the residential first impression — and the Bela Vista boasts service to match. Al fresco dining on the terrace involves a menu of local Algarve cuisine, while the pool and spa offer all the relaxation you can handle.


W Algarve

Flowing between low voltage casual and high intensity play, W Algarve adds a new and vibrant energy to the southern Portuguese coast. It's the place to turn up the heat and make waves! The west-facing 134 guest rooms and suites and 83 residences mix modern staging with locally influenced touches. Each room connects with large private balconies, while duplex living adds style to the WOW suites, all offering coastal rooftop views. Smoothly rolling between tempos, Market Kitchen serves regional and international cuisine, while Paper Moon adds winning Italian dishes into the mix. Sea Sky and AIR set the scene for eye-catching moments, and cabanas await at WET Deck for some sun worshiping and beats. Join in at FIT for high-intensity workouts or Bootcamps, relax at Sunrise Yoga or let therapists work their magic at AWAY® Spa. W Algarve is the place where everyone can be who they want to be.


Things to do in Algarve:

  • Beach Hopping: The Algarve is renowned for its stunning beaches with golden sands and crystal-clear waters. Some of the most famous beaches include Praia da Marinha, Praia da Falésia, Praia de Benagil, and Meia Praia. Whether you're into sunbathing, swimming, or water sports like surfing and snorkeling, there's a beach for everyone.

  • Explore Coastal Caves: Take a boat tour along the coast to explore breathtaking sea caves and rock formations, including the iconic Benagil Cave. Many tours depart from coastal towns like Lagos, Portimão, and Albufeira, offering the chance to discover hidden gems along the coastline.

  • Visit Historic Towns: Explore charming historic towns and villages dotted throughout the Algarve region. Places like Lagos, Tavira, Faro, and Albufeira boast rich history, picturesque architecture, and vibrant cultural scenes. Don't miss exploring the narrow cobblestone streets, visiting historical sites, and trying local cuisine in these towns.

  • Enjoy Outdoor Activities: The Algarve offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures. You can go hiking along scenic coastal trails, explore nature reserves like Ria Formosa or Monchique Mountains, and enjoy activities like cycling, birdwatching, or horseback riding.

  • Golfing: The Algarve is a popular destination for golf enthusiasts, with numerous world-class golf courses set amidst stunning landscapes. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned golfer, you'll find a variety of courses to suit your skill level and preferences.

  • Water Sports: From surfing and stand-up paddleboarding to jet skiing and parasailing, the Algarve is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. Many beaches offer equipment rentals and lessons, making it easy to try out new activities.

  • Indulge in Local Cuisine: Don't miss the opportunity to savor the delicious cuisine of the Algarve, which features fresh seafood, traditional Portuguese dishes, and regional specialties like grilled sardines, cataplana (seafood stew), and pastéis de nata (custard tarts). Explore local markets, seaside restaurants, and food festivals to experience the flavors of the region.

  • Relax and Unwind: With its laid-back atmosphere and beautiful scenery, the Algarve is the perfect destination for relaxation and rejuvenation. Spend leisurely days lounging on the beach, pampering yourself at a spa, or simply soaking up the sunshine and sea breeze.




Rose Island - Exuma Cays, Bahamas

Rose Island is home to a colony of feral pigs that have become a popular tourist attraction. These pigs, often referred to as the "swimming pigs," are known for their friendly and playful demeanor. Visitors can feed the pigs, take photos with them, and even swim with them in the crystal-clear waters surrounding the island.


The origin of the swimming pigs is a bit of a mystery, with various theories suggesting that they were either left by sailors or brought to the island as a tourist attraction. Regardless of their origins, the pigs have become beloved icons of The Bahamas and a must-visit destination for travelers.


In addition to interacting with the pigs, visitors to the beach can enjoy snorkeling, sunbathing, and picnicking on the beautiful white sand beach. Boat tours and excursions to Rose Island are available from nearby islands (Swimming Pigs with pickup: Pig can't fly, but they do Swim! (viator.com)), allowing visitors to experience this unique attraction as part of a larger adventure in the Exuma Cays.


If you're planning to visit, it's essential to respect the natural environment and the well-being of the pigs by adhering to guidelines for responsible interaction, such as not feeding them harmful foods and maintaining a safe distance to ensure both human and animal safety.

Best time to visit: Summer or Fall


Where to stay:

Grand Isle Resort

Grand Isle Resort and Residences is a luxurious villa only resort located in Emerald Bay on Great Exuma Island in the Bahamas. Ideal for families and couples- Grand Isle Resort and Spa offers finely appointed 1- to 4-bedroom villas and penthouses with a variety of spectacular views. Each of the 74 spacious- luxurious villas offer a variety of highly appointed amenities such as fully equipped gourmet kitchens- full living areas, en suite bathrooms, large screen TVs, dedicated wireless internet, and private balconies or terraces. Grand Isle Resort and Residences features 2 full-service restaurants, spa and fitness center, access to the golf course at Emerald Bay and a stunning infinity edge pool just steps from the sugar white sand beach and living coral reef.


Sandals Emerald Bay

Deep within the idyllic waters of the Exumas, Sandals Emerald Bay brings unprecedented luxury to the easy-going rhythms of the Bahamian Out Islands. This luxury Bahamas resort is a privileged enclave, designed to ensure you’ll feel like you’re the only ones there, where service reigns supreme and Bahamian-style architecture of elegant villas and suites harmonize with nature. Secluded within 500 tropical acres along a pristine, mile-long beach, civilized pleasure coexists with exotic adventures, from two impressive pools — including a half-acre, zero-entry pool with a dramatic fire pit in the middle — to 11 exceptional restaurants.

Things to do in the Bahamas:

  • Relax on the Beaches: The Bahamas is home to some of the world's most beautiful beaches with powdery white sand and turquoise waters. Whether you're visiting Cable Beach in Nassau, Pink Sands Beach in Harbour Island, or Gold Rock Beach in Lucayan National Park, you'll find plenty of opportunities for sunbathing, swimming, and water sports.

  • Snorkeling and Diving: Explore the vibrant underwater world of The Bahamas by snorkeling or scuba diving. With crystal-clear waters, colorful coral reefs, and diverse marine life, The Bahamas offers fantastic diving and snorkeling opportunities. Some popular dive sites include the Andros Barrier Reef, Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, and the Blue Hole near Andros Island.

  • Swim with Pigs: Experience the unique thrill of swimming with pigs at Pig Beach in the Exuma Cays. These friendly and playful pigs have become a famous attraction in The Bahamas, and visitors can interact with them, feed them, and take photos with them in the shallow waters surrounding their island home.

  • Explore Nassau: Discover the vibrant culture and rich history of The Bahamas by exploring Nassau, the capital city. Visit historic sites like Fort Charlotte and Fort Fincastle, stroll through the colorful streets of downtown Nassau, and shop for souvenirs at the famous Straw Market. Don't forget to try local Bahamian cuisine, such as conch fritters, cracked conch, and Bahamian-style fried fish.

  • Go Island Hopping: Explore the diverse islands and cays of The Bahamas by going on an island-hopping adventure. Whether you're hopping between the islands of the Abacos, exploring the Exuma Cays, or visiting the Out Islands like Eleuthera and Long Island, each island offers its own unique attractions and experiences.

  • Enjoy Water Sports: The Bahamas offers a wide range of water sports and activities for thrill-seekers. Try your hand at jet skiing, parasailing, kiteboarding, or deep-sea fishing for an adrenaline-pumping adventure on the water.

  • Experience Junkanoo: If you're visiting The Bahamas during the holiday season, don't miss the chance to experience Junkanoo, a vibrant and colorful street parade with music, dancing, and elaborate costumes. Junkanoo is celebrated on Boxing Day (December 26) and New Year's Day (January 1) and is a highlight of Bahamian culture and tradition.

  • Relax at a Resort: The Bahamas is home to numerous luxury resorts and hotels offering world-class amenities and stunning oceanfront views. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway, a family-friendly resort, or an all-inclusive vacation package, you'll find plenty of options to suit your needs and preferences.

  • Explore Nature Reserves: Discover the natural beauty of The Bahamas by exploring its protected nature reserves and parks. Visit the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, the largest marine protected area in The Bahamas, or explore the Lucayan National Park on Grand Bahama Island, home to one of the world's longest underwater cave systems.


Pink Sands, Bahamas

Pink Sands Beach is one of the most famous and beautiful beaches in The Bahamas, located on Harbour Island, a small island just off the northern coast of Eleuthera. What sets Pink Sands Beach apart and gives it its name is its stunning pink sand, which stretches for approximately three miles along the island's eastern shore.


The pink hue of the sand comes from the microscopic coral insects known as foraminifera. These tiny organisms have pink shells, and when they die, their shells mix with the white sand and crushed coral, giving the beach its distinctive blush color. The contrast of the pink sand against the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean creates a mesmerizing and picturesque scene that attracts visitors from around the world.


In addition to its unique sand, Pink Sands Beach is renowned for its calm and clear waters, making it perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and other water activities. The beach is also relatively uncrowded compared to some other popular beaches in The Bahamas, offering a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere for visitors to enjoy.


Best time to visit: Summer or Fall


Where to stay:

The Cove Eleuthera

The Cove Eleuthera is the serene side of the Bahamas. An intimate destination on the Caribbeans most alluring pink sand beach all villas guest rooms and suites blend urban chic with island charm. Situated on 40 lush acres offering direct access to the pristine turquoise waters of the Caribbean. The Cove Eleuthera offers an authentic Bahamian island escape.

Things to do in Bahamas:

  • Relax on the Beaches: The Bahamas is home to some of the world's most beautiful beaches with powdery white sand and turquoise waters. Whether you're visiting Cable Beach in Nassau, Pink Sands Beach in Harbour Island, or Gold Rock Beach in Lucayan National Park, you'll find plenty of opportunities for sunbathing, swimming, and water sports.

  • Snorkeling and Diving: Explore the vibrant underwater world of The Bahamas by snorkeling or scuba diving. With crystal-clear waters, colorful coral reefs, and diverse marine life, The Bahamas offers fantastic diving and snorkeling opportunities. Some popular dive sites include the Andros Barrier Reef, Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, and the Blue Hole near Andros Island.

  • Swim with Pigs: Experience the unique thrill of swimming with pigs at Pig Beach in the Exuma Cays. These friendly and playful pigs have become a famous attraction in The Bahamas, and visitors can interact with them, feed them, and take photos with them in the shallow waters surrounding their island home.

  • Explore Nassau: Discover the vibrant culture and rich history of The Bahamas by exploring Nassau, the capital city. Visit historic sites like Fort Charlotte and Fort Fincastle, stroll through the colorful streets of downtown Nassau, and shop for souvenirs at the famous Straw Market. Don't forget to try local Bahamian cuisine, such as conch fritters, cracked conch, and Bahamian-style fried fish.

  • Go Island Hopping: Explore the diverse islands and cays of The Bahamas by going on an island-hopping adventure. Whether you're hopping between the islands of the Abacos, exploring the Exuma Cays, or visiting the Out Islands like Eleuthera and Long Island, each island offers its own unique attractions and experiences.

  • Enjoy Water Sports: The Bahamas offers a wide range of water sports and activities for thrill-seekers. Try your hand at jet skiing, parasailing, kiteboarding, or deep-sea fishing for an adrenaline-pumping adventure on the water.

  • Experience Junkanoo: If you're visiting The Bahamas during the holiday season, don't miss the chance to experience Junkanoo, a vibrant and colorful street parade with music, dancing, and elaborate costumes. Junkanoo is celebrated on Boxing Day (December 26) and New Year's Day (January 1) and is a highlight of Bahamian culture and tradition.

  • Relax at a Resort: The Bahamas is home to numerous luxury resorts and hotels offering world-class amenities and stunning oceanfront views. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway, a family-friendly resort, or an all-inclusive vacation package, you'll find plenty of options to suit your needs and preferences.

  • Explore Nature Reserves: Discover the natural beauty of The Bahamas by exploring its protected nature reserves and parks. Visit the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, the largest marine protected area in The Bahamas, or explore the Lucayan National Park on Grand Bahama Island, home to one of the world's longest underwater cave systems.


Black Sand Beach - Punaluu, Hawaii

Best time to visit: Spring or Fall


Where to stay:

The Ocean Bungalows

Tucked away within a lush indigenous Hawaiian landscape, these 42 exclusive private bungalows grouped in clusters of six are inspired by the ocean at your feet and the unforgettable landscape around you. The private oasis setting is enough to impress. But it’s the exclusive personalized service to meet every need that makes your stay truly exceptional. And wildly unique.


Turtle Bay Resort

eply rooted in the land, the history, and the layered richness of Oʻahu, at Turtle Bay you’ll find an authentic connection to a place of uncommon natural splendor and the warm, welcoming community within it. Where your days are filled with constant discovery and moments that touch your soul, allowing you to explore the uncommon depths of this remarkable coast. Let the fresh smell of the ocean breeze, calming sound of waves crashing below, and the spirit of Aloha take you away. More than just a greeting, we take the meaning of Aloha very seriously. It’s kindness and harmony, warmth and patience. When you're searching for a place to stay on O'ahu's North Shore, Turtle Bay has you covered. Here, you're treated like family. It's a bit like coming home and reconnecting with old friends. The connections you make here have a way of staying with you long after you’re gone. And calls you back again.

Things to do in Oahu:


Papakolea - Big Island, Hawaii

Papakōlea Beach, also known as Green Sand Beach or Mahana Beach, is one of only four green sand beaches in the world. The green color of the sand comes from olivine crystals that are found in the cinder cone remnants of volcanic activity1. The beach is quite secluded and requires a hike to reach, but it’s a unique and memorable experience for those who visit.

Best time to visit: Autumn


Where to stay:

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

Edging the western coast of Hawaii's breathtaking Big Island, Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is a beachfront haven in a stunning travel destination. Find your respite in scenic hotel accommodations with contemporary comforts and signature amenities. Elevate your experience in select suites and resort rooms overlooking beautiful Anaeho'omalu Bay. Ignite your senses with delectable dining at our hotel restaurants and be sure to attend the Sunset Luau for music, dancing and classic Big Island fare. Hone your golf game at two championship courses or spend the day lounging on an immaculate white-sand beach. Host flawless meetings, weddings and social affairs in inspiring event space with custom catering and expert planners. After a full day in Hawaii, refresh your well-being with massage, beauty and wellness therapies at our hotel spa. With three sparkling outdoor pools, a waterslide and covered beachfront location, Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is an island oasis on the lovely Big Island of Hawaii.


Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection

Nestled along the stunning Kohala Coast and in the piko, or spiritual center, of five great mountains, Mauna Lani is a sacred oasis where generations of families and friends have made memories together on soulful lands once cherished by the greatest of Hawai'ian royalty. Greet the morning sun as it rises above the mountains’ peaks from the seat of an outrigger canoe. Talk story with friends old and new at the Great Lawn as the sounds of ocean waves and laughter mingle. Taste the legacy at Hawai'i's premier dining destination, CanoeHouse, an iconic restaurant cherished by all. As you walk this storied coastline, embrace the mana, or spiritual energy, that has endured through time, spanning decades of legends and reimagined for all.


Things to do on Big Island, Hawaii:

  • Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Explore the two active volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Kilauea. Kilauea has been active since 1983 and is a must-see for visitors.

  • Night Snorkel or Dive with Manta Rays: Experience the thrill of swimming with manta rays at night, a truly unique adventure.

  • Sample Kona Coffee: Take a tour of a coffee farm and sample some of the world-famous Kona coffee.

  • Go to Punalu’u Black Sand Beach: Witness the stunning black sands formed by volcanic activity.

  • See Papakōlea Green Sand Beach: One of the only four green sand beaches in the world, formed from olivine crystals.

  • Enjoy a Beach Day at Hapuna Beach: Relax on one of the island’s largest white sand beaches.

  • Snorkel Kealakekua Bay: Visit the Captain Cook Monument and enjoy the vibrant marine life in the bay.

  • See 'Akaka Falls: Visit the Akaka Falls State Park to see the majestic 442-foot tall waterfall.

  • Catch a glimpse of Rainbow Falls: Known for the rainbows that form in the mist of the waterfall.

  • Visit Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site: Learn about the history of the island at this ancient temple.



Glass Beach - Kauai, Hawaii

What makes Glass Beach so special is its abundance of smooth, frosted glass pebbles that have been naturally tumbled by the ocean over time. The glass comes from discarded bottles, jars, and other glass items that were dumped in the area many years ago. Over decades, the glass has been broken down and polished by the waves, creating a beach adorned with shimmering gems in various hues of green, brown, blue, and occasionally rarer colors like red and orange.


Visitors to Glass Beach often enjoy combing the shoreline for sea glass treasures, which can make for a fun and rewarding beachcombing experience. It's important to note that while collecting sea glass is permitted, visitors are encouraged to respect the environment and avoid taking large quantities or disturbing the natural habitat.


In addition to searching for sea glass, Glass Beach offers stunning coastal scenery, with rugged cliffs, turquoise waters, and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. It's a picturesque spot for photography, picnicking, and simply enjoying the beauty of nature.

Access to Glass Beach can be somewhat challenging, as there is no direct road or official trail leading to the beach. Visitors typically park along the nearby highway and hike down a short, steep path to reach the shoreline. Due to its remote location and rugged terrain, Glass Beach tends to be less crowded than some of Kauai's more popular beaches, offering a tranquil and secluded atmosphere for those who venture to explore it.

Best time to visit: Spring or Fall


Where to stay:

Ko'a Kea Resort

Oceanfront Hawaiian boutique hotel on the south shore Poipu Beach on Kauai island offers 121 rooms-Beachfront accommodations in luxury hotel with swimming pool, whirlpool-onsite, spa, and locally acclaimed restaurant Red Salt and pool bar.


The Lodge at Kukui'ula

The minute you arrive at The Lodge at Kukui’ula on the south shore of Kaua'i, you learn quickly that there’s nowhere else that compares – in Hawai’i, or the world. In this haven of barefoot luxury, you’ll enjoy exclusive access to the sprawling amenities of The Club at Kukui'ula when staying in one of our luxury vacation rentals in Poipu, Kaua'i. Two Club Neighborhoods with elegant homes featuring authentic plantation-style architecture meander down a tree lined drive towards The Club; and a third enclave of contemporary Hawaiian villas overlook the private golf course and sunsets over the Pacific Ocean.

Things to do in Kauai:

  • Explore Waimea Canyon: Often referred to as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific," Waimea Canyon offers stunning panoramic views, hiking trails of varying difficulty levels, and scenic overlooks. Don't miss the Waimea Canyon Lookout and Pu'u Hinahina Lookout for some of the best views.

  • Visit Na Pali Coast: Explore the rugged Na Pali Coast by hiking the Kalalau Trail (permit required for overnight stays), taking a boat tour, or experiencing it from above via helicopter or scenic overlooks like the Kalalau Lookout and Pu'u O Kila Lookout.

  • Relax on Beaches: Kauai is home to numerous beautiful beaches catering to different preferences. Some popular ones include Poipu Beach for snorkeling and sunbathing, Hanalei Bay for swimming and surfing, and Ke'e Beach for its stunning backdrop and access to the Kalalau Trail.

  • Take a Helicopter Tour: Experience Kauai's dramatic landscapes from a different perspective by taking a helicopter tour. Fly over waterfalls, valleys, and the iconic Na Pali Coast for an unforgettable adventure.

  • Go Snorkeling or Scuba Diving: Explore Kauai's vibrant underwater world by snorkeling or scuba diving. Tunnels Beach, Anini Beach, and Poipu Beach are popular snorkeling spots with clear waters and abundant marine life.

  • Hike to Hidden Waterfalls: Embark on scenic hikes to discover hidden waterfalls tucked away in Kauai's lush interior. Some popular waterfall hikes include the hike to Wailua Falls, Hanakapiai Falls along the Na Pali Coast, and the trek to Ho'opi'i Falls.

  • Kayak or Stand-Up Paddleboard: Paddle along Kauai's scenic rivers and coastline by renting a kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Wailua River and Hanalei River are popular spots for kayaking, while Hanalei Bay offers calm waters for paddleboarding.

  • Experience Hawaiian Culture: Learn about Hawaiian culture and history by visiting cultural sites such as the Wailua River State Park, Limahuli Garden and Preserve, and the Kauai Museum. Attend a traditional luau for a taste of Hawaiian cuisine and entertainment.

  • Golfing: Kauai boasts several world-class golf courses set amidst stunning scenery. Tee off at courses like the Princeville Makai Golf Club, Poipu Bay Golf Course, and Puakea Golf Course for a memorable golfing experience.

  • Enjoy Local Cuisine: Indulge in fresh seafood, tropical fruits, and traditional Hawaiian dishes at local restaurants and food trucks. Don't miss specialties like poke bowls, kalua pig, loco moco, and shave ice for a taste of Kauai's culinary delights.



Red Sand Beach - Hana, Hawaii

Kaihalulu Beach, commonly known as Red Sand Beach, is a stunning natural wonder located in Hana, Maui, Hawaii. Here’s what makes it special:


Unique Red Sand: The beach is famous for its striking red sand, which gets its color from the oxidization of iron from the surrounding volcanic cinder cone.

Scenic Location: Nestled in a secluded cove with steep cliffs on one side and the blue ocean on the other, it offers breathtaking views.

Trail Access: The path to the beach is narrow and can be treacherous, passing through private property. It’s recommended only for experienced hikers and to be attempted when weather conditions are good.

Safety Considerations: Due to the challenging trail and potential for strong currents in the cove, visitors are advised to exercise caution.

Clothing Optional: The beach is known to be “clothing optional,” so be prepared for a naturalist experience.


Best time to visit: Autumn


Where to stay:

Hana-Maui Resort

Hana Maui Resort is Located at the end of the famed road to Hana featuring 75 guest rooms spread over 66 lush tropical acres. Accommodations consist of plantation-style Ocean Bungalows Garden View rooms and 1- and 2-bedroom Waikaloa condos. To enjoy the comforting sounds of the island, the rooms are free of radios clocks and televisions.


Grand Wailea Maui

Overlooking the southern shores of Maui, the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel is a 40-acre property provides open spaces for the active vacationer, beauty for romantic getaways and fun for the whole family. The resort is situated on one of America's top beaches, featuring luxury accommodations, the action-packed, 2,000-foot long Wailea Canyon Activity Pool, the unparalleled Spa Grande, the exquisite Seaside Chapel for weddings and vow renewals and an array of recreational activities including championship golf and tennis. Set on 40 meticulously landscaped acres fronting Wailea Beach, the Grand Wailea celebrates the aloha spirit. The enchantment begins upon arrival with a lei greeting and continues as you soak up sunshine to the whispers of palm trees. Explore the beach and pools by day, then dine by torchlight after viewing a spectacular sunset. Sparkling fountains, koi ponds, and a priceless collection of art delight and captivate at every turn.

Things to do in Maui:

  • Attend a Luau: Experience Hawaiian culture with a traditional luau, featuring Polynesian dances, music, and a feast of local cuisine.

  • Maui Ocean Center: Discover Hawaii’s marine life at the Maui Ocean Center, an aquarium that provides a glimpse into the diverse underwater world of the islands.

  • Whale Watching: Depending on the season, you can join a whale-watching tour to see humpback whales in their natural habitat.

  • Go Zip Lining or Rappel Down a Waterfall: For the thrill-seekers, Maui offers exciting activities like zip lining through the jungle or rappelling down a waterfall.

  • Wine Tasting: Visit the upcountry regions of Maui and enjoy wine tasting at local vineyards, with unique offerings like pineapple wine.

  • Relax and Unwind: Sometimes, the best activity is no activity at all. Find a quiet spot on the beach, under the shade of a palm tree, and enjoy the serene environment with a tropical drink in hand.

  • Explore the Beaches: Maui boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Wailea Beach, for instance, is known for its golden sands and clear waters, perfect for swimming and sunbathing.

  • Snorkeling and Diving: The clear waters of Maui are ideal for snorkeling and diving, where you can explore vibrant coral reefs and encounter sea turtles and tropical fish.

  • The Road to Hana: This scenic drive takes you through lush forests, past waterfalls, and along the coast, offering breathtaking views and the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the island.

  • Visit Haleakalā National Park: Witness the sunrise above the clouds or hike the trails of this massive volcano that forms more than 75% of the island of Maui.


Vaadhoo - Maldives

Vaadhoo Island is a remarkable destination in the Maldives, known for its stunning natural phenomenon called bioluminescence. This magical display, often referred to as the “Sea of Stars,” is caused by a type of plankton known as dinoflagellates, which emit a glowing blue light when disturbed by motion such as waves or footsteps.

Best time to visit: November to April


Where to stay:

Angsana Velavaru Maldives

Perched on an expansive private lagoon in the virtually untouched South Nilandhe Atoll in the Maldives, and just a 40-minute seaplane journey from Velana International Airport, Angsana Velavaru (known as "Turtle Island" in the local Dhivehi language) is surrounded by sparkling turquoise waters with ocean views as far as the eye can see.


Angsana Velavaru is the perfect Maldivian island destination playground, offering 3 All-Inclusive Packages designed to cater to different types of holidaymakers. From gourmet foodies and family travellers to spa lovers and novice and experienced divers, Angsana's All-Inclusive Concept introduces a new style of intrepid travel in the Maldives, so you can experience the very best of #AngsanaMoments during your holiday.


Joali

An art immersive luxury island resort, nestled on Muravandhoo Island in Raa Atoll in the northern reaches of the Maldives. Where dreamy ivory sands meet brilliant blue waters, home to coral reefs brimming with life and color. Raise a toast to sustainable glamour in this magical realm, a constant expression of joie de vivre.


Spread all across the verdant island, our 73 spacious accommodations redefine sustainable glamour. Choose from a selection of beach villas, over-water villas and expansive residences.


With inspiring artworks and indulgent amenities, each accommodation offers a haven of blissful luxury. Stunning ocean views offer a backdrop of turquoise and azure, with a private infinity pool for sun-splashed swims and midnight dips.


Your dedicated Jadugar (private butler) can help you arrange virtually anything. Share a gourmet breakfast in bed, plan a surprise proposal for your soulmate, or host a dazzling celebration for your tribe.


Bicycles are provided for all guests, ideal for those who love to pedal their way to new discoveries and spectacular views.


Things to do in Maldives:

Relax on the Beaches: With sugar-white sand and striking turquoise water, the beaches are perfect for relaxation.

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling: The Maldives offers clear visibility and warm waters, making it ideal for exploring the underwater world, including vibrant reefs and marine life.

Water Sports: Engage in water flying, tubing, parasailing, and more for an adrenaline rush.

Surfing and Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP): Catch the waves or enjoy a peaceful paddleboarding session.

Fishing: Try your hand at catching some local fish, with options ranging from traditional methods to sport fishing.

Spa Treatments: Indulge in relaxing spa treatments that often incorporate local ingredients and techniques.

Cultural Tours: Learn about the local culture and history through guided tours.

Dining: Experience the local cuisine at various resorts and local eateries.

Island Hopping: Visit different islands to see the diversity of the Maldives.

Whale Shark and Manta Ray Encounters: Take a guided tour to swim with these gentle giants of the ocean.


Xi Beach - Kefalonia, Greece

Xi Beach is a unique and popular destination on the island of Kefalonia, Greece, known for its distinctive red sand and clear, shallow waters. The beach is famous for its striking, red-colored coarse sand and the contrasting crystal-clear light blue waters. The red hue comes from the high iron content in the area.


Best time to visit: Summer


Where to stay:

Celestial Hotel Kefalonia

The Ionian island of Kefalonia is a more than worthy alternative to its counterparts on the Aegean side of the Greek mainland. And among the differences are a crop of boutique hotels whose style leans towards the sleek and modern, rather than the whitewashed and traditional. Celestial Suites is one of these. Set on a hillside just above Trapezaki Beach, it’s an adults-only (-ish) escape, limited to guests aged 15 and up — resulting in an atmosphere that’s tranquil enough to be worthy of the hotel’s heavenly name.


Its terraced construction maximizes guests’ exposure to the views, both of the Ionian sea (with Zakynthos in the distance) and of Mount Ainos, the dominating geographical feature of southern Kefalonia. And it gives the suites plenty of space to spread out — each one, impressively, comes with its own plunge pool and private terrace, many of them offering views of the sea. There’s a central communal pool as well, partially covered and illuminated from above with star-like lights. Meanwhile a small spa and a well-equipped gym round out the leisure offerings, while the restaurant, Florencia, serves upscale pan-Mediterranean fare in an open-air space set right by the poolside.


Eliamos Villas Hotel & Spa Kefalonia

Eliamos Villas Hotel & Spa benefits, first and foremost, from a beautiful location on the south coast of Kefalonia, on a hillside above a beach, looking out over the Ionian Sea. Also auspicious: its owner is an interior designer and judging by the look of the hotel’s 12 villas, a fine one indeed — these spaces combine crisp contemporary design and the warmth of materials that feel handmade, all without a hint of Greek-island kitsch. There’s a small spa as well as a gym with facilities for yoga and Pilates, and an outdoor infinity pool; the hotel’s restaurant and bar occupy an impressive open-air space.

  • Things to do in Kefalonia: Asos Village: Visit this picturesque village with colorful streets and a tranquil pebbled beach. Don’t miss the Venetian castle for stunning views.

  • Myrtos Beach: Known for its beautiful viewpoint, it’s a must-see for beach lovers.

  • Melissani Cave: Explore this breathtaking sea cave with its crystal-clear waters.

  • Drogarati Cave: Marvel at the impressive stalactites and stalagmites in this ancient cave.

  • Argostoli City: Discover the capital city’s vibrant atmosphere and cultural sites.

  • Beach-Hopping: With numerous beaches, some accessible only by boat, you’re in for a treat.

  • Guided tours: including wine tastings or sailing excursions



Pfeiffer Beach - Big Sur, California

Pfeiffer Beach is a stunning coastal destination located in the Big Sur region of California. Here’s what makes it special:


Keyhole Arch: The beach’s most iconic feature, perfect for photography, especially during sunset when the light passes through the arch.

Purple Sand: Unique manganese garnet particles washed down from the cliffs give parts of the sand a purple hue.

Secluded Location: Tucked away and not visible from the highway, it offers a sense of discovery and privacy.

Scenic Views: Dramatic sea stacks and wildflowers in spring add to the beach’s natural beauty.

Wildlife: Keep an eye out for marine life and birds, and you might spot surfers braving the waves.


Best time to visit: Spring or Fall


Where to stay:

Alila Ventana

With 54 secluded suites featuring expansive balconies, 160 magnificent acres of natural splendor on the rugged Pacific coast, and thoughtful amenities and activities, Alila Ventana is a standout way to experience Big Sur. This is an all-inclusive property, adults-only resort.


Post Ranch Inn

High atop the cliffs of Big Sur, the striking views and otherworldly serenity can’t help but stir your soul. Find your calm, and so much more. With rooms nestled into the California coastline and feature charming, locally inspired decor. Without televisions or alarm clocks to distract, Post Ranch is a destination in which to reconnect with your partner or yourself. High atop the cliffs of Big Sur, sits Sierra Mar, where guests are treated to a farm-driven dining experience that is perfectly complemented by an award-winning wine list, exceptional design and architecture and unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean.


Things to do in Big Sur:

  • Bixby Creek Bridge: Admire the stunning architecture and scenic views from one of the most photographed bridges in California.

  • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park: Home to the famous McWay Falls, an 80-foot waterfall that flows directly into the ocean.

  • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve: Explore the trails offering diverse landscapes, from rocky shores to lush forests.

  • Limekiln State Park: Hike through redwood groves and explore the historic limekilns.

  • Henry Miller Memorial Library: A cultural center celebrating the late writer, artist, and Big Sur resident.


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chris.paynter
Jun 05

No Cornwall??😉

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