A Guide to Some of the Most Relaxing Beaches in the World
Take a look at some of the most relaxing beaches in the world to help you make up your mind before you plan where you want to go for your next holiday. Close your eyes, dream of them and visualize that you are already there!
We all crave for the rest in one of the best vacation spots in the world, far away from a maddening crowd of the city and the hectic daily life. So what are the ingredients that make up the perfect holiday? A nice resort, the perfect sandy beach to sunbathe, unwind and relax and, most importantly, to have the loved ones at your sight.
The SeychellesSource: Jmhullot via Flickr
The beaches in the Seychelles look like spectacular ribbons encircling the cerulean waters in the backdrop of lush green hills. Anse Source d'Argent beach offers a shimmering lagoon with the color of the water being every shade of blue that you can imagine, large coral gardens and a variety of colorful fishes for underwater divers. For a completely secluded beach, you can always visit the Petite Anse beach, a 15-minute walk from the Great Anse where there will be no one but you and the occasional birds in the sky. It is the perfect opportunity to gather your thoughts and soak in the pleasure of having a beach all to yourself!
Bora BoraSource: Weyes via Flickr
Bora Bora is the destination for the perfect getaway with the seclusion of the South Pacific, ensuring that nothing will disturb you except the beauty of the place. The seawater here is one of the clearest that you will ever see and is accompanied by pristine white sandy beaches. Many of the resorts have their own private beaches. The beach at the Intercontinental Thalasso lets you gaze at the sea that is composed of different shades of emerald, turquoise, azure and royal blue which makes it look absolutely surreal. The beach at the Pearl Beach Resort which encircles the sheltered circular lagoon will make you want to linger here for just a bit longer and never go away!
KauaiSource: Jake_of_all_trades via Instagram
Kauai is the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain and offers a laid back and not so fussy accommodation and ‘things to do’ options. Not a place where you will get luxurious all-inclusive resorts. Rather live the same way as locals do. The good thing is that they do have some great beaches in store. They are the Makua Beach which is great for camping, snorkeling, and scuba diving, the Poipu beach Park which is a great facility for a family outing with numerous water rides and barbecue zones, and the Anini Beach which is great for windsurfing and diving as it houses the largest coral reef in Hawaii.
FijiSource: VatuVara Private Islands via Facebook
Out in Fiji, you will find some of the most relaxing beaches that you’ll ever see. With calm turquoise waters, golden beaches and luxurious resorts, it is the idea of the perfect getaway for you and your loved ones. Some of the best beaches that you can find are in Yasawa Island, which offers a great mix of resorts, spas and 11 completely secluded beaches that you can visit and embrace them as your own, even for the little amount of time that you spend there. Other options include the beach in Tokoriki Island where there is a lagoon and a coral reef, and it offers great options to kayak, snorkel or simply laze around. You can also find many private beaches which are exclusive as they are owned by resorts, so always check into one.
The British Virgin IslandsSource: Livedan330
Beaches of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are the best places in the world to visit. They are some of the most exclusive, and you can find many remote beaches that are completely secluded. A standout among them is the Smugglers Bay in Tortola, which offers calm waters and the best snorkeling experience that you can get in BVI, the long bay which is a white sand beach ideal for leisurely walks, swimming and sunbathing. The Apple Bay is a haven for surfers, and the Cane Garden Bay is a little more crowded and offers great food and a buzzing nightlife.
CorfuSource: Flora_hari via Instagram
The Corfu Island offers a great relaxation option if you are holidaying in Greece. It offers access to some of the remotest beaches that you can find in the country. Popular options include the Gardenos beach, which is great for solitude seekers with nothing else to do than take a walk around or take a swim and the Agios Georgios Pagon, which is a great spot to indulge in some windsurfing and scuba diving. You can also go for a swim on the calm shores at its far end.
LanaiSource: Rickh710 via Flickr
Another Hawaiian island to feature on this list, Lanai offers 18 miles of coastline with a number of beautiful beaches. Best options here include the Hulopoe Beach Park which is great for snorkeling and also for a swim. You can also go up northwest to the Polihua beach which is a gorgeous white sand beach and remains completely secluded most of the time. Swimming is generally discouraged there, but it is great for sunbathing and beachcombing.
NaplesSource: Rjamani786 via Flickr
Beaches in Naples offer the perfect mix of secluded, family and public beach spots. Popular options include Barefoot Beach reserve Park which offers great views of tidal creeks and mangrove swamps and is great for those who look for solitude. You can also hike along a 1-mile trail or visit the butterfly garden if you are bored of swimming or sunbathing all day long. The popular sea beach in Naples is the Delnor – Wiggins Pass State Park where you may not find any accompanying highrises which compliment beaches in Miami, but you will find nature trails and barbecue spots and camping areas for a family outing.
SantoriniSource: Gypsea Lust
You might not find many conventional sandy beaches in Santorini but they still offer a unique charm unmatched anywhere else. They are among the most relaxing beaches in the world and offer breathtaking views of the cliffs that loom around and you feel like you are lost on an abandoned island. The sand that you find on the beaches here is the dark volcanic sand which was once molten lava before. The best beach in Santorini is the Kamari which is a great place to swim, hang out and relax. To experience the party and hippy lifestyle, you can always explore the Perissa and Perivois beaches which do have a buzzing nightlife and are very popular among backpackers.
AnguillaSource: Pmarkham via Flickr
Anguilla is home to 33 of the most beautiful beaches and some of the best beach bars accompany them. The best beach that you will find here is the Shoal Bay beach which stretches to a point which is home to some fantastic reefs and then continues for a mile more. For more secluded options you can always go to Barnes Bay which offers a great opportunity for you to relax and unwind and also has snorkeling options.
Hawaii’s Big IslandSource: Josephinecasal via Instagram
The Big Island is home to some of the most relaxing beaches in the world, there are a large variety of beaches which are unmatched anywhere else. The color of the sand varies from golden, white, black to even green! The beaches are also accompanied with parks and trail paths which offer a great option for family outings. Best beaches here include the Onekahakaha Beach Park which offers a safe swimming area, great views of the Hilo Bay and is also perfect for snorkeling. Other options include the Hapuna Beach, which is very popular among the tourists offering camping and picnic facilities along with the conventional dip in the sea and sunbathing options. You can also visit the black sand beaches such as the Punaluu black sand beach and explore the indigenous wildlife of Hawaii basking on the sea shores.