Discover the world’s best beaches

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Thanks to the soothing combination of sun, sea and sand, beach holidays offer the ultimate chance to unwind and relax. Pack your bags and set off to an exotic destination or quaint seaside town and discover some of the best beaches the world has to offer.

Whether you prefer a busy tourist beach bursting with fun and amenities or you’d be happier in a secluded cove to yourself, there’s just the holiday spot out there for you.

Choosing the most brilliant beaches

Some of the world’s most beautiful tropical beaches can be found at the Maldives. An amazing 1,102 islands form the 26 atolls that make up the Maldives, so you’ll have an astounding number of beaches to choose from. Enjoy the chance to swim with tropical fish or experience some deep relaxation during a luxurious stay in a quality resort at the water’s edge – the Maldives has everything you could want from a beach holiday. Find some top tips for great Maldives resorts from the Daily Mail.

Another excellent choice for a dream beach holiday is the Seychelles. There, you’ll find one of the world’s most photographed beaches and this archipelago in the Indian Ocean will treat you to many stunning views. There are over 100 beaches to explore, so Lonely Plant’s guide to some of the top spots in the Seychelles is a great place to start planning your trip. Alternatively, set sail for Hawaii and look forward to perfect green waters, calm surf and awe-inspiring coral reefs. Lanikai Beach is a particularly gorgeous example, with swaying palm and soft white sand, but you’ll find plenty more to choose from in Boston.com’s list of the 10 best Hawaiian beaches.

Classy beaches for luxurious breaks

When you think of New York, it’s likely that the city will come to mind. However, the state is home to some of the world’s loveliest beaches too. Plan a visit to The Hamptons, where you can enjoy windswept dunes, pristine sand and a fashionable set of fellow sunbathers. Be confident you’re picking the best of the bunch by researching your holiday with Fodor’s Insider’s Guide to the Hamptons. Jetsetters may also enjoy a trip to the fabulous and chic St. Bart’s. Located in the Caribbean Sea, it’s home to delicious French cuisine, stylish hotels and a selection of lovely beaches and coves, all offering excellent opportunities for relaxation and water sports.

If you’d prefer a quieter, less tourist-orientated spot, plan a holiday to Fraser Island in Australia. This Queensland paradise is the world’s largest sand island and a World Heritage Site, thanks to its 640 square miles of unspoiled natural paradise, rainforests and a stunning 161 miles of coast. The island accommodates all kinds of travellers, including everything from authentic backpacking experiences to fabulous stays luxurious resorts. The Sydney Morning Herald offers a very useful guide to some of the things you can see and do on a trip to Fraser Island, including some top tips for beach lovers.

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