Inspiration for your winter getaway with the world's most beautiful beach holidays
It might be a honeymoon holiday or the break you’ve been saving up for all year, but planning your next getaway is the best tonic on a grey and gloomy day. Take inspiration from our rundown of the most beautiful beach holidays on the planet and before you know it you’ll be jetting off to the perfect paradise.
Accessed by a long, steep road, the view once you arrive at Myrtos Beach is breathtaking with its majestic cliffs plunging into the sea. Considered one of the most beautiful beaches of the entire Ionian Islands with its wonderful turquoise water, this really is a little piece of paradise.
Possessing some of the best beaches in the world, Hawaii's Lanikai Beach means 'heavenly sea', and it truly lives up to its name. The beach is considered to be the best for swimming by locals and with its powdered sugar sand and sparking turquoise waters, is perfect to soak up the sun.
Bordered by the Great Barrier Reef and cradled by the calm waters of the Coral Sea are the Whitsunday Islands. With their super-fine, white silica sand, encompassed by luke warm, stunning azure waters, the 74 Whitsunday islands are the epitome of tropical paradise.
Renowned for its pale pink sand beaches, Harbour Island boasts the very best coastal trails in the Bahamas. Soak up the island's pure natural beauty with three miles of perfectly pink coral sand and gentle waters, ideal for swimming in.
Declared a nature sanctuary of the world, Palawan is wrapped in a mantel of rainforests and majestic mountains which tower above the pristine beaches. With a coral shelf, the marine life is colourful and varied, making this one of the most exotic destinations on Earth.
Floating off the coast of Tanzania, in the Indian Ocean sits Zanzibar. The ultimate place to relax and unwind, Nungwi Beach's powder-white sand is so fine it 'squeaks between your toes'.
A collection of 40 mostly uninhabited islands in the Caribbean, Providenciales tops the list of serene getaways. Its most famous beach, 12-mile-long Grace Bay, hosts the Princess Alexandra Marine Park, rich in aquatic life and home to the bottlenose dolphin.
A wilder and more dramatic coastline, the beach of Las Islas Cies in Galicia proves rustic and untamed beaches can make for all the more impressive views. And the sunsets? To die for.
Eight miles south of John O'Groats lies Sinclair's Bay in Caithness. When the sun comes out, the perfect white sand and sparkling blue sea make this beach look more like the Caribbean than Caithness. With a 16th-century castle enveloping the sands and an array of wildlife from porpoises to puffins this is paradise on home turf.
Take your pick of The Cook Islands' beaches, Atoll is just one of a cluster of some of the most spectacular coast lines in the world. With an alluring landscape, the island sits in a triangular shaped lagoon, where the snorkelling and diving in simply breathtaking.