For many, a summer trip to the beach is an idyllic getaway to soak up the sun in some of the most beautiful destinations across the globe. Here are a number of picturesque gems - from the shores of Ramatuelle to the beaches lying just above the equator in Thailand and Malaysia - travelers won’t want to miss:
Plage de Pampelonne - The Muse Saint Tropez (pictured)
For guests at the The Muse Saint Tropez, a five minute complimentary shuttle ride is all it takes to savor the sparkling turquoise sea. Plage de Pampelonne, the longest beach in Saint Tropez, offers beautiful views, multiple beach bars and clubs, and the option to kayak or jetski from April to September. The fine, white sand adorning the Mediterranean makes this local legend a remarkable and iconic site of natural beauty. After soaking in the sun, guests can return to the sun-blessed hills of The Muse and take a walk through the hotel’s three acres of sun-dappled self-sustainable gardens, or take a dip in the shimmering waters of the pool within the lush garden oasis.
Choeng Mon Beach, Bophut Beach and Chaweng Beach - The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui
Nestled within the embrace of a private sun-kissed bay, The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui is a premiere hotel surrounded by oceanfront beauty that makes for the perfect luxury getaway destination. Guests have many beaches to spend their days at during their stay - they can stroll along the powdery white-sand beach Choeng Mon, watch the sunset on Bophut Beach, or swim at Chaweng, Koh Samui’s most popular beach. Travelers can also enjoy the hotel’s one-of-a-kind Swim Reef. With scheduled supervised fish feedings and immersive snorkeling activities, guests can discover more of the crystal clear waters and get up close and personal with the wildlife.
Emerald Bay Beach - Pangkor Laut Resort
With Malaysia’s travel bans coming to an end, guests from near and far are once again welcome and can enjoy a stay this summer. Set off the west coast of Malaysia on its own 300-acre private island exclusive to guests, the five-star Pangkor Laut Resort is a tropical haven amidst pristine ancient rainforest. Guests can relax and take a dip in the turquoise waters of the Straits of Malacca as the island’s Emerald Bay Beach. Located on the opposite side of the resort in a quaint, secluded area and accessible only to guests of the resort, travelers can relax on the white sand and enjoy a private meal or cocktails at the charming Chapman's Bar.
During their stay, guests are also invited to hop on board Pangkor Laut's teakwood Oriental Junk and see the shores from a new angle. Evenings on the boat allow guests to circle around the private island paradise and enjoy free flowing soft drinks, house wine, and beer as they admire the island from the sea, bathed in the golden hues of the setting sun.
Bajau Laut Beach - Gaya Island Resort
Just off the coast of Borneo, Gaya Island Resort is fringed with rare flora, tropical blooms, and lush, golden sand, allowing guests to experience the beauty this island so close to the equator has to offer. During their stay, guests can spend their days on the Bajau Laut Beach, relaxing on the shores or swimming or diving among the coral reefs. The hotel also offers an exclusive Bajau Laut Beac Barbecue allowing guests to relish in the fresh bounty from land and sea as it is grilled in front of them over hot coals. The experience celebrates the cuisine of these sea-faring tribes while they wander the twinkling night sky through a telescope.
Curtain Bluff - Antigua
In celebration of Antigua’s most iconic resort’s 60th anniversary this year, Curtain Bluff has extended their season and launched two new guest offerings taking place in June and July - Health & Wellness Weeks program. Taking place over the dates of June 4-11 and July 23-30, during the Health & Wellness Weeks, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy daily intimate group classes such as Vinyasa Flow yoga practice, pilates, tennis lessons with in-house pros catered to all levels, and daily spa treatments from an exclusive Health & Wellness Week menu. Once weekly offerings will also be available, including aqua aerobics, a sunset meditation, fitness walk through Old Road Village and a hike to Boggy Peak (Mount Obama), Wallings Dam Nature Reserve, and Tobacco Bay led by in-house practitioners. Full details may be found here