From remote islands in Japan to a Caribbean tropical paradise in Barbuda, we round up some of the world’s most exotic beach getaways where you can plan your next vacation.
Isrotel Dead Sea Resort and Spa, Israel
Nothing prepares you for the Dead Sea. That moment when you begin to float almost magically is a memory that will stay with you forever. Once that Instagram moment is frozen on your feed, it’s time to explore the Dead Sea’s other magical qualities. The Isrotel, on the edge of the Dead Sea, boasts of rooms with unhindered sea views and views of the Moav mountains in the distance. You can float on the Dead Sea as you flip through your Kindle or head to the Spa for therapies that feature the medicinal qualities of Dead Sea water and mud.
Suites from Rs 35,000/night; Website: www.isrotel.com
Setouchi Aonagi, Japan
The Setouchi Islands are a collective of thousands of islands that dot the Seto Inland Sea. They are quite secluded yet accessible from major hubs like Hiroshima. A mild climate, sparkling blue waters, olive groves and a bubbling local art scene — the islands host the Setouchi Triennale that showcases local and International artists — come together to make it an experience for all your senses. The Setouchi Aonagi is a seven-room hotel with views of the Seto Inland Sea and designed by Pritzker prize-winning Japanese architect, Tadao Ando. Each of the rooms has its own thermal bath while the hotel’s elaborate Kaiseki menus are legendary.
Rs 50,000/night; Website: www.setouchi-aonagicom
Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, Australia
Considering a beach holiday in Australia? Think beyond the Gold Coast or the Great Barrier reef. Sal Salis along the Western Australian coast is where the outback meets the reef. This hidden gem has emerged as one of the country’s premier true eco-luxe camping destinations. This beach-side safari camp offers fifteen wilderness tents with views of the bush and the beach. Stay closer inland and swim with over 500 species of colourful fish and 250 coral species or go beyond the reef to discover dolphins and humpback whales. You can also head to the Cape Range National Park and check out red kangaroos and rock wallabies or indulge in star gazing at night.
Rs 80,000/night; Website: www.salsalis.com.au
Capo Boi Premium Family Resort, Sardinia, Italy
If you’re looking at exploring a corner of Italy that has escaped your radar thus far, Sardinia is a compelling proposition. There’s Cala Goloritze, a beach that was created by a landslide in 1962, and is famous for its high 143-metre pinnacle above the cove and a natural arch. There’s no easy way to reach Goloritze — you either trek or take a boat. The Capo Boi is about two hours away from this beach and the best resort to explore Goloritze and the Sardinia coast. It’s encircled by hills with its own private white sandy beach with architecture that captures the quintessential Mediterranean vibe. You could unwind at the infinity pool or improve your swing at the nearby golf course.
Rs 35,000/night; Website: www.falkensteiner.com
Hotel Bastion, Zadar, Croatia
Dubrovnik might be Croatia’s most popular tourist hub, but second time visitors to the country now prefer the northern coast. Zadar is one such town where you might be able to evade tourists, but you can’t escape the magical sunsets here. Locals will remind you that Alfred Hitchcock was mesmerised by one such sunset in the 1960s. Zadar’s Old Town has a smattering of Roman, Byzantine and Venetian architecture. The city is a short ferry ride to Saharun, one of Croatia’s most idyllic beaches. The cleverly named Bastion is built on the remains of the medieval fortress Kastela from the thirteenth century and offers 28 well-appointed rooms.
Deluxe rooms from Rs 20,000/night; Website: www.hotel-bastion.hr
Barbuda belle, Antigua and barbuda
Barbuda is the lesser known of the two-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, one of the prettiest pockets within the Caribbean. This charming six-bungalow beach resort is located in one of the most underdeveloped beach stretches of the island and is also temporary home to migratory frigate birds. It’s not just photo ops for bird watchers that bring evolved travellers here, the transparent waters are perfect for diving while the seasoned chef works with local ingredients to make French gourmet cuisine.
Bungalows from Rs 85,000/Night; Website: www.barbudabelle.com
Sol House Taghazout Bay–Surf, Morocco
think of a Morocco beyond its legendary alleys and souks or the Game of Thrones trails. Whether you’re a pro surfer or a newbie, Morocco offers some of the best surf spots in the world. This new ocean-facing hotel in the eco-friendly Taghazout Bay defines 2010s experiential luxury where location and genuine experiences supersede in-room amenities. Check into one of their trendy House Master Cabanas and sign up at the surf academy to embrace the waves. You could plan a day trip to Imsouane Plage that the locals call Magic Bay for its long waves and mountains in the background.
Cabanas from Rs 25,000/night; Website: www.melia.com
Sentido Lykia Resort and Spa, Turkey
Oludeniz is one of Turkey’s prettiest coastal towns and home to the Blue Lagoon Beach. The best way to take in the beauty of this beach is from above; little wonder that this is one of Turkey’s paragliding hubs. If you’re terrified of heights this is probably the spot to overcome that fear. The adult-only Sentido resort is one of the best resorts to explore this beach destination and offers a host of high-adrenaline options for the outdoorsy including paragliding, surfing, water-skiing and rock-climbing. The resort is also close to natural attractions like the chalk terraces of Pamukkale.
Rs 25,000/night; Website: www.sentidoresorts.com