Relish the Good Life: Cheap Business Class Flights to the World’s Best Exotic Beach Destinations
Getting to Asia, Oceania, Europe and the Caribbean amid the luxury of first class air is just the beginning of a glamorous trip abroad. With 71 percent of the earth covered in water, there are thousands of irresistible beaches around the world. Below are the first five of our top 10 favorite beach regions around the globe.
Sporting breathtaking marble cliffs and seas that are an impossibly brilliant shade of blue, El Nido is the pinnacle of Philippine beaches. The El Nido area alone has 50 beaches, and its larger Palawan region has even more. Its beach sand is powder-fine and blindingly white, just perfect for cushioning tender feet. Legendary waterfalls and prehistoric caves give the area an added mystique and are perfect for an afternoon of exploring.
Luxury hotels: Pangulasian Island Resort, Amanpulo, Shangri-La Boracay
With more than 10,000 beaches in Australia, there’s a beach for nearly every individual taste. For a popular Christmas Day beach trip close to Sydney, locals and visitors head to Bondi. For incredible surfing, conventional wisdom points to the North Coast’s Angourie. Queensland, in particular, is home to a wide range of stunning beaches, from Surfers Paradise to Mission Beach. When it comes to stunning ecology and terrific activities, though, it’s tough to beat the captivating expanse of beaches around Fraser Island. The island’s eastern 75-Mile Beach is a favorite for all-terrain vehicles, and and it is actually a registered highway. Five-star resorts aren’t abundant on Fraser, so visitors might consider staying nearby or much farther north among the Whitsunday Islands.
Luxury Hotel Near Fraser Island: Akama Resort
Luxury Hotel in the Whitsundays: Qualia Resort
Once a hideaway for pirates, Malaysia’s Langkawi is one of the region’s most treasured beach areas. One of the best ways to experience the destination is to take advantage of the many cheap deals to Singapore, then hop a regional jet or cruise ship to the Lankgawi archipelago of 99 islands. Its beaches offer soft, super-fine sand, coconut-laden palm trees and deep azure seawater, and its main island is the place to go for duty-free chocolate and alcohol.
Luxury Hotels: Four Seasons Lankgawi, The Adaman, The Datai, The Westin Lankgawi
Cape Town, South Africa
With iconic Table Mountain as its backdrop, Cape Town is stunning, and its beaches are equally magnificent. Visitors can sunbathe and hobnob with Cape Town society at Clifton 4th Beach or enjoy views of the 12 Apostles and catch a game of beach volleyball at Camps Bay beach. For warmer Indian Ocean water and captivating penguin-watching, travelers head to Boulders Beach. Llandudno is a well-kept local secret, beloved by residents for its surfing and thrilling sunsets.
Luxury Hotels: Twelve Apostles Hotel, One&Only Hotel, Taj Cape Town, Ellerman House, Table Bay Hotel
Turks & Caicos
No list of amazing beaches is complete without at least one of the Caribbean’s delightful retreats. The Turks & Caicos archipelago is an alluring Caribbean destination, offering visitors incredible vistas of turquoise water, ridiculously soft sand and a variety of luxury resorts. The world’s third largest reef system is nearby, enticing visitors into a day of snorkeling, scuba diving and sightseeing. The islands’ welcoming hospitality also makes the Turks & Caicos ideal for relaxing on the beach, enjoying a massage or kayaking around the coves. Best of all, travelers have plenty of travel options with cheap airfare to the main island of Providenciales.
Luxury Hotels: Amanyara, The Regent Grand Turks & Caicos, Parrot Cay, The West Bay Club