With some of the most iconic tropical beaches, Thailand is a favorite of travelers looking to blend exotic adventures with lush scenery and even lusher resorts. While Thailand’s Phuket on the Andaman Coast is frequented by many travelers, the region still has a few hidden gems. These treasures include Nai Harn Beach, where forests of trees meet the shoreline and Ao Sane, where snorkeling is supreme. Phi Phi is another terrific choice for its majestic limestone rock formations and inviting turquoise water.
Luxury Hotels: Banyan Tree Samui, Four Seasons Samui, Amanpuri, Anantara Phuket, Banyan Tree Phuket.
Just as Odysseus found himself lucky to find Corfu, travelers will relish all of the Greek island’s abundant delights. Sensational cliffs are the backdrop of Corfu’s beaches, sprinkled with wildflower fields and nearby olive and citrus groves. Glyfada Beach welcomes visitors to broad, golden beaches and dramatic views. Swim out to the small island rocks for a look back at the island and idyllic cliff diving spots, or relax in one of the beach’s charming tavernas. For au naturel sunbathing, head to nearby Miriotissa. There are usually quite a few first and business class deals to Europe that can transport travelers to the area in style.
Luxury Hotels: Grecotel Corfu Imperial, Marbella Beach Corfu
Gracious locals, legendary beaches and exquisite scenery greet visitors to French Polynesia’s Bora Bora island. Perched among the island’s inviting lagoons are stilted villas, which serve as the perfect home base for bountiful activities. Matira is one of the island’s most famous beaches, but there are plenty of options around the island.
Luxury Hotels: Four Seasons Bora Bora, St. Regis Bora Bora, both InterContinental Bora Bora properties, Sofitel Bora Bora
Warm, soft water and fascinating coral reefs are two of the top draws of The Maldives archipelago. While snorkeling and scuba diving along the reefs is a popular way to enjoy the colorful tropical fish, it’s equally delightful to just sit back and enjoy the picturesque palm trees, brilliant sunsets and pampering resort services. The islands of the archipelago nation are known for their sumptuous resorts, so there are plenty of options for travelers.
Luxury Hotels: Four Seasons (Landaa Giraavaru and Kuda Huraa), One&Only Reethi Rah, Shangri-La Villingili
A trip to this Indian Ocean group of islands is the ultimate dream beach vacation. Its La Digue island boasts one of the world’s most photographed beaches, famous for its pink sand, scenic palm trees and appealing rock formations. With 115 islands in the Seychelles, though, there are dozens of other beaches to visit, each with its own pleasures. Savvy travelers will look for discounted flights in first or business class so that they can spend a longer holiday in one of the area’s many luxury resorts.
Luxury Hotels: Raffles Praslin, Four Seasons, Maia Luxury Resort