Are you a beach lover, looking for that perfect spot? Where are those amazing, boutique hotels located right on the shore? Where you can sip cocktails on the sand and see the sun set behind the silhouettes of distant islands?

You're in luck. Here's our guide to visiting 7 of the most beautiful beaches in the world, culminating in one amazing trip that includes every single beach in one big round the world holiday!

The islands of the Maldives

The 5-star resorts of the The Maldives promise luxurious, iconic overwater bungalows where you can slip into the shimmering waters and swim around right your own private deck. Whether you’re honeymooning or simply retreating, you can expect comfort and luxury, incredible seafood and views for miles over the tropical, warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

Mihiripenna Beach, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's southern beaches are growing in popularity. One of our favourite stays here is The Owl & the Pussycat which we've included in this trip idea. It's a gorgeous, luxury and boutique hotel set right on the edge of Mihiripenna Beach. Sip a cocktail in the beach shack, dine by the sea or take a dip in the pool as you gaze over white sandy shores; the glorious and restorative beach stay you’re looking for.

Andaman coast, Krabi, Thailand

Thailand’s idyllic beaches hold great appeal and the Andaman coastline promises that quintessential karst scenery you're expecting. It's easy to hop from island to island between Phuket, Phi Phi and unspoiled Ko Lanta, and from one boutique hotel to the next. With the soft sands between your toes and a cocktail in hand is the ideal way to enjoy a spectacular sunset over the silhouettes of nearby islands.

Dream Beach, Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia

Head to the uncrowded shores of Nusa Lembongan, off the coast of Bali in Indonesia and you can discover the aptly named ‘Dream Beach’. Perfect your relaxed beach break by crossing the suspension bridge to neighbouring Nusa Ceningan for idyllic sunset views over the rocky blue lagoon.

Esperance, Western Australia

Driving south from Perth in Western Australia, the county's south west edge is packed with hidden beaches. Lapped by the Indian Ocean, you’ll find aces of white sand stretched beneath deep blue skies. Visit the beaches of Cape Le Grand National Park and you could sharr the sands with wild kangaroos who frolick about near the shore - a unique sight to incude in your Aussie trip!

The Yasawa Islands, Fiji

Taking yourself to the South Pacific opens up some picturesque beaches like those of the Yasawa island archipelago in Fiji. Board the 'Yasawa Flyer' ro sail from island to island all day and you'll soon find yourself soaking in the Blue Lagoon, snorkelling through shoals of vividly-coloured tropical fish or stringing your hammock between the palms and forgetting about everything. Bliss.

Santa Monica & Santa Barbara, USA

If you like a little glamour on your beach break, why not drive the Pacific Coast highway in the USA? First, admire the eclectic Los Angeles suburbs of Venice or Santa Monica, then drive north through the suburb of Malibu. Travel a little further before settling amongst the charming colonial architecture of the beach resort of Santa Barbara. With Channel Islands national park just a boat trip away, why not rekindle some childhood memories and go rock pooling for anemones and crabs or exploring by kayak?

Can't choose between beaches?

Then don't choose. We've included all of these trip ideas in one incredible round the world holiday that includes all your flights, transfers, accommodation and any touring. You really can go round the world in beaches and islands:

Interested in planning your own holiday to far-flung beaches?

Every holiday we make is entirely tailor-made to suit your style and budget, from flights and accommodation to tours and vehicle hire. We can show you how to combine destinations that you night not have though possible, and find incredible accommodation and touring options that you'll love.

To start planning, check out our round the world holidays and tailor-made holidays, call us on +44 1273320580 or request a quote by email.

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