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The Most Beautiful Beach Hangouts
The Most Beautiful Beach Hangouts

With summer upon us, a lot of people are getting ready up to enjoy some time spent beneath the warm sun, running their fingers through soft, fine sands. Indeed, the draw of a beach is very strong during the hotter months, but which are the best in the world? And what makes a stunning shoreline?

El Nido, Philippines
The Southeast Asian nation is a classic oceanic paradise, complete with clear, azure waters, mountains jutting out of the waves, and soft, white sands that beckon to be touched. It is in this earthly paradise that the island of Palawan resides – visit the northern tip of the isle, and you will find true beach bliss.

El Nido, home of enormous karst rock formations, lazy living and exceptionally beautiful beaches, is a must-visit for anyone who enjoys sitting by the surf. What is more, food, drink and accommodation is cheap, meaning that, aside from the cost of flights, anyone can enjoy this wonderful retreat.

El Nido, Philippines

Palm Jumeirah Lagoon, Dubai
For those who prefer a more vibrant beach experience, the private beach at the Kempinski Hotel and Residences Palm Jumeirah is perfect. Located on the shores of Dubai's iconic reclaimed lagoon, the sandy 500m stretch is the perfect place to take in the Emirati sun, enjoying a drink, a book and a view over the city skyline, before heading out for an evening at the city's amazing restaurants and night spots.

Anse Lazio, Praslin, Seychelles
We know it, you know it – the Seychelles is one of the most iconic island getaways on Earth, and it comes as no surprise that one of our top seaside picks is located there.

True delight can be found at Anse Lazio beach, situated on the archipelago's second most-populated island of Praslin. The brightest sands, bluest seas, and soft, reddish boulders jutting out of the surf make this a picturesque place, one that is framed majestically by lush green cliff faces.

Relatively busy on the weekends (the locals are well aware of the beach's charms), visit during the week and you will have long stretches of sand to yourself – just make sure to retreat to the shade for a snooze every now and again.

Barbaros Bay, Bodrum
The Turkish resort of Bodrum is a thriving, busy place, but not one traditionally frequented by lovers of calm beaches and serene moments. All resorts have their surprises, however, and located only a short distance from the town itself is Barbaros Bay – a true paradise.

Looking out over the calm Aegean Sea and bordered by sloping green hills, the bay is utterly relaxing, featuring dreamy, golden sands. Visitors to the Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay can enjoy the hotel's very own stretch of private beach that lines the bay – nicely split into both adults-only and family-friendly areas.

Barbaros Bay

Shoal Bay, Antigua
Our list wouldn't be complete without a trip to the Caribbean, and if you head to the extremely pretty seas of Antigua, you will know exactly why beach lovers hold sun, sea and sand in such high regard.

Shoal Bay, located on the northern coast of the island, near St. Johns, simply has to be visited if you enjoy a sense of peacefulness, few crowds and classic beachfront living. Serviced by a small number of very good restaurants, it is the best place on the island to spend away a day or two.

If you love beaches, blue skies and hot weather, our suggestions above should provide plenty of inspiration for your summertime get away – sit back, relax and enjoy yourself!

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