Places like Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam are famed for their pristine miles of sandy beaches and crystal clear oceans. And if this isn’t enough to get your pulse racing, Ampersand can find a beach holiday to meet your every specification; whether you’re a party animal or a spa enthusiast!
Here’s our round-up of the top ten beach destinations in some of the most exotic destinations on earth. All you have to do is close your eyes and imagine you’re there with the man of your dreams.....
1. Best for party atmosphere: W Retreat, Koh Samui, Thailand
Once party central for backpackers, Koh Samui has grown up in recent years into a sophisticated beach retreat. Miami meets Samui – W Retreat, with its bright white décor and fluorescent decorative touches, is unashamedly sleek and sexy. The place to see and be seen on Samui, W Retreat is ideal for jet-setting sun and fun-seekers. Ampersand Travel offers 7 nights at W Retreat from £1,057 per person
2. Best for luxury camping: Amanwana, Moyo Island, Indonesia
Glamping at its best! Far from the madding crowds, the intoxicatingly remote island of Moyo – a nature and marine reserve 15km off the coast of Sumbawa (east of Bali) is the jungle camp of Amanwana. Twenty tantalizing tents make up the island’s only resort. Ampersand Travel offers 7 nights at Amanwana from £1,948 per person
3. Best for extreme pampering: Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam (bottom picture)
Located on Vietnam’s famous China Beach, the Nam Hai’s iconic three-tiered swimming pool and soft white sands are perfect for a dose of extreme pampering in one of the eight Spa Suites. Stay in one of the hundred minimal-modern beach villas, designed by Parisian architect Réda Amalou.
Ampersand Travel offers 7 nights at Nam Hai from £1,284 per person
4. Best for forget-everything beach lounging: Amanwella, Tangalle, Sri lanka
We love the understated glamour of the Amanwella, situated near the seaside town of Tangalle in southern Sri Lanka. Enjoy picture-perfect sun worshipping by day and seafood BBQs by night on the stunning, crescent-shaped 800m sweep of silky soft sand. At certain times of the year Amanwella guests can even indulge in a spot of whale watching. Ampersand Travel offers 7 nights at Amanwella from £1,489 per person
5. Best for playing Robinson Crusoe: Oberoi Lombok, Lombok, Indonesia
Much quieter than neighbouring Bali, Lombok is less developed, blissfully less crowded and wildly beautiful. Oberoi Lombok is an idyllic tropical hideaway, located on its own private beach on Lombok’s northwest coast. There’s scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, great food and a unique culture to discover. Ampersand Travel offers 7 nights at Oberoi Lombok from £1,868 per person
6. Best for rustic retreaters: Marari Beach, Kerala
Tucked away between two fishing villages in Kerala, this 27-acre resort lies on a beach of truly golden sand. Watch as local fishermen come ashore in the morning for a truly authentic Asian experience. Ampersand Travel offers 7 nights at Marari Beach from £378 per person
7. Best for barefoot bliss: Cocoa Island, Maldives (top picture)
Barefoot luxury at its best, Cocoa Island’s beautifully designed Keralan boathouse villas are the perfect springboard from which to dive into the aquamarine lagoons, which team with colourful marine life and coral. Ampersand Travel offers 7 nights at Cocoa Island from £1,270 per person
8. Best for a far-eastern romance: Song Saa Resort, Cambodia
Sometimes it’s very easy to be green – recently opened resort Song Saa takes eco-luxe to new levels. Cambodia’s first ultra-exclusive island resort, Song Saa occupies two petite islands off the southwest coast. With Maldives-style villas jutting out over the clear, azure waters of the Koh Rong archipelago, Song Saa is seriously seductive. Ampersand Travel offers 7 nights at Cocoa Island from £2,582 per person
9. Best for beautiful architecture and style: Amanruya, Bodrum, Turkey
This area of the ‘Asian Meditteranean’ sits on the Asian side of the Bosphorous (a path of water that forms the boundary between Europe and Asia). Enjoy Turkey’s beautiful south western coast and if you make it off the lounger, be sure to make the most of nearby world-famous architectural sites of Didyma, Miletus, Priene and Ephesus. Ampersand Travel offers 7 nights at Cocoa Island from £2,582 per person
10. Best for the good life: Elsewhere, Goa, India
Set on an idyllic spit of land overlooking the ocean, ‘Elsewhere – The Beach House’ is a simple but charming three-bedroom Portuguese-style house with just the friendly staff, fishermen and egg-laying turtles for company… bliss. Ampersand Travel offers 7 nights at Elsewhere from £632 per person
All prices are based on two sharing, excluding flights. To find out more visit www.ampersandtravel.com or ring 020 7289 6100.