The Most Beautiful Beaches in the World
Anse Intendance, Seychelles
Wild, remote and utterly captivating, this spectacular beach on Mahé island is backed by lush jungle and has sand so white you'll need sunglasses for the glare. The lavish Banyan Tree resort has primo access to the beach, and also offers guests the chance to observe turtles during nesting season, October - February.
Railay Beach, Krabi, Thailand
Southern Thailand is home to numerous Instagrammable stretches of sand, but this hidden spot takes the crown for outrageous beauty. Accessible only by boat, the beach is flanked by limestone cliffs and jungle, while the water shimmers with a barely-real blue intensity.
Playa Grande, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays, Australia
Playa Caleton, Dominican Republic
Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia, Greece
Sugar Beach, St. Lucia
For sheer, show-off gorgeousness, Sugar Beach has no rival. Set between this lush Caribbean star's twin icons, the Pitons—rainforest-swathed volcanic plugs that rise like monoliths from the ocean—this compact curve of white sand is a sure-fire winner. For bonus bragging rights, check in to the swanky, oceanfront Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort.
Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda
Both tropical and thoroughly English, the quirky island of Bermuda dishes up some of the best beaches around, including this one on the south coast. As the name suggests, the powdery pale pink sand curves around a beautiful, strikingly blue bay. Post sunbathing, repair to one of the beachfront restaurants for a fish sandwich and a Dark 'n' Stormy® —the cocktail was reputedly invented here in the 1920s.
Maroma Beach, Riviera Maya
Once an insider secret, this breathtaking strip of classic Caribbean beachfront on Mexico’s ritzy Riviera Maya has well and truly hit the prime time, but it still manages to dazzle with its expanse of white-sand, bath-warm clear water and plethora of high-end hideaways, like Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa.
Fontelina Beach, Capri, Italy
If glamour is a non-negotiable requirement for your beach day, look no further than this swoony hotspot set on the rocks at the foot of Capri's cliffs. Not only does the beach offer breathtaking uninterrupted views of the famous Faraglioni rock formations and swimming in the green-blue Adriatic waters, there's even a beach club where the beautiful people come to sip Prosecco and nibble on just-caught seafood.