A beach vacation is one thing. A true luxury beach vacation is something else. Even some resorts that supposedly offer a high-end setting are still crowded and lacking the real comforts and privacy that can turn a standard vacation into an once-in-a-lifetime treat.

If you truly want to have a comfortable get-away-from-it-all experience, then renting a private villa, bungalow or condo, or perhaps staying in a resort that has separate beachside bungalows for guests, is a good idea. Certain destinations will give you a better chance of finding privacy and comfort. Here are the best beach destinations for a true luxury vacation.

A beach vacation is one thing. A true luxury beach vacation is something else. Even some resorts that supposedly offer a high-end setting are still crowded and lacking the real comforts and privacy that can turn a standard vacation into an once-in-a-lifetime treat.

If you truly want to have a comfortable get-away-from-it-all experience, then renting a private villa, bungalow or condo, or perhaps staying in a resort that has separate beachside bungalows for guests, is a good idea. Certain destinations will give you a better chance of finding privacy and comfort. Here are the best beach destinations for a true luxury vacation.

Bermuda

Bermuda
Photo: JoshuaDavisPhotography / Flickr

Bermuda has long been a popular destination for travelers looking to relax in the lap of luxury. Whether you want to visit the island’s famed pink sand beaches or enjoy a round of golf at the Port Royal Golf Club, there are plenty of ways to soak in the sunny delights of Bermuda. The classic vibe and strong English traditions really make Bermuda a top destination for some really comfortable and classically stylish vacationing.

Saint John USVI

Trunk Bay, St. John's
Photo: LennyBaker / Flickr

This Caribbean island is the place to go if you truly want to get away from it all. Virgin Islands National Park covers about 60% of Saint John, so much if the land remains untouched. If relaxation is on your agenda, you can get a world-class massage at a day spa or at a resort spa. Vacationers can also enjoy renting day charters to explore the waters that surround the island, or strap on a snorkel or scuba tank and visit the USVI’s many reefs and wrecks.

Bali and Lombok

Lombok island, Indonesia
Photo: alex hanoko / Flickr

Bali is known for its amazing beaches and Lombok for its incredible surf and more-laid-back vibe. You can learn to surf at a Balinese surf school or sit back and watch the more experienced surfers ride the waves. Shoppers will enjoy wandering through small boutiques and might even come across interesting attractions like the perfume-making workshop at L’Atelier Parfums et Creations. Of course, both islands have a full range of accommodations, from basic but very private beach-side bungalows to luxury rental villas.

Crete

Crete
Photo: SpaceShoe [Learning to live with the crisis] / Flickr

The largest of the Greek Islands, Crete offers travelers a variety of experiences, from its densely populated cities to remote beaches with smooth sands. Said to be birthplace of Zeus, you can visit archeological sites and immerse yourself in ancient mythology. You can treat yourself like a Greek god or goddess at one of the island’s luxury spas, like the Blue Palace, before retiring to one of the many small hotels and inns around the island.

St. Tropez

St. Tropez
Photo: Michael Gwyther-Jones / Flickr

If you are in the mood for a European beach break, head to St Tropez where you can indulge in a luxurious and romantic vacation. Hotels like Hôtel Byblos are popular with rich and famous visitors from all around the world. Summertime vacationers can enjoy waterside bistros, boutiques shopping and outdoor cafes. Of course, celebrity spotting is on many people’s minds, but with plenty of luxury to be experienced, why not live like a celebrity yourself for a few days?

Fiji

Waya Island, Yasawa, Fiji
Photo: MickiTakesPictures / Flickr

Always dreamed of flying far away on an island adventure? This South Pacific destination is made up of 333 small islands, many of which are completely uninhabited. Here you will find white sand beaches and rainforests, tourist-oriented towns, and small villages. You can raft and zip line or visit villages where traditional Fijian living is still practiced. Fiji is also the home to many luxury resorts and spas, like Wakaya Club and Spa, which is located on its own private island.

Seychelles

Anse Source D'Argent La Digue Island, Seychelles
Photo: victoria white2010 / Flickr

This archipelago of 115 islands is located in the Indian Ocean and is the place to go if you want to stay away from the crowds. The island’s pristine beaches are diverse and beautiful, from the granite-lined shores of Anse Source D’Argent Beach to beaches with sand that stretches as far as the eye can see. Only 16 of the islands offer accommodation, and some of these have bungalows or a resort or two, but nothing else. Horseback rides on deserted beaches or cruises in glass-bottom boats are also on the agenda for Seychelles vacationers, though relaxing on an impossibly quiet beach is at the top of most vacationers’ to-do lists.

Tulum

Tulum
Photo: archer10 (Dennis) / Flickr

Located on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, Tulum is a Caribbean destination unlike any other. The limestone beaches on this Mexican shoreline welcome sunbathers and adventurers alike. Visitors can explore the mysteries of the Mayan ruins and visit jungle eco-parks. If you have brought your children along, visit the Tulum Monkey Sanctuary after your morning swim. This seaside area is known for its luxury hotels and stylish rental villas, so there are plenty of options for those seeking a little extra luxury and privacy.

Have you enjoyed the privacy and comfort during a beachside vacation? Give us your recommendations for the best beach destination for a luxury vacation in the comments section below.

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