Leopard Beach, Mombasa

Holiday types

Beach Holidays

Unwind on the world’s finest sandy stretches

Beach holidays conjure up images of soft powdery white sands and glittering waters, with a week or two of total relaxation. At Hayes & Jarvis we have experience in planning bespoke luxury holidays all over the world, so whether you want to enjoy some summer sun or book a winter beach holiday, we’ll help you find your ideal destination.

Enjoy some special time together on a honeymoon beach holiday; we’ve selected the very best from around the world. Head to the Caribbean for lively culture, while the Maldives is well known for its luxury over-water hotels. For fantastic snorkelling just off the coast, Mauritius is the ideal destination. Families will love the many activities in Dubai, while Bali is the perfect place to teach your little ones about a totally different culture.

 

Top Tips from our Experts

Melissa

Destination Specialist

"When in Krabi or Phuket, if you want to do the Phi Phi/Maya Bay excursion, make sure you get the first boat departing in the morning. It will be much less busy and you'll get some amazing pictures."

Mel

Destination Specialist

"Combine an African safari with an exotic beach stay. It's the perfect way to unwind and reflect on all the incredible animal encounters you've just experienced."

Indian Ocean

This part of the world has the type of beaches that dreams are made of. The Maldives offers the classic overwater villa and island hideaway experience, the Seychelles’ rustic coastlines and lagoons are untouched and secluded, while in Sri Lanka and Mauritius you can explore the islands before retreating to the powdery beaches with a cocktail or two.

The pace is slow on an Indian Ocean beach holiday, as you gaze out at the shimmering sea gently lapping the shore. You may be looking for a luxury all inclusive break, plenty of diving opportunities or a romantic, private spa holiday — anything you want is possible here.

Maldives, Indian Ocean

Indian Ocean

Maldives

Maldives

Indian Ocean

Mauritius

Mauritius
Anse Source d Argent Beach, Seychelles

Indian Ocean

Seychelles

Seychelles

Indian Ocean

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Far East

Holidays in the Far East offer the best of both worlds: miles of soft, sandy beaches and mouth-watering food. The islands and coastlines of Thailand contain some of the most memorable beaches in the world, from the peace and quiet of Koh Lanta to party island Koh Phangan. Add the picture-perfect coves of the Philippines and Bali’s spiritual ambience and you can create your perfect beach holiday in the Far East.

Thailand and Bali are also excellent locations for scuba diving and snorkelling. Bali’s east coast and Koh Tao are great areas for beginners to learn, while there are stronger currents and drift dives to enjoy at the likes of Nusa Penida in the south of Bali.

Far East

Thailand

Thailand
Taman Ayun Temple Bali

Indonesia

Bali

Bali

Far East

Vietnam

Vietnam

Far East

Cambodia

Cambodia

Caribbean

Unwind to the sound of reggae beats and steel drums on the beaches of the Caribbean. It’s so easy to relax here, with beaches straight out of fiction, locals who are beyond laid-back and spectacular scenery to explore on many of the islands.

Pick your beach wisely in Antigua — there are many to choose from, including rustic Pigeon Point and the pink sands of sister island Barbuda. Snorkel in the coral waters off the coast of Barbados, soak up the sun in St Lucia as you gaze up at the majestic Pitons, or find a quiet spot along Seven Mile Beach in Negril, Jamaica.

Caribbean

British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands
Tobago Cays Aerial View

Caribbean

St Vincent & the Grenadines

St Vincent & the Grenadines

Caribbean

The Bahamas

The Bahamas
Lago Lucchetti

Caribbean

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

USA

USA Beach breaks are a perfect standalone holiday, or as an add-on to a city break or self-drive. Hawaii’s four islands each offer something different. The Na Pali Coast in Kauai is one of the most beautiful areas around, while Hawaii Island’s black sands add a different twist to beach paradise. Enjoy island-hopping in Hawaii to see as many beaches as possible.

Florida has over 800 miles of spectacular beach. Add California’s beaches, with a unique mix of boutiques and surfing hotspots, and you have more options than you could even dream of.

Sunset over tide pools, Hawaii

USA

Hawaii

Hawaii

USA

Florida

Florida
Huntington Beach

USA

California

California
Myrtle Beach

USA

The Carolinas

The Carolinas

Africa

Africa may be best known for safari and wildlife experiences, but there’s no better way to relax after the thrill of the chase than on the glorious Indian Ocean coastline. The beaches in the east of Africa are not as well known, which means they’re often more peaceful and untamed.

Diani Beach in Kenya is a 19-mile stretch of coast, famous for coral reefs, colobus monkeys and the nearby Shimba Hills National Reserve. Stay here after spotting the Big Five in Kenya’s game reserves, or if your safari takes you to Tanzania and the Serengeti instead, then Zanzibar’s natural beaches are the perfect antidote.

Africa

Tanzania

Tanzania
Beach

Tanzania

Zanzibar

Zanzibar
Diani Beach

Kenya

Mombasa

Mombasa

Africa

Mozambique

Mozambique

Top beach hotels

If you have something else in mind, speak to our Destination Specialists to find the hotel that is right for you

Galley Bay Resort & Spa by Elite

Antigua

H&J Rating

Guide Price

€2,769 pp

Galley Bay Resort & Spa by Elite

Zilwa Attitude

Mauritius

H&J Rating

Guide Price

€1,849 pp

Zilwa Attitude
Unique Zeavola

Zeavola

Phi Phi

H&J Rating

Guide Price

€1,989 pp

Zeavola

Stay in a beachfront room

Open your curtains in the morning and find yourself on the glorious sands of the beach. Step out of bed and take a dip in the glittering sea, before heading off for a luxury breakfast. Our hotels with beachfront rooms allow you to fully immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the beach, as the waves lull you to sleep and offer plenty of opportunities to relax.

Hotels with private beaches

Book a hotel with its own stretch of private beach and you can spend the day relaxing and soaking up the sun, away from the crowds. Whether you want to explore untouched coral reefs or order drinks and snacks straight to your lounger, a hotel with a private beach is a fantastic option. Head to the Maldives where each hotel is located on its own private island and you can enjoy stretches of sand within seconds of your room.

Beach weddings and honeymoons

Whether you want to elope or say your vows in one of the most beautiful settings with your family and friends, our beach weddings will make your special day a memorable one. Book a honeymoon holiday on the beach and spend two weeks relaxing in each other’s company on glorious white sands, as you listen to the sounds of the waves and order cocktails straight to your lounger.

All Inclusive beach holidays

Add an extra touch of relaxation with our all inclusive beach holidays. Get away from the stresses of everyday life and forget your wallet as every little detail is taken care of. Including exquisite cuisine and delicious cocktails, as well as a host of activities, you will be entertained from morning till night with our fantastic range of all inclusive beach breaks.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Blue Flag award is widely known as the gold standard for beaches. It is awarded to especially clean and beautiful beaches, where you’ll find a host of amenities to ensure your day is relaxed and comfortable. The award is given by the Foundation for Environmental Education. Categories include environmental education, water quality, safety and services. Blue Flag beaches often have restaurants or cafés with refreshments, showers, toilets, a lifeguard and lots more.

The world feels as if it’s been explored from corner to corner, but the experts at Hayes & Jarvis can help you find a beautiful secluded beach for your holiday. Stay in the Maldives, where you will find one hotel per island, leaving you to immerse yourself in the tranquillity of its beaches. Book island hopping tours and you will find deserted islands in the Maldives, British Virgin Islands, Fiji and the Seychelles. A speedboat will take you from your hotel to the island with a delicious picnic full of goodies for the day.

Island hopping tours are a great way to see more than one beach per holiday. Discover some of Malaysia’s 99 islands on our Langkawi island hopping tour, or for spectacular views choose from Indonesia’s 17,000 islands on our island hopping tour of Indonesia. You’ll see beautiful sunsets in Bali, head to Lombok for spectacular waterfalls and finish in the Gili Islands where you can snorkel or relax in the remote towns. Alternatively, the USA is home to a range of beaches, offering everything from relaxed serenity to vibrant markets where you can try surfing and other watersports.

Why choose Hayes & Jarvis for… Beach Holidays?

At Hayes & Jarvis we have experience in providing holidays in over 60 locations around the world, with expert local advice in every destination. We’re with you every step of the way, through our expert advice over the phone and on the website. From the moment you start dreaming and planning to the booking process and the holiday itself, we’ll ensure you get the most from your ideal holiday.