When it comes to beaches, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. At Sovereign, we love all beaches equally, and since we’ve been there, seen them (and bought the t-shirt), we can help you find your perfect match, from tiny Mediterranean gems to huge sweeps of Caribbean sand. Whether you’ll be picking the best spot for sandcastles or seeking some much-needed quiet time, there’s a beach out there for you. Read on to find out which one to visit on your next holiday.
Best for: families
This mile-long sandy beach on Crete’s northern coast is a family beach with all the trimmings. In a sheltered bay, it’s a gentle curve of a beach separated into two parts by the pier, with the main part being a kid-friendly cove. The sand shelves gradually into swimming-pool clear water, making it safe for swimming, paddling and splashing around.
There are plenty of umbrellas and sun beds where you can set up camp for the day, and a beach bar for lunch and drinks. If you fancy a family game of beach volleyball, this is the beach for you – there’s also water-skiing and canoeing on offer, as well as some sailing excursions.
The beach belongs to the Kalimera Kriti Village & Hotel Resort, which offers a collection of beautiful, Greek village-style bungalows ideally kitted out for families. When you’re not on the beach there’s an Olympic-sized pool to play in, plus you’re only a five-minute bike ride from the pretty fishing village of Sissi.
“I thought the main beach was fantastic for smaller children – the cove is protected by a sea wall, which keeps the water nice and calm.” Glenn, Senior Purchasing Manager
Best for: beautiful views
Cala Galdana, Menorca
Menorca’s ruggedly beautiful coastline is home to hundreds of picturesque coves and hidden beaches, but Cala Galdana is our top pick for natural beauty. This half-crescent of a beach is a real charmer, with flour-white sand encircled by thickly wooded cliffs. Featuring Menorca’s special brand of breath-stealing beauty, the water is shallow, sheltered and pristine, so it’s a fabulous place to swim.
Cala Galdana has the feel of a hidden gem, but it’s more than just a pretty face – there’s a promenade running along behind and some lovely beach bars and picnic spots, as well as a good choice of activities – look out for boat trips, mini golf and snorkelling among others.
The beach is a 100-metre stroll from Melia Cala Galdana, a newly refurbished hotel that makes the most of its waterfront locale with a brand-new beach club. It comes with a restaurant and bar, a solarium and a sea-view infinity pool with luxe Bali beds – the perfect way to enjoy the beach.
Best for: peace and quiet
If you crave total peace and quiet from your beach, Baros Maldives’ private island location keeps thing more than serene. Being the Maldives, you can’t move for palm-fringed, white sandy beaches, and the hotel more than makes the most of it.
Beachfront villas, beachfront dining – if beaches are your thing, you’ll barely need to move. The Bali beds at Baros Maldives are soft as a cloud and positioned so that you’ll hear nothing but the sound of the waves – until the waiter appears at your side with a mojito, that is.
Once you’ve soaked up the sun during the day, the hotel’s dining experiences are brilliant for beach lovers. Go for sandbank dining – sit with your toes in the sand while a personal chef rustles up some culinary delights, while you watch the sun set from the best seats in the house.
Best for: entertainment
Seminyak Beach, Bali
By day, Seminyak Beach has classic Bali beach credentials. It’s got the silky sand, shallow warm waters and coconut palms the island is famous for, and to add to that, there’s loads to keep you busy. It’s one of the best places to surf in Bali, with top surf schools drawing in visitors from the world over. If that isn’t your thing, a PADI scuba diving centre is on hand, and horse riding along the shore is a favourite pursuit.
Once the sun starts to dip, the beach is in the thick of Seminyak’s legendary nightlife scene. It’s a prime piece of coast for chic beach bars, boutiques and fine dining, with a juicy choice of venues for watching Bali’s legendary sunsets. Head to uber-hip streets Jalan Petintenget and Jalan Kayu Aya for sundowners on the sand.
The perfect place to recuperate from your night out? The Legion Bali hotel. It sits right on Seminyak Beach, with sea-facing suites spread out along the beachfront. There’s the spa and wellness centre for morning-after massages, as well as relaxing beach walks and yoga classes.