5 Beaches We Love
Paloma, South of France
Open from Easter to September, Paloma Beach is a jet-setter destination in the South of France, but without the obvious tourist element of nearby Nice. Villas and hotels in the rocky peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat are all nearby, though the beach itself is a little more removed, reached by descending a set of steep stairs. Paloma’s catch phrase is ‘best naps since 1948,’ which sums up its sleepy, peaceful vibe. Its namesake restaurant offers a boat pick-up for customers and valet parking at night. Ordering local delicacies and the region’s most famous export, rose wine, to be delivered to your day bed is another plus.
Bophut Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand
Famed for soft white sand and clear, calm waters, Bophut is one of the quieter beaches of Koh Samui. Fringed by coconut palms, the beach borders the elegant Fisherman’s Village, home to several eclectic boutiques. Koh Samui has many luxury beach resorts, but we love The Conrad. Positioned on a hillside surrounded by rainforest, all of the rooms are private villa’s with infinity pools that have panoramic views overlooking the bay.
Arienzo Beach, Positano, Italy
Framed by the mountains of the Amalfi Coast, Arienzo is one of the more secluded beaches in Positano. It is often referred to as ‘300 steps beach’ because of the number of steps visitors have to descend to reach it. Once there, find an orange, shaded sun lounge or head to the Terrace restaurant for cocktails or lunch. There isn’t much else on the beach itself, though the village’s many colourful boutiques are not far away.
Psarou, Mykonos, Greece
Psarou Beach in the Greek island of Mykonos is picturesque, but definitely for the party lover. Despite views of crystal Mediterranean waters from the comfy, shaded daybeds, the Nammos Restaurant and Beach Club is arguably Psarou’s main attraction. The food is some of the best on the island; try the truffled pasta. Past lunchtime however, the place turns into a day party, and the table-tops become the dance floor. The crowd is of an older demographic, so Nammos is a favourable option for those who want to experience the party-life of Mykonos without braving its infamous nightclubs. Beach services include transport to and from yachts – if you’re lucky enough to be on one, you can have food delivered right to your boat.
Glen Beach, Capetown, South Africa
Glen Beach is a small, intimate stretch of sand between Camps Bay and Clifton, Cape Town’s two main beachfronts. Overlooked by Table Mountain, the only buildings you see from the beach are luxury villa’s built into the cliff face, that are often available to rent. Hotels, restaurants and luxury boutiques are a short distance away. Also worth checking out are Cape Town’s vineyards, known for producing the country’s best wine.