Shores you will adore | Beach Holidays | Travel

A PICCIRIDDA, PANAREA, SICILY Twist and turn through the mazy streets of blindingly white houses, framed against cerulean skies, the tiny, car-free, carefree Aeolian Island of Panarea is perfection, which explains why it’s a mecca for A-listers Beyoncé, Antonio Banderas and Kate Moss. Most of the inhabitants live in houses stepped up from the water while the rest of the rocky, volcanic island is green and largely uninhabited. There’s just one sandy beach here and a busy port rammed with yachts of the rich and famous in peak summer. A Picciridda,…

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Barbados, the Island in the sun | Beach Holidays | Travel

GETTY It is an eight and a half hour flight from London Gatwick to Grantley Adams International Airport. When most of us think of Barbados, we think sun, sea and sand – a fly-and-fop destination for a relaxing beach break. But on a recent trip to the Caribbean’s most easterly island, I found it had much more to offer, especially if you’re an active type who bores easily of reclining on a sun lounger. After an eight and a half hour flight from London Gatwick to Grantley Adams International Airport,…

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Barbados review for foodies: Caribbean Island’s new all-inclusive cooking retreat | Beach Holidays | Travel

Barbados is a destination loved by celebrities and jet setters the world over – with the likes of Simon Cowell and Coleen and Wayne Rooney owning property on the Island. Yet, for all its infamous glamour and prestige, Rihanna’s hometown is a rather simple place, filled with people with a passionate love for their country and its local traditions. The air is filled with the faint sounds of tropical music and the lapping of waves, while the streets are habited with smiling locals and inspired tourists. And while it may…

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Beach beaches in Europe: Croatia, Spain, Greece and UK with the most stunning locations | Travel News | Travel

The best beaches to relax on a holiday are the ones that have the softest sand and the warmest water. Trying to find the best beach can be tricky, especially during the busy summer months. Some of the most beautiful sandy breaks can be found in Europe, with hotel search engine Hotelscan.com finding the best ones to choose this summer. With Croatia, Spain and even the UK making the list, the perfect spot to spend time with the family during this summer holiday can be found. Playa de las Catedrales,…

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For a stress-free break, you can’t beat magical Menorca | Beach Holidays | Travel

It is Menorca after all – by far the quietest of the Balearics. For bigger sisters Ibiza and Majorca, the sunset around 9pm would mark the start of an evening’s partying. But in Menorca sunset suggests one last drink, a quiet game of cards on the balcony and bed by 11. And that suited us perfectly. I travelled with my husband, Ian, our 17-year-old son, Jack, and his friend, George, and we stayed at the four-star Mar Hotels Paradise Club & Spa at Cala’n Bosch in the southwest. Cala’n Bosch…

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Coco Bodu Hithi: Swim with turtles, enjoy your own private infinity pool in the Maldives | Beach Holidays | Travel

PR Maldives holiday: The Coco Bodu Hithi island is one of the most beautiful islands in the atoll The Maldives is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most people, and it does feel like a long way from home when you first step foot onto the island. Touching down in Male, holidaymakers must board a speedboat to get to Coco Bodu Hithi. The journey takes around 40 minutes and it’s a welcome taste of glorious bright sunshine after almost 12 hours travelling. Speeding through the atoll – described as a ‘ring-shaped reef,…

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