Island & Beach Destinations

While there are literally thousands of gorgeous beaches and islands around the world, all offering their own charm and beauty, there remain a few singularly beautiful places that are truly spectacular and exceed one's every expectation for the ultimate beach holiday.

Top beach holiday destinations

We feature a choice of the very best beaches and islands around the world, from secluded holiday spots to atmospheric and cosmopolitan beach resorts complete with exciting nightlife options.

Get planning ideas about unique island and beach destinations complete with up-to-date information about the best hotel options, things to do and see, and the quickest way to reach each holiday destination from wherever you may reside; plus check out the best time of year to visit – when the weather is warm and sunny.

Find the perfect island and beach destination for your honeymoon holiday today from one of the following regions…


Whitsunday Islands

Romantic sunsets over crystal clear waters and balmy moonlit nights under swaying palm trees make the Whitsunday Islands a truly memorable honeymoon destination for any newlywed.

As one of the world’s top honeymoon destinations, the Whitsundays offer 74 islands – only eight of which are inhabited – sheltered by one of the world’s seven natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef.

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Hayman Island

Lying in the stunning Whitsunday Passage, Hayman is a magnificent private island resort – one island, one resort – offering couples a magical experience for a romantic getaway or honeymoon in Australia.

Renowned as one of the world’s top resorts, the 5-star Hayman Island Resort offers a luxurious and pampering experience surrounded by genuine natural beauty.

The resort also offers a range of activities including tennis, squash, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, water skiing, scuba diving, snorkelling and fishing.

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Hamilton Island

Perfectly positioned in the centre of the Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton is a major gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and offers daily sightseeing, dive cruises and scenic flights making it an ideal destination for a romantic honeymoon in Australia.

The island’s huge range of activities include sea kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving, twilight sailing, game fishing, water skiing, scuba diving and bushwalking along the island’s 20km of trails.

In addition, Hamilton Island’s village also provides a good range of shopping and dining experiences.

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Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is one of Australia's leading holiday and honeymoon playgrounds – a stunning 42km-long strip of sun-drenched, squeaky clean, white-sand beach that stretches almost uninterrupted from the Spit, north of Surfers Paradise, to Rainbow Bay, south of Coolangatta.

Choose from action-packed theme parks, championship golf courses and a huge range of shopping and nightlife options to suit all budgets and lifestyles.

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Byron Bay

Byron Bay is a long-time favourite with couples who love its tranquil rainforest hideaways, stunning mountain views, glorious white beaches and renowned surfing spots – just perfect for a honeymoon.

Discover some of the surf culture, alternative philosophies and hedonistic indulgences that make Byron so unique.

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Elsewhere in Australia…


The Maldives

The Maldives offers idyllic surroundings for honeymoon couples wanting to savour intimate moments together in a unique, serene island environment.

Find a choice of tranquil and pampered settings on any of the more than 80 exclusive resort islands, which are mostly encircled by gorgeous palm-fringed and sugar-white beaches.

Read more about the Maldives, including a selection of the island nation's best beaches

Boracay, Philippines

This 10km² island boasts more than 30 gorgeous beaches fringed by sparkling clean turquoise waters.

Boracay’s White Beach is almost as well known for its party image as it is for the sugar-white sand that gives it its name. The beachfront and area immediately inland is crowded with shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs – the place to party-on until the wee-hours.

The 4.8km-long stretch of fine, powder-white sand shelves gently into the azure waters of the Sulu Sea on the west coast of Boracay and is the island’s top see-and-be-seen beach for locals.

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Bali, Indonesia

Bali – one of Asia’s most exotic and romantic honeymoon destinations – is home to an ancient culture, stunning natural beauty, friendly people and sun-kissed beaches that offer numerous fun-filled activities for your honeymoon.

In Bali, it's easy to discover all you need for an unforgettable honeymoon holiday.

Read more about Bali, including a selection of the best beaches in Bali

Phuket, Thailand

Thailand’s top resort island and the country's most popular honeymoon destination is blessed with a huge selection of long sandy beaches, tranquil bays, luxury resorts and a reputation for some of the finest seafood in Thailand.

Phuket offers active couples diving, snorkelling, windsurfing and sailing; while inland, jungle paths wait to be explored on foot or atop an elephant.

Read more about Phuket including Phuket best beach resorts

Ko Samui, Thailand

Thailand’s second-most popular island and honeymoon destination is fringed with several golden-sand beaches that are perfect for sunbathing and swimming and offers luxurious accommodation.

Snorkel or dive the surrounding coral gardens and explore rocky headlands and offshore islands by kayak.

Read more about Ko Samui including Ko Samui best beaches

Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

Blessed with stunning natural beauty, Phi Phi Don offers towering limestone cliffs fringed by several white-sand beaches and a choice of 4- to 5-star luxury beachfront resorts where you can unwind in comfort.

Active couples also have the opportunity to try rock climbing, scuba diving, snorkelling and kayaking.

Read more about Phi Phi Don, including Phi Phi's best beaches

Khao Lak, Thailand

The coastal region of Khao Lak is one of country's top beach destinations, offering kilometres of wide golden-sand beaches, lush jungle-covered hills, national parks and a wide choice of beachside resorts – ideal for a honeymoon in Thailand.

Relax on one of several stunning beaches, go diving and snorkelling or explore by foot or elephant the lush natural jungle of Khao Lak Lamru National Marine Park.

Read more about Khao Lak, including the island's best beaches

Langkawi, Malaysia

Renowned as one of Asia's most beautiful tropical islands, Langkawi is fringed with idyllic white-sand beaches, swaying palm trees and crystal clear waters that teem with colourful marine life – simply ideal for a romantic getaway or honeymoon in Asia.

Experience Langkawi's natural beauty by hire car, motorcycle and bicycle or follow scenic forest trails on foot to explore picturesque waterfalls and landscapes of lakes and mountain peaks.

Read more about Langkawi, including the island's best beaches

Elsewhere in Asia…

South Pacific…

Bora Bora, Tahiti

From the majestic twin peaks of the ancient 600m-high volcano at its centre to the numerous palm-fringed sugar-white beaches around the lagoon, Bora Bora is the epitome of a postcard-perfect South Pacific island – just one reason why it's the perfect honeymoon destination.

Relax on a sugar-white beach, cycle along Bora Bora's pretty coastal road, go horseback riding along lush mountain trails, visit ancient marae on a 4WD excursion or cruise Bora Bora’s tranquil lagoon to find the perfect motu (islet) for a romantic champagne picnic.

Read more about Bora Bora and the island's best beaches

Cook Islands

The Cook Islands are famous for unspoiled sugar-white beaches, a year-round perfect climate and genuine friendly Polynesian people – the perfect honeymoon destination in the South Pacific.

Relax on a choice of beaches, swim and snorkel in multihued lagoons teeming with colourful reef fish and be pampered with a range of creature comforts at a choice of intimate beach resorts that specialise in honeymoon packages.

Rarotonga, Aitutaki and ‘Atiu are the largest islands and offer the widest choice of beaches.

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Fji Islands

Experience one of the South Pacific’s most friendly and romantic island destinations.

With its friendly ‘bula’ charm, sugar-white beaches, warm tropical breezes and intimate beach resorts specialising in honeymoon packages, Fiji is a long-time favourite with honeymoon couples.

Choose from more than 300 sun-kissed tropical islands scattered across several island groups.

Read more about the islands of Fiji, including the Mamanuca Islands, Yasawa Islands and Taveuni Island


With its unique blend of stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, friendly tribal communities and chic, boutique resorts that sit on pristine white-sand beaches, Vanuatu offers newlyweds an unspoiled and magical destination for a honeymoon in the South Pacific islands.

Dig your toes into powder-white sand, kayak a calm lagoon, go deep-sea fishing for blue marlin, dive on one of the world’s most famous wrecks, watch ancient tribal festivals and meet kastom villagers wearing only nambas (penis sheaths) and grass skirts – for a rather different honeymoon experience.

Read more about Vanuatu, and the island's best beaches

New Caledonia

New Caledonia is a sunny, tiny slice of France surrounded by the warm waters of the South Pacific.

Blessed with stunning natural beauty, delicious French cuisine, luxurious resorts and rich cosmopolitan charm, New Caledonia is one of the top spots for a honeymoon in the South Pacific islands.

Discover some of the best white-sand beaches in the South Pacific and choose from a wide choice of activities from sailing, scuba diving and kayaking to hiking scenic forest trails.

Read more about New Caledonia and the territory's best beaches

Maui, Hawaii

Dig your toes into the soft golden sand of Ka'anapali Beach, a 2.5km-long beach that stretches along the northern coast of West Maui.

This one-time royal retreat is famous for its sunsets and is edged by a walkway that links the lush palm-fringed gardens of several luxury hotels with open-air restaurants and the Whaler Shopping Centre.

Kaanapali is rated the best beach for water sports action in Maui, with a huge range of activities on offer, including snorkelling, kayaking, catamaran sailing, fishing, windsurfing, jet skiing, parasailing and seasonal surfing.

Read more about the island of Maui as well as Ka'anapali Beach and other great beaches in Maui

Elsewhere in the South Pacific…

Indian Ocean, Africa & Middle East…


Renowned for dazzling white-sand beaches, dramatic rock formations, warm crystal clear waters and lush tropical vegetation, the Seychelles remains a magical honeymoon destination.

Explore La Digue Island and the gorgeous Anse Source d’Argent beach or the equally stunning Praslin Island, home to Anse Lazio, a perfect crescent of soft, fine-grained white sand.

Read more about the Seychelles as well as more great beaches


Known as ‘The Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, the tropical island paradise of Mauritius is a one of the world’s best honeymoon destinations.

Famous for its outstanding natural beauty, Mauritius offers a paradise of endless white tropical beaches that are perfect for enjoying the warm, crystalline sea and soaking up the sun with your partner.

Read more about Mauritius including the island's best beaches

Elsewhere in Indian Ocean, Africa & Middle East…


Santorini, Greece

The glamorous island of Santorini is often considered the most dramatically beautiful of all the Greek Islands and, along with Mykonos, is also one of the most expensive.

But don’t let the cost put you off enjoying a honeymoon or romantic getaway here, for Santorini offers all the necessary ingredients for the perfect Greek Island romance and is the perfect choice for a honeymoon in Europe and the Greek Islands.

Unwind on a choice of beaches, then soak up the ambience of Santorini's picturesque villages by strolling a labyrinth of narrow and winding cobblestone streets lined with fashion boutiques, jewellery shops, gourmet restaurants and sophisticated boutique hotels.

Read more about Santorini, as well as Santorini's best beaches

Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos – arguably the most glamorous and expensive of all the Greek Islands – boasts everything you need for a perfect honeymoon in Greece.

Discover picturesque white-washed houses and red- and blue-domed churches, classy boutique shopping, exciting nightlife, a cosmopolitan (some would say hedonistic) atmosphere and a selection of long sandy beaches ranging from family friendly to secluded and clothing-optional.

Get lost in the labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets that meander through the cubist charms of Old Mykonos town.

Read more about Mykonos including a selection of the best beaches in Mykonos

Ibiza, Spain

The über-chic Balearic Island of Ibiza is renowned for its famously raucous dance club scene, jet-setting glitterati and more than 50 white-sand beaches indenting its rugged, picture-perfect coastline – the perfect spot for active newlyweds looking to honeymoon in the Mediterranean.

Choose from a wide selection of sugar-white beaches fringed by music bars, dance clubs, restaurants and hotels, which sit conveniently close to the main resorts of Ibiza town, Santa Eulària des Riu and Sant Antoni de Portmany.

Read more about Ibiza, including Ibiza's best beaches

Isle of Capri, Italy

The Isle of Capri is Italy’s most famous island – the haunt of movie stars, literati and everyone famous since the Roman Emperor Tiberius first established his home here in the 1st century AD.

Set in a deep blue sea just off the Sorrentine Peninsula, Capri boasts a rugged mountain surrounded by picture-perfect coves, jagged cliffs, underwater grottos and dramatic swimming sites.

With its exclusive ambiance, chic boutiques, fine dining restaurants and good choice of accommodation to suit all budgets, Capri offers all the ingredients you need for a great island honeymoon in Italy.

Read more about Capri, including the island's best beaches

Sardinia, Italy

Blessed with almost 2000km of coastline, the island of Sardinia offers soaring cliffs and rugged shorelines, flower-strewn hillsides, ancient archaeological ruins and charismatic medieval towns that are just a short hop away from mainland Italy.

Sardinia offers a huge range of magnificent beaches ringing the island and a choice of exclusive holiday resorts along the magnificent Costa Smeralda and at the popular resort city of Alghero, which features narrow winding medieval streets and a 5km-long golden-sand beach.

Read more about Sardinia, including… Sardinia best beaches

Elsewhere in Europe…



Choose from 30 tropical islands fringed by sugar-white sands and lapped by warm, clear waters that are ideal for swimming, snorkelling, diving and sailing.

Unwind at the Las Vegas-style resorts on New Providence, Paradise and Grand Bahama islands or escape the crowds for the famous pink-hued beaches of Exuma, Harbour Island and Eleuthera – all just a 35-minute flight from Miami.

The Bahamas is arguable the best destination for an island honeymoon in the Caribbean.

Read more about the Bahamas, including a choice of gorgeous islands and beaches in the Bahamas


Antigua is renowned for being able to offer honeymoon couples a new sugar-white beach for every day of the year, abundant water sports activities, unspoiled nature reserves and a vibrant nightlife of casinos, dance clubs, bars and fine dining restaurants.

Antigua offers a choice of three major resort areas along the sheltered west coast at Dickenson Bay, Jolly Beach and Five Islands; all are close to the capital, St John’s – a top destination for a honeymoon in the Caribbean.

Read more about Antigua, including Antigua's best beaches


Aruba is one of the most popular island destinations in the Caribbean.

Blessed with a year-round sunny climate, an 11km-long stretch of powder-white sand, a vibrant nightlife scene and expansive Las Vegas-style high rise resorts featuring flashy casinos, Aruba is the perfect Caribbean honeymoon destination.

Discover sugar-white beaches and sparkling crystalline waters ideal for swimming, snorkelling and diving. Inland, go horseback riding and hiking or hire a four-wheel drive jeep to explore the desert-like lunar landscape of the interior.

Read more about Aruba, including the island's best beaches


Discover a Caribbean Island world famous for its easy-going calypso culture, hip-swaying music and vibrant nightlife, all fused with age-old English customs and traditions – just ideal for a honeymoon in the Caribbean.

Explore a lush green landscape of rolling hills scattered with 17th and 18th century colonial plantation houses, edged by numerous pristine beaches and encircled by warm turquoise waters that are perfect for swimming, scuba diving and snorkelling.

Read more about Barbados and it's idyllic beaches

British Virgin Islands

Once the hideout of buccaneers and pirates, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) offers couples unspoiled white-sand beaches for sunbathing, clear turquoise waters for snorkelling, offshore reefs, walls and wrecks for diving, as well as numerous hidden coves, uninhabited cays and islets that combine with gentle sea breezes to make BVI a sailor’s paradise.

The 50-odd islands of this British Crown Colony offer a very laid-back lifestyle that is in stark contrast to the crowds, casinos and mega-tourism resorts of the nearby US Virgin Islands.

Read more about the British Virgin Islands and the Colony'stop beaches


Discover one of the Caribbean’s most popular honeymoon and holiday islands.

With a choice of idyllic white-sand beaches, numerous water sports, world-class golf courses, tropical rainforest eco adventures and accommodation options to suit all budgets, this lush and mountainous island offers all the ingredients you need for the perfect Caribbean honeymoon.

Read more about Jamaica plus a selection of the best beaches in Jamaica

St Lucia

St Lucia is one of the most popular destinations for a honeymoon in the Caribbean. With a lush, tropical, mountainous landscape encircled by warm turquoise waters, St Lucia hints of the South Pacific (think Bora Bora) and offers all the ingredients you need for an unforgettable Caribbean honeymoon.

Sunbathe on a selection of gorgeous white-sand beaches, hike through tropical rainforest to panoramic mountain-top lookouts and be pampered in style at upscale beachfront resorts and romantic retreats.

Read more about St Lucia and the island's best beach

Elsewhere in the Caribbean…

North & South America…

South Miami Beach, United States

Experience the coolest beach in the world, famous for its heritage-listed Art Deco architecture, high energy and steamy nightlife - perfect for fun-loving honeymoon couples.

Rub shoulders with celebrities and super models, be pampered in luxurious accommodation, enjoy fine dining, shop at high-end boutiques and mix with the über-hip crowd at sleek space-age nightclubs on the so-called American Riviera – the place to see and be seen among the world’s bon vivants.

Read more about South Miami Beach, including a string of great beaches in Miami

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Located on the southernmost tip of the peninsula of Baja California, Cabo San Lucas is just a short drive south from southern California.

Cabo’s golden beaches were featured in the Brad Pitt movie Troy, and the town, once legendary for big-game fishing, is now equally renowned for its world-class golfing and for hosting some of Mexico's most elite resorts.

Read more about Cabo San Lucas, including a choice of beaches around Cabo

Cancun, Mexico

In Cancun, it’s easy to find a choice of gorgeous beaches, luxurious beachfront hotels, a vibrant nightlife, great shopping and ancient Mayan ruins to explore along an idyllic 22km-long coastline.

South of Cancun lies the Riviera Maya, home to some of the hippest beaches on the coast including chic Playa del Carmen and gorgeous Tulum Beach.

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Ipanema Beach, Brazil

Join the daily fun-filled carnival on this stunning stretch of white sand made famous in the 1960s song The Girl from Ipanema.

The hit was written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Viní-cius de Morais about ‘the tall and tan and young and lovely girl’ they saw on Ipanema Beach.

Enjoy a caipirinha at the Velloso Bar on Vinícius de Morais Street where the two men watched the unforgettable girl on her daily trip to the beach, then join the golden brown sun-worshippers brushing up their tans.

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Latest update: about world's top islands & beaches: 27 April, 2024