The world’s 5 Most Exotic Beaches
Where to stay off the beaten track and leave your footprints on the sand this summer
Wine glass bay, Tasmania: It’s tough to pick an exotic beach down under. There are the 274 islands of the Torres Strait that are close to Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef and Papua New Guinea but for its breathtaking panoramic views the remote crescent-shaped Wine Glass bay in Tasmania, Australia’s down under is probably the beach to add to your itinerary. There are enough luxury accommodation options at Hobart that’s a three hour drive or stay at one of the cozy cabins at the BIG4 Iluka on Freycinet Holiday Park and explore the area in a catamaran, speedboat or by foot ()
Palawan, Philippines: If you’re planning to go east this summer look beyond Bali and Phuket unless you want your Picasa album to look distinctly similar to your last beach holiday. With over 7,000 islands that have fewer International visitors than Thailand or Indonesia, the Philippines is full of fabulous beach getaways like Palawan an archipelago of limestone islands, powdery white beaches and lush rainforests and referred to as the last Ecological Frontier of the Philippines. The El Nido resort is one of the most luxurious addresses in Palawan or stay at the Sangat Island Reserve and go wreck diving amidst the underwater remains of Japanese World War II Ships.
Vieques, Puerto Rico: You are probably likely to be greeted with the bumper sticker – “What’s the hurry? You are in Vieques.” An American naval bases till 2003, this tiny island with its coral reefs and bioluminescent bay is about to become the next big beach destination in the Caribbean. The W Retreat and Spa with its stunning private beach is the perfect luxury oasis to explore Vieques. Take in the local flavours at the Cantina La Reina and party all night at the Club Tumby that was once a military bunker, gosnorkellingor get onboard a clear polycarbonate canoe at the Bio bay and explore the magical world glowing micro-organisms
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: With the World Economic Forum scheduled to take place here between April 16 and 18, 2012 this Pacific Coast beach destination is no longer one of Mexico’s best kept secrets. Voted Mexico’s most romantic destination and the world’s friendliest city by Conde Nast magazine, Vallarta benefits from its sensational location nestled between the Banderas Bay and the Sierra Madre Mountains. The CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa is among the World's 100 Best Hotels and features cheerful décor with Mexican-inspired colors and patterns and access to the region’s finest golf courses.
Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape), Croatia: If you’re constantly fighting for deck chairs and struggling to find accommodation at popular beach resorts in the South of France and Spain head to Europe’s eastern corner. Croatia might not be high priority on Asian traveler wish lists, but with fabulous beaches along its Adriatic coastline it’s fast emerging as a popular destination. Zlatni Rat (www.zlatni-bol.com) is near the city of Bol on the island of Brac and is a narrow pebble beach with a dramatic shape that keeps shifting with changes in tide, currents and wind.
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