The Hotlist: Beach Edition

Icon August 15, 2018
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Every now and then I begin to daydream about laying on pristine white sands as the ocean gently laps at my feet and the sun beats down. I could be wrong, but I don’t think I’m alone in this. There’s no better feeling than when you turn on your out of office, smugly bid au revoir to your colleagues and realise you’re officially ‘on holiday’. For me, there’s something extra exciting when I’m heading to a destination where I can lie on the beach, interrupted only by the arrival of my Strawberry Daiquiri. There’s lots of spectacular beaches around the world, and below we’ve listed a few that right now are at the top of our bucket list.



Zanzibar is an archipelago, located in the Indian Ocean just off the coast of Tanzania. With beautiful sandy beaches and a rich marine life, the coral reefs make Zanzibar the perfect destination for those wanting a snorkelling or scuba diving trip.

Zuri Zanzibar







Situated on the northern west shores of Unguja, on a stretch of natural beach, Zuri offers guests a trendy and stylish hideaway. With only 55 units ranging from bungalows, suites and villas, each guest has their own private space. Zuri is the only property on the island which has a non-tidal beach allowing guests to swim all day as well as being within walking distance to local bars and restaurants. The hotel has a culinary edge with live cooking sessions, a spice garden and gardeners library.


&Beyond Mnemba Island

Try barefoot luxury at Mnemba private Island. With only 12 beachside bandas, you can experience a truly intimate stay. Whether you prefer to explore on land or take to the water, there’s plenty of activities. The island house reef can be reached without a boat and there’s an abundance of dive sites nearby. On the island try bird-watching with an expert guide or explore nearby Stonetown.



Swaying palms, endless stretches of coastline and age-old traditions greet you in Mozambique. A visit to Bazaruto National Park is not to be missed. This protected area is a haven for bird life, fish eagles, pink flamingos and even Nile crocodiles!

&Beyond Benguerra Island

On the second largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago, you’ll find an exclusive beach getaway. Set in a protected marine conservation area, it’s the perfect spot for those who want to swim, snorkel and dive in premier sites. The 10 casinhas, 2 cabanas and 1 Casa Familia combine tropical chic with Africa flair and Portuguese heritage. This eclectic mix create an unusual style which work together to create a welcoming and homely feel.


Anantara Medjumbe Island

Discover your own island escape in Mozambique’s Quirimbas Archipelago. Live life at your own pace, whether it be time at the spa, exploring the hidden world under the blue waters or simply gazing out across the endless ocean views. This boutique property has only 12 Beach Pool villas, all with direct access to the beach. You’ll be forever spoilt, after a stay at Medjumbe Island!



Located in the Indian Ocean, this French volcanic island offers spectacular scenery from its high peaks to deep canyons and plains. Hike and trek across the island discovering the different flora and fauna.

Lux Saint Gilles:

On the western coast of Reunion Island, you’ll find LUX* Saint Gilles. Facing crystal clear waters with immaculate sandy beaches, the Creole style villas on the property sit within tropical gardens. Reunion is a lesser known destination, which can offer complete relaxation or become a thrill seekers paradise. Hiking volcanic peaks, visiting hidden waterfalls, discovering the island off-road by 4×4, canyoning, parasailing and mountain biking are just a few of the activities that await.



An island haven; Mustique provides both the luxury of privacy and unpretentious style. Whether you’re enjoying a gastronomic dining experience or taking a stroll to the local town, there’s an authentic Caribbean island feel. Chat to the locals, sample local delicacies and get a real feel for island life in the Caribbean.

Cotton House:

Set within 13 acres of tropical gardens, Cotton House is a popular haunt for many a famous face. The rooms, suites and cottages are airy and inviting. White washed interiors are combined with bright greens, yellows and blues. Dine at the ‘Chef’s Top Table’ where you can try locally sourced fresh fish and seafood.


French Polynesia:

Unparalleled beauty awaits in French Polynesia. Turquoise waters, white sand beaches and the ultimate in complete privacy. Regardless of where you choose to stay, you can’t escape the unspoilt and idyllic location. Arriving by sea or air, you’ll be welcomed with beaming smiles.

Four Seasons Bora Bora

Sitting in the shadow of Mount Otemanu, lose yourself in paradise. Enter your private plunge pool and gaze out across the still blue waters and endless sky. Swim among exotic marine life and vibrant coral reefs. From beachfront villas to grand estates, the Four Seasons caters to all. The natural style of the accommodation is influenced by its Polynesian heritage and location.


The Brando

Whilst filming Mutiny on the Bounty Marlon Brando fell in love with Tetiaroa and later purchased the island in 1967. Marlon said ‘my mind is always soothed when I imagine myself sitting on my South Sea island at night’. Those who visit the island feel the same way. Rejoice in complete serenity in your private villa. Designed to blend into the natural environment, the eco-resort was built with minimal impact on the environment and continues its work to protect the island.


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