La Fontelina, Capri, Italy
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Take a shuttle boat or walk up what feels like 1000 steps (which I did) to discover La Fontelina – a fabulous beach club built on the rocky coast of the island of Capri in the south of Italy. You’ll enjoy views over the famous Faraglioni rock formation and the restaurant here serves great seafood and Aperol spritz, so there is really no need to leave all day.
Culebra Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico
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Culebra is a small island located about 25 kilometres off the coast of Puerto Rico's main island and it has some of the whitest and finest sand I have ever seen. It's the perfect place to switch off from all technology and lay in a hammock by the ocean.
Coriva Beach, Crete, Greece
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The pebbled Coriva Beach, which leads out to crystal-clear waters with a very European feel, is tucked away from the usual tourist haunts of Crete. The Taverna Psaropoula on the beach serves great home-style Greek cooking.
Verdon Gorge, France
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The Verdon Gorge river canyon in the south-east of France has the most electrifying turquoise water I have ever seen. For the perfect experience hire a kayak and paddle to one of the secluded pebble beaches with a bottle of wine, baguettes and cheese.
St Peter’s Pool Beach, Malta
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This cove at the south-eastern tip of Malta feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere (but it is actually only a 20-minute drive from the main airport). Flat sandstone rocks around the water make it a perfect place to sunbathe or jump in for a swim.
Ammoudi Bay, Santorini, Greece
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Ammoudi, on the Greek island of Santorini, is a quieter spot that is off the standard tourist path. After having lunch at one of the fresh seafood taverns follow the dirt path around the headland to a quiet beach with crystal-clear waters and look back up to the scenic town of Oia.
Psarou Beach, Mykonos, Greece
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Nammos Beach Club on Psarou Beach has gorgeous and comfortable sun lounges and the perfect cocktails to cure any Mykonos hangover. In the afternoon the beach turns into a party-style club with a great atmosphere.
Byron Bay, Australia
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It’s easy to understand why Byron Bay is one of Australia’s most popular destinations for beach-lovers. Other than the beautiful and expansive beaches, everything moves at a slower pace, allowing you to get straight into the holiday atmosphere.
Bodrum coast, Turkey
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The Bodrum coast in Turkey’s south-west has bright turquoise water and many amazing secluded beaches and coves. The best way to discover these hidden gems is by boat with a local skipper.
Bondi Beach, Australia
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Bondi is such an iconic Australian spot. Other than the beach itself there are many fantastic bars, restaurants and beautiful people.
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