These are the best beach destinations of 2021 sure to melt away all and any of life's stresses and let you leave the world behind...at least for a while. For the latest travel regulations and information regarding our beach destinations, please ask our multi-award winning Travel Experts.
For true barefoot luxury, Mnemba Island is the perfect escape. Less than a mile in circumference, the island offers a remote and serene beach experience; surrounded by some of the best dive sights in Africa, guests can enjoy the company of prolific marine life, with turtle season around April to August time. Ardent divers will fall in love with the coral reefs around Mnemba and watersport enthusiasts will love the scuba diving, windsurfing and snorkelling. The island is ideal for honeymooners, remote, private and very romantic.
Recommended Accommodation - Mnemba Island.
Benguerra Island is the second largest island located in southern Mozambique's Bazaruto Archipelago, and offers a diverse landscape for adventurers of all types. Turquoise seas give way to 2500kms of golden unspoilt beaches with a rich marine life just past the shore. An incredible dive site that may give you the chance to spot a rare and endangered Dugong - protected inside the Bazaruto National park encompassing the island - as well as stunning coral reefs. Inland, the diverse island landscape delights with a mixture of forest, savannah, freshwater lakes and a wetland ecosystem supporting a variety of plant and animal sightings.
Recommended accommodation - Benguerra Island Lodge.
Mahe Island is the largest island in the Seychelles. It has a rich French past before it became a British colony, which is how it stayed for over 100 years until independence was announced in 1976. 86% of the island's population resides in the bustling capital city of Victoria, known for its colourful market and port, where creole is the cuisine of choice. The mountainous landscape of central Mahe tapers to cliffs that fall into the sea. Three National Parks are located on and within the surrounding islands of Mahe, where you can find rare and endangered plant life such as the Jellyfish Tree, various orchids, and the otherworldly and carnivorous Seychelles Pitcher Plant.
Recommended Accommodation - The Four Seasons Seychelles.
Haa Alif Atoll is the northernmost collection of 43 islands in the Maldives, 14 of which are uninhabited. Each island in the Maldives has its very own resort, so if having your own island - or at least forgetting about the world - is on your life agenda this is the perfect place. The mesmerising azure blue of the Indian Ocean envelops the islands in bliss as you explore one of the world's most exotic locations. Haa Alif Atoll opened to international tourism in 2005, leaving most of the surrounding tropical landscapes of its few resorts unspoiled and natural.
Recommended Accommodation - JA Manafaru.
The name Flic en Flac, derived from the Old Dutch "fried landt flaak" meaning free flat land, doesn't really give this breathtaking location much credit. 13km of white sandy beaches line the town and surrounding area and can usually be found dotted with locals. Up from the beaches you'll find miles of lush, tropical jungle and the remnants of a sugar plantation which was the primary trade of Flic en Flac in the 1970s and 1980s. Cross the nearby Black River to Tamarin Bay to find a locally renowned spot among surfers and paddle boarders, or stop by the markets to prepare a picnic on the beach. A lagoon by the Flic en Flac beach allows for safe swimming protected by the reef and various water sports on offer.
Recommended Accommodation - Maradiva Villas, Resort & Spa.