Durdle Door Beach: UK
Probably the most photographed beach in the UK, and for good reason, the iconic Durdle Door, a natural limestone arch, is located on this beautiful sandy beach. Surrounded by towering white cliffs, this sheltered Jurassic Coastal landmark is actually privately owned by the Lulworth Estate, but is open to the public.
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Warwick Long Bay: Bermuda
Home to beautiful tropical flora and fauna, the wild blue Atlantic ocean and beautiful pink coral beaches, Bermuda is not short of picturesque spots. Warwick Long Bay on the South Shore is set against a backdrop of coastal grasses and grape and cedar trees and has its own coral island just offshore, perfect for snorkelling.
STAY: Fairmont Southampton | From £2089 per person for 7-nights | 01425 480400 prestigeholidays.co.uk
Cathedral Cove: New Zealand
Taking a photo under the naturally-formed archway is a must at Coromandel’s Cathedral Cove, one of the most beautiful spots in New Zealand (and as any NZ visitors will know, that is some accolade). The much-photographed spot has a magical, mystical feel, which may be why it was chosen as a key location in The Chronicles of Narnia filming.
Taharuu Beach: Tahiti
Taharuu Beach is one of the world’s most spectacular beaches, with soft, fine pitch-black sands to give the beach a stormy feel in even the most glorious sunshine. A popular surf spot with strong currents and plenty of shady palm trees, just ensure you protect your feet from the hot black sands with some flip-flops.
Image: The Islands of Tahiti
Honeymoon Beach, Burma
Lampi Marine National Park, an ASEAN Marine Heritage site is not only home to stunning beaches, it is also teeming with marine life such as whale sharks, turtles and dolphins. The two beaches in the marine park are Turtle Beach, a protected nesting area where sea turtles lay their eggs year-round, and Honeymoon Beach, a 1km stretch of beautiful beach and calm waters.
STAY: Wa Ale Island Resort, which donates 20% of net profits and 2% of room revenues for sea turtle conservation, coral conservation and local employment | Ampersand Travel ampersandtravel.com 0207 819 9770, offers a 7-night Burma itinerary from £12,060 for a family of four | waaleresort.com
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Time to plan an escape to warmer climes? From coral pink sands to stormy pitch-black seas, breath-taking views are a given with the world’s most beautiful beaches. Whether it’s iconic stone arches on England’s south cast or French Polynesian hideaways on the opposite side of the globe, add these picturesque beaches to your travel bucket list. 5 of the Most Beautiful Beaches in the World
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