The most luxurious beaches and islands around the world

Jun 22, 2017

Sun, surf, and sand. For many, it’s the raison d’etre for travelling. Here are a few classic spots.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

With sculpted volcanic peaks rising above over-the-sea resorts surrounded by an emerald lagoon, Bora Bora is not only the South Pacific’s most fabled isle, but has also been dubbed “most beautiful island in the world” by writer James Michener.

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Australia

Whitehaven beach on the Whitsunday Islands, Australia

With the purest silica sand in the world, Whitehaven (pictured) is often called the most beautiful beach on the planet. It’s spellbindingly pristine too, being part of Whitsunday Island – the largest isle in north-eastern Queensland’s Whitsunday archipelago.

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Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue Island, Seychelles

Anse Source d’Argent beach on La Digue Island, Seychelles

You may feel a sense of deja vu while gaping at the turquoise waters here. Advertisers have put the granite boulders and palm trees flanking one of the world’s most photographed strips of sand to good use.