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Holiday Type / Water Sports Beach Holidays

If it is action and adventure you seek, we take pride in seeking hotels with the best water sport centres in the world. Whether you are a keen diver or have always wanted to learn to surf, take a look at our recommendations for places to stay that offer superlative facilities and tuition.

The Romanos, A Luxury Collection Resort

The Costa Navarino development in Messinia is comprised of several sites set against 4,500 years of history and pristine nature. Serenity pervades The Romanos, a Member of the Starwood Luxury Collection. Extensive grounds dotted with olive groves and a long sandy beach form the unspoilt landscape for this luxurious resort. Award-winning architecture reflects Messina’s rich history, the 321 contemporary rooms, suites and villas basking in the warm palette of the Mediterranean. Infinity Rooms and Suites boast their own individual infinity-edge po...

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Verdura Resort - A Rocco Forte Hotel

Located on Sicily’s spectacular southern coast, close to the temples of Agrigento, is Rocco Forte Hotels’ first resort style property. Equally appealing to couples and families alike, it is fronted by a magnificent stretch of private beach and sits amidst a verdant backdrop of olive and lemon groves. Woven subtly into the landscape using natural local materials, the rooms, suites and villas marry the warmth and ambience of Sicily with contemporary restraint; boasting private terraces and beguiling sea views, with designs overseen by renowned de...

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Columbia Beach Resort

There’s a distinct Cypriot feel to life in Pissouri Bay, the setting for this expansive resort on the bay’s two kilometre long Blue Flag beach. The property has recently reopened after a gleaming top-to-toe refurbishment. Delve into the comfort of spacious suites featuring large bathrooms with bathtub and separate shower, sleek wooden furniture and welcome touches such as a Nespresso machine and Molton Brown toiletries. Selected suites have a fireplace and private plunge pool, with an air-conditioned elevator to deliver guests to Executive Suit...

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Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel

Understated luxury and genuine hospitality distinguish this excellent family resort which lies within a protected natural park on the unspoilt Western Algarve. Rooms in this stylish beachfront hotel – all with ocean views - are complemented by a selection of spacious, two-floor family houses with floor-to-ceiling windows and front or back lawns, some with their own private swimming pool. Traditional Portuguese recipes have been re-invented with flair and imagination at O Terraço, a contemporary venue for group dining, featuring an alfresco wood...

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Sani Club

Perfectly situated by a secluded azure bay with white sands and views to Mount Olympus and the Aegean Sea. Discreetly luxurious and ideal for families, contemporary low-rise bungalows feature huge picture windows and large terraces to maximise vistas. Some rooms have their own garden, selected Junior Suites benefit from a private pool whilst Family Suites are exceptionally spacious. Guests are free to explore the full range of culinary options throughout the Sani Resort and Marina, where over thirty bars and restaurants await. Complimentary sun...

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Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay

With a spectacular cliff top setting overlooking the private beach and bay, this haven of luxury only lies a short drive from central Bodrum, known to travel connoisseurs as the Saint-Tropez of Turkey. The resort comprises a mix of rooms with walk-out balcony or terrace and impeccable suites, the One Bedroom and Presidential Suites include a daily choice of body treatments at the Sanitas Spa, where chic treatment rooms are complemented by a Turkish bath, sauna and steam rooms. Savour inspired Aegean cuisine at Olives Restaurant, while La Luce s...

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BodyHoliday

Relaxation and rejuvenation are the order of the day at BodyHoliday, St Lucia – a leading all-inclusive wellness retreat perched directly on Cariblue Beach. Voted one of the Caribbean’s top luxury resorts for families, couples and individuals in Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards, BodyHoliday is continually at the cutting edge of health and wellness, offering everything from Tai Chi and Pilates to waterskiing and abseiling. However, there are no hard and fast rules at this revered 5 star resort; those that wish to spend leisurely days ...

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COMO Parrot Cay

Situated on a private island, COMO Parrot Cay is an escapist’s paradise with an emphasis on rejuvenation and is a hotspot for the A-listers. Nature pervades in its beautifully colourful grounds, with organic gardens and a mile long beach of soft, powdery sand. Light and spacious, the rooms and suites are peaceful retreats, the décor delightfully understated with contemporary teakwood furnishings, flowing muslin drapes and indulgent amenities. Beach Houses and villas with private sundecks and heated plunge pool or swimming pool lie just steps fr...

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Six Senses Laamu

Located on privately owned Olhuveli Island in the Laamu Atoll, this impressive resort deftly blends out-and-out luxury with impeccable eco-friendly credentials. A large stretch of beachfront has been left untouched enabling guests to feel close to nature. With the emphasis on natural materials, Beach Villas have a garden and direct beach access, whilst the Water Villas are replete with a sunken bath and roof terrace. Both have a refreshing outdoor rain shower and raised dining deck for romantic meals under the stars. Chill to the relaxed sounds...

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Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

Set on a colourful garden island, Four Seasons Kuda Huraa is an international resort, reflecting all the charm and intimacy of a traditional Maldivian village. Beach and Water Bungalows fringe the island, with restaurants and recreational facilities arranged around a central promenade lined with borders of bougainvillaea, frangipani and hibiscus flowers. All accommodation comes with your own private pool, including the new all-villa overwater option. The Island Spa sits on its own island just a minute’s sail away by dhoni and features seven ove...

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Niyama Private Islands

One destination spread languidly across two islands, Niyama gives the luxury Maldives holiday an exciting twist. Recent stellar upgrades have given the resort more of everything that makes a getaway so special, from new culinary attractions to a poolside ice cream bar, photo studio and children’s club. Relax as never before in ultra-chic accommodation encompassing sleek suites, water studios and beach pavilions, the Crescent comprising five villas with private Thakuru butlers. No fewer than eight restaurants now tempt the taste buds; new BLU fe...

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Constance Moofushi

Lapped by an iridescent coral sea, premium all-inclusive Constance Moofushi, Maldives opened late 2010 to much acclaim. Alabaster white beaches are perfect for barefoot relaxation, a theme that extends into the villas with their rustic chic appeal and extensive in-villa entertainment. Drift off in your Beach Villa hammock, or slip effortlessly into the clear waters from your Water Villa or extra spacious Senior Water Villa – all decorated with a light, individualistic touch. In the sand-floored Manta Restaurant, buffet meals are accompanied by ...

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Atlantis, The Palm

Towering archways, arabesque domes and ornate spires create the dream-like vision that is Atlantis. The resort’s rooms and suites, which are housed within the soaring Royal Towers, offer views over the Gulf or The Palm, whilst for exclusivity, the Royal Bridge Suite has its own private elevator and butler service. Guests who desire further VIP treatment can select the Imperial Club, which comes complete with private check-in at the Royal Majilis lounge, exclusive private Imperial Beach Club access, and all-day access to the Imperial Club Lounge...

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The Legian Bali

Surrounded by tropical gardens and set right beside the Indian Ocean on Seminyak Beach, the Legian remains one of Bali’s most sought after resorts. Wind down on your balcony daybed to the sound of the waves, or read a book over a cup of jamu - a refreshing herbal drink. Here you can completely enjoy spacious living in your individually furnished suite with its rich woods, cool marbles and state-of-the-art amenities. Across the road, The Club at The Legian boasts a selection of private villas, each with its own pool and the added services of a b...

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The Oberoi, Bali

A secluded cluster of luxury Villas and Lanais set in fifteen acres of resplendent tropical gardens dotted with ancient Balinese temples on the popular Seminyak Beach. Relax in the cool comfort of your Villa or Lanai with its carved teakwood bed or luxuriate in the deep sunken marble bath. The Lanais are compact, yet supremely comfortable, each with its own outdoor terrace. Fine dining is an integral part of the Oberoi experience – enjoy international cuisine at the Kura Kura restaurant or alfresco breakfasts at the beachside Frangipani Café. R...

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The Ocean Wing, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

Cradled between forested hills and inviting Pantai Dalit beach, Borneo’s leading hotel is supremely placed to explore the island’s incredibly rich natural environment, and lush gardens surround the attractive accommodation. Guests staying in the Ocean Wing will be cosseted by opulently furnished sea-facing rooms and a rich array of facilities, including an exclusive free-form swimming pool. There’s a distinctly Malaysian flavour to the décor with its soft earthy tones and intricately carved panels, and if the flavours of authentic Indian and It...

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The Datai Langkawi

A bewitching welcome awaits you at The Datai – one of the premier resorts on this magical isle, which is swathed in legends of romance and mystery. Get close to nature as you tread footpaths through centuries-old rainforest or head for a white sand beach by the shimmering Andaman Sea. Perfection is all around and begins in your chosen accommodation – a Suite with an expansive private balcony or the new contemporary Beach Villas with generously sized private pools. The cuisine is as beguiling as the setting, with Malaysian and Western fare serve...

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Banyan Tree Phuket

Cradled within the exclusive enclave of Laguna Phuket, bordered by Bang Tao Bay and the Andaman Sea lies the legendary Banyan Tree Resorts, Phuket. Set in over six hundred acres of lush tropical gardens, coconut groves, tranquil lakes and lagoons is a magnificent collection of luxurious appointed one to three bedroom private pool villas within three distinct resorts. Freestanding villas are designed to reflect the spirit of Thai architecture complemented by every modern amenity and an unrivalled service. Dining options encompass eight restauran...

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Trisara

Meaning 'third garden in heaven', Trisara is one of Phuket's leading properties tucked away in a sublime private bay on the Andaman Sea. Intimate and exclusive, it comprises a luxurious collection of one to seven bedroom Pool Villas, Suites and Residences all with generously sized infinity pools, plasma screen televisions, sumptuous bathrooms and panoramic ocean views - the larger residences complete with kitchens, cooks and dedicated day time staff. Beneath the shade of coconut palms, the expansive beachfront restaurant offers first rate Thai ...

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The Pimalai

Nine hundred metres of beachfront, one hundred acres of paradise. Tucked away in tropical rainforest this award-winning Small Luxury Hotels of the World property lies on unspoilt Koh Lanta, on a rugged hillside above the shore. Here, the one-to-three bedroom Pool Villas form an exclusive complex around their own central hub and breathtaking infinity pool. There is also an infinity pool and day bed on the terrace of each villa, while interiors house a fully-equipped kitchen, lounge/ dining room and bedrooms with four-poster beds. Pool Villa gues...

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The Sarojin

Reminiscent of staying at a friend's private estate, intimacy and understated luxury come together in a madly romantic setting at the award-winning Sarojin. Beautifully located on a secluded eleven kilometre white sand beach by the Andaman Sea, it borders spectacular primary rainforests and national parks including the fabled dive sanctuaries of the Similan and Surin Islands, and the dramatic limestone outcrops of Phang Nga Bay. Residences are spacious, contemporary Asian in style; some with exquisite outdoor salas, some with private plunge poo...

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Rayavadee

A member of The Leading Hotels of the World and bordering one of the world's most beautiful beaches, Rayavadee represents the perfect luxury beach resort. Situated within the famous Krabi Marine National Park, the resort is surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and crystal clear waters. Award-winning Pavilions and Beachfront Villas, spread over twenty six acres of coconut groves and arranged in the style of a Southern Thai Village, offer the ultimate in premium accommodation. All feature stylish tropical décor with polished wood, richly colou...

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Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui

Cascading serenely down a forested hillside on the north west tip of Koh Samui lies a ravishing resort within a hidden cove. From here, the views across the Gulf of Siam and surrounding islands are simply breathtaking. Settle into your freestanding villa or private residence - raised on stilts in the traditional local style - to bask on your spacious deck with its private infinity-edge pool, perhaps working up the energy to slip down to the Coco Rum Bar or to the porcelain-white beach complete with a 50 metre pool. Five individual spa salas (co...

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