Hit the sand at these boutique retreats
On an island dominated by luxury resorts, Casa del Mar tops the TripAdvisor rankings for good reason. Here, pretentiousness doesn’t exist and staff let you relax – from swimming in the Malacca Straits in front of your room to enjoying poolside cocktails and top cuisine or taking a day cruise around Langkawi’s 99 islands. Jl Pantai Cenang, Langkawi, Malaysia.
The villas at Kim’s Beach Hideaway are just metres from the sand at one of the New South Wales’ Central Coast’s top beaches. Wake up to the sounds of waves crashing then relax on the daybeds after a great brekky in the property’s all-inclusive restaurant. 16 Charlton St, Toowoon Bay 2261.
Commanding Pacific Beach, San Diego’s indie-cool surfside town, Tower23 has chic designer rooms, and many that overlook California’s Pacific waves. JRDN restaurant and bar downstairs does mean Mojitos and sliders, while you are only a stone’s throw from many of PB’s best joints, including the Fire House and Driftwood. 723 Felspar St, San Diego, California.
Fresh from a great makeover, Palm Cove’s Reef House now has rooms that feature a spa on the deck, the best way to kick back after a day in the Tropical North. Reef House restaurant serves up famously good local fish and is as well-known for its very decent wine list of top Aussie whites. Book in for a spa treatment in advance. 99 Williams Espl, Palm Cove 4879.
The Stones has added a stylishly new boutique element to popular Legian Beach in Bali. Here, it’s about enjoying what’s on offer in the resort (including top room service) than trenching around Bali, but thanks to its location, the best of Seminyak is only a ten-minute drive away. Jl Raya Pantai Kuta, Legian, Bali.