Relaxing cabana
© Vila Naia

Looking at stunning photos of white-sand beaches is a good way to get excited about the next vacation. Few things are better than finding that perfect sandy beach to sink your toes into and sip a cool drink with a view. Couple that with some relaxing treatments at a spa and let the stress melt away. Plan a trip to one of the resorts on our list which include getaways in the South Pacific, the Caribbean, Bali and Thailand. If you are looking for something closer to home, take a look at our weekend getaway ideas.

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» Vila Naia - Corumbau Beach, Brazil

Vila Naia - Corumbau Beach, Brazil
© Vila Naia

Vila Naia, which translates to a place "away from all worries," is exactly that. Your troubles will melt away with the simple swaying of palm trees and the coming and going of the tides. Located on the beach of Corumbau in Brazil, the hotel is an eco-friendly getaway where you can step from your bed straight onto a sandy bay. Vila Naia has a vegetable garden, restaurant, bars and an environmental education center. The coast is protected by the Corumbau Marine Reserve and you will have access to ten miles of soft sandy shoreline. Facilities include an outdoor pool and a space for meditation, yoga and Pilates.

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» Pacific Resort Aitutaki - Private Motu in the Cook Islands

Pacific Resort Aitutaki - Private Motu in the Cook Islands  

Finding a secluded sandy shore at the Pacific Resort Aitutaki in the Cook Islands is not difficult - you will be surrounded by sand and sea wherever you look. Snorkel in the blue lagoon and take the kayak to explore the secluded bays around the resort. The resort is an ideal vacation spot for scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts, as well as romantic couples who enjoy beach picnics and plenty of privacy. This island getaway is surrounded by a beautiful lagoon and has just 27 guest accommodations.

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» The Bale - Geger Beach, Bali

The Bale - Geger Beach, Bali  

The Bale in Bali is a modern hideaway with just 29 guest accommodations, each with a private pool. The private club on Geger Beach offers plush chairs and views of the Geger Temple. While staying at the Bale, guests get to indulge in relaxing massages and gourmet dining featuring organic ingredients. Each guest pavilion comes with a 24-hour butler service, complimentary daily minibar, a plush daybed and a private pool. 2-night spa packages start at USD 1,4010, including round trip airport transfers by private car, spa treatments and daily breakfast.

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» Hotel Le Toiny - St. Barts

Hotel Le Toiny - St. Barts  

Hotel Le Toiny is an intimate island getaway on St. Barts. Just 8 square miles in size, the island features many secluded sandy bays. The hotel offers plush suites and villas with outdoor patios and ocean views. At Restaurant Le Gaiac, you can sample some of the best Relais & Chateaux cuisine in the world. The restaurant offers Theme luncheons and dinners featuring innovative French cuisine with local flavors. Ask the hotel concierge for a quick summary of the best bays on the island and go exploring with a picnic lunch.

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» Carlisle Bay, Antigua

Carlisle Bay, Antigua  

Carlisle Bay in Antigua has a sandy Caribbean bay offering sailing, kayaking, snorkeling and windsurfing. The resort is a picturesque tropical vacation spot with a mangrove lagoon where many species of fish and birds make their home. There you'll be able to spot a number of endangered birds, including the West Indian Shistlin Duck and the White Cheeked Pintail. Guests are invited to take a kayak through the mangrove to immerse themselves in its natural beauty.

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» Soneva Kiri - Kood, Thailand

Soneva Kiri - Kood, Thailand  


Soneva Kiri in Thailand is lined with palm trees providing shade and a lush tropical setting. Sip a drink with a view of the ocean, get treatments at the spa and enjoy 24/7 luxury service in your private villa. Soneva Kiri offers an eco-friendly villa built from sustainable materials. The hotel is set on the island of Kood, featuring beautiful sandy bays and a lush tropical rainforest. A visit the relaxing Six Senses Spa is a great way to start off your getaway.

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» The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman  

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman offers activities for kids, including the Ambassadors of the Environment program by Jean-Michel Cousteau. The hotel is set on a white sandy bay and features a golf course, a luxury spa and many great diving and snorkeling spots nearby.

According to wikipedia, the Seven Mile Beach is only 5.5 miles long, but a couple of miles won't make a difference when you claim your perfect oceanfront spot for the day. While less secluded than other areas, this is a great spot for those who like access to many different restaurants and bars. Go for a walk along the sandy shore, swim in the warm Caribbean Sea and take advantage of the luxury service the Ritz-Carlton is famous for.

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» Mandarin Oriental, Sanya - Hainan Island, China

Mandarin Oriental, Sanya - Hainan Island, China  

Mandarin Oriental, Sanya on the southern tip of Hainan Island in China is a luxury spot with a spa and stylish accommodations. Guests get pampered on a white sandy shore and can swim in the secluded bay. There are hammocks, palm trees and a coral reef rich with marine life. In the evening, enjoy a five star dinner with a view of the ocean.

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» Pimalai Resort - Koh Lanta, Thailand

Pimalai Resort - Koh Lanta, Thailand  

At Pimalai Resort in Thailand your guest room will be just steps from the water. Spend your vacation relaxing in the sun, sipping drinks with ocean views and enjoying spectacular sunsets. The hotel offers five star service and a beautiful spa where you can unwind with a diverse menu of treatments.

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