Secluded beaches are just one of the great rewards when visiting remote destinations in less-accessible areas of the tropics. Here are some of our favourites. All you need to take along is a towel, a picnic and a long cool drink. 🙂
Panglao Island Nature Resort
This Philippines resort has a beautiful private white sand beach, better than any other we found in Panglao, including Alona beach.
... not quite an Island, but certainly deserted, except during weekends and holidays, when locals rent beach huts and participate in the ubiquitous Karaoke competitions.
Kovalam, India - Trivandrum
In the past 10 years prices have soared at Kovalam Lighthouse Beach, but it's still a relatively low-cost and chilled out destination, and well worth the experience.
Golf del Sur - Tenerife South
We stayed at the Grand Muthu Golf del Sur - Tenerife South. With a name like that I was expecting Samual L. Jackson to greet us at reception.
South Goa - Best Beaches
Pack a picnic bag, grab a hat and plenty of water, and head out to discover whatever is beyond that distant headland.
Lembongan - The best chill-out spots
Rocky cliff faces, lush mangrove forest, pristine beaches, or simply a relaxing massage: the variety of island activities will keep you on your toes in Indonesia.
Sandbank Affaire - Maldives
The Sandbank Affaire is a private evening dinner excursion to a distant mini-island, devised by the Makunudu management.
Getting Gringoed in Bocas del Toro
Overcharging of foreigners is called ‘getting gringoed’... and in Panama you'd better get used to it.
Kuala Penyu Tempurung Seaside Lodge
Not far from Kuala Penyu Tempurung Seaside Lodge we were attacked by a Paradisi Flying snake which launched itself from an outhanging tree
Lembongan beaches: Busy or Secluded?
Swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing or strolling, with such a variety of Lembongan island beaches to choose from, take a tour of what's on offer before spreading your towel.
Langkawi - Lush, Tropical, Timeless
Langkawi’s archipelago comprises 99 thickly-forested islands dating back half a billion years - home to the most ancient rainforest life on the planet.
South Goa Beaches - Agonda or Palolem?
Of the south Goa beaches - Agonda is the furthest north, location of The Secret Garden Guesthouse (they weren't kidding with the name).
Karimunjawa Beaches & Snorkeling
For many the attraction of the small tropical islands of Indonesia are the beaches. So what do the Karimunjawa island beaches have to offer?
In the Footsteps of Jason Bourne
It's due to the seclusion and natural beauty of Palolem beach in India that this location was chosen for the shooting of the 2nd Jason Bourne movie.
Exploring Koh Lipe, Thailand 🌴
Nestled in the Andaman Sea, Koh Lipe is a small island paradise with beautiful beaches, world-class diving, and vibrant marine life.
Juara Beach -Tioman Island, Malaysia
Backed up by a mountainous rain forest, 1511 Coconut Grove on Juara beach offers several compact but comfortable raised wooden beach chalets
Dumaluan Beach, Philippines
A good alternative to Alona, but bring your own picnic to Dumaluan beach. Food options at the snack bar are limited and the service is slow.
Palm Paradise Cabanas Tangalle
Palm Paradise Cabanas, Sri Lanka: Close to a picturesque beach - and loud disco music. Get a cabin towards the back if you want to sleep.
Maldives - 3-Day Stopover is Affordable
Maldives Planning a Break: The luxury of the smaller islands comes at a price - less so if used as a stopover on route to other destinations.
Tangalle Beaches 🌴 Sri Lanka
Tangalle beaches boast some terrifically long, unadulterated stretches extending for around 8 or 9 kms eastwards as far as Turtle Point.
Jungle Beach, Sri Lanka
Jungle Beach is well worth the walk from Unawatuna town - a perfect place for swimming and snorkeling. There's good food to be had as well
Santa Catalina - Diving or Surfing?
Santa Catalina Panama beaches may not suit everyone. Black sand and rocks, and a daily tide that takes the sea out a good 200 yards.
Mangoes in Moalboal, the Philippines
This is why we came to Moalboal: To relax in a secluded location with great snorkeling plus tasty local fish and exotic fruit.
Alona: Too touristy? or is it worth a visit?
Alona beach in the Philippines came as quite a surprise: If you read up about it online, you get the impression that this is an overcrowded tourist magnet.
SandSpice Drawstring Bag
Spacious, sturdy, and sweet alternative to the traditional backpack. Bag measures 15" x 19.5" / 38 x 49.5 cm. Made from 100% polyester woven fabric with high-quality metal grommets.
Ceylonica Beach Hotel Negombo
First stop in Sri Lanka? don't be put off: The beaches around the Ceylonica Beach Hotel Negombo aren't the best this island has to offer…
Breve Azurine Karimunjawa
Gateway to some pleasant jungle trekking …but despite the nice bungalows & location, 2 nights were enough at the over-staffed and over-priced Breve Azurine.
Rebak Island, Malaysia ⛵
Rebak Island is a hidden gem offering a tranquil escape with its pristine beaches, lush rainforests, & rich biodiversity, for nature lovers and beachgoers alike.
Phuket Thailand - Welcome to Russia
Many foreigners - especially Russians - treat Phuket Thailand as a 2nd home, making a periodic visa-run to Malaysia to extend their stay.
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