Baby, it’s cold outside. The air is crisp with the sting of winter and it’s getting hard to roll out of bed in the morning. If you’re looking for an out, we promise it doesn’t have to be all woolly jumpers and socks this season. Follow the sun! These beach breaks are still balmy, so go on: ditch the doona and fall into their toasty, sandy embrace. It’s time to escape the winter chill.
Have you always wanted to see Vietnam? Start at the shore in beautiful Danang. It’s the next big thing! The newcomer to the Asian beach holiday scene, there’s a string of brand new five-star resorts and restaurants ready and waiting. My Khe is the star stretch of sand, hailed as one of the ‘World’s Most Luxurious Beaches’ by Forbes Magazine. But this unique city brimming with eye-catching bridges and French provincial character also claims a handful of world-class golf greens and Unesco World Heritage attractions on its doorstep.
Winter in Australia means it’s summer in the USA and there’s nowhere more iconic to soak up the golden rays than Hawaii. A sundrenched archipelago with a big reputation, each island holds its own magic. Roll out your towel on beaches in every shade: glistening white, golden, black or one peculiar shade of green. Some come shrouded in jungle and others, lined by soaring skyscrapers. Between dips say ‘aloha’ to ship wrecks and war history, world-class drives and restaurants, and landscapes that range from soaring canyons to bubbling volcanoes.
Don’t need the extra frequent flyer points? Keep it local and head north – all the way to the pointy end of sunny Queensland. The tropics deliver a rainforest-meets-the-sea kind of beach experience and endless kilometres of world-class snorkelling along the Great Barrier Reef. Away from the water, delve into Aboriginal art and culture or explore the leafy hinterland, from quaint and colourful villages to waterfalls and walking trails. And who could resist all those juicy tropical fruits, like pineapple, guava and mango.
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There’s a reason why Aussies flock here in droves and not least because Bali knows how to please its guests. It’s fabulously close and offers a summer-inspired paradise that lasts year-round. Choose a patch of sand lined by sunloungers and bars, opt for the privacy of a hotel beach or follow the surfers to find crashing waves and breezy cliffside hangouts. From the bustling south to the secluded north, luxurious accommodation is invitingly affordable. Lush rice paddies, yoga dens, atmospheric temples and indulgent spas infuse a sense of calm and offer R&R within easy reach of the sea.
The allure of Fiji holds timeless appeal and especially so from April through November, the driest and best time of year to visit. It’s also one of the happiest places on earth! To make it even better, there’s not just one but hundreds of islands to choose from, all scattered throughout the dazzling blue waters of the South Pacific Ocean. As the ‘Soft Coral Capital of the World’, a pair of goggles offers a front row seat to the colourful display of reefs and marine life, while sand dunes, waterfalls, jungle and rocky cliffs weave their way across the islands above the water.
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