Which one will you choose?

Kick off your shoes on some of the best beaches in the SLH network. From the party hotspot of Miami to pristine sandbars in the South Pacific

1. Best for Rock pooling

The Baths, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

WHAT IS IT? 

Sheltered pools and grottos created by monumental granite boulders at the south end of the island. 

SEE IT...

...On a boat trip from Katitche Point Greathouse, an architect-designed villa with five suites, a galleried living room, a crow's nest and phenomenal views over Sir Francis Drake Channel.

2. Best For Film Buffs

Maya Bay, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

WHAT IS IT? 

A limpid lagoon and ring of white sand almost entirely enclosed by towering limestone walls: the undisputed star of Danny Boyle's film 'The Beach'.

SEE IT...

...on a boat trip from Zeavola: teakwood villas set in tropical gardens on Phi Phi Don island, with a diving centre on a white-sand beach. 

3. Best for Switching off

Petit St Vincent Island, St Vincent & The Grenadines

WHAT IS IT?

A two-mile ring of powder-white sand encircling a tropical woodland.

SEE IT...

...From Petit St. Vincent, a private-island resort in the southern Grenadines: after yoga on the beach, and a morning's diving or windsurfing, eat fresh lobster at the lovely beach restaurant.

4. Best for Foodies

Cala d'Orzo Beach, Corsica, France

WHAT IS IT?

A beautiful beach midway between Ajaccio and Propriano, hard to get to by road and celebrated for the seafood lunches at Chez Francis beach bar. 

SEE IT...

...on a boat trip from Miramar Boutique Hotel, returning for grilled lobster at the hotel, which has views of the dramatic Gulf of Valinco at every turn.

5. Best for Great Escapes

Emerald Bay, Malaysia

WHAT IS IT?

A broad sweep of pristine sand and green-blue sea back by rainforest

SEE IT...

... from Pangkor Laut Resort, a private island hideaway off Malaysia's west coast offering fabulous treatments at its world-famous spa village. Relax on the beach then watch the sunset from Chapman's Bar, named after a British Colonel who sought refuge here in 1945 before escaping by submarine. 

6. Best For Sun Worshipping

Ayios Yiannis Beach, Mykonos, Greece

WHAT IS IT?

Shirley Valentine was filmed at this peaceful sandy beach opposite the sacared island of Delos, the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. 

SEE IT...

... from Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort: whitewashed buildings with a beautiful 500m pool and yoga in an outdoor amphitheatre. 

7. Best for Getting Away from it All

Amuri Beach, Cook Islands

WHAT IS IT? 

An uninhabited island of shallow blue waters, sandbars and warm ocean currents. 

SEE IT...

...on a boat trip from Pacific Resort Aitutaki on the neighbouring island, where thatched villas overlook an equally mesmerising combination of white sand, swaying palms and turquoise lagoon. 

8. Best for Cocktails

Balapitiya, Sri Lanka

WHAT IS IT?

A glorious stretch of palm-studded golden sand, with a natural rockpool for the children to swim in. 

SEE IT...

...from Shinagawa Beach, a chic contemporary hotel offering creative fruit cocktails on the beach or by the pool and easy access to the birdlife and mangrove forests of the Madhua Ganga River.

9. Best for People watching

South Beach, Miami, USA

WHAT IS IT?

Sun and sand, beautiful people and beach parties. Art deco architecture and colourful lifeguard stands. 

SEE IT...

... from The Betsy South Beach, an elegant white Georgian colonial hotel on Ocean Drive, with shimmering ocean views from its rooftop deck and wellness garden.