If you want to mix your beach getaway with a good party, Thailand’s Phuket is a popular destination and Patong is the undisputed party beach. You can party all night and relax by the beach all day – or just hang out at the hotel pool, if you can’t be bothered to go ALL THE WAY to the beach. And the Swissotel Patong has a very stylish rooftop pool & lounge area!
Updated 2019: Jomtien is my favorite beach in the Pattaya area and if you are looking for a budget hotel right on the beach, the bbhouse is a great option. You get a modern and clean room, with a/c, fridge and a good shower with friendly service just steps from the beach and lots of restaurants, bars and shops. There … Continue reading
Borneo is known for its fantastic wildlife – but if you want a beach break to recover from the hiking and relax, there are a few beaches around Kota Kinabalu to offer white sand and warm water. The nicest beach on the main island is near the Shangri La Hotel and it makes for great sunset watching, too!
Intrigued? Read more in my Guide to Kota Kinabalu!
Ruegen is not only the largest German island, it’s also one of the oldest and today most popular beach destination in Germany. It’s history has protected it from the overdevelopment you find in many other European holiday destinations, resulting in a charming feel of yesteryear with treelined roads criss-crossing the island, little white villas as guest houses and mile-long beaches … Continue reading
Hotel Du Nord offers simple, modern rooms in a nicely restored historic building on Ruegen, an island on the Eastern Seaboard of Germany. The service if friendly and the restaurant offers very good breakfast and even better dinner. I scored an incredible deal, making this the best value of my German road-trip! It’s not on the beach, making this a … Continue reading
Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is one of the most popular cities in the world – and one of the busiest! Thankfully just a short ride away, you can relax on the beaches of Hua Hin, long the beach getaway for the Royal Family. With beaches like this, it’s easy to understand.
To plan your own royal getaway, start with my Destination Guide Bangkok and the Getaway Hua Hin!
Conde Nast conducts a reader survey each year to determine the best islands in the world and the top slots went to 3 Philippine Islands. Are you planning a romantic getaway to the South Pacific or Australia – then check out which islands scored the top honors in Oceania in the 2018 survey and read my personal tips to make … Continue reading
Bali is a great destination for a romantic getaway. A dinner along the beach with the most dramatic sunsets every night – what could be more romantic? The Breeze at Samaya pictured above is a fantastic place to have dinner – or stay.
To plan your own romantic getaway, check my recommendations for Bali’s Best Beaches!
The readers of Conde Naste Traveler just voted Siargao as the best island in Asia for 2018 – and I agree. With stunning waves for surfers, quiet beaches and wild mangroves, it offers a lot for nature and beach lovers who want to get away from the crowds. There is a single road going around the island and you won’t see any tour buses here. And where else can you stay in a private pool villa right on the beach for $250? Go now, while you can still enjoy this island paradise without the crowds and the sky high price tags!
Check out my Siargao Island overview and Isla Cabana Resort review. Book your beach getaway before everybody else does!
Conde Nast conducts a reader survey each year to determine the best islands in the world. This year, the Philippines, my home in Asia, score the top 3 slots and I very much agree with the chosen islands as wonderful beach destinations. Find out which islands scored top honors, read my personal tips and start planning your next beach getaway to … Continue reading