This article was originally published on the flight comparison site Skyscanner.
Life's a beach.
With so many to choose from, and so little time, we've picked some of the prettiest beaches for action, relaxation and seclusion. Join us at these top beach destinations for a stunning tropical getaway!
1. Palawan, Philippines
Get away from it all at the Bacuit Archipelago in Palawan. A short distance away from El Nido in Palawan, its 45 enchanting islands are riddled with karst cliffs, limestone formations, and gorgeous lagoons. This is beachcomber paradise; charter a boat and go island-hopping!
2. Phi Phi Islands, Thailand
Featured in the movie "The Beach", the Phi Phi islands are the jewel in Thailand's island crown. Even with all the hype, you'll be hard-pressed not to be impressed with the glittering turquoise waters and sheer cliffs. Take it easy and wind down… Phi Phi Don, the largest and only inhabited island, doesn't even have roads!
3. Goa, India
Where to begin with Goa's spectacularly scenic and amazingly diverse beaches? Depending on where you go, Goa has everything from adrenaline to adventure, solitude to sunbathing. Our picks are Mandrem Beach for honeymooners, Agonda Beach for relaxing, Baga Beach for parties, nightlife and fantastic seafood, and of course the former hippie enclave of Anjuna Beach, for its famed trance music and colourful flea markets.
4. Soneva Gili, Maldives
As expensive as it is gorgeous, Soneva Gili is the ultimate in luxury retreats. Rustic-chic rules at this tiny coral atoll set in a sparkling lagoon, complete with spacious villas, fine dining and private butlers. For a simultaneously serene and sensual experience, indulge yourself at the Six Senses spa, which is located over open water and has glass panels below the massage tables!
5. White Beach, Boracay, Philippines
There's a good reason why Boracay, developed as it is, still makes it on this list. Boracay's White Beach is simply stunning, with extraordinarily pure powder sands that extend forever into shallow azure waters. From water sports and diving, to spas and shopping, there's something for everybody. Laze on lounge chairs while sipping cocktails, watch the sunset with dining on great food, and join in the raucous, rocking nightlife for a classic beach holiday. You can fly to Caticlan to ride a boat to Boracay.
6. Whitehaven, Whitsunday Islands, Australia
Often voted Australia's best beach, Queensland's iconic Whitehaven Beach is a seven kilometre stretch of crystal clear waters and pristine sands, backed by the verdant rainforests of the Whitsunday Islands. Explore the colourful cove of Hill Inlet, or hike up to the lookout at Tongue Point for a stunning, much-photographed view.