Friday, 4 September 2009 12:00 AM
If you're looking for the ultimate getaway, you are unlikely to go far wrong with a luxury beach holiday.
A few days or weeks of lying in the sun on a golden beach under clear blue skies can represent the perfect break for many - and if you choose to go all the way by opting for a luxury package, you can make it even better.
There are many ideal destinations for luxury beach holidays around the world.
Mauritius is home to miles of white beaches and basks in a tropical climate year-round, making it a great location for indulgent beach holidays.
Its beaches include Grand Bay, which is particularly popular among those keen on sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing, and Pereybere, which represents one of the best swimming spots on the whole island.
Elsewhere, Lanzarote in the Canary Islands offers a mixture of luscious beaches, lively bars and clubs and superb natural scenery - perfect for those with a penchant for all inclusive beach holidays that offer a little bit of everything.
The island offers stunning white sand beaches, as well as those with exotic-looking dark volcanic sand. Watersports opportunities are readily available and you can also indulge in a spot of golf by the sea.
Meanwhile, the Maldives represent another tropical paradise with numerous possibilities for luxury beach holidays. Situated south-west of Sri Lanka, these islands offer impeccable stretches of palm-fringed sand and clear waters ideal for diving and snorkelling.
The Maldives' melting pot of African, Indian and other cultures also means that there is great diversity in attractions, entertainment and food.
Tenerife is a particularly attractive destination for those searching for the best beach holidays.
Also part of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is filled with dramatic scenery and serene golden beaches. It is home to Mount Teide, the highest mountain in Spain, as well as a plethora of golfing facilities, spas and sporting opportunities.
Dubai is well-known as a luxury holiday location thanks to its decadent hotels, sparkling beaches and ultra-modern upmarket shopping facilities.
The cosmopolitan emirate also offers unique activities such as desert safaris and the opportunity to spend a day at the camel races.
Finally, Antigua in the Caribbean may well be the ultimate destination for beach holidays, as it harbours no fewer than 365 beaches - one for each day of the year.
There are also many other places to see and things to do, whether it is going swimming with stingrays or embarking on a day cruise.