The best beach hotels

When you’re looking to fly and flop, the beach is the most important part of any break. So make sure you pick a hotel with sensational private beach

The beach holiday might well be the most aspirational getaway of them all. When we picture our dream trips, they inevitably involve swaying palm trees, soft white sands and sweeping views of tranquil oceans. British Airways Holidays knows not to mess with this long-established idyll, and has worked tirelessly to put together a collection of the very best beachfront hotels and accomodation to make those dreams a reality. 

And to ensure all you need do is recline horizontally, with an occasional dip into warm, clear waters, British Airways Holidays has packages that offer total peace of mind. ATOL protected, low deposits, a 24-hour holiday helpline, and refunds guaranteed within 14 days should the operator have to cancel your holiday – so there’s nothing to worry about other than choosing which desirable destination to visit. What’s more, there is the Customer Promise that offers you the flexibility to change your trip for free or cancel for voucher credit for travel taken by 30 April 2022.

From the paradise islands of the Caribbean to the whitewashed villas of the Greek coast, these hotels and villas are located in some of the most beautiful spots on earth and provide the sorts of laid-back luxury beach holidays we’ve all been dreaming of. 

Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort, Elounda, Crete

The Blue Palace on the northeast coast of Crete unravels down a picturesque decline, its villas and suites scattered strategically around the slope’s olive groves and wild flower meadows. At the foot of the hill lies a pebble private spacious beach on the Elounda Gulf looking out to Spinalonga, a rocky, Unesco-nominated islet with a fascinating history of strategic fortifications and archaeological discovery.

Location-wise, it doesn’t get much better, and inside, you’d be hard pressed to find a more welcoming and attentive team at any luxury hotel anywhere in the world. The architectural nods to traditional Cretan design are combined with modern interiors, with huge chandeliers and private pools offset by blue and white mosaics and domed hallways.

There are 251 suites to choose from. Luxury suites are very spacious and come with heated pools and verandas, and while bungalows are smaller and don’t have a pool, they do have verandas with genuinely impressive views.

The food at Blue Palace tells a story and every dish becomes a journey. An unexpected dining adventure, with menus that reflect a fresh Mediterranean approach and capture the essence of seasonal aromas and flavours in every single plate. Blue Palace is a gastronome’s delight with five top restaurants including a quintessentially Greek taverna, Blue Door, with emphasis on well-kept family recipes, signature seafood and fish dishes. At Anthós restaurant, a refined approach to Greek cuisine is served with delicious seasonal sustainably minded dishes that celebrate Greek tradition with a modern twist, curated with expertise, passion, and vision for sustainable gastronomy. 

The Crane: world-class amenities in a resort overlooking one of the world’s best beaches

The Crane, Barbados

Crane Beach is a famously pretty stretch of pink sand on the south-east coast of Barbados. It’s here, on a low cliff overlooking the Atlantic, that you’ll find The Crane, a stunning resort that has been providing guests with relaxed Caribbean luxury for more than 130 years.

While the natural beauty of the location is reason enough to book a stay at The Crane, it also promises a variety of quality restaurants and bars, five outdoor pools, excellent spa and fitness facilities and spacious accommodation with ocean and tropical garden views.

There are a number of smaller beaches nearby where the conditions are perfect for watersports, and for those looking to explore a little further afield, the island’s capital Bridgetown is a historic, cultural hub half an hour away by car.

The quality of service at this paradise resort has been established over more than a century of operation, so you’re in good hands from the minute you arrive to the moment you leave – which you’ll never want to do.

Grecotel: Enjoy beachfront dining and luxury facilities at Caramel in Crete, Greece

Grecotel, Greece

If you’re looking for an exquisite stay in Greece with a company that cares as deeply about the country as the guests it welcomes, seek out a Grecotel. The hotelier values traditions, culture and environment alongside world-class Greek hospitality and supreme seafront locations with glorious beaches. From exclusive retreats to family-friendly properties there’s a Grecotel to suit every discerning holidaymaker.

Most Grecotel properties offer guests the chance to stay in villas and big homes within the resort. The Homes & Villas collection will appeal to couples and multi-generational families keen to spend time together in their own residence, enjoying all the benefits of a bespoke experience that mixes home comforts with luxury, according to each client’s distinct requirements. Villas are often right on the beach and many of them offer multiple bedrooms for bigger groups, such as the palatial Villas Delos at Grecotel Mandola Rosa in the gorgeous Peloponnese. The Grecotel Cape Sounio in Athens Riviera is not just a resort, but an experience. The beautiful bungalows and villas are dotted around a 300-acre site looking out over an ancient beach and Temple of Poseidon. Just an hour from Athens, the hotel’s six restaurants serve traditional Greek food as well as international delights.

Grecotel Mykonos Blu in Mykonos has a prime location overlooking the world-famous beach of Psarou. Everywhere you walk offers views, light and space twinned with the island’s finest service. Luxurious bungalows and villas are designed to reflect the cubist lines of the Cyclades, their architecture matched by the impressive interior design of the spacious rooms. For a touch of extra romance, book a Bungalow Suite with a private pool.

At Grecotel Amirandes in Crete you’ll be struck by the architect’s sleek lines that combine perfectly with the landscape of silver-flecked olive trees, tropical palms and flowering shrubs – all encased within the backdrop of brilliant blue skies and sea. Designed to hark back to the Minoan and Venetian palaces of old, this is one hotel that feels a cut above all the rest. Sitting in arguably the finest spot on the island, with the Kommeno peninsula all to itself and fresh from a remodelling of much of the resort, the Grecotel Corfu Imperial’s grounds are bursting with olive trees, palm trees, beach coves and a promenade that puts other promenades to shame. Italian-style gardens complete the look at this exclusive location that offers Mediterranean delight for the eyes, the nose, the mouth and, at the Elixir Spa, the mind and body too.

With just 54 suites and beachfront villas the Grecotel Mandola Rosa in the Peloponnese captures the charm of a bygone era. The main house sits on the sandy beach facing the Ionian Sea. The hotel is a great base for many natural, historical and cultural attractions.

Plan your dream getaway

Find your new favourite slice of sand on a break with British Airways Holidays that offer ATOL-protected breaks to the best hotels and resorts in the world. 

The operator, which is known for its flexible, safe and fun-filled holidays in glorious destinations, curates its properties to ensure your beach is brilliant, wherever you choose to fly.

Book your beach holiday at ba.com/beach or call on 0344 493 0787.