Are you fed up with busy beaches and following the crowds? Today we take you to our top five hidden beach destinations that should definitely make your bucket list. 

Ko Muk, Thailand.

Haad Farang and Tham Morakot – Ko Muk, Thailand

The waters of Thailand offer thousands of islands, complete with white sand beaches. Many of these remain unexplored. From Thailand’s world-class diving sites to the remote inlet anchorages of Indonesia, you will find a piece of remote paradise you can truly call your own.

The island of Ko Muk, between Thailand and Malaysia, is home to the wonder that is Haad Farang. With its consistently calm waters, this small but mighty bay is perfect for families and those who love to swim in the sea. Most of civilisation is tucked out of sight, keeping this exclusive bay chaos-free. This area of Ko Muk isn’t in our top 5 hidden beaches for nothing. 

If you cruise around the corner to Tham Morakot, you will discover why it’s known as the Emerald Cave. Lined with stalactites, the cavern leads to a sheltered cove cloaked with dense foliage. If you’re lucky, you’ll see the inhabitant monkeys.

Of course, you must be prepared to travel through the dark cave to reach this secret hideaway, but that is part of what makes it a truly inspiring and extraordinary place.

Croatia

Sv. Ivan, Cres Island, Croatia 

With plenty of fascinating town quays and a colourful history, Croatia is a country worth exploring. Of all the places to visit in Croatia, we highly recommend Cres Island and Sv’s secluded beach. Ivan. This crescent moon-shaped pebble beach is tricky to reach but worth the trek. We recommend travelling to Sv. Ivan by boat, unless you are an adventurous hiker.

Travelling by boat or chartering a yacht provides a unique perspective to explore the island whilst also enabling you to reach secluded shores like Sv. Ivan. The beach has no facilities and very little shade but is ideal for those who really want to get off the grid and treat themselves to a relaxing day of sunbathing.

Playa Llevant, Formentera

Playa Llevant, Formentera

Formentera, Ibiza’s sister island, is renowned for its relaxed culture and clear blue waters, a contrast from the party lifestyle found in Ibiza. The small villages of Formentera host a range of luxury boutique bars and restaurants, as well as secluded beaches. It’s a fantastic destination to dine, enjoy a cocktail and experience the Spanish culture in all of its glory. 

With no airport, this idyllic sand sanctuary is only accessible by boat, keeping the island secluded and peaceful. With various celebrity visitors having praised the island, such as Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan and Kate Moss, this is a hidden gem to add to your holiday list.

Playa Llevant is on the northeast coast of Formentera. Here, you can sit and relax in peace and tranquillity, overlooking picturesque views of Ibiza on the horizon.

Another unique beach on the island is La Savina. This beach has a nautical atmosphere centred around the port area. It stretches between the sheltered harbour and the inland lagoon of Estany Pudent – the largest of two lagoons on the island. Although it’s not one to swim in, it is definitely a sight to behold.

Whether you want to relax and swim in the sea or explore the Island’s inland lagoons, Formentera will not disappoint. 

Savannah Bay, Virgin Gorda, Caribbean

Savannah Bay, Virgin Gorda, Caribbean

The first place we often think of when we hear the word ‘paradise’ is the Caribbean. It is the ultimate destination for relaxation and beauty. Located to the east of Puerto Rico, the British Virgin Islands is where you should travel for a true escape.

The islands, although partially touristy, remain relatively undeveloped and unspoiled. The best time to visit these islands is between November and May, making it the perfect winter getaway.

Virgin Gorda is host to many hidden bays, including Savannah, Pond, Devil’s, Mahoe and Spring. Our personal favourite is Savannah Bay. This peaceful, pristine wonder is a sight to behold with boundless white sands and lustrous turquoise waves.

For a truly breath-taking view, we recommend heading to the highest point of Virgin Gorda, Gorda Peak. You will marvel at the panoramic views of the surrounding islands.

The island is a challenge to reach, and you’ll require a boat to visit. Despite this, travelling to Virgin Gorda via boat provides you with limitless access to otherwise unreachable beaches and coves. 

Gidaki Beach, Ithaca, Greece

Gidaki Beach, Ithaca, Greece

Located northeast of Kefalonia, in the crystal-clear waters of the Ionian Sea, lies the tiny yet beautiful island of Ithaca. Because of its size, the best way to access this secret spot is by boat. This island is not a mainstream tourist destination and remains a well-kept secret in the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy peace in paradise and appreciate nature at its finest.

Surrounded by the shelter of a forested cliff, the stunning views will make you feel you are on the edge of the world. The crystal-clear, calm waters are any swimmer’s dream. After a walk to reach this haven, you’ll want to jump straight in.

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