Top 5 city beach destinations
Our suggested destinations are for those who need something more than absolute peace and isolation from their holiday experience. These cities provide the perfect mix, allowing you to do whatever you choose by day; be it an easy-going morning sunning on the beach, a cultural trip, or an adventure come afternoon. Then, as the sun drops behind the sea you are left with a sense of anticipation. At night these cities are set alight, offering an exciting cosmopolitan vibe and infectious energy encouraging you to get out on the town and live the high life. The following cities guarantee you never have a dull moment while on holiday.
The Sun drenched beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema combined with the vibrant glitzy urban lifestyle secure an excellent climate. This city is ready to burst with intercultural diversity making it an incredibly exciting destination. Although tearing yourself away from the white sandy beaches may seem a chore, once exploring the city centre, it’s buzzing atmosphere and contagious energy never disappoint. You are spoilt with options for things to do, places to stay, and new dishes and cocktails to try. To really experience the high life, stay in the elegance of the Copacabana Palace.
Stroll along the sandy beaches while being cooled by the sea breeze and hear the call to prayer as you explore the bustling streets of Muscat. Wander around the mosques, palaces and forts and soak up the buzz in the lively souk markets, then, cool off snorkelling in the turquoise golf, or relax sunbathing on the golden sands. Other activities, such as boat tours to see the dolphins frolic in sparkling waters, or a camel race in the city centre, will ensure you never feel at a loss in this vibrant city. If it is culture you are after, visit the Bait Al-Zubair heritage museum to learn about the city’s 5000-year history, and gaze in awe at the blue and gold façade of Muscat's Al Alam Palace, the ceremonial palace of Sultan Qaboos of Oman. Spend a few nights in the Al Bustan Palace, and submit to the rich opulence of this golden city.
This city exudes cosmopolitan cool, it provides luxury and entertainment combined with easy-going beach fun. The dramatic coast offers superb watersport conditions, however this invigorating sea is not for the faint-hearted, which is why many families favour the eastern False Bay coast for the warmer water where children can play in the safety of the tidal pools. Cape Town is a city that pleases everyone, even permitting a spree of unmatchable designer shopping. The dining options are also numerous; whilst enjoying your meal, hear the waves and take in the spectacular views in the stylish urban restaurants and bars. Perhaps combine a meal with live art performances and African music at the V&A Waterfront complex. You are spoilt with sleeping options, allow yourselves a few nights in a city boutique, such as the beautiful Cape Cadogan or the definitive cool of Kensington Place. Or perhaps, take time some quality time out in the luxurious Ellerman villa, or the beach chic Sea Five.
The source of Sydney's excitement and stunning looks is its unique harbour setting. Dotted around the city are dozens of beaches but Bondi is the main attraction. The beach culture is the quintessence of Sydney’s laid back lifestyle. It offers the chance for a holiday specifically tailored to suite your needs; whether they be relaxation and sun seeking, or adrenalin filled beach activities and partying. The beauty of this city extends behind the coastal frontier, explore Sydney's colonial past in the cobble-laned Rocks district and discover fine Georgian architecture in the city centre. Sydney is a magnet for chic restaurants, bars, boutique hotels and excellent nightlife, which makes your options limitless. However an early evening drink at the Shangri-La Hotel would certainly constitute a highlight, as would a stay in the intimate Observatory Hotel.
This is a city beach destination which exudes glitz and glamour. The original town, has substantial areas of old buildings, atmospheric alleyways and souks (markets), while the modern city, on the Deira side of the creek is cosmopolitan and lively, with attractive gardens and excellent shopping opportunities. There is something for everyone in Dubai, whether it be lazing on one of the beaches in Jumeirah, dune driving in the desert, playing golf on one of the many professional courses, and even skiing in the newly built snow dome. Stay in the opulent One&Only Royal Mirage, this stylish resort it decked out with an authentic Arabian theme.