It might have been a while since you had a couple of weeks to kick back and spend some quality time at the beach, it is the time of year to recharge the batteries and do nothing but find a perfect beach and relish in it. Whether it is closer or further from home, we will know exactly the sort of places that tick the box. Closer to home Europe will always be an ideal contender with excellent weather and too far to travel. The Atlantic Coast of Morocco is especially good in the summer, as too Tunisia. The Middle East is a little too hot in the summer months, so if you want some long-haul sun then the Far East has some superb options weather-wise, from Fiji & French Polynesia to Bali and the East Coast of Thailand and parts of Vietnam.
Wonderfully romantic and welcoming, Bali is one of the most charming islands in this part of the world. A diverse island with a volcanic chain of mountains running across the north, endless beaches and rice fields are carved out of the hills and valleys, you’ll encounter warm, genuine people and a similarly hospitable climate, especially in the summer.
Blue Palace Resort & Spa, Crete
Blue Palace Resort & Spa is a stylishly designed hotel with beautiful views out towards the Island of Spinalonga. The ultra-chic Thalassotherapy Spa, fantastic watersports and award winning restaurants make the Blue Palace the perfect luxury hideaway. Ideal in the summer month’s right through to October.
Borgo Egnazia, Puglia
Borgo Egnazia is one of the Mediterranean’s newest luxury hotels set within 20 hectares along the Puglian coast of Southern Italy. Perfect for luxury honeymoons as well as luxury family vacations, Borgo Egnazia features a well-appointed children's club.
Cyprus’s stunning Mediterranean coastline, scattered with olive and citrus groves, sleepy little villages and welcoming residents is an excellent destination for spring or autumn sunshine. The Anassa and Almyra offer a perfect family retreat, with Scott Dunn childcare, golden beaches and superb water sports.
Daios Cove, Crete
Daios Cove is a 5* hotel boasting a spectacular setting on a private sandy bay in Crete. Luxury contemporary villas and suites, great facilities and an exclusive Scott Dunn Explorers children’s club, make this a perfect family destination
Danai Beach Resort, Greece
Offering secluded idyllic luxury, Danai Beach Resort overlooks pine fringed shores, white sandy beaches and the azure waters of the Aegean Sea. The elegant rooms, suites and villas at Danai Beach Resort offer spacious accommodation with spectacular views.
Venture deep into the Pacific to Fiji which is perfect to visit in the summer. Combining a mixture of islands, lush mountains rolling down to turquoise lagoons and stunning beaches, Fiji is ideal who like to combine a sense of adventure with world-class beaches.
A divers paradise, French Polynesia is comprised of approximately 120 islands divided into five archipelagos, all of which differ in terrain and allure. With a range of stunning hotels, it is a destination in itself, or perfect to island hop trying out different islands and experiences.
Kempinski Barbaros Bay, Turkey
The Kempinski Barbaros Bay is a beautifully bright and spacious hotel offering unrivalled views across the Aegean Sea and its islands. Kempinski offers excellent watersports, luxury spa treatments and friendly child care for the perfect family retreat.
Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef
Lizard Island is an award winning hotel offering the ultimate in luxury and exclusivity located directly on the Great Barrier Reef in northern Queensland. Excellent diving opportunities are abound in the summer months and there are 24 deserted beaches to explore. Combine with a host of destinations in Australia for the ultimate adventure.
Essaouira and the Atlantic Coast, Morocco
The Atlantic Coast of Morocco is perfect in the summer where the cool ocean breezes roll in from the sea. With the options of exciting day trips to small fishing villages, Morocco can offer something a little more exotic than Europe, and is still only a 3 hour flight from the UK. La Sultana Oualidia is a beautiful beach property overlooking a picture-perfect lagoon.
Pine Cliffs, Algarve
Surrounded by pine trees and overlooking a glorious sandy beach, Pine Cliffs is a perfect family resort. Pine Cliffs has many facilities including a 9-hole golf course, tennis courts and a Scott Dunn Explorers children's club exclusively for our guests.
Resort at Pelican Hill, California
The Resort at Pelican Hill is a superb family resort stunningly set on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, an hour’s drive south of Los Angeles. It offers a wonderful opportunity to kick back and relax in opulent surroundings, or within easy reach of the delights of LA. An ideal family option in the summer with superb villas which can accommodate everyone perfectly.
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam
The exclusive Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is a rustic, barefoot, luxury resort at its very best, combining the legendary Six Senses service, food and facilities with a totally relaxed atmosphere and a stunning beach location. Better to try and travel in early summer, as the rains arrive from mid-August.
East coast beaches and islands, Thailand
This side of Thailand is perfect in the summer and Koh Samui is the archetypal tropical island, with beaches of powdery white sand and crystal-clear waters. In contrast, a mountain ridge runs east to west of the country, covered in forested hills, coconut palms and emerald paddy fields. Earlier in the summer, combine with Cambodia for the ultimate twin-center experience.
The Maldives are the ultimate desert island paradise, with shallow turquoise waters to die for, endless sandy beaches and wonderfully luxurious accommodation; perfect for a relaxing beach vacation. As well as superb diving and snorkeling, you can also explore the local islands’ rich cultural heritage and spend time with their charming residents.
Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Sicily
Set on the rugged coastline of southern Sicily, Verdura Golf & Spa Resort is a stylish and luxurious Rocco Forte property with extensive grounds and first class facilities, including our Explorers children's club, exclusively for Scott Dunn guests.