Home>Beach holidays

Beach holidays

Our beach holidays offer a fantastic range of holidays by the beach in stunning and unusual locations. From Cornwall to Brazil all our beach holidays are operated by specialists committed to supporting local people and reducing the environmental impacts of your stay.

Cirali villa holiday in Turkey
3 private houses in Turkey, from £700 - £1030 per couple per week
Thailand island hopping holiday
White sands and tropical beach paradise in Koh Chang, Koh Maak & Koh Rang, from £535 (7 days) ex flights
Beach holiday in Cirali, Turkey
A boutique beach front hotel with rustic charm., from £495 - £550 (7 days)
Thailand holiday, culture and beach
Temples and elephants, jungle and beaches - with a twist!, from £1050 (15 days) ex flights
Mafia Island holiday
Off beaten track treehouse beach stay on Tanzania's coast, from £1170 - £1495 (7 days) ex flights
Tanzania & Zanzibar holiday, 12 days
Magnificent parks and the legendary exotic Zanzibar beach, from US $3340 - US $3440 (12 days) ex flights
Sri Lanka tour & beach holiday
Tropical island paradise and wildlife safari, from £1995 (15 days) inc UK flights
Lanzarote beach house, Canary Islands
Beach House, Costa Teguise, 100m to beach, from €735 - €980 per accommodation per week
Luxury yurt pod accommodation in Lanzarote, with eco car
Luxury Eco Yurt Royale sleeps up to 6, from €1540 - €1925 per accommodation per week
Caribbean nature tour, Lesser Antilles
Bespoke nature holiday on five idyllic Caribbean islands, from £2650 - £2975 (14 days) inc UK flights
Lombok & Bali holiday
True island holiday perfection, from £506 - £630 (8 days) ex flights
Thailand cultural tour, floating market & beach
Get a taste of real Thai life and traditional cuisine, from £779 (4 days) ex flights
Gambia holiday accommodation
9 large African huts all with en-suite facilities, from £15 - £30 per person per night incl breakfast
Reunion holidays, tailor made
A luxury self-drive trip through spectacular scenery + beach, from £2580 (14 days) inc UK flights
Lanzarote self catering apartments, Canary Islands
4 Studio apartments, and 2 Bedroom Cottage, from €90 - €155 per accommodation per night
Isle of Wight self catering accommodation, England
Quiet cottage near the beach, from £420 - £957 per week (sleeps 4)
Cirali beach accommodation, Turkey
Luxurious beach bungalows on Cirali's stunning beach front, from £650 - £700 per person per week
Amalfi Coast self catering accommodation, Italy
An unusual villa in the Mediterranean, from €300 - €770 per apartment per night (sleeps 4)
Lanzarote villa holiday, Fishermans Cottage, Canary Islands
Unique Canarian fisherman's cottage, from €665 - €875 per week (sleeps 4)
Kenya beach accommodation, Kiwayu Island
Your own private island surrounded by miles of sand, from US $360 per person per night
Family sailing holiday in the Cyclades, Greece
Enjoy the beauty of the Greek islands, from £898 - £1072 (8 days) inc UK flights
Burma sailing holiday, the Myeik archipelago
Adventurous exploration of the Myeik Archipelago in Burma, from £1135 - £1265 (9 days) ex flights
Radisson SAS Golden Sands Resort & Spa n Malta
Resort accommodation over looking the beach, from €93 - €140 per room per night
Fife seaside holiday cottage in Scotland
4 star detached holiday house set on an award winning beach, from £547 - £695 per accommodation per week

Need some help choosing?

We can save you time and help you to find the right holiday. We know our suppliers and trip styles intimately and will help match you with the right one. Find our contact details here.

490 reviews for beach holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent beach holidays reviews are from travellers who have booked directly through responsibletravel.com. They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travellers below.

Cirali villa holiday in Turkey
Really lovely, the accommodation was brilliant... The beautiful and serene location. Perfect for relaxing all week long! (more)Holly Roberts
Wonderful. I'd have no hesitation in recommending it to anybody. Its a beautiful part of the world, full of astounding wonders, and accommodation is the best way to enjoy all of them (more)Beth Taplin
It's not many places you go to and it feels like home. This villa is one of them. We had 3 children under 6 and they loved every bit of the stay. We all were made to feel so welcome and Serpil and her family are so warm and lovely. The orange blossom fragrance, the walks to the beach and ruins and the home cooked meals - lots of special memories! (more)chitra nagarajaiah
From £700 - £1030 per couple per week
Thailand holiday, Northern Mountains, Southern Beaches
Imaginatively devised, well planned and executed. The best parts were the visit to the Sakai tribe, Sukhotai World Heritage Site, the longboat trip down the Kok River & the trek to the Northern hill tribes. (more)Charles Moberly
The elephant riding and the Thai cooking was the most memorable part. (more)Sarah Morton
From £2770 - £3100 including UK flights
Beach holiday in Cirali, Turkey
The rest and relaxation was wonderful... (more)Amy Coleman
Cirali is a beautiful area - breathtaking mountains surrounding the crystal clear water and pebble beach. I highly recommend rising one morning at dawn and heading to the beach to watch the loggerhead turtles hatching - an unforgettable experience and definitely worth an early start. (more)Edward Parker
Excellent; best holiday in years....Fantastic welcome and marvellous service in magical surroundings. Food absolutely excellent, and lots of it. Chimera is fascinating; visited twice in spite of the incredibly hot walk up the hill. Not to be missed. (more)Nic Tudge
From £495 - £550
Sri Lanka tour & beach holiday
There were many memorable moments - we loved the incredible bird life especially seeing them close-up in the bird sanctuary. (more)Gabi Tubbs
Leopards in Yala were the most memorable part of the holiday (more)Ann Griffiths
We had a great time, we mixed cultural interest with wildlife experience and finished up with a beach flop...The jeep safari to see the elephants in the wild was the most exciting part of the holiday. (more)Elayne Farmer
From £1995 including UK flights
Cirali beach accommodation, Turkey
Really excellent...The best thigs were the warm sea. the quiet. the beautiful mountains above the beach. Great food, reading books in the shade. (more)Sarah Gray
The beach, accommodations, food and friendly people were outstanding. (more)Joanne Albright
The absolute peace & tranquillity of the destination was the most memorable part of the holiday..Superb. (more)Doris Monsell
From £650 - £700 per person per week
Fitness holidays & fitness courses in Kenya
Crawling like a crocodile on the sand, and my failed attempt to climb a tree, stick out in my mind. It's provided a lot of comic fodder to my friends when I tell the stories. I LOVED boxing, the food was absolutely delicious and just seeing the "before and after" videos of myself was very motivational. (more)Tania Zwicky
Go for it, you will discover a different (and fun) way to do fitness in a beautiful environment and spirit. (more)Sandrine de La Pommeraye
Just book it! You will not regret it for one moment! I have never got so much out of a two week trip in my life. Beautiful scenery, great exercise, super food, luxury accommodation and a refreshing new take on local culture and environment. (more)Karen O'Mahony
From £2150 excluding flights
Beach and diving holiday in Sardinia, Italy
Memorable parts? The snorkelling and attention from the operator made the holiday, not to mention the pristine waters. (more)Chris Brown
From €280 - €630 excluding flights
Sri Lanka and Maldives holidays
The most memorable part of our holiday was snorkelling in the Maldives. It was amazing to see sharks, fish and sea turtles on the reef. It was a surreal experience...Overall, I would rate our holiday 10/10. We had a great time in all the countries we visited, the locals were very friendly and hospitable. (more)Tracy Watson
Flying in a seaplane over the Maldives and landing in the lagoon by Filitheyo Island where we spent an amazing week was the most memorable part. (more)Greg Harris
Very happy with our holiday, certainly related to the quality of the different guest houses. (more)Tinnes Sebastien
From £3195 including UK flights
Thailand island hopping holiday
Our most memorable parts of the holiday were spent at Our Jungle House, we really enjoyed the ability to relax in a natural unspoiled environment with fantastic gracious hosts there. The two side "journeys" that we took while there will always be remembered. (more)Federico Mingozzi
It was wonderful! ....Watching the sunrise at Angor Wat in Siem Reap Cambodia (more)Casey Faber
From £535 excluding flights
Unusual accommodation in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Very good....went bodega hopping for my birthday! (more)Chantel Dunn
Some of the most memorable parts of the holiday were: finding eggs in the hen house, lying in the bath at Fisherman's Cottage watching the sea, wine tasting at La Cantina, Teguise & at El Grifo Bodega and driving on the fabulous, twisty, unique scenic roads. (more)Georgina Tongue
The setting and accommodation, plus the very warm and helpful owners and staff. The events organised were great, paella night with live jazz and sangria, also the island trip to La Grocia was very memorable!!! (more)Chris Parr
From €525 - €735 per couple per week
Caribbean nature tour, Lesser Antilles
Memorable parts? Very difficult to say as there was more than one. The whales put on a great display for us, and a huge rainbow curved along the coast while we were at sea. On Antigua we swam with rays, not included in the holiday, and a great experience. On the rainforest walk on St Lucia we were lucky enough to see the St Lucia parrot. We will always remember the open boat trip to the frigate bird colony on Barbuda for the squall that hit us on the return journey! Monsterrat was memorable... (more)Jenny Campbell
From £2650 - £2975 including UK flights
Cirali beach holiday, Turkey
One of the main reasons we picked Cirali as our holiday destinations was to see the sea turtles, or as the locals know them, the Caretta...We were honoured to watch the turtle's arduous journey down to the sea, just as the sun was beginning to rise. It was exactly like the natural history documentaries, only without the commentary from David Attenborough! (more)Amy Pickard
Most memorable was sitting in the shade having a fantastic breakfast looking straight out onto the beach in glorious sunshine and swimming with turtles on a day out in a local fisherman's boat (more)Anna Bradley
Brilliant for a honeymoon. Perfect place to relax, enjoy each others company and great food. The sea is great for swimming as it gets deep quickly.... you don't have to wade out for miles! (more)Laura Smith
From £570 - £630
Lanzarote self catering cottage in the Canary Islands
We expected the finca to be lovely but it far exceeded our expectations. The Garden Cottage was perfect for a couple who wanted privacy but still all the facilities of the shared areas...Excellent! (more)Helen Wilson
Fantastic! Whilst we were there most of the other guests were couples with young children but as a childless couple we were catered for just as perfectly. The finca is a beautiful place, the owners are friendly and helpful, can't praise it enough! (more)Lisa Carver
Great experience, wonderful hosts and beautiful surroundings... (more)Sarah Slade
From €560 - €735 per week (sleeps 4)
Lanzarote villa accommodation, Canary Islands
Memorable parts? Going on a day trip to a remote island organised by owner Tila and swimming on an empty beach. Tips? Definitely rent a car and try arrive in day light as roads signs easily missed in dark Local benefits? Yes - completely. Overall rating? Excellent, cheap and cheerful, direct flights, lots to do...brilliant family holiday would have been equally good for a couple or friends. (more)Zara Stassin
From €1540 - €2065 per villa per week (sleeps 6)
Luxury yurt accommodation in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
It is a wonderful place for a family holiday with small children and a great place to recharge your batteries. (more)Alison Brookes Day
Fabulously relaxing, beautiful island, relaxed yet very responsive hosts. A great experience...Great for kids with donkey rides, missions to collect eggs every day, and to hang out with other kids on the communal trampoline, pirate boat and playground. (more)Michelle Levene
Most memorable were the rural location with an opportunity to see the landscape and vegetation. The space, both our private area around our yurt and outside where the kids were free to play on the trampoline and meet the chickens and donkey. The smallness of the resort and the uncrowded beach. The morning bike ride into the village for bread. (more)Roos Eisma
From €1120 - €1330 per week (sleeps 4)
Lanzarote villa holiday, Fishermans Cottage, Canary Islands
Memorable parts? Arriving at Fisherman’s Cottage and seeing the wonderful location. Tips? It's not a holiday destination for clubbers. If you want a few days relaxation by the sea come to fisherman’s cottage. Local benefits? We shopped in the local supermarket and ate out locally. The cottage was totally solar powered with 'green' loos. So yes to both. Overall rating? 10 out of 10. It was so much better than I expected. Jill and Maria were both lovely and friendly.... (more)Laura Whelan
From €665 - €875 per week (sleeps 4)
Lombok & Bali holiday
Memorable parts? WOW! So many different experiences and so many wonderful people. Climbing Mt Batur at 4am to see the sun rise was a major highlight and swimming in the cool clear waterfall in Lombok. Tips? You need to be relatively fit, however, there is not pressure to participate in any of the activities. Accommodation and transport are very basic but add to the whole experience. Take ear plugs! Local benefits? The bus transport gave of a few fumes...but generally we when... (more)Tracey Lawrence
From £506 - £630 excluding flights
Mafia Island holiday
Snorkelling and diving amongst a myriad of fish in all colours and sizes was the most memorable part. (more)Stephen Kearney
The highlights were staying in the tree houses. Scuba diving in Chole and Chumbe (more)Sunna Altnoder
The resort, people and everything were just perfect, we couldn't have had a better time and hope to return there in the future. The staff of this operator have just been amazing and we can't praise Louise enough, so thank you. (more)Mr and Mrs Horsey
From £1170 - £1495 excluding flights
Family holiday to Thailand, jungles and islands
The three days trekking in Nan province was certainly the most memorable part of our holiday. Highlights included the market across the street from the hotel selling a wide range of "interesting" live produce. (more)John Caswell
It was all terrific. We are four- a seven year old, a 16 year old, my wife and me. Trying to find a holiday that suits everyone is always hard - this holiday did that and more! ... A gem of a company and a gem of a guide! (more)Bill Neely
From £1300 excluding flights
Amalfi Coast self catering accommodation, Italy
The most memorable part was the very warm welcome at the villa and their attitude that nothing is too much trouble. Edith and her family have created a very special place to stay which worked for our family group ranging in age from 18 to 60! (more)Katie Lee
The beautiful surroundings and wonderful hospitality on Ischia were most memorable, and a trip to pompei for a walking tour is a must. (more)Samantha Howson
The most memorable part of the holiday was looking at the views from the balcony & the roof & visiting Pompeii. (more)Francesca Jarvis
From €300 - €770 per apartment per night (sleeps 4)
Tenerife villa holiday, sleeping 4 people
The house and environment was fabulous! Wonderful nature! A way from everything! Very nice people and nice for our children. (more)mathilde geens
The beautiful view from our balcony, out to the sea one way and up to the mountains in the other direction...A fantastic, relaxing, family holiday a world away from the stereotypical family Tenerife holiday that you might find on the south of the island! (more)Kristina Roe
The beautiful setting and 'local' feel of the place. The owners of the finca were extremely pleasant and created a very relaxed homely feel to the holiday. The accommodation - 'The Stonehouse' was unique and quaint. (more)Jenny Marshall
From €50 - €100 per villa per night (sleeps 4)
Polis, Cyprus villa & hotel accommodation
This has been the 3rd visit to this hotel. Definitely will return. A*. (more)Mike Biggs
Watching the sunset from the terrace of my room. Excellent view, great location., good local food. (more)Georgina Alexander
Excellent. A really relaxing break - I hope to make a return trip. Very encouraging to see a smaller-scale family hotel; well-organised, clean, comfortable, friendly and beautiful, with a positive impact on its local environment. (more)Judy Powell
From €70 - €115 per double room per night
Ephesus holiday cottages, Turkey
A wonderful experience! Made us all reflect on who we are and how we live at home. Grapevine Cottage felt immediately like a good place to be, safe, relaxed, comfortable and incredibly beautiful. It was nice to be together. (more)Liz Glover
Excellent...Visits to Ephesus, Claros, Prienne and other wonderful ancient sites. Relaxing breakfasts provided by our lovely hosts. The wonderful sunshine and clear starry nights. The lovely, warm, gentle Turkish people and culture. (more)Anne Kane
We had a really enjoyable holiday. It is easy to get a sense of the enormous richness of Turkish , and more ancient history. The accommodation really is beautiful and the welcome very warm. (more)Peter Jones
From £125 - £140 per cottage per night
Isle of Wight self catering accommodation, England
Beautiful days on the beach and gorgeous walks...Very good for recharging while entertaining a toddler. (more)Lucia Whalley
Our lovely cottage was kitted out with everything you could wish for...It is a lovely cottage if you want some lovely walks and near to most things if you want to drive. We loved it. (more)Sue Adams
We loved it. We would definitely go back. The kids thoroughly enjoyed the fast boat out to the needles. (more)jo morris
From £420 - £957 per week (sleeps 4)
Cyprus traditional villa accommodation
Memorable parts? Tochni was one of the most beautiful villages in the area. It suited us because it was very quiet. Renovating old buildings provides an immediate atmosphere to the holiday and is much better than staying in a new apartment. Tips? It is centrally located, but you still have to be prepared to travel if you want to make the most of the holiday. Local benefits? Yes it did benefit local people, and in the respect of renovating old buildings it did minimize the... (more)John Williams
From €60 - €100 per villa per night (sleeps 2)
Tobago beach accommodation
This is an amazing place to hang out and bond with those you love. Beautiful, relaxing and a place you will hope to return to. (more)JUDITH DOYLE
The view from the accommodation was just amazing. The food was delicious and just the general relaxed vibe of the area and it's people!...10/10 without a doubt! Best holiday we've had! (more)Helen Youngman
Most memorable were the views from our house as well as the village where we stayed...Fantastic is the word. (more)Vlad Waley
From £85 - £225 per accommodation per night
Yucatan ecolodge accommodation, Mexico
Most memorable was the wildlife. We saw flamingos and crocodiles in the nearby lagoon. Everywhere you turned in the resort there were iguanas and other reptiles as well as loads of insects. (more)Nicola Goddard
The richness of the wildlife surprised us every day. One morning we saw dolphins swimming along the shore. Another dawn we came upon a sea turtle laying her eggs. (more)Mary Marshall
From US $276 - US $383 per room per night
Central Andros Island beach resort, Bahamas
This lodge felt like being 15 years old again and going to an ocean science camp. Very warm interaction among couples, families and dive staff every night over unlimited cocktails and conch fritters, fresh fish, local Bahamian dishes, fresh salads, and many desserts. Lobster, Turkey, and Beef Filets were served for our Thanksgiving Feast as well as 23 dessert choices! Only 20 beach front cabins are available and this is perfect. The REEF is pristine and abundant coral life abounds. It's a wonderful... (more)Jan Means
From US $260 - US $285 per person per night
Kangaroo Island luxury lodge, Australia
Memorable parts? Walking into the lodge is like walking into the something from a James Bond set - and I mean that in the best possible way! The views from the main room pretty much are a show stopper - vast circular glass windows show off wilderness on every side. In front the majestic Southern Ocean, behind just wild bush as far as the eye can see... The rooms are very private, and look our directly onto the Ocean - we watched a big lightning storm come in as if we were all alone in... (more)Justin Francis
From AU $990 - AU $1800 per person per night
Southern Leyte holiday accommodation, Philippines
I found the hotel on your website and booked it in May with my new wife, on honeymoon. I need to point out just what a wonderful time we had there. If you are looking for a bit of quiet, secluded Filipino life then this is the place. The locals were all very friendly, the beach was beautiful and undeveloped. The hotel staff treated us really well and even loaned us their Kayak for rowing around and fishing etc. The nearby restaurant is amazing and we really enjoyed eating our way through the menu... (more)Jeremy Head
From £30 - £33 per room per night (sleeps 2)

Holiday Reviews

You can trust responsibletravel.com reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the holidays. In addition, we don't run these holidays ourselves - our only interest is giving you the best independent advice.

Read our review policy

Unedited reviews from other travellers

5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Want to know more about beach holidays before you go?

Find out more about beach holidays by reading these articles.

Despite the ever increasing range and accessibility of holidays and experiences on offer the beach holiday is still a classic and one of our most popular choices for getting away from it all. The relaxing sounds of the sea, the irresistible feeling of sand between your toes and the undeniable draw of guaranteed sunshine are just some of the things that keep beach holidays at the top of our list. But with so many to choose from it can be hard to know where to begin. At responsibletravel.com we’ve got hundreds of ideas for your perfect beach holiday and just to get you started we’ve picked out some of our most spectacular beach holidays from around the world. Read more about beach holidays in this beach holidays article.
Convert currencies