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Beach holidays. Tours & holidays in 2016 & 2017

For some the thought of beach holidays fills them with dread for other, pure bliss. Whichever camp you fall into, it has to be said that we do, do, beach holidays rather well and if you’re hoping to add sand dusted and spiced tropical breeze to your list of holiday essentials then from the Maldives and Malawi to Cirali Beach in Turkey and tropical paradise in Sri Lanka, dive right in, the water’s lovely.
Cirali villa holiday in Turkey
5 self-catering houses located in an eco-garden in Turkey, from £700 - £1030 per couple per week
Beach holiday & tour in Sri Lanka
A culturally rich & environmentally diverse country, from £2195 (15 days) inc UK flights
Luxury Greek Island holiday accommodation
Private country estate by the sea on Greek island of Ithaca, from €2495 - €4950 per week (sleeps 4-6)
Sri Lanka tour & beach holiday
Tropical island paradise and wildlife safari, from £1995 (15 days) inc UK flights

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Yoga & walking holiday in Spain
Bring some fresh air into your yoga practice, from £695 (6 days) ex flights
Lanzarote beach house, Canary Islands
Beach 100mt, private plunge pool, transfers, Wifi, from €925 - €1225 per accommodation per week
Reunion holidays, tailor made
A luxury self-drive trip through spectacular scenery + beach, from £2580 (14 days) inc UK flights
Cirali beach accommodation, Turkey
Luxurious beach bungalows on Cirali's stunning beach front, from £650 - £700 per person per week
Luxury yurt pod accommodation in Lanzarote, with eco car
Luxury large yurt, inc Hybrid car for 2-6 guests, from €1820 - €2345 per accommodation per week
Isle of Wight self catering accommodation, England
Quiet cottage on edge of Brighstone village, Isle of Wight, from £375 - £785 per week (sleeps 2-4)
Gambia holiday accommodation
9 large African huts all with en-suite facilities, from £15 - £30 per person per night incl breakfast
Thailand beach tour, West Coast
Clear waters, white sands, swaying palms & a beach bungalow, from £730 - £880 (9 days) ex flights
Lanzarote self catering apartments, Canary Islands
4 Studio apartments, and 2 Bedroom Cottage, from €70 - €120 per accommodation per night
Maldives family holiday
Family holiday break at Maldives best of best resort, from US $5555 - US $7000 (14 days) ex flights
Anse Chastanet resort accommodation in Saint Lucia
A Classic Caribbean Resort - Tranquility, Romance, Adventure, from US $365 - US $1050 per accommodation per night
Thailand cultural tour, floating market & beach
Get a taste of rural Thai life and traditional cuisine, from £690 (4 days) ex flights
Tanzania safari and Zanzibar beach holiday, tailor made
Your tailor-made Tanzania Safari & Beach holiday, from £2299 - £3495 (14 days) ex flights
Maldives beach hotel
Boutique hotel on the local island of Gan, Laamu Atoll, from US $1675 - US $1999 per room per week (sleeps 2)
Sarawak wildlife & beach holiday
Encounter an orangutan & hike through virgin rainforest, from £1054 - £1330 (10 days) ex flights
Island hopping holiday in Croatia
Visit top Croatian Coast and Islands by luxury motor yacht, from €1050 - €1300 (8 days) ex flights
Mauritius holiday, the East Coast & its beaches
See more of Mauritius with a stay on both coastlines, from £2142 (13 days) inc UK flights
Sri Lanka family adventure holiday
Action packed holiday perfect for adventurous families, from £2810 - £3410 (19 days) inc UK flights
Brazil luxury beach holiday, Bahia
Experience a luxury break in Brazil's beautiful Bahia, from £3490 (10 days) inc UK flights
Bali holiday, Munduk & the Menjangan
From lush paddy fields to the quiet North coast beaches, from £1795 (13 days) inc UK flights
Ephesus holiday cottages with B&B, Turkey
Relax & enjoy rural Turkey from this hillside village, from £135 - £185 per cottage per night
Langkawi holiday Malaysia with Singapore stopover
Singapore and some serious relaxation at The Datai Langkawi, from £2818 (13 days) inc UK flights
Vietnam culture and beach holiday
A tour of two halves, culture and beach relaxation, from US $1284 (11 days) ex flights
Thailand wildlife & beach holiday
Beach, wildlife & adventure, from £1200 (15 days) ex flights
Bali holiday, Ubud & Tandjung Sari
Discover Ubud and enjoy a week relaxing on the beach, from £1968 (13 days) inc UK flights

463 reviews for beach holidays4 star overall rating

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

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 €1225 - €1610 per week (sleeps 2-4)
Croatia self drive holiday
Absolutely perfect. Well organized and with no hitches. Car hire was easy and the hotels were very well chosen. We would certainly recommend this to anyone. (more)Mairead Lennox
We have travelled to a lot of the world over the last 30 years and I would put this holiday at the top of them all! (more)Tony Jones
There were so many highlights - Croatia is such a beautiful country, I genuinely loved every stop on our itinerary. (more)Ewan Hunter
From £795 - £1295 excluding flights
Lanzarote beach house, Canary Islands
Memorable parts? Beautiful landscapes, excellent food! Great for a relaxing holiday. Tips? Hire a car to explore the island, there is lots to see, from beaches to the national park, it's well worth it! Local benefits? Yes, particularly if you stay at the Finca de Arrieta, they are environmentally friendly. Overall rating? Excellent holiday, great chance to recharge for the rest of the year! (more)Lila Caballero
From €925 - €1225 per accommodation per week
Sri Lanka tour & beach holiday
Excellent trip (more)Melanie Michel
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
From £1995 including UK flights
Komodo Dragon ecolodge in Flores
So many memorable moments... the boat trips, the snorkeling (including seeing 15-20 manta rays which was unforgettable), the komodo dragons, watching the sunset and fruit bats fly from the roof of the boat... (more)Emma Coe
The boat trip that the Eco Lodge organised to Rinca and Komodo Island was really lovely. The food was amazing (how he did that magic in a boat is beyond me) and the snorkelling was easily the best I've ever done - we saw Turtles, Rays, Scorpion Fish, beautiful coral and a whole host of gorgeous sea life. (more)Jessica Southworth
From US $90 per double room per night
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
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
Tanzania wildlife, people and beach holiday
A marvellous holiday that exceeded expectations in all areas! Most memorable was the incredible wildlife in both Selous and Ruaha national Parks, plus the coral reefs we saw around Mafia Island - truly spectacular. Lack of other tourists was a major plus. (more)Liz Taylor
Everything was wonderful. The setting perhaps captures most of it - staying in beautiful places in the midst of the national parks and conservation areas, where the animals were everywhere (from in camp to close by during game drives). (more)Laura Dukess
We were lucky enough to see a cheetah hunting a gazelle. Unfortunately the cheetah was unsuccessful but it made the hairs stand up on the back of your neck and you really felt the thrill of the chase watching the animals in action. (more)Ilana Howley
From £3495 - £3930 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 £1100 - £1395 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 £3495 including UK flights
Tobago beach accommodation
There is a lot to do on the island but just relaxing and doing nothing was also lovely as the accommodation was very comfortable. (more)Penelope Robinson
Excellent, one of our best yet. (more)Lisa Williams
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
From £85 - £225 per accommodation per night
Cirali villa holiday in Turkey
We loved Cirali and our hosts who were welcoming and kind. I would not hesitate to recommend this accommodation to others. (more)Lucy Zaboklicka
It is a delightful oasis hidden off the main road in the off-the-beaten-path town of Cirali. (more)Juli Gammon
We are going back - that says it all! The freedom our 2 boys (18 months and 3 yrs) had both at the house and Cirali in general was the best bit. Running about in the beautiful garden, with the chickens, finding eggs to go with their (delicious!)breakfast. (more)Nisha Vasavda
From £700 - £1030 per couple per week
Vietnam culture and beach holiday
It was excellent. I would definitely recommend this sort of tour for a first visit. We had never had a guide or arranged tour before so it really made the difference knowing that tours had been prepaid and pick ups and cars had been pre arranged. (more)Val Bodington
Both the visit to the Cu Chi tunnels and the day on the Mekong Delta was the most memorable. (more)Emma Miller
From US $1284 excluding flights
Yoga & detox retreats in Spain
Excellent. Highly recommend. Every detail taken care of. (more)Juliet Gellatley
I am a yoga beginner, however for me the classes flowed excellently, and I felt very included even the abilities ranged very widely in the class...I returned home feeling re-energised and much better than before the weekend. (more)Ann Windle
Brilliant! It’s exactly what a lot of women need during stressful times and it’s a fantastic environment to make friends and support other people. There were lots of memorable aspects but the two things that stand out were the varied mixture of activities in the programme, and the cohesion of the group and tutors alike. (more)Jita Shah
From £845 excluding flights
Seaside accommodation in Greece, Antiparos Island
Memorable parts? Breakfast! Soaking up the view of sea and island whilst enjoying the delicious food and contemplating the prospects of the day ahead... Tips? Don't hesitate to book and think of arriving by ferry from Athens, so much better than by plane. Local benefits? Yes definitely. Overall rating? If you love the sea you will love this place. (more)Petrea Middleton
From €60 - €180 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2-5)
Caribbean nature tour, Lesser Antilles
Fantastic, just wish we had had more time on both islands. (more)Jacqui Smith
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. (more)Jenny Campbell
From £2795 - £3175 including UK flights
Cambodia tailor made holiday
Memorable parts? How to decide between so many great moments. It must have been either the cooking class or the circus. But generally, as cliched as it is, the best part were the people. Both our wonderful guides and the others we met. So friendly and releaxed, not as in your face as in other Asian countries I visited. Tips? When you visit the Killing Fields, also visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. The two sites belong together to grasp the history of the country, and can easily... (more)Gerhard Kordmann
From £790 - £1650 excluding flights
Greece self drive holiday, Peloponnese beaches
Memorable parts? The entire 21 day trip was fantastic. Upon the agent's advice we went to the Mani and certainly enjoyed the interesting castle houses, as well as the landscape and uncrowded sightseeing. Also, Nafplio was probably our favorite town with so many interesting sites nearby as well as the beaches and natural beauty. We could have stayed there longer. Driving Greece is the way to go. Get out of Athens and see the small villages especially in the Peloponnese. June was the perfect... (more)Sarah Turner
From €730 - €890 excluding flights
Yoga & walking holiday in Spain
I really did so enjoy my morning yoga sessions and learnt a lot to help me on my yoga journey. The yoga terrace was perfect...I do not have any suggestions as to how it could be better. The level of yoga was just right...not too easy or too difficult. I would certainly come again. (more)Wendy Hilary Evans Lothe
The most memorable part of the trip at to be the beautiful setting and air of peacefulness that we lived in for the few days. (more)Sarah Adam
It was fab! fab! Fab! Nicloa and Gary are wonderfull hosts, really knew the area and were warm and decent people. The people who attended were also really nice - I am thinking about going back in April!! (more)Elaine Austin
From £695 excluding flights
Isle of Wight self catering accommodation, England
Stunning walks and cycling from our cottage doorstep was ideal. The cottage itself was amazingly appointed and had everything we needed. (more)Louise Parkinson
This is our second time (in as many years) at the granary and we love the village. (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
From £375 - £785 per week (sleeps 2-4)
Beach holiday in Cirali, Turkey
Fabulous, relaxing and comfortable. (more)Alison Johnson
The peace and quiet! 4 stars! (more)James Coates
It's a very special place and we had a fabulous holiday - it will be hard to beat. (more)Su Winsbury
From £290 - £340 per week
Sarawak wildlife & beach holiday
Most memorable? Definitely climbing Mount Kinabalu. But very closely followed by the wildlife from orangutans, wild elephants to the sea turtles... Excellent... You should definitely book on this trip! (more)Kirsty Howland
The various methods of travel through Borneo really gave you a sense of travelling like locals and getting the maximum "real life" experience... The best travel experience I have had so far! (more)Michelle Blois
From £1054 - £1330 excluding flights
Villa holiday in Kas, Turkey
You'd be hard-pressed to find a holiday better than this (more)Emily Hunka
Very good and hugely relaxing...the most memorable part was diving off the rocks into the sea first thing each morning and the views from the bedroom windows across the sea. (more)anna bradley
A Fabulous rest in a beautiful setting, but still always something to do if you wanted. (more)jane edwards
From £400 - £1250 per villa per week
Brazil beach holiday, tailor made
Memorable parts? Our pathetic attempt at bird watching in the rainforest was great fun....if only we'd known what we were looking at (we had a guide but.....!) stumbling onto a quiet beach at the end was fantastic....thankfully with a water taxi waiting. Tips? Paul from the holiday provider was brilliant.....take his recommendations! Local benefits? Our main accommodation was local owned and staffed. Our lack of Portuguese was a challeng a couple of times, but overall it... (more)Brenda Carter
From £2190 excluding flights
Cirali beach holiday, Turkey
Excellent. Just what we needed and wanted. (more)Ruth Bond
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
From £570 - £630
Tailormade holiday to Costa Rica
Lots of very memorable moments, but the best was finding a family of sloths at Playa Punta Uva on the Caribbean Coast who were so close we could have touched them. (more)Janet Sutherland
Fantastic! Our time at El Remanso lodge in the Osa Penninsla it was a super place and had some wonderful wildlife sightings there. (more)Jane Fowles
On an early morning bird-watching trail with a local guide, we were lucky enough to see 5 of these beautiful birds... feeding on wild avocados. We sat for an hour as the sun began to rise, driving away the cold night air as the clouds rolled up the forested mountain side. Quite amazing. (more)Paul Smith
From £1045 - £1150 excluding flights
Yoga holidays in Spain
This holiday was one that will last forever in my heart & soul. Simply book it! After that, prepare yourself for the bliss that will come. (more)stephanie smith
The yoga fit holiday was a great mix of fitness activities. Although I did not expect to, I enjoyed the body toning. But the yoga stood out as the most memorable of the activities. (more)Carol Taylor
Great! just wish it had been longer than 6 days, 10 days would have been perfect. (more)Jai Lescieur
From £550 - £895 excluding flights
Self drive holiday in Costa Rica
Amazing. A learning experience that was exciting and fun every day. (more)Sarah Lewis
Fantastic holiday and a slice of paradise! Excellent, Excellent, Excellent! (more)Charles Czajkowski
I think the most memorable for the adults was staying on the Osa Peninsula which was perfect in every imaginable way for us. The kids liked that too but would say that learning to surf in Uvita or white-water rafting were most memorable. (more)Anne Tutt
From £1950 - £2060 excluding flights
Colombia holiday, tailor made
Memorable parts? Loved the Colombian people; loved Bogota; Medellin & Cartagena. Tips? Be aware in advance of the length of time it takes to get served in restaurants and the blandness of the food. Also we found the guides to be uninspiring. Colombia needs to invest in these areas in order to drive tourism in a positive was. Local benefits? Yes. Overall rating? It was good and very enjoyable overall - we saw a huge amount of the country and had many different experiences. (more)Helen Cosgrove
From €1920 - €3340 excluding flights
Costa Rica coastal tour, Caribbean Explorer
Memorable parts? All of it! Tips? Research what you want to do as there is so much to do and see in Costa Rica that one trip will not be enough!! Local benefits? Yes very much so! Felt intergrated into the communities! Overall rating? 10/10. (more)Julia Hames
From £1145 excluding flights

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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
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