Beach holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

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
5 self-catering houses located in an eco-garden in Turkey, from £700 - £1030 per couple per week
Mafia Island holiday
Off beaten track treehouse beach stay on Tanzania's coast, from £1170 - £1495 (7 days) ex flights
Thailand holiday, culture and beach
Temples and elephants, jungle and beaches - with a twist!, from £1050 (15 days) ex flights
Beach holiday in Cirali, Turkey
A boutique beach front hotel with rustic charm., from £495 - £550 (7 days)
Thailand island hopping holiday
White sands and tropical beach paradise in Koh Chang, Koh Maak & Koh Rang, from £535 (7 days) ex flights
Lanzarote beach house, Canary Islands
Beach House, Costa Teguise, 100m to beach, from €735 - €980 per accommodation per week
Lombok & Bali holiday
True island holiday perfection, from £535 - £620 (8 days) ex flights
Isle of Wight self catering accommodation, England
Quiet cottage near the beach, from £425 - £975 per week (sleeps 4)
Luxury yurt pod accommodation in Lanzarote, with eco car
Luxury Eco Yurt Royale sleeps up to 6, from €1540 - €1925 per accommodation per week
Sri Lanka tour & beach holiday
Tropical island paradise and wildlife safari, from £1995 (15 days) inc UK flights
Tanzania & Zanzibar holiday, 12 days
Magnificent parks and the legendary exotic Zanzibar beach, from US $3340 - US $3440 (12 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
Lanzarote self catering apartments, Canary Islands
4 Studio apartments, and 2 Bedroom Cottage, from €90 - €155 per accommodation per night
Lanzarote villa holiday, Fishermans Cottage, Canary Islands
Unique Canarian fisherman's cottage, from €665 - €875 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)
Reunion holidays, tailor made
A luxury self-drive trip through spectacular scenery + beach, from £2580 (14 days) inc UK flights
Gambia holiday accommodation
9 large African huts all with en-suite facilities, from £12.50 - £30 per person per night incl breakfast
Margarita Island accommodation, Venezuela
Caribbean warmth and luxury accommodation, from €45 - €85 per double room per night
Kenya beach accommodation, Kiwayu Island
Your own private island surrounded by miles of sand, from US $360 per person per night
Liguria seaview apartments & spa, Italy
Surrounded by nature, apartments perched over the sea., from €659 - €2318 per accommodation per week
Mozambique camping beach resort
Amazing sunset over Mozambique lagoon with a drink in hand!, from R80 - R120 per person per night
Maldives family holiday, Fuvahmulah Island
Family fun and adventure on a Maldives local island, from US $4199 (8 days) ex flights
Talalla retreat hotel & spa, Sri Lanka
Boutique yoga retreat on an undiscovered crystal beach., from US $60 - US $150 per accommodation per night
Mauritius holiday home
Unique S/C accommodation in unspoilt Mauritian country side, from £30 - £114 per accommodation per night
Sardinia beach and snorkelling holiday, Italy
Combine snorkelling activities with relaxation on beautiful beaches, from €435 - €630 (8 days) ex flights
Tobago beach accommodation
Three lodges & four apartments in beautiful Tobago, from £85 - £225 per accommodation per night
Esperance accommodation in Western Australia
Eco-stay accommodation, from AU $96 - AU $159 per accommodation per night
Isle of Wight self catering cottage nr Shorwell, England
Delightful cottage & garden - Sustainable Tourism Award, from £429 - £1065 per cottage per week (sleeps 6)
Malindi beach accommodation in Kenya
A small and traditional Indian Ocean beach hotel, from £125 per room per night

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Cirali villa holiday in Turkey
It was a really special holiday! We highly recommend staying with the family and also Cirali as a great destination to relax in and enjoy. (more)Becky Moden
Perfect...A wonderful relaxed atmosphere (more)susan langford
We had a fantastic time in Cirali and would highly recommend it to both families and couples (more)katie fuller
From £700 - £1030 per couple per week
Beach holiday in Cirali, Turkey
It's a very special place and we had a fabulous holiday - it will be hard to beat. (more)Su Winsbury
Exceptional, unforgettable...The people at the hotel, the peace and solitude of the place, nature (more)Olga Coulton-Shaw
Probably one of the best holidays we have ever had. If you're looking for somewhere to relax, good food, wonderful people, as little or as much to do and see as you like then book now! (more)Kathryn Spalding
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
Self drive holiday in Costa Rica
It was all memorable but probably the two things which stand out were the tour to Torteguero and the one day trip to the Corcavado national park from Uvita. (more)Margaret Everall
We had a great holiday...the eco lodge was amazing with a spectacular view, a private beach, surrounded by rainforest and beautiful gardens full of tropical birds like Toucans and Colibris, and a fantastic restaurant with delicious fresh pure food!! (more)Kim Jans
The most memorable part of the holiday was rafting to Pacuare Lodge and then rafting out again 2 days later. 28km of rafting in all...It was an excellent holiday with a great mix of nature, conservation and thrills. (more)Christine McCormack
From £1950 - £2060 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
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 holiday was fantastic, energetic, gracious, and packed with great memories. We saw the world in a whole new light. Prepare to have your idea of reality redefined. (more)Federico Mingozzi
It was wonderful! ....Watching the sunrise at Angor Wat in Siem Reap Cambodia (more)Casey Faber
From £535 excluding flights
Thailand holiday, culture and beach
Memorable parts? The elephant trekking in Chiang Mai. We were a bit apprehensive before we went having heard/read about how many of the elephants were treated before we left. However, the elephant appeared to be well cared for and it was an experience we will never forget (even if our thighs were quite sore afterwards). Tips? Check where about you are staying during the beach part of the holiday. We stayed at the Beyond Resort which was located in a nice quite part of Krabi. This... (more)Claire Shaw
From £1050 excluding flights
Villa holiday in Kas, Turkey
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
We rented a house so the most memorable part was arriving and finding a lovely place that was ours for a week. The house is very well equipped, comfortable, with a beautiful garden, access to the sea and a nice (shared) swimming pool. (more)Elizabeth Caird
From £500 - £1250 per villa per week
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
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
This was a wonderful trip to Costa Rica with many memorable moments. I am reluctant to choose a 'most memorable' one, but waking up to the sound of howler monkeys at 5am and walking down from Lapa Rios to the deserted (except for the white faced capuchins and scarlet macaws) Pacific beach takes some beating. (more)David Oakley
From £910 - £995 excluding flights
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 £535 - £620 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
10 out of 10...my favourite parts were tube riding on the river and swimming in the beautiful clear water in Koh Talu (more)Francoise Harris
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
Isle of Wight self catering accommodation, England
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
We loved it. We would definitely go back. The kids thoroughly enjoyed the fast boat out to the needles. (more)jo morris
From £425 - £975 per week (sleeps 4)
Ilha Grande ecolodge accommodation, Brazil
Very soothing, very good time-out. Stunning surroundings, warm little village. A unique, memorable location. (more)Duncan Maclennan
Ilha Grande was excellent, the water clear, the nature wild and the accommodation I stayed lovely...It was a great beach holiday and served my purpose of a lazy and picturesque holiday to its fullest. (more)Kristina Mand
It was all magnificent and thoroughly enjoyable was superb accommodation and the hosts could not have been more friendly - Excellent. We also visited two other areas along the coast from Ilha Grande. Parati is an excellent old colonial town which is well worth a visit. (more)Donald Dunlop
From £35 - £54 per double room per night
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
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 €1700 - €2975 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
Tanzania & Zanzibar holiday, 12 days
Memorable parts? The company were very flexible when preparing the trip and send us all the information we needed on a timely manner. All the lodges were very nice and the organization was really good. The best part was definitely our driver guide, Hamisi, who explained us so many things about the wildlife and the culture in Tanzania, responded to all our questions, and was really flexible and kind. We made us feel safe all the time and we really had a great time with him. Tips? Local... (more)Marta Miret
From US $3340 - US $3440 excluding flights
Cirali beach self catering wooden chalets, Turkey
Memorable parts? Chimera, and the general feeling in Cirali Tips? Get cash out before you arrive in Cirali Local benefits? Yes, and we appreciated that the room wasn't cleaned every day Overall rating? The best we've ever been on, the memories will last a life time. (more)Sam Mason
From £900 - £1100 per week (sleeps 2-4)
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
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
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
Kilimanjaro climb and Tanzania holiday
Memorable parts? Hiking to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro was a memorable (and, on summit day, very challenging) accomplishment. In the Serengeti we saw three male lions attempt to hunt a hartebeest, which was amazing, and an elephant scratch himself on a tree before he charged our vehicle (that got us to leave quickly!). Tips? The "Trip Details" document that the tour operator compiles for the tour has a ton of useful information both for planning the trip (e.g., detailed itinerary,... (more)Jennifer Tice
From £2999 excluding flights
Beach holiday & tour in Sri Lanka
Memorable parts? Walking the Tea Trails in Sri Lanka. The accommodation - Castlereagh Bungalow - was the most luxurious, most welcoming, most helpful place we have ever stayed in; and the walks through the tea estate with idyllic views of the reservoir and surrounding hills, both relaxing and inspiring. Tips? Can't generalise. The aspect we most appreciated of the tour operator was that we said what we personally most wanted from the holiday - in our case, cultural interest, the... (more)Ruth Le Guen
From £2195 including UK flights
Family sailing holiday in the Cyclades, Greece
Memorable parts? Jumping off the boat into the beautiful blue sea, the stunning scenery & sights enhanced by our knowledgeable guide and sleeping under the stars. Tips? Take less clothes than you think you need and more books!! Local benefits? Yes. Our guide arranged meals at local tavernas on some evenings and told us that he varies them each trip to share the income around and keep quality up. We were encouraged to use local shops and produce and discouraged from littering... (more)Maria Nichols
From £1072 including UK 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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