It’s definitely true that not all beaches are created equal! Check out our pick of lodges on the islands that are famed for their especially stunning beaches!
A stunning concept - recreate the much loved old-style Maldives resorts of the past, just updated and improved - that has been brilliantly realised! The perfect antidote to the over-the-top luxury resorts at unaffordable prices increasingly opening in the Maldives.
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Mozambique, Quirimbas Archipelago
Tiny Medjumbe island with its 12 luxurious chalets is a magical destination boasting some of the most gorgeous white sand beaches we've seen, fringed by stunning aquamarine seas!
from $540 per person sharing
If you were trying to conjure up the postcard image of a typical Maldivian island paradise in your mind, Angaga would be a great choice - as an idyllic, stunningly beautiful Maldives island, this resort is definitely right up there with the very best!
Tiny island of just 45 stylish and minimalist beach villas lining perfect white sandy beaches and with one of the best house reefs in the Maldives!
If being on a sensational beach is more important to you than a luxurious hotel room, then head to this simple little 14-room guesthouse/hotel perched above a breathtakingly beautiful beach on the gorgeous south-east coast of Mahe.
from $119 per person sharing
Madagascar, Nosy Be Archipelago
Antoremba is in many ways the epitome of the type of lodge we love here at Barefoot Breaks - nestled on a picture-perfect golden beach south of Nosy Be, this gorgeously secluded lodge boasts lovely wooden bungalows literally just off the sand!
from €85 per person sharing
Mozambique, Mainland Lodges
Think of a stylish game lodge located above a beach (rather than next to a waterhole) and you'll have some idea of the feel of Anvil Bay's 9 gorgeous casinhas located on a deserted stretch of beach in southern Mozambique!
from $384 per person sharing
Zanzibar & Tanzania, Zanzibar
An opulent and stunningly luxurious resort of 30 villas which simply ooze Zanzibari style and character - definitely one of the finest quality resorts on the island!
from €573 per person sharing
Superbly stylish and luxurious resort of 86 spacious villas (all with their own private plunge pools) unusually offers a fantastic All-Inclusive package and caters brilliantly to kids as well as adults! A firm favourite for very good reason!
This new resort has jumped straight to the top of our list of Maldives favourites - and no wonder as it combines great beaches, a stunning house reef, rustically styled yet funky accommodation as well as a wonderfully comprehensive All Inclusive package as standard. And all of this for a reasonable price too!!
Tsarabanjina is our choice as THE best island lodge in Madagascar - it really is the epitome of exclusive barefoot luxury! A great choice for honeymooners or a romantic break, or perhaps for well-heeled divers wanting to explore the area's pristine reefs!
from €252 per person sharing
Seychelles, Other Islands
Head for Denis Island if you want wonderfully unspoiled natural surroundings, loads of outdoor activities and the peace and solitude that come with staying in a small, intimate lodge far away from the relative hordes of holidaymakers on the main islands.
from €834 per person sharing
Arguably the best All-Inclusive resort on Zanzibar, a stylish 138 room property located on a stunning white sand beach in the north of the island - the huge swimming pool and gorgeous jetty are stand-out features!
from $210 per person sharing
Zanzibar & Tanzania, Fanjove Island
Act out your Robinson Crusoe fantasies on this stunning island with some of the best beaches we've ever seen - apart from your fellow guests at this simple 6 banda lodge, the island is home only to thousands of sea birds, nesting turtles and coconut crabs!
from $350 per person sharing
Filitheyo is the perfect place for a fantastically relaxing Maldives holiday - a superb house reef and sandy beaches; comfortable accommodation; exceptionally friendly service and consistently excellent food – all of this and reasonable prices too!
Madagascar, St Marie and Ile aux Nattes
This lovely little lodge with its 8 comfortable bungalows sits perched overlooking THE finest beach on St Marie – it’s an idyllic spot for honeymooners or travellers looking for a few days of quiet and seclusion!
from €42 per person sharing
Zanzibar & Tanzania, Pemba Island
Position, position, position – with its remote hill-top position overlooking a magnificent white sand beach and the azure waters of the Pemba Channel, the Manta Resort is an absolute jewel!
from $570 per person sharing
One of an increasing number of more stylish lodges now opening up on the mainland coastline of Mozambique, Massinga Beach occupies a blissfully isolated position perched above a seemingly endless stretch of beach 90 km north of Inhambane.
from $265 per person sharing
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