Australia’s best beach boltholes

The great barrier reef, Australia

When it comes to places that offer the ultimate beach lifestyle, few places have sun and sand so ingrained in their DNA as much as Australia. If you’re heading down under, then here is our pick of the best places to soak up the beach action in utter luxury.

Byron Bay Resort & Spa

Byron Bay is THE beach destination for anyone planning a trip to Australia. Get in on some surf action or just soak up the buzzy atmosphere of this chic coastal spot in New South Wales. And at the end of a long, hard day on the beach, retire to your suite at Byron Bay Resort & Spa. The resort is just a few minutes from the town, but its lush subtropical setting means you feel a world away from the masses. The atmosphere is a perfect blend of stylish, luxurious and laid-back.

One & Only Hayman Island

The Great Barrier Reef is a feature on many bucket lists, so we suggest you live the dream and experience it while staying at One & Only Hayman Island. When you’re not out exploring the reef, look out across the azure blue waters to the Whitsunday isles; it’s the kind of postcard scenery you barely believe is real. Plus, you’ll have an army of staff on hand to deliver whatever you need, at any time. It really is the ultimate in beachside bliss.

Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island

Set on the limestone cliffs of Kangaroo Island, Southern Ocean Lodge makes you feel like you’re on top of the world. Beyond the Aussie bush surroundings, you’ll get uninterrupted views of incredible glittering blue waters. You’ve escaped the party crowds here and can enjoy a few peaceful days with nothing but the sounds of nature around you; waves crashing, sea lions barking in the distance and kangaroos hopping all around.

Lizard Island

Who likes the sound of having 24 private beaches to explore? At Lizard Island you have a beach for every hour of the day. So whether you’re looking for a peaceful sunrise, shady afternoon spot or blazing sunset, this place has it. For those more inclined to relax with a cocktail, you get 270 degree views from the central pavilion and plunge pool; and for the more active beach-goers, the Great Barrier Reef is ready and waiting to be explored. The luxuries at Lizard Island abound, and we urge you to discover them for yourself.