What do you mean you don’t want to just lie around on a beach? Though a bizarre concept to the majority of the Beach Tomato team, we appreciate that some of you out there want more than sunbathing and siestas. So, our perpetually energetic friends, this one is for you…
Take A Hike
Bay of Fires, Tasmania
Sitting at the edge of Mt William National Park, on Tasmania’s northeast coast, the spectacular Bay of Fires is a dramatic stretch of wild, white-sand coastline and bright blue sea that would leave the most experienced of beach connoisseurs in awe of its untamed natural beauty. Led by experienced guides with a catalogue of local knowledge, this treasure trove of exotic flora and fauna, as well as lush woodlands and expansive coastline, is an ideal spot to stretch your limbs and set off on a walking tour of the region. Once you’ve done your day’s trekking, sit back and enjoy the eco-joy of Bay of Fire Lodge. Perched 40 metres up on a remote hilltop and looking down on around 20 km of sprawling Tasmanian coastline, this luxury lodge is all local hardwood and floor-to-ceiling glass so you don’t miss a moment of its stunning surroundings. Relax in front of the fire after a day’s exploring and feel at one with your aching, but contented, limbs.
From £1,353 per person
Dive Straight In
Amanpulo, Pamalican Island, Philippines
What better way to get the best out of your beach than by exploring the sea surrounding it…? With crystal clear turquoise waters, colourful coral reefs and abundant marine life – from tropical fish to turtles – Amanpulo, loosely translated from the Sanskrit for “peace-island”, offers some of the best diving around in one of the most serene corners of the earth. Sitting south of Manila, Pamalican Island is one of a cluster of Cuyo islands set to the north of the Philippines’ Palawan province and reachable only by private plane. Stay in one of the island’s casitas, either on the beach itself or up in the forest tree-tops, and look out onto endless views of the Sulu Sea. The hotel offers a wide range of dive packages from beginner PADI courses to Divemaster levels, set in a variety of stunning dive sites around Pamalican’s palm-fringed shores. And since it’s a private island there won’t be hoards of oxygen-tanked space invaders to spoil your underwater views. After you’ve exhausted yourself exploring the deep blue, sit back and enjoy some sand time – where the oxygen supply never ends.
From £3,099 pp
On Your Bike
San Juan Islands, USA
For an active holiday on two wheels, check out Trek Travel’s six-day cycling tour of the San Juan Islands, just off the northwest coast of mainland USA and a short sail from Seattle. Cycle these stunning coastal roads and take in the incredible scenery – from the impressive Cascade range in the distance, to quiet little fishing villages and miles upon miles of sandy shores, there are more than enough views to keep you occupied. The accommodation offered by Trek Travel is also pretty luxurious with top-notch restaurants and fully equipped Spas, so you can relax in the knowledge that you’ll have a nice place to rest you weary limbs after a hard day’s peddling. This is also Orca land, so make sure to dismount occasionally, catch your breath, and try to spot a killer whale or two.
From £1,274 pp
In The Saddle
Turtle Bay, Oahu, Hawaii
Harbour romantic dreams of galloping off into the sunset as gentle waves lap at pounding hooves…? But a bit worried about the saddle sore? Hawaii’s beautiful Turtle Bay offers – along with wild tropical forests, almost five miles of sandy coastline and luxury little beach cottages complete with panoramic ocean views – an equestrian experience for the slightly more tentative. Pick and choose when you get in the saddle with a number of different ride options – trail rides along the beach, sunset hacks or one-on-one guides. Picturesque Turtle Bay sits on the secluded shores of Oahu’s north coast, only 45 minutes from Honolulu but a world away from its lively city scene. There is also a surf school for those who want to make the most of Hawaii’s legendary waves.
Beach cottages from £426 per night (horseriding trails start at £30)
The Body Holiday, LeSPORT, St Lucia
If you, like us, associate the phrase ‘secluded sandy cove’ with lying prone for a week, letting your SPF do all the work, then you might want to brace yourself for The Body Holiday. Nestled beguilingly in a sparkling turquoise corner of stunning St Lucia, don’t let the tranquillity fool you – beyond the infinity pool, pampering spa treatments and sumptuous sea-view rooms there’s a hive of heart-pumping, adrenaline-shooting, sweat-trickling activity. People come here for an action-packed week to lose weight, get fit or find relaxation, for those people where relaxation actually involves movement. Essentially, you can choose from any sport-cum-exercise-activity ever invented: Everything from volleyball to Pilates to golf, fencing, wind-surfing or water-skiing. Or you could just go to the gym. It’s like a luxury bootcamp where nobody shouts at you and you can stop when you get a bit tired. And it’s really, really beautiful. As we will be, by the time we leave.
Rooms from £235 per night (classes are extra)
Written by Katie Manning
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