Traveling is never about how expensive or glamorous a place is. But every once in a while, it’s nice to treat yourself to the finer things in life. So if you’re sick of the crowds and you’ve got the money to spare, why not add some of these luxury beaches to you travel list?
Albany Private Island, The Bahamas
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Albany is one of the world’s most exclusive beach lines located on New Providence Island, which is probably why it isn’t the most popular. Albany is known as a sophisticated “community” with high-class amenities, frequented by the likes of Justin Timberlake and Tiger Woods. Between the villas for rent, 600 acres of oceanside property, tennis courts, saunas, nail salons, and other facilities – you’ll find few places that are more luxurious than this.
Bedarra Island, Australia
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Located seven kilometers off the tropical North Queensland Coast is a 45-hectare private island, and nestled quietly on the Great Barrier Reef is Bederra Island. Bedarra Island has no roads, cars, or day-trippers, and even has a strict 16-guest limit. It offers a relaxing tropical island escape in the form of a two-story villa right on the beachside where you’ll have spectacular views of Bedarra’s golden beaches. The temperature is warm all year round too, which makes it one of the best winter escapes you could ever dream about.
Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
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United Arab Emirates (UAE) in itself is an expensive destination for high-end travelers. True enough, their beaches are popular among millionaire tycoons and even lottery winners like Nigel Willetts, who spent part of his $1.2 million jackpot on a dream vacation to Dubai. While Willetts’ winnings were certainly life changing, the amount pales in comparison to the latest EuroMillions jackpot, which Lottoland reports is approximately $132 million. That’s certainly more than enough for you to enjoy Dubai in all its opulent glory or even consider buying an entire coastline for your own gratification.
A prime example is Palm Jumeirah – one of the more private beaches in the city. From the air, the archipelago resembles a stylized palm tree, lined with some of the best private houses and hotels in the country.
Barra do Rio Trancoso, Bahia
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Approximately a 10-minute walk from any nearby hotel in Bahia, Brazil is Barra do Rio Trancoso – one of the smallest and well-hidden secrets in the state. This beach is a 500-meter stretch of silky white sands and clear waters, while offering a spectacular view of the ocean and the Trancoso River.
But most importantly, this junction is where UXUA Praia’s own private bar is located. UXUA Praia is part of UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa’s long line of luxury casas, half of which date back to Bahia’s founding years. Regardless, Barra do Rio Trancoso remains the ideal choice for anyone looking for a good swim, excellent drinks, and just a touch of history.
Sunset Beach, Hawaii
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Luxury doesn’t always have to come in the form of expensive accommodation and private bars. Sometimes the view is just as valuable. Located just past the famous Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu is Sunset Beach. Besides being one of the best places to watch the sunset, its waters tell different stories depending on the season. In the winter, the gigantic, 30-feet waves let visitors of Sunset Beach participate in the annual Triple Crown Surfing Contest. In the summer, however, the water is much calmer. The beach is also a popular movie location, having hosted titles like Lost, and even a couple of scenes for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.