Getting away for the holidays

lifestyle March 27, 2017 11:30

By Special to The Nation

With the long Songkran holiday almost on our doorstep, Booking.com, which bills itself as the leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, reveals some of the most popular sandy beaches around the world. So if you want to hit the beach this summer, be it to explore, or soak up the sun, look no further than these beautiful places to stay. Venice Beach, Los



With the long Songkran holiday almost on our doorstep, Booking.com, which bills itself as the leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, reveals some of the most popular sandy beaches around the world. So if you want to hit the beach this summer, be it to explore, or soak up the sun, look no further than these beautiful places to stay.

Venice Beach, Los Angeles, USA

The iconic Venice Beach attracts visitors with its quirky charm and character, famous boardwalk and beautiful stretches of sand. The ocean front walk is full of fairground attractions, great eateries and street performers. While in town, make sure to also take a trip to Muscle Beach to catch gymnasts and fitness buffs working out. 

Karon Beach, Phuket, Thailand

Nearer to home and located on the west coast of Phuket Island, this sandy stretch is a favourite destination for holiday makers on the beautiful and lively island. Boasting excellent snorkelling opportunities, the beach is surrounded by a choice of dining and shopping options – and for party people, nightlife can be found at the far end of the beach. Top nationalities visiting from outside Thailand include China, Russia and the UK. 

Porto-Vecchio, France

Sitting in the south of Corsica, Porto-Vecchio has the best of both worlds with a stunning historic old town and history to uncover, set alongside a fashionable modern marina. As well as white sands lapped by turquoise water, the port town offers plenty to do with places to eat and explore in this charming spot – if you can be enticed away from the beach. With top visitors including the Italians, Swiss and the Germans, the area is recommended by Booking.com travellers for scenery, beaches for kids and the old town. 

Nanwan, Taiwan

Located in Kenting National Park, this stretch of coast offers breathtaking scenery and 600 metres of soft white powdery sand. The spectacular beach is also perfect for water sport enthusiasts with great surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving. Travellers have endorsed it for nature, scenery, beach walks and water sports. The top nationalities visiting are from China, Hong Kong and Macau. 

San Teodoro, Sardinia, Italy

This glamorous town is awash with elegant beach bars and clubs, making it a popular holiday destination on the northeast coast of Sardinia. Boasting impressive beaches with pristine white sands and translucent turquoise waters, it’s perfect for everyone. For those who can be tempted away from sunbathing there is plenty of activities including sailing, scuba diva and horse trekking. Booking.com travellers rate it for food, sunbathing and restaurants. The top countries visiting are Thailand, China and the UK.

Sanya, China

Nicknamed the ‘Hawaii of China’, the golden shores of Sanya is a popular destination for holiday makers. Top nationalities visiting from outside of China are from Russia, Hong Kong and Germany. The region is made up of three zones including a bustling city centre and stretches of exquisite beaches including the exclusive Yalong Bay lined with luxurious resorts. Booking.com travellers have endorsed it for relaxation, seafood, warm weather and beach walks. 

Boracay, Philippines

Boracay is a postcard-perfect stretch of sand white beaches lined with luxury seafront resorts. It’s a secluded getaway perfect for travellers seeking idyllic beaches, picture perfect sunsets and friendly islander locals. Travellers have endorsed this piece of paradise for beaches, beach walks, water sports and friendly people. Top nationalities visiting include China, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.