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Chasing the sun: our top six beach destinations
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Chasing the sun: our top six beach destinations

Suzie Dalton
By Suzie Dalton - 20 minute read

For those chas­ing the sun, now is the most pop­u­lar time to plan those bliss­ful beach breaks. But why splash out on over-priced beach resorts when you could save a for­tune and swap to any of these per­fect loca­tions through the club? We’ve pulled togeth­er prop­er­ties from our six most pop­u­lar beach des­ti­na­tions, so your search for your dream sum­mer hol­i­day just got easier.

Pride of Provence: Cote d'Azur

Love Home Swap Best beach destinations French Riviera

Home to St Tropez and Cannes, and right on the doorstep of Mona­co, the French Riv­iera draws sun-lovers in their thou­sands. Against the back­drop of the most beau­ti­ful coast­line and an impres­sive array of yachts, you’ll find some seri­ous­ly lux­u­ri­ous restau­rants and bars – mak­ing this the place to be seen for those seek­ing a glam­orous break.

Where to stay on the Cote d'Azur

Beach holidays Cote d Azur

Swim­ming pool at Cote d’Azur villa

If you’re look­ing for a slice of the lux­u­ri­ous Mediter­ranean lifestyle at a frac­tion of the cost, this vil­la in Le Trayas in an unspoilt cor­ner of the Cote d’Azur ticks all the box­es. With a swim­ming pool, jacuzzi that’s been built into the rocks and views of the Mediter­ranean, it’s per­fect­ly locat­ed for a tru­ly stun­ning beach holiday.

Beach holidays view from balcony at Cannes apartment

View over La Croisette in Cannes

If you want to be even more cen­tral, then you could con­sid­er tak­ing a lux­u­ri­ous apart­ment that over­looks Cannes’ icon­ic beach and prom­e­nade La Croisette. Impres­sive­ly spa­cious, the apart­ment enjoys pos­si­bly the best views in Cannes!

Beach holidays terrace overlooking Cannes

Enjoy views over the Med from this beau­ti­ful property

Or if you’re look­ing for a large hol­i­day home by the sea then this impres­sive 6‑bedroom vil­la could be the answer to your prayers. Ide­al­ly locat­ed with views over the Med, it offers easy access to the many delights of Cannes – though you’ll have to pull your­self away from the gor­geous pri­vate pool first.

Eastern promise: Indonesia

Love Home Swap Best beach destinations Indonesia

There’s no short­age of beau­ti­ful beach hol­i­day homes in Bali. Blessed by the most gor­geous coast­line and white sand beach­es, Bali is under­stand­ably pop­u­lar with any­one look­ing for a roman­tic retreat – while fam­i­lies adore the ease of a sun and sand hol­i­day. We chal­lenge you to not make a sand­cas­tle or two when pre­sent­ed with the opportunity!

Where to stay in Indonesia

Beach holidays Bali

Enjoy this stun­ning pool in Kabu­pat­en Tabanan

If an emp­ty beach all to your­self sounds like your idea of heav­en, then there’s no bet­ter sum­mer hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion than this spa­cious beach house in Kabu­pat­en Tabanan. Sur­round­ed by rice fields and just a five-minute dri­ve from Balian Beach which offers amaz­ing waves for year-round surf­ing, it’s hard to imag­ine a more pic­turesque spot.

Beach holidays shared pool at hotel style apartment in Indonesia

Take a dip in the pool — while admir­ing views of the sea!

Alter­na­tive­ly, if you’re look­ing for an all mod-cons type break, then you might enjoy stay­ing in this prop­er­ty on the beach. Described by its own­ers as being hotel-style accom­mo­da­tion’ you’ll have access to a shared swim­ming pool that boasts views over the sea.

Beach holidays Bali colourful house

Spend leisure­ly evenings relax­ing on the terrace

Or for the most gor­geous­ly colour­ful prop­er­ty that’s a short walk to the beach, then try this styl­ish vil­la. Pre­vi­ous home swap­pers have con­firmed that it’s in a great loca­tion with easy access to the beach and restau­rants, while chil­dren love the pri­vate swim­ming pool!

Australia's finest: The Gold Coast

Love Home Swap Best beach destinations The Gold Coast

With a sun­ny sub­trop­i­cal cli­mate, white sand beach­es, fan­tas­tic surf­ing and theme parks for the kids, The Gold Coast makes for a great fam­i­ly get­away, and is equal­ly ide­al for those who are pas­sion­ate about enjoy­ing the great outdoors.

Where to stay on The Gold Coast

Beach holidays Covered deck at Gold Coast home

Watch the boats come and go from your pri­vate out­door terrace

If you’re after a lit­tle dose of love­li­ness, then this large hol­i­day home by the seai n Run­away Bay is just the job. With 4 bed­rooms and a gor­geous cov­ered out­door deck and pool, it’s per­fect­ly equipped to make the most of the year-round sunshine.

Beach holidays View from balcony overlooking Palm Beach in Australia

This home swap prop­er­ty over­looks the love­ly Palm Beach

Or if you’re look­ing for an impres­sive­ly-locat­ed beach hol­i­day home, then head to Palm Beach where you can stay in this home swap apart­ment that over­looks the ocean.

Beach holidays balcony overlooking Surfer s Paradise

Take in the views from your glass-front­ed balcony

If you don’t need all that space but you want to be in the heart of the action, then this styl­ish apart­ment near Surfer’s Par­adise is just a short walk from the world-famous surf beach. Locat­ed in Labrador, it has a gor­geous bal­cony that offers panoram­ic views of the sea, plus there are plen­ty of cafés and restau­rants on its doorstep.

Regal relaxation: Thailand

Love Home Swap Best beach destinations Thailand

In Thai­land you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to beach hol­i­days. As one of the ulti­mate sum­mer hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions, you’re guar­an­teed some seri­ous­ly hot weath­er (per­fect for sun-wor­ship­pers!), beau­ti­ful beach­es and incred­i­ble food.

Where to stay in Thailand

Beach holidays Thailand Amari beach club

The Amari Beach Club at Hua Hin in Thailand

Hunt­ing for a lit­tle beach action after enjoy­ing the hus­tle and bus­tle of Bangkok? Then we’d rec­om­mend arrang­ing a home swap in Hua Hin, where the Thai roy­al fam­i­ly take their hol­i­days and where you’ll find stun­ning homes like this beach­side apart­ment. Lux­u­ri­ous­ly equipped, lucky home swap­pers will also ben­e­fit from access to the pri­vate Amari Beach Club which over­looks the ocean. Near­by, keen golfers will find nine golf cours­es all with­in a 30-minute dri­ve, and fam­i­lies will adore the Black Moun­tain Water Park.

Beach holidays pool in Koh Samui

Swim in the pool, or take a dip in the sea at Koh Samui!

Alter­na­tive­ly, if you’re look­ing for a large hol­i­day home by the sea, then this impres­sive home swap in Koh Samui is excep­tion­al. Com­prised of two inde­pen­dent units (with 4 bed­rooms in each) you can either exchange your home for just one of the vil­las, or arrange to house swap both units to accom­mo­date even more guests!

Beach holidays view from balcony in Pattaya in Thailand

Enjoy being close to the hus­tle and bus­tle of Pat­taya at this peace­ful apartment

Fan­cy watch­ing the sun­set over the Gulf? Of course you do! Just a few miles down the road from Pat­taya is this delight­ful two-bed­room con­do. Locat­ed on the beach of Bang Saray, it’s in a real­ly peace­ful loca­tion, with easy access to the fun town of Pat­taya. There’s also a shared swim­ming pool and ten­nis courts, so there’s plen­ty to keep you entertained.

Luxury living, family-style: The Balearic Islands

Love Home Swap Best beach destiantions Balearic Islands

The Balearics have under­gone some­thing of a trans­for­ma­tion in recent years, with trav­el-lovers now see­ing the immense val­ue and nat­ur­al beau­ty of islands such as Menor­ca, Mal­lor­ca and Ibiza. With pic­ture-per­fect beach­es and a fam­i­ly-friend­ly vibe wher­ev­er you go, the islands are unde­ni­ably pret­ty and welcoming.

Where to stay on the Balearic Islands

Beach holidays pool at villa in Ibiza

The pool at this Ibiza home swap is sim­ply gorgeous

Homes like this large coun­try­side vil­la in Ibiza are built with kids and adults in mind, mak­ing them per­fect for a peace­ful fam­i­ly get­away. Locat­ed just a 10-minute dri­ve from the beach and the busy town of San­ta Eulalia, the vil­la has six ensuite bed­rooms, and is just 15 min­utes from Ibiza Town.

Beach holidays dining room in Palma seaview apartment

This styl­ish apart­ment in Pal­ma offers prime access to the best beaches!

If you fan­cy a real­ly cen­tral beach hol­i­day, then some­where like this pent­house apart­ment with sea views in Pal­ma should be top of your list. A few steps from the beach and just five min­utes from both the air­port and the town cen­tre, it’s an incred­i­bly con­ve­nient option for a week­end getaway.

Beach holidays terrace at Menorca home

Catch the rays on this serene Menor­can terrace

Last­ly (but by no means least) the island of Menor­ca with its sandy coves sim­ply begs to be explored. Base your­self at this fam­i­ly-friend­ly home swap and spend your days swim­ming, hik­ing or just relax­ing on the sea-view ter­race. Spend even one night here, and you’ll quick­ly see why Menor­ca is one of Europe’s top sum­mer hol­i­day destinations.

Latin paradise: Mexico

Love Home Swap Best beach destinations Mexico

From Cabo to Can­cun, Mex­i­co is known world-over for its gor­geous beach­es and laid-back pace of life – so it’s no real sur­prise that many of our mem­bers have beau­ti­ful beach hol­i­day homes in the vicin­i­ty! Head here, and you can com­bine a huge dose of cul­ture with incred­i­ble food – and of course, beach­es that are second-to-none.

Where to stay in Mexico

Beach holidays beach by apartment in Mexico

The beach club at Puer­to Val­lar­ta is on your doorstep at this ele­gant home swap apartment

While many of our mem­bers have beach hol­i­day homes with pri­vate pools, there’s also a lot to be said for opt­ing for one of the apart­ment blocks which offer incred­i­ble views over the sea from their bal­conies. This love­ly apart­ment in Puer­to Val­lar­ta is a per­fect exam­ple of that. With two bal­conies (one over­look­ing the mari­na and one over­look­ing the ocean), lucky home swap­pers will exit the build­ing direct­ly onto the most pris­tine white sand beach. Relax in the beach club with a cool drink in your hand, then retreat to your spec­tac­u­lar bal­cony to watch the sun set!

Beach holidays swimming pools in Mexico home swap

The Riv­iera Nayarit offers some of the world’s best beaches

For a real taste of Mex­i­co, the Riv­iera Nayarit has 192 miles of coast­line, which you can enjoy from the peace and tran­quil­li­ty of con­dos like this one – your only big deci­sion will be which of the two swim­ming pools to try out first?!

Beach holidays infinity pool at Mexican villa

Swim­ming pool over­look­ing the beau­ti­ful Bay of Banderas

Des­per­ate for a dose of lux­u­ry? Then this beach­front vil­la that over­looks the Bay of Ban­deras takes some beat­ing. With a pri­vate infin­i­ty pool and a cook who will pre­pare your meals, it’s the ide­al spot from which to watch dolphins.

Whether you’re look­ing for a roman­tic retreat at the ide­al beach hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion or a large hol­i­day home by the sea, our mem­bers are ready to swap their prop­er­ties with you so that you can secure the best pos­si­ble break. And while these six des­ti­na­tions pack an unde­ni­able punch, let’s not for­get that there are plen­ty more coun­tries that could right­ful­ly claim to be home to the top beach des­ti­na­tions in the world. From less­er-known spots like the Gow­er Penin­su­la in Wales through to the icon­ic beach­es that are dot­ted across Hawaii’s Maui there’s some­thing for every taste. Need a lit­tle more inspi­ra­tion on the best places to go on hol­i­day? Then browse our blog and add a few more des­ti­na­tions to your trav­el buck­et list!