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Feeling in need of a warm break? Great news, because now is great time to plan gorgeous beach holidays! But why splash out on overpriced resorts and beach holiday homes when you could save a fortune by swapping your place for a pad in one of these lovely summer holiday destinations? Whether you’re looking for large holiday homes by the sea or something a little more intimate, we've pulled together properties from six of our most popular beach destinations. The search for your dream beach holiday just got easier!

Pride of Provence: Cote d'Azur

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.

 Swimming pool at Cote d'Azur villa
 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.


 View from a balcony overlooking La Croisette in Cannes
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!


 Outdoor terrace with a view of the Mediterranean
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

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!


 Swimming pool at villa in Kabupaten Tabanan in 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.


 Shared pool at villa in Bali, with views of the sea
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.


 Colourful outdoor terrace at property in Bali
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

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.


Outdoor deck by Runaway Bay in the Gold Coast
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 sea in 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.  


 Balcony overlooking the sea in Labrador near 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.


 This home swap property overlooks Palm Beach.
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.


Regal relaxation: 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.

 The Amari Beach Club at Hua Hin. This home swap property overlooks one of the best beaches.
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.


Swimming pool at home swap property in Koh Samui. This is one of the best beach destinations in the world.
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! 


Balcony overlooking 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

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.


Swimming pool at home swap 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.


Dining room at apartment in Palma. The best beaches are on your doorstep.
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.



Beautiful balcony at home swap in Menorca
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

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.


Sandy beach club at Puerto Vallarta 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!


Two swimming pools at Riviera Nayarit in Mexico
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?!


Swimming pool overlooking the Bay of Banderas
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!



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