The Caribbean is famous for its beaches and there are exceptional luxury beach holidays in the Caribbean to be had on almost every island.
With so many seas and long stretches of coast, Europe inevitably has some brilliant beaches, especially in Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Spain and Turkey. Combine a beach holiday here with a city break or excursion to really get to know a place though.
The Middle East has a number of exclusive beaches that compete with the luxury hotels' swimming pools for your attention, especially in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Oman.
Asia has hundreds of exceptional stretches of sand. Thailand beaches are justifiably popular and Indonesia is a perennial favourite, but whether you travel to India, Malaysia, Philippines or Vietnam, you'll be spoilt for choice.
There are some spectacular beach holidays in Africa, with superb stretches of sand in Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania amongst others. The continent and these countries in particular are also ideal for combining safari and beach holidays to produce a truly sensational escape.
There are some superb beaches in Central America, particularly in Belize, Costa Rica and Mexico, where you can also pair your beach holiday with a wildlife holiday or excursion to see Mayan ruins.
India has almost 5,000 miles of coastline and boasts some world class beaches, whilst the islands offshore and stretches of Sri Lanka also have some exquisite places to relax and unwind.
Although not especially known for its beach holidays, South America still has some excellent places to kick back and relax, especially in Brazil and Peru, where you can also pair beach holidays with wildlife holidays, culture and history trips and stunning city breaks.
There are some exceptional beaches in North America with states on both the east and west coast of the USA boasting some exceptional stretches of sand, with services and amenities to match.
The islands of the Indian Ocean are famous for their facilities and high standard of service, set against a stunning backdrop of beaches and ocean that's virtually unparalled elsewhere.
There are countless great beaches in Australasia and the Pacific, with superb sections of coastline in Australia, New Zealand and throughout the Pacific Islands, with the Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Fiji starring.