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Paradise found: The world's most beautiful beaches are calling

22 AUGUST 2012

Searching for paradise? Bring your dreams of turquoise waters and sand as soft as silk to life with HELLO! Online’s best beach retreats.

 

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Arambol, Goa, India

It’s easy to see why the Arambol beach, in the Pernem region of northern Goa, has a paradisiacal reputation. Easily accessible, situated an hour’s drive from Dabolim Airport, Arambol boasts a stretch of golden sand and remains one of India’s best kept secrets. Scattered with towering palm trees and fresh water pools, undertake a meditation course as the shimmering waves lap against the shores famed for yoga and relaxation.

 

 
Whitehaven, Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia

The heart of the Great Barrier Reef boasts 74 idyllic islands - most of which are beautiful, tropical and deserted, of which eight are home to stunning eco-retreats. Whether your adventure begins with a kayak, jet ski, sailing trip or simply sipping a cocktail on pure white sands, the Reef’s Whitsunday Islands offer the most picturesque destination in the world for gazing out across azure waters.

 


Aroa, Aitutaki, Cook Islands

It’s a close call but the beaches of Aitutaki Island scoop the prize for the most beautiful of all the Cook Island archipelago. Serene, calm and surrounded by an aquamarine lagoon, the hidden paradise of Aroa beach is an exceptional spot for snorkelling safaris, diving or simply sipping from a freshly picked coconut. With a landscape as extraordinary as Aitutaki, memories of your trip to the picture perfect Cook Islands are sure to last a lifetime.

 

 

Porthcurno, Cornwall

Nestled between the market town of Penzance and iconic Land’s End, the quaint fishing town of Porthcurno is astonishingly beautiful and is definite proof that reaching paradise isn’t necessarily a long-haul flight away. Whether you’re casting your line in Porthcurno Bay or feasting on fresh fish and chips on Logans Rock Headland, Cornwall’s magnificent landscape makes it an ideal romantic weekend or family destination.

 


Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece

Commonly known as Smuggler’s Cove, Navagio beach is embedded deeply in the Zakynthos coastline in Greece. Dramatic caves, lofty cliffs and distinctive rock formations reflect the intense sunlight giving the bay a sparkling blue hue. Accessible by a little boat from Porto Vromi, the beach tells a fascinating story of an illicit smuggler shipwreck. Fortunately the wreck is all that remains of its sinister history. Navagio is located in the eastern part of the island, close to village of Anafotiria, the perfect spot to unwind with a cool glass of local wine.

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