Villa holidays are great but for many, a holiday "Is" the beach. We have trawled the shores of the world to bring you some suggestions on a couple of the very best sandy shores...
Benirras in Ibiza is far from the feverish beats of San Antonio. Amongst awesome cliffs lies a couple of stunning beaches, lapped by a warm and calm bay. The water is deep and clear, making for superb afternoon swims amongst the trendy and tanned Europeans.
Benirras has protected itself from over development, so you wont find towering hotels - instead enjoy luxurious and chic villas with private pools and tropical gardens. click here for villas in Ibiza
Cirali, Turkey is as removed from the package holiday swarms as Benirras is from San Antonio. The miles of white sand on this beach are truly stunning - clean, safe and often quite. The beach is an easy walk from the city of Olympus, where you will find many stunning holiday villas. At night the lights are extinguished to allow the native loggerhead turtles to hatch their babies - a perfect time to catch one of the clearest views of the milky way in Europe. click here for villas in Turkey
Sesimbra in Portugal is an authentic, unspoilt and vibrant alternative to the Algarve. An hours drive from the capital, Sesimbra has a long and sandy beach perfect for swimming. There are superb grills and fish restaurants in this region too, where you can watch the boats pull onto the beach and offload your dinner! Click here for villas in Portugal
Fancy something a little closer to home?
Mawgan Porth in Cornwall is one of Britain's best kept secrets. On the north coast, near Newquay, the beach has wonderful white sands, rock pools and even a surfing school. The water is safe for children in most areas and, again, there are some fantastic holiday cottages and apartments in the surrounding areas. Click here for rental properties in England