Although we instinctively summon thoughts of Big 5 safaris, the African continent is also well-endowed with glorious beaches and compelling cities. Of 54 African countries, 38 nations lay claim to a coastline that accounts for 18,950 miles. These are the best beaches on the East and Southern African coast to complement any travel itinerary.
Diani Beach – Mombasa, Kenya
One of the best places to visit in Kenya for white sand beaches, Diani Beach sits to the south of Mombasa. Beachfront resorts put you at arm’s length from the Indian Ocean where a full roster of water sports are available. When you’re not swaying in a hammock, take your pick from jet skiing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, paddleboarding, snorkeling, and scuba diving. The Shimba Hills and blue and white-painted city of Mombasa are easy day trips from your hotel in Diani Beach.
Nungwi Beach – Zanzibar, Tanzania
Zanzibar, the gem of the East African coast, is fringed with alabaster-white beaches. Nungwi Beach stands out for its placid swimming conditions unaffected by the ebb and flow of the tides. Bring a snorkel and you can swim with reef fish right off the beach otherwise scuba excursions depart from the town. A turtle rehabilitation sanctuary is located at the east end of the beach and it’s possible to take a tour or witness the release of the sea creatures. After a day of snorkeling and sunning, you can watch the sunset while tucking into the catch of the day at one of the beachside eateries.
Have you ever dreamt of unwrapping the hidden gems of picturesque Europe, wandering along the ancient, cobbled streets, and diving into rich cultures that have stood the test of time?
Let's set sail along one of mother nature's most revered creations - the charismatic Rhine River - with our much-anticipated stops in the colorful, fairytale landscapes of Riquewihr and Freiburg in Germany.
Our first stop is the charming village of Riquewihr. Often described as a jewel within a vineyard, this colorful village looks like it has stepped straight out of a storybook. Its medieval walls and romantic half-timbered houses provide the perfect setting for a serene stroll.
But the Dolder Gate steals the show. Serving as the fortified guard of Riquewihr since the 13th Century, the Dolder Gate stands tall, telling tales of the olden times and enticing countless history buffs.
Indonesia and Thailand are two of the most popular vacation destinations in Southeast Asia. Sharing a tropical climate, these countries offer a variety of cultural, outdoor, and culinary experiences. While Thailand is known for its beaches, luxury shopping, and Buddhist temples, Indonesia is celebrated for its diverse marine life, volcanic landscapes, and the spiritual practices of Bali. These luxurious resorts in Indonesia and Thailand will see that you get the most out of your stay.
Capella Ubud – Bali, Indonesia
The 5-star Capella resort is nestled in the rainforest north of Ubud – the spiritual heart of Bali. All luxury tented dwellings come with a private deck and pool overlooking the jungle or river. Wellness treatments are offered at the property spa or in the comfort of your residence. Dining is available across two signature restaurants, the cocktail bar, and a campfire den where hot chocolate and marshmallows are served.
Capella Culturists run an itinerary of activities that introduce you to the Balinese way of life. Excursions to local waterfalls, rice terraces, coffee plantations, and hot springs are available.
Designed for: Over-the-top yet sustainable luxury
An archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles is home to some of the most spectacular beaches on the African continent. Mahé, the largest of the Seychelles islands, is the setting for the Morne Seychelles National Park, Victoria Botanical Gardens, and Takamaka Rum Distillery as well as the international airport. In terms of where to stay in the Seychelles, you can find a base on Mahé or cast the net further out to a private island. These 5-star resorts in the Seychelles are perfect for couples and families alike.
Denis Private Island
The utmost in barefoot luxury, Denis Private Island champions sustainability, pristine nature, and zero distractions. While cottages do come with a Nespresso coffee maker, air conditioning, and luxury bathroom, these are television-free domains – don’t even think about asking for the Wi-Fi code. Upgrade your stay and check into a Beachfront Spa Cottage complete with a massage pavilion and a private patch of beach. On the other hand, Beach Villas open out onto a patio with a private plunge pool.
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