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Discover a unique selection of 5 world’s top beaches and live a unique and authentic experience. TemptingPlaces listed for you some authentic hideout suggestions to discover chic and charming, luxury and eco-friendly, trendy and sportive getaways.
Located in the South-East of Brazil, Picinguaba beach is a stopover that will make you discover the charm and beauty of nature. In the Parc Naturel de la Serra Do Mar reserve, this beach stretches for 2km. You will meet several local fishermenwhom you can ask to transport you on their boats to visit the famous colonial city of Paraty.
La Pousada Picinguaba boutique hotel, located above a small fisherman village, totally dominates the ocean. A charming hotel, a romantic getaway, it offers 10 rooms with magnificent tropical garden views. Everybody can find their balance between lazing around on a hammock or taking part in hikes through the forest.
Prices start from 245€ per room, half-board, for 2 persons.
Tempting Advantage : a complimentary lunch.
Kapas – Terengganu – Malaysia
Romantic ecotourism in the China Sea
Located on the east coast of Malaysia, the Kapas islands boast wild and uncontaminated beaches characterized by golden sand and crystal clear waters. Still untouched by mass tourism, these natural islands are nestled in a protected marine area. Accessible by boat, 20 minutes from the Terengganu coast, you can discover the wild beaches by boat or by hiking through the jungle. Diving and snorkeling spots await you to rub shoulders with clams, turtles, clownfishes… while monkeys observe you from the trees.
Gem Island Resort & Spa is a charming ecolodge located in the Kapas Islands. This hotel island is perfectly integrated in the omnipresent nature and the small multi-colored fishes brush by your feet when swimming in the sea! With only 44 sea view villas, this boutique hotel is truly a romantic destination. The decoration, made of natural and traditional materials like wood or batik, reflects the local culture.
Prices start at 82€ per room for 2 persons, breakfast and taxes included.
Tempting Advantage : a welcome cocktail.
Elounda – Crete – Greece
An exclusive Jet Set beach with beautiful view over the Mediterranean
Politicians, aristocracy and VIP looking for a discrete refuge will find here a hilly landscape covered by eucalyptus plants, palm trees and pine-wood all along the Elounda lagoon, in the Mirabello bay, protected by a 8 km long peninsula. The bay is separated from the land by a canal dug by the French towards the end of the 19th century, but is accessible from a land pier. The beach offers gorgeous views over the small fortified island of Spinalonga.
Domes of Elounda Boutique Beach Resort translates all the beauty of the Mediterranean and of the Cretan culture. The domes and their earth-colored, pyramidal roofs take root in Greece, the Carpathian Mountains and Syria. A sleek design, vibrating colors and the blue vivid color of the sea make for a luxury and relaxing stay. The superb Melfey Spa, in black and gold mosaic, offers secret techniques derived from the ancient Greek times.
Price start at 147€ per room for 2 persons, breakfast and taxes included.
Tempting Advantage : a complimentary VIP welcome with a bottle of water, bottle of wine, and a fruit basket + a romantic candlelight dinner.
Holbox – Mexico
Disconnect from the rest of the world on a tourism virgin Maya island
Holbox Island has long been the hidden secret of the Yucatan peninsula. Ancient refuge of Caribbean pirates during the past century, it is located in the protected area of Yum-Balam. Here you’ll meet authentic Mexican fishermen on the turquoise water beaches surrounded by an exceptional diversity of plants and wildlife.
The Xaloc is a charming boutique hotel, boasting 18 small bungalows built using only natural materials to respect the island tradition. The bungalows have palm roofs and wooden walls. From the traditional Yucatan hammocks on the bungalows` terraces, you can feel the freshness of the ocean. Many ecotourism activities between land and sea are available to you.
Price start at 79€ per room for 2 persons, breakfast included.
Tempting Advantage : a welcome cocktail + a small gift
Ras Kitau – Lamu – Kenya
Glamour on an African beach in Kenya
Ras Kitau is a protected bay that greets you with a long, fine white sand beach in the blue waters of Kenya on the authentic jet set Lamu Island. A chic destination during winter, you`ll never tire of watching the traditional dhows pass lazily across the horizon, gently pushed by the breeze. A glamorous Ras Kitau pleasure: refined beach picnic admiring a sublime sunset followed by the shining night stars.
The Majilis hotel is a charming boutique hotel whose refinement blends with a private collection of African art pieces (spread all over the rooms and halls) and the multi-ethnic heritage of the archipelago. Each room is unique. The Majlis is accessible only by boat and offers a unique experience, combining comfort, luxury and intimacy. Its exceptional location, some minutes away from the city of Lamu, part of Unesco World’s Heritage, and its excellent gastronomy make it an exceptional destination.
Price start at 340€ per room for 2 persons, full board. Included: two-way boat transfer from Lamu Airport- Majlis, kayaking, windsurfing, bottled water. 1 child under 12 years old free in the parents room.
Tempting Advantages : A complimentary dhow sailing sunset cruise or a romantic picnic on the beach.