Beach Escapes: Where to Get Away
In this modern era of instant accessibility, when phones, laptops, and social media seem to collude to make us reachable around the clock, finding a little solitude is that much more necessary to fully recharge. Here, find six beaches around the globe to seek out, letting you disconnect from the outside world, and connect with the person right in front of you.
Master the Art of Relaxation at Maui’s Secret Cove Beach
The name says it all. Drive about an hour south of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua to find one of the island’s most picturesque spots, perfect for a day of doing nothing. Right off Makena Road, through a residential neighborhood, step past a lava rock wall to find Pa’ako Cove, also known as Secret Beach. Palm trees line the small crescent of sand, craggy black lava juts out from the ocean, and the island of Kahoolawe looms in the distance. This little slice of heaven sometimes doubles as an intimate wedding destination, so visit first thing in the morning to have the beach all to yourself.
Embrace Your Adventurous Side at Alamere Falls Beach in California
Escape the bustling city in favor of an invigorating hike on a pristine stretch of coastline. About an hour north of The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, the Point Reyes National Seashore is a 71,000-acre expanse of protected coastline in Marin Country. Avid hikers can tackle the 13-mile round trip trail within the Phillip Burton Wilderness Area to arrive at Alamere Falls, the stunning site of a 30-foot waterfall cascading down directly onto Wildcat Beach. If this trek isn’t in the cards, the area offers 80 miles of shoreline, with plenty of lesser-traveled gems to discover.
Set Sail to Hong Island in Thailand
Thailand has become so well-known for its beaches, that it can be difficult to find seclusion in the region. Thankfully, the protected Than Bokkhorani National Park is just a short boat-ride away from Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. The resort offers a daily long-tail boat ride to Hong Island — the secluded spot with a powdery white sand beach surrounded by dramatic limestone cliffs and lush tropical greenery. Spend the day floating in the tranquil water, snorkeling among schools of rainbow fish, or paddling a kayak around the island, looking for the hidden lagoon.
Dine Locally at Praia da Adraga in Portugal
Not far from Penha Longa Resort on Portugal’s western coast, both wildly popular and lesser-traveled beaches can be found. Under 30 minutes from the resort by car, Praia da Adraga is known mostly only to locals, due to its difficulty to access via public transportation. Craggy rock arches spill out into the Atlantic Ocean, and right on perimeter of the soft orange-hued sand sits Restaurante da Adraga, offering some of the region’s freshest seafood. Afterward, walk off the meal on the 5km cliffside trail to Cabo da Roca — the westernmost point in Europe, with stunning panoramic vistas.
Explore Chile’s Quieter Side in Quintay
Up and down the South American country’s 2,600 miles of coastline, beautiful, quiet beaches abound. About 100 miles north of The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago, find the charming seaside village of Zapallar, with its white sand horseshoe bay and Mediterranean microclimate. But for a slightly quieter seaside fix, head due east from the city to Quintay. The tiny fishing cove (and former whaling hub) is lined with colorful structures — many of them welcoming seafood restaurants. Dine on uber-fresh ceviche paired with local Chilean wine while taking in views of the rocky cove.
Discover Life Under the Sea at Bailey Beach in Perth, Australia
The coastal stretch of Western Australia near Perth is home to some of the country’s most spectacular (and popular) beaches, but there are a few more secluded gems. About a 20-minute drive from downtown Perth, find Bailey Beach, not far from the well-known Mettam’s Pool. Thanks to the reefs just off the shore, on days when the water is calm, the beach is home to some of the area’s best snorkeling. Explore the rocky, cliff-lined beach to find your own hidden pocket of sand