The world's best relaxed beach breaks

In general, there are two different kinds of beaches: busy beaches and secluded beaches. If you are looking for relaxing beach breaks, the latter is obviously going to be more suitable than the former.

In the UK on a sunny day, it can be very difficult to find a quiet beach. So here we look a little further afield, and round up some of the greatest beaches in the world for unwinding and relaxation.

Starting close to home, Brandon Bay in County Kerry, Republic of Ireland, is an absolute gem. This is a beautiful beach with great views and a sunset that slips into the Atlantic Ocean. Surfers like this spot, so you might have to share it with a few. Brandon Bay's surrounds are equally scenic, so drag yourself away from the white sands and go for a walk, drive or a cycle and discover many spectacular views and sights.

Our next recommendation is a bit further away - Whitehaven beach in Australia. Many people have heard of Whitehaven beach, but with limited access granted by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, it is actually very quiet. You can’t spend the night here, but consistently ranks as the world's best beach, so it's well worth the day trip. In the mornings, it's possible to walk the entire length of the beach and not see a single footprint.

Our third and final recommendation is Railay beach in Thailand. Words can’t describe how beautiful this place is. The sunset, the caves, the view, the sand... it’s all spectacular. Despite the fact that it's quite tricky to get to, Railay can get quite busy in high season. But if you go in low season, it will be cheaper and quieter - so win win. You can stay right on the beach and there are plenty of good restaurants around. Dine on the beach while watching the sunset - you will never forget it!

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