• Macaroni Beach,

    Mustique, St Vincent and the Grenadines

    This Caribbean island was made famous by Princess Margaret and its Oliver Messel-decorated villas, but modern-day Mustique has lost none of its charm and exclusivity. Basil’s Bar (basilsbar.com) has been serving rum cocktails to royals and Rolling Stones for over 30 years. A 30-minute walk from it is Macaroni Beach: a Cast Away-style sweep of sand, perfect for sunbathing in solitude or body-surfing the waves. Cotton House (cottonhouse.net), a former 18th-century sugar plantation turned 17-room luxury resort, is the place to stay.

    Pansea Beach,

    Phuket, Thailand

    There was only paradise here when Adrian Zecha opened his first hotel on the south end of Pansea Beach 25 years ago. Now, there is paradise and two hotels: the beyond-luxury Amanpuri (amanresorts.com), beloved of Kate Moss, and the more relaxed The Surin (thesurinphuket.com). As access is restricted by the two five-star hotels, the crescent beach and bath-temperature waters are sequestered. At the Surin end, enjoy coconuts and drinks from local bar shacks, or indulge in a waterfront massage.

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    Mustique’s Macaroni Beach is the ideal spot to catch waves or rays

    Amanpuri’s super-private beach offers luxury sun-lounging

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    Photograph: Robert Harding

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