Five of the best idyllic beachside design breaks


It's said the concept of idealism stems from the Greek, 'to see'. These five idyllic beachside design breaks invite idealistic contemplation, whether languishing on sunbeds as the day slips past or grooving ocean-side until sun-up lures you.

Alila Villas Soori, Bali


Located along the southeast coast of Bali, Alila Villas Soori will enchant with its contemporary tones warmed by Balinese touches. Away from the islands more well-tread trails, these private villas provide the perfect nest for celebrities, royals, romantics and families alike.

Between the volcanic black sand beaches and verdant rice terraced hills, Alila Villas Soori sits tucked into the beautiful Balinese coastline. Architecturally inspired by the richness of the surrounding land, the 48 private villas enjoy uninhibited views of the Indian Ocean, the green of the rice fields and the mystical Mount Batukaru, which lies in the distant horizon. Recently awarded 'The Best Boutique Resort Development in Asia Pacific' by the prestigious UK Hotel and Property Awards, indulge in the secluded sanctuary of private poolside sessions and dedicated personal hosts.

Almyra, Cyprus


The Almyra in Paphos sits nestled into eight acres of lushly landscaped beachfront. Inspired by Aphrodite, the island's patron goddess of love and beauty, Almyra will seduce with its sleek and modern lines.

With its stunning Cypriot beachfront location, Almyra is certainly worthy of the goddess after which it is inspired. Uncomplicated interior elegance and touches of 70's boldness give way to lavender-edged walkways and freshwater pools. As time slows, meander the eight acres of landscaped gardens, indulge in the menu of organic spa elixirs, or sip a cocktail beachside. Contemplate the stillness of the Paphos harbour while dining on the thoughtfully prepared fare of celebrated chef Rob Shipman. For those looking to stray further, the nearby World Heritage Paphos Mosaics will complete this unforgettable experience.

Farol Design Hotel, Portugal


Mounted on the rocky shoreline of Portugal's Estoril Coast, Farol Design Hotel practically falls into the Atlantic Ocean. Conjure up grandiose fantasies of modern-day royalty in this transformed 19th century mansion.

Once a hideaway of the kings and queens of Europe, Farol Design Hotel sits perched between the sandy Guincho Beach and the picturesque fishing village of Cascais. With 33 guestrooms 'dressed' by Portuguese fashion designers, this luxurious seaside resort's sleek and modern touches seamlessly meld the old and the new. Built in 1890 for the Count of Cabral, this palatial abode has the best of the Estoril Coast on offer. Revel in endless sea views, terraced gardens and beautifully integrated water retreats. Sit poolside, directly on top of the ocean and let the lines between the built and the natural blur.

San Giorgio Mykonos, Greece

San Giorgio Mykonos

San Giorgio Mykonos epitomizes Greek sensibilities of idealism. Take in the open-air lounge by day and dance the night away as the sun tucks into the Aegean Sea.

In the land of white-washed houses, quaint cobblestone alleys and dazzling azure waters, San Giorgio Mykonos welcomes with bohemian ease. Settle into this Grecian paradise, where simple pleasures abound and humble hedonism permeates. A backdrop of crisp white walls provide the canvas to accentuate traditional Greek hand-woven textiles and locally made furnishings. Feast on honest, fresh from the market Mediterranean ingredients, lovingly prepared and served on raw wood long tables. With VIP access granted to the hotel's guests, party to your heart's content with world renowned DJ's at Paradise Club Mykonos, then sink into a canopied bed of weighty cotton and sleep it off.

Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali


Set high atop the southern Bali coastline, Alila Villas Uluwatu is nothing short of picture-perfect. With each villa equipped with a private pool, cabana, garden and a personal butler, no need is unmet.

Along the southern coastline of Bali, on the Bukit Peninsula, Alila Villas Uluwatu is poised on an elevated plateau where 100-metre limestone cliffs sweep into the sea. Ecologically aware, this 64-villa property is the first Bali designed resort to achieve EarthCheck certification, the industry standard for environmental impact measurement.

Private villas, terraces, pools and lush gardens mirror the savannah landscape, which served as source of inspiration. Balinese bliss, mindful relaxation and luxury coalesce in this picturesque hideaway. Chillout cliffside at Sunset Cabana, an overhanging platform with dramatic views of the Indian Ocean, take part in the curated cultural activities or explore the nearby Jimbaran area and renowed Uluwatu Temple.

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