TripAdvisorhas just named the world’s best beach, drawing on feedback from travelers overthe last 12 months. The community has chosen Rabbit Beach on Sicily’s satellite island, Lampedusa, as the mostdesired spot on Earth to unwind on sand and soak up the sun. As part of the vote, “best hotels” and “best hotels for romance” have also been awarded.
The Rabbit Beach
Lampedusa, located more than 100 miles off thecoast of Sicily, is officially part of the Sicilian province of Agrigento. Thepristine nature reserve is one of the few places in the Mediterranean whereloggerhead sea turtles come ashore to lay eggs. Rabbit Beach – a stretch offine sand hugged by golden rocks and lapped by turquoise waters – has beenconsistently voted by international travelers as the world’s best beach,despite its limited capacity and overcrowding that obviously results from itsgrowing fame.
A runner-upin the vote, Grace Beach on the Providenciales island in the Turks and Caicosarchipelago, has conquered travelers’ hearts with its crystal clear waters, snow-whitesand, peaceful ambiance and the world’s third largest coral reef.Providenciales itself was ranked the best beach destination in the world byTripAdvisor in 2011.
Australia’sWhitehaven Beach, an inveterate favorite on “most beautiful beaches” lists,came in third. Lying in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, off the centralcoast of Queensland, the 74 Whitesunday Islands,and the Whiteheaven Beach in particular, are truly a wonder of nature. Thefabulous mosaic of snow-white sand showing through the azure waters is not to beseen anywhere else in the world.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu – Best Hotel
“The siteof the hotel is beyond lovely—nestled on the shore among the blackened lavaflows and banyan trees. I can’t speak to the area around the resort, becauseit’s so beautiful that honestly, you don’t feel the desire to venture out”,says one of the lucky chaps who stayed in the resort, and this actually says itall. FourSeasons Resort Hualalai, on the Kona-Kohala Coast of the island of Hawaiʻi, is a perfect exampleof a design that builds upon the landscape’s incredible features and fits neatly into the surroundings. Bestavailable room rates oscillate between $900 and $1100.
Anastasis Apartments – Best Hotel for Romance
Located onthe outskirts of the village of Imerovigli, on the world-famed Greek island ofSantorini, the Anastasis Apartment is where natural beauty, privacy and high-classpampering combine to make those romantic one-on-one moments trulyunforgettable. Infinity pool, Jacuzzis overlooking the Caldera cliffs, fabulousspa treatments and breakfasts served on your balcony do help to foster the relationship. Pricesstart at €200 in low season.