By Gaya Travel on February 18, 2016
TripAdvisor®, the travel planning and booking site, today announced the winners of its Travellers’ Choice™ awards for Beaches. This year’s awards honour 343 beaches including the top 25 in the world and lists for Asia, Africa, Australia, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, South America, the South Pacific, the U.K. and the U.S. Travellers’ Choice award-winning beaches were determined based on the quantity and quality of traveller reviews and ratings for beaches on TripAdvisor gathered over a 12-month period.
“For that perfect sun and sand getaway, you may want to visit some of the world’s best rated beaches located right here in Asia,” said TripAdvisor spokesperson, Jean Ow-Yeong. “If you plan ahead, you can book a hotel at five of the ten winning beaches in Asia for less than RM600 a night on TripAdvisor.”
For those planning a getaway to a Travellers’ Choice award-winning beach, TripAdvisor has identified nearby value hotels that will help travellers plan and book their fun in the sun.
Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Beaches in Asia:
A picturesque palm-lined paradise offering breathtaking views of golden white sands meeting the pristine waters of Bay of Bengal, Ngapali Beach is the perfect spot to unwind and rejuvenate. Beach resorts and restaurants nearby provide a soft bustle, but travellers agree that they do not impinge on the overall tranquillity of the beach. “Lovely soft sand and clear blue water that laps gently at the shore. The best thing is that it isn’t too built up yet so there is hardly any people around, it’s bliss!” shared a TripAdvisor reviewer.
Highly-rated value hotel nearby: Bayview – the beach resort – bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of RM581/night
A stunning coastline with spectacular views of nature, Nacpan beach offers kilometres of soft sand and crystal waters glistening under the sun. While challenging to go to due to undeveloped dirt road, travellers agree that the beach is a paradise for beachgoers looking for solitude. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “4 km long of white powdery sand beach with crystal blue water which was warm. It was not rocky at all so no need for water shoes. We even hiked the hills on the far side to see the best view of the twin beach.”
Highly-rated value hotel nearby: Cadlao Resort – bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of RM880/night
Located on the southwest of Phuket, Kata Noi beach is a quaint and idyllic oasis with incredibly clear blue waters, ideal for a retreat from frenetic Phuket. Swim, snorkel, read a book or watch the waves hit against the sandy shoreline – Kata Noi offers the opportunity to relax and recharge. “Whenever we’re in Phuket it’s hard to visit other beaches. This one offers clear water, long coastline, seclusion, and is not that popular with drunk tourists,” shared a TripAdvisor reviewer.
Highly-rated value hotel nearby: Kathathani Phuket Beach Resort – bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of RM649/night
Agonda’s beach is simply divine – wide, quiet, picturesque and a great spot for sunbathing and relaxing with relatively few tourists around. Even though the waters here might not be the most ideal place for swimming, Agonda definitelyencapsulates romantic Goa at its very best. “A piece of heaven. The tranquility here is absolutely wonderful. Best bay in Goa!!! Nobody pressing you to buy things and delightful locals who take you on amazing boat trips” shared a TripAdvisor reviewer.
Highly-rated value hotel nearby: Maria Paulo Guest House – Agonda – bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of RM194/night
Located on the tropical paradise of Boracay, Yapak beach provides a welcomed intimacy and seclusion relative to the tourist-filled hotspots scattered across the island. Puka seashells, often used to create trinkets and accessories, are found aplenty on the shore, thus its other name – Puka Shell Beach. “I can’t explain the beauty of this beach, it’s relaxed, has loungers and little food outlets, everything you need for a day unwinding in the glorious sunshine, it’s shell beach is like nothing I’ve seen or felt underfoot before, a must!” commented a TripAdvisor reviewer.
Highly-rated value hotel nearby: Henann Lagoon Resort – bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of RM632/night
A quaint gem in hot favourite Phuket, Nai Harn beach boasts panoramic beauty overseeing other tiny islands. Beachgoers can visit shacks offering delicious bites, exotic fruits and even a rejuvenating massage. A TripAdvisor reviewer gushed, “Love You Nai Harn beach, one of the best in Phuket. Beach is not too crowded, it is not too large, you can easily walk from one corner to the other. There are plenty of restaurants around the area. Perfect for unwind and relax to recharge for your next day!”
Highly-rated value hotel nearby: Navatara Phuket Resort – bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of RM278/night
Stretching out along the eastern side of Ko Lipe, Sunrise beach is an ideal seaside getaway promising – true to its name – stunning sunrise and sunset views. Visitors can expect to see clear views of amazing corals when they snorkel during low tide. “Prepare your cameras and snap away for hours, the scenery is just too much for my eyes, awesome and amazing,” said a TripAdvisor reviewer.
Highly-rated value hotel nearby: Serendipity Beach Resort – bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of RM813/night
A stunningly beautiful beach, Palolem is famous for its beach hut accommodations. Stretching between two magnificent headlands, the beach is lined with towering coconut palms. It is largely unspoiled and is inhabited by both local fishermen and foreign tourists alike. A TripAdvisor reviewer said, “If you look for a beautiful beach with palm trees, nice to swim, lots of restaurants and many entertainment possibilities – then you´re right here.”
Highly-rated value hotel nearby: The Fern Gardenia Resort, Canacona – bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of RM316/night
Promising laid-back and leisurely vibes, Otres beach is a gem located south of Serendipity area. The beach is divided into a more developed Otres 1 boasting lines of beachshack bars and restaurants, and Otres 2 which offers a quieter retreat. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “This is pretty much my favourite beach in Cambodia – quiet, tranquil, and away from the main drag, but with all the trappings you need to just chill out.”
Highly-rated value hotel nearby: Tamu Hotel – bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of RM476/night
Travellers visiting Radhanagar beach can experience a stunning shoreline that is great for swimming and incredible coral reefs perfect for snorkelling. Head to the nearby restaurants for fresh seafood while witnessing an unparalleled sunset view. “Crystal clear water perfect soft sand and forest behind! This beach is beautiful… The water is perfectly clear blue for tens of metres, the forest is lush and wild green and the sand is soft and white,” raved a TripAdvisor reviewer.
Highly-rated value hotel nearby: Munjoh Ocean Resort – bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of RM901/night