Big Milly's Backyard, Accra
Not far from chaotic Accra city is Kokrobite, a small fishing village with a golden beach. Here you'll find the legendary backpacker haunt Big Milly’s. Made up of a handful of thatched clay huts, it’s surrounded by coconut trees and has a restaurant with sea views where you can tuck into fish caught just metres away.
Jump on a boat in the pretty Cambodian coastal town of Kep and 25 minutes later you’ll find yourself on the impossibly beautiful Koh Tonsay, aka Rabbit Island. It’s not very developed, with no mains electricity, but there are a scattering of basic and cheap beach huts from which you can watch the lapping waves.
This place will have you hopping to Africa quicker than you can say ‘tropical beach chalet’. Baobab is a backpacker lodge in a postcard paradise. Each of their huts sits directly on the sand, with its own porch and view of the Indian Ocean. Wriggle from your mosquito net and roll straight into the sea.
Just three hours from Copenhagen via rail and ferry is the Baltic island of Bornholm. Sandwiched between a pine forest and white sandy beaches, the stylish triangular cabins at Hasle Hytteby are great for families and are just a few hundred metres from the sea.
El Cabo San Juan, Parque Tayrona
Hike through the steamy jungle of Parque Tayrona on the Caribbean coast and you’ll be rewarded with a beach that’s close to paradise. El Cabo San Juan campsite is the backpacker’s destination of choice. Arrive early enough and you can bag a hammock in a hut with your fellow travellers.
If you’re looking for an action-packed beach break, this eco-friendly hut in Northern Fiji is your perfect base. Located off the beaten track on the island of Qamea, the resort is located near a surf break and you can spend your days hiking, kayaking, scuba diving and snorkelling through vibrant coral gardens.
Little Palm Grove, North Goa
There are only six cottages in this tiny, exquisite resort on Ashvem Beach. Each of the huts has a small veranda, perfect for afternoon naps. You can have a massage on the beach, there’s the chance to swim with dolphins or you can join one of their yoga or fitness retreats. Whatever you do = bliss.
Despite the name, this isn’t England's answer to Muscle Beach, but rather a very pretty – and sandy – stretch of the Dorset coast. The National Trust owns several traditional wooden beach huts here. Sadly, you can’t stay overnight but you can rent your very own slice of seaside nostalgia for the day.
Beautiful beaches around the UK
Spend a day by the sea, soaking up some prime beachside vibes – all without leaving the UK. Yep, you don’t need to shell out for a plane ticket to enjoy incredible coastal views. Here are ten of the best tucked-away UK beach gems.