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Ampersand's Top 10 Beach Destinations in Asia

Ampersand's Top 10 Beach Destinations in Asia

As a company, Ampersand specialises in cultural tours which mix luxury with authentic experiences… however, we are the first to acknowledge that there are times when all you want from your holiday is to stay in one place and unwind by a beautiful beach at a charming property…

We have therefore chosen our favourite beach properties for a one-destination trip, whether you want to hide away in a cosy private house, sip cocktails at the beach bar, or enjoy some quality family time:

1.  Best for party atmosphere:  W Retreat, Koh Samui, Thailand
Unashamedly sleek and sexy, W Retreat is the place to see and be seen on Samui – ideal for grown-up sun and fun seekers!

2.  Best for luxury tented adventure:
  Amanwana, Moyo Island, Indonesia
Glamping at its best (“tents” have hardwood floors and AC), Aman perfects the luxurious colonial-explorer vibe on the far-flung pristine shores of Moyo island nature reserve.

3.  Best for luxury and service:  Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam
The Nam Hai’s iconic three-tiered swimming pool and soft white sands are perfect for a dose of extreme pampering. And just 15 mins away, Hội An is a lovely old fishing village decorated with colourful lanterns and crumbling temples.

4.  Best for local culture:
  Amanwella, Tangalle, Sri Lanka
Amanjunkies will love the understated glamour of the Amanwella. Enjoy seafood BBQs on their stunning beach, which has the added charm of local fishing boats and swaying palm trees.

5.  Best for families:
  Oberoi Lombok, Indonesia
Less developed than neighbouring Bali, Oberoi Lombok is an idyllic family hangout with long sandy beaches, scuba diving, snorkelling, hiking, great food and a unique culture to discover.

6.  Best for authenticity (and affordability!):
  Marari Beach, Kerala, India
For an alternative and atmospheric beach break, we love watching the fishermen come ashore at Marari Beach (or Mararikulam) in Kerala. This laid-back resort consistently gets top score in Kerala from our clients.

7.  Best for white sand and see-through seas:
  Cocoa Island, Maldives
Barefoot luxury at its best, Cocoa Island’s beautifully designed white-washed ‘boathouse’ villas are the perfect springboard to dive into these literally aquamarine lagoons, teaming with colourful marine life and coral. And the massages don’t come any better.

8.  Best for eco-luxe romance:  Song Saa Resort, Cambodia

For something brand new, environmentally friendly and utterly spoiling, head for Song Saa, Cambodia’s first ultra-exclusive island resort with Maldives-style villas jutting out over the clear, azure waters of the Koh Rong archipelago.

9. Best for unusual destination: Hoshinoya Taketomi Island, Okinawa, Japan
Not many venture so far south in Japan to reach its tropical islands, but we assure you that they're worth the journey. A paradise awaits you on Taketomi Island at Hoshinoya.

10.  Best for seclusion and charm:  Elsewhere, Goa, India
The Ampersand team don’t just visit this private hideaway for research purposes, we come here for our own holidays with our friends and family…. Set on an idyllic spit of land overlooking the ocean, ‘Elsewhere – The Beach House’ is a simple but charming 3 bedroom Portuguese-style house with just the friendly staff, fishermen and egg-laying turtles for company… bliss.

Please get in touch to speak to a consultant who has been to your preferred property:

+ 44 (0) 207 819 9770  /

Client Testimonials

I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
I would recommend Ampersand without any hesitation!!! The best travel agent that I’ve ever had. Everything – from the individual care and attention in planning the trip, through to the efficiency of the agents on the ground in India – was handled brilliantly. An absolutely first-class service all round!
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
Ampersand provided a bespoke and flexible holiday, tailored to my every whim. Their highly professional staff had only one goal which was to arrange an exceptional holiday and some unforgettable experiences in India. I have no hesitation in fully recommending them and they will be the first company I approach in the future - 10/10
- Anonymous, India
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
Ampersand’s preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet booking age. They were a delight to deal with!
- Mr David Wallace, North India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India

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