As summer starts to arrive on the horizon, we are looking forward to one with fewer travel restrictions and a greater opportunity to see the world.

Chartering a private jet allows you to spend less time travelling and more time enjoying the world’s best beaches. You can choose your preferred departure airport and time, avoid the queues experienced with scheduled flights, and enjoy fine dining on the way.

We have shortlisted five of the best and most exclusive beach destinations that are worth putting at the top of your 2021 bucket list.

1) Lizard Island, Australia

Lying 27 kilometres (17 miles) off the coast of North Queensland, Lizard Island is a small islet situated on the Great Barrier Reef. Despite its size, Lizard Island offers 24 powder-white beaches, meaning you are able to find your own patch of paradise.

The shallow, sheltered waters surrounding Lizard Island are best explored by paddle board or kayak. Owing to its location, the Island is also one of the very few places where snorkelling along the Great Barrier Reef is possible straight off the beach.

Where to stay: The award-winning Lizard Island Resort, situated on the Island’s northern coast, offers a selection of rooms and suites as well as oceanfront villas. Every reservation is inclusive of daily gourmet meals, access to your own motorised dinghy, unlimited use of paddle boards and sea kayaks, and use of snorkelling gear for the duration of your stay.

Getting there: Lizard Island Airport (LZR/YLZI) has daily flights from Cairns, with an average flight time of approximately one hour. The Island is also accessible by private jet.

2) Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Situated in the Pacific Ocean, Bora Bora is a small group of volcanic islands and forms part of the Leeward Islands archipelago. Bora Bora is located approximately 260 kilometres (162 miles) northwest of Tahiti.

Despite many of the islands’ beaches being reserved for private access only, Bora Bora is home to some of the world’s most breath-taking public beaches. One of these is Matira Beach on the southern tip of the main island. This extensive stretch of silky white sand is the largest public-access beach and a perfect representation of the incredible beauty that French Polynesia is renowned for, world-over.

Whilst lounging on one of the islands’ many beaches for hours on end seems idyllic, Bora Bora has much more to offer. The surrounding crystal-clear waters are home to a wealth of enthralling marine flora and fauna. Whilst snorkelling allows you to explore the shallower areas, scuba safaris led by local experts are the best way to delve deeper into Bora Bora’s underwater world.

Where to stay: Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is a family-friendly resort situated on the north-eastern islet of Motu Tehotu. As one of Bora Bora’s most prestigious accommodations, this resort is composed of luxurious over-water bungalows and beachfront villas, and is accessible via the resort-owned water taxis, which connect the accommodation to Bora Bora Airport.

Getting there: Bora Bora Airport, also known as Motu Mute Airport (BOB/NTTB), is located on the islet of Motu Mute. The airport is accessible by private jet and can accommodate ultra-long-range jets, allowing non-stop access to Bora Bora from most countries.

3) Playa Santa María, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Found on the Baja California peninsula and only 13 kilometres (8 miles) from the city of Cabo San Lucas, lies Santa Maria Bay, or Bahía Santa María as its known locally. One of Los Cabos’ more secluded beaches, Santa Maria Beach, is one of soft golden-sand slopes which lead to azure waters. Enclosed by cactus-covered cliffs, it collectively forms a scenic horseshoe-shaped bay. The beach is also one of the very few along the Los Cabos Corridor which is swimmable.

Because of the geography of Santa Maria Bay, the beach benefits from tranquil waters, sheltered from the strong currents of the Pacific Ocean on which the cove sits. The waters are also home to an abundance of the most tropical sea life in all of Mexico, a feature which allows for some of the best snorkelling in all of Los Cabos.

Owing to its relatively remote location, Santa Maria Bay benefits from fewer visitors than other beaches along the Los Cabos Corridor. However, its location means you’ll want to bring refreshments and shelter with you as there are no amenities nearby other than those exclusive to residents of the Montage Los Cabos resort.

Where to stay: Recently opened in 2018, Montage Los Cabos is a luxury beachfront resort in Santa Maria Bay. Covering an area of 39 acres, the resort features 122 expansive guestrooms, suites and casas along with 52 Montage Residences, all of which have been exquisitely finished and designed to bring the outdoors and indoors together.

Getting there: The nearest airport, Cabo San Lucas International Airport (CSL/MMSL), is approximately 18 kilometres (11 miles) from Santa Maria Bay. Accessible by private jet, a transfer to Santa Maria Bay takes around 30 minutes by road.

4) Reethi Rah, Maldives

The Maldives are widely known as one of the most romantic destinations on the planet and one of the most popular for honeymoons. It is therefore no surprise that the beaches here are some of the best on offer anywhere in the world. However, with over 1,200 pristine beaches to choose from, it is nearly impossible to narrow it down to those most worth visiting.

One of the most enticing Maldivian islands is perhaps Reethi Rah in the North Malé Atoll. Boasting 12 untouched stretches of white sand, each backed by dense tropical foliage, Reethi Rah is a picture postcard of paradise. Operating in its own time zone set one hour ahead of Malé, the Island is home to only one resort which means the beaches here typically host less visitors than those of nearby islands.

From snorkelling with sharks or hawksbill sea turtles, to catamaran dining experiences, Reethi Rah hosts a multitude of water-based experiences to luxuriate in. The Island is also home to over 2,000 species of fish, which inhabit the extensive coral reefs found nearby, making this Island a diver’s paradise.

Where to stay: The multi-award-winning One&Only Reethi Rah is the Island’s only resort, making this magical retreat feel even more exclusive than other islands in the Maldivian archipelago. Perfect for couples and families alike, this all-villa idyll is the ultimate in Maldivian luxury. Aside from the vast array of nature-based activities on offer, the resort features an on-site spa which was Global Winner of Best Luxury Spa in 2013 and ranked in the top 20 ‘World’s Best Spas’ by Condé Nast Traveler.

Getting there: Velana International Airport (MLE/VRMM), located on Hulhulé Island in the North Malé Atoll, is the nearest airport to Reethi Rah. Accessible by private jet, the airport is connected by yacht or speedboat transfer, which takes approximately 45 minutes each way.

5) Banana Beach, Koh Hey (Coral Island), Thailand

As part of a group of islets just off the south coast of Phuket Island, Koh Hey (otherwise known as Coral Island) is home to three stunning, wonderfully soft white-sand beaches. The most popular of these is Long Beach, whose 800-metre span covers most of the Island’s north coast.

Banana Beach, approximately half the size of Long Beach, is situated further east along the northern edge of Koh Hey and is even more impressive. Its seclusion means that it doesn’t get as crowded and has therefore retained more of the Island’s natural beauty. Its location affords Banana Beach shelter from the stronger waves and currents, making it a safer beach to swim from compared to either of the Island’s other beaches.

Lower visitor numbers also make it an ideal snorkelling location. Whilst the immediate shoreline is devoid of rocks and reefs, which makes for ideal swimming, less than 20 meters from the sand lies extensive coral reefs and an abundance of marine life to explore.

Where to stay: Located above a secluded cove on the north-western coast of Phuket Island, Trisara is a luxury resort which reflects on traditional Thai architecture carefully balanced with the right amount of contemporary influence. Designed as an intimate community of 39 private villas and residences, all accommodation boasts uninterrupted Andaman Sea views.

Getting there: Phuket International Airport (HKT/VTSP) is the only airport serving Phuket Island. Accessible by private jet, transfers to most of Phuket is by road. Access to the many islets surrounding Phuket, including Koh Hey, is by water taxi or private rental boats.

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