The summer is here and it is the time-honoured Australian tradition to pack a hot bikini and head over to Bali. Alas, January is approaching bringing with it torrents of rain to the white-sand shores of Bali. Not to worry, there are plenty of other places to enjoy the warm sun wearing that Zulu & Zephyr one piece swimsuit. Here’s a useful list of sunny places Aussies can enjoy without reservations:
You don’t have to get on a nine hour flight across oceans to enjoy the sun and powder-fine beaches of Perth. The summer is quite generous to the famous West Australian city, which enjoys a soothingly temperate, not too hot, not too cold kind of weather in January and February. It is the best place to show off a chic Kiini bikini accessorised with a hat, and to enjoy a good book breathing in the West Australian breeze.
Forget Bali, after New Year’s Eve, Langkawi has the best weather and the most alluring hotels for Aussies to retreat to. Give your year a memorable jumpstart at a captivating overwater villa at Langkawi, a fantastic beach destination with gorgeous white-sand shores. Do not be afraid to show off your Chanel swimwear on Langkawi’s beaches and sip cocktails until the summer is over. Sporty fashionistas will not be left out; Langkawi has excellent outdoor excursions like boat rides through mangrove forests, muddy ventures into paddy fields in search of freshwater molluscs, thrilling cable car rides and more water sports than the Bahamas.
Can you imagine a more picturesque destination to wear branded roxy bikinis than the stunning Maldives? Get away from it all to a mesmerizing resort island and laze your days away on a postcard perfect beach. Maldives is world famous for luxurious beach villas with dip pools, underwater restaurants, underwater bars and, of course, diving and snorkelling excursions. Try jet skiing or parasailing to lose the weight you will eventually gain munching on beachside snacks. Who knows, you might even meet an A-lister here.
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
Ditch the usual clichéd beach destinations and enjoy the warm tropical sun on the southern coast of the “pearl of the Indian Ocean.” Summer is the best time to visit the southern and western coasts of Sri Lanka, as the monsoon rains shift to the North-Eastern parts of the island in November. The famous down south beaches open up for tourists and uncountable beach parties are held to mark the occasion. The western coast of the island is heavily commercialised and crass, so the best chance to enjoy tropical scenery is to head over to the white-gold beach at Unawatuna. You can swim, sunbathe, and afterwards go on excursions to the indolent farming villages nearby to enjoy breathtaking scenery of serene paddy fields and stupas rising from hilltops in the distance.
Take out your classy monokinis to visit the enamouring Ngapali beach in Myanmar in the summer. No, you won’t find five-star beach resorts or Michelin-starred restaurants here. That is exactly what makes Ngapali such an alluring destinations for Aussies looking for a beach break away from the tourist hordes and drunken backpackers. Myanmar’s relative political isolation and almost closed-off borders has managed to protect Ngapali’s wide, feather-soft shores from the party crowds. Sun worshippers at Ngapali are greeted with somnolent scenery of coconut palms rustling in the sea breeze, fishermen dragging catch ashore and village women carrying baskets full of produce to their beach shacks. Simply put, it’s the most charming and perfect beach you’ll ever find on the Southeast Asian tourist trail.
Your parents in their hippie days probably enjoyed the golden beaches of Goa, and you will, too. This revered beach destination is ideal for Aussies who like to party, listen to music, eat and dance until dusk on an exotic beach. You can take your pick among all manners of hotels and guesthouses as your budget demands at Goa. The socially conservative attitudes of rest of India do not apply to Goa, so don’t worry about wearing that sexy Sea Dreamer swimsuit here (but no G-strings, please).
Don your flashiest swimsuit because it’s the festival time in Boracay, Philippines’ most famous beach destination. Santa-time doesn’t end in December for this islander nation, which celebrates the longest Christmas in the world starting from September and ending around mid-January. That means you can enjoy ebullient tribal celebrations honouring the miraculous powers of baby Jesus between the sunbathing sessions.
Yes, there are vacation destinations beyond Bali, and as you can see from the list above, some places can even be better.