Walk straight onto the sand from these seaside boltholes
This architectural masterpiece of a villa is just 80m from a secluded surf beach in a protected reserve. Stylishly decorated with retro furniture, nature's own creations - miniature penguins - are right on your doorstep.
While you're there… Explore Philip Island: meet the fur seals at Nobbies Centre and koalas on bush walks. Buzzy Melbourne is 90 minutes away.
From A$300 (£193) pn, min two nights; www.thelastbeachhouse.com.au
This stylish beach villa for two has its own pool and private garden; peer through the palm trees (perhaps from your veranda hammock) to see the white sand and ocean beyond. The house steward can cook up a mean curry, while the night watchman will keep the local monkeys at bay.
While you're there… Historic Galle is minutes away, home to 300-year-old Galle Fort. Explore the temples hidden among the paddy fields and learn to dive among the wrecks and coral reefs.
From US$300 (£187) pn; www.thebeachhutgalle.com
Sit on the enormous terrace of this Maghreb-inspired cottage and gaze across to the twinkling lights of Africa, with just the ocean and stars for company. The interior feels cool and fresh, with a dash of the exotic; the location peaceful and spectacular.
While you're there… Take the neighbours' Andalucían horses out for a ride, pop to Bolonia for beer and tapas, and visit the quaint fishing town of Tarifa for kite-surfing.
From €100pn (£86); www.i-escape.com/casita-la-laguna/overview
This classic 1920s clapperboard hut nestles at the foot of a dramatic rocky amphitheatre. Inside it's simple seaside chic: wooden floors, rustic furniture, a cosy wood-burning stove. Outside, the wild Cornish coast awaits
While you're there… Stroll sections of the South West Coast Path or head out to sea with a local expert in search of basking sharks. The beaches and bars of Bude are 8km away.
From £1,120 for three nights; www.thebeachhut.uniquehomestays.com
Set in wildlife-rich Quirimbas National Park, this small, intimate ecolodge is deservedly award-winning. Swahili-influenced individual bandas (thatched villas) are high-roofed, with alfresco bathrooms for showers under the stars and loos with spectacular sea views.
While you're there… Dive, snorkel and sail the Quirimbas, the largest marine protected area in Africa - home to pristine coral, five species of turtles and (Jul-Nov) humpback whales.
From US$245 (£156) pppn including meals and activities; www.guludo.com
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