• Guludo, Mozambique
  • Casita la Laguna, Spain
  • The Beach House, Bude, Cornwall

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Walk straight onto the sand from these seaside boltholes

1 The Last Beachhouse, Phillip Island, Australia

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

2 The Beach Hut, nr Galle, Sri Lanka

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

3 Casita La Laguna, nr Tarifa, Spain

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

4 The Beach Hut, nr Bude, Cornwall

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

5 Guludo Beach Lodge, Mozambique

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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