Asia: which are the most beautiful beaches in the world?

Discover a continent overflowing with idyllic beaches blending white sand and translucent waters.

From Indonesia to Thailand, via Malaysia, Japan and China, Asia has more than its fair share of idyllic beaches. The ideal spot for relaxation and idleness or to take part in numerous water sports. Here are some of the most beautiful on the continent.

The beaches of Indonesia, ideal for relaxation and contemplation

Made up of numerous exotic islands, Indonesia is home to some of the loveliest beaches in Asia. Immaculate sand, turquoise waters, lush vegetation: a real Garden of Eden awaits you.

In Bali, the Indian Ocean invites you to swim in its crystal-clear waters and offers surfers the perfect surface. Looking for some great waves? Close to the Club Med Resort in Bali, is Seminyak Beach, the longest and most famous on the island, which offers you the chance to hone your surfing* skills and show off your talents.

Head for Bintan Island and chill out while watching the sun rise or set. At the Club Med Bintan Island Resort, you can practise yoga on the beach surrounded by the luxuriant semi-wild vegetation, with your eyes focused on the South China Sea.

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The beaches of Malaysia and Thailand, a combination of adventure and immersion in nature

Thailand and Malaysia in South-East Asia offer fantastic coastlines.

Amongst the most beautiful beaches in Malaysia is Pantaï, located just a stone's throw from the Club Med Cherating Beach Resort. Fine sand and crystal-clear waters against a backdrop of verdant jungle. Enjoy a swim with your partner in this unspoilt natural setting. From May to October, help the baby sea turtles on their perilous journey to the ocean.

Head for the famous island of Phuket. Surrounded by turquoise waters, its reputation for being home to the most beautiful beaches in Thailand is well-deserved. Spread out your towel on the fine sand of Kata Beach, part of the Club Med Resort, and obey the call of the Andaman Sea. Go scuba diving and explore the treasures of the deep*. Head out from the beach to meet barracudas and turtles and watch the aquatic ballet of the colourful tropical fish.

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Thematic section - China and Japan: beaches with the feel of a Hawaiian paradise

China and Japan also have dreamy coastal landscapes to offer.

Explore the city of Sanya in the far south of the island of Hainan, edged by the South China Sea. Nicknamed the Hawaii of the Orient for its tropical climate similar to that of the Caribbean, it offers white sand and celadon blue waters against a backdrop of lush vegetation. Relax in the shade of your parasol on the beach at the Club Med Sanya Resort. Try windsurfing and head for the little islands whose reflections sparkle on the surface of the sea.

In Japan, head for Ishigaki Island, less than 100 kilometres from Taiwan. Fine sand, turquoise waters, mountainsides covered in lush vegetation: feast your eyes on the incredible natural diversity that the island has to offer. Its transparent waters and vast colonies of corals also make it the perfect spot for diving and snorkelling. Head for the Pacific and enjoy the beach at the Club Med Kabira Ishigaki Resort. Split your time between relaxation and water sports activities like stand-up paddleboard, windsurfing and diving* with the amazing manta rays.

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