Thanks to the Barbie movie, we seem to be seeing a lot of pink at the moment. Beyond its cinematic impact, Nature boasts several pink-sand beaches around the world that offer a unique, Barbie-inspired twist on the classic beach experience. Here are seven of our favourite pink beaches that are sure to leave you in awe and feeling inspired for your next beach holiday:
The islands of Bermuda are renowned for idyllic, year-round sunshine, lush tropical landscapes, and pastel-coloured houses – not to mention more than 30 beautiul beaches to choose from. The most remarkable of these is Horseshoe Bay, located on the south coast of the main island, where the sand is coloured a delicate shade of pink by tiny particles of crushed coral and shells. The bay’s crystal-clear waters are ideal for snorkelling or paddle-boarding, and the beach bar located at the end of the bay is the ideal spot to enjoy a barefoot cocktail after a blissful day in the sun.
As well as being home to the world’s largest lizard, Komodo Island National Park is also renowned for its vibrant, pink-sand beaches, including Pantai Merah on Komodo Island itself. The waters surrounding Komodo Island are turquoise-blue and filled with vividly coloured tropical fish, making it an incredible destination for snorkelling and scuba diving. One of the most popular ways to visit Komodo is by flying from Bali to the city of Labuan Bajo on the nearby island of Flores, then joining a boat tour to the national park.
Pink Sands Beach is a five-kilometre stretch of silky-soft pink sand near the northernmost tip of Harbour Island, which is one of more than 3000 islands and cays that comprise the Bahamas. The island is a mix of luxury resorts and charming beachfront cottages, with a laidback atmosphere that has made it a popular choice for honeymooners and celebrities. The beach is frequently rated among the top ten beaches in the world, while the clear blue waters that surround the island are teeming with life, making the island a favourite base for anyone eager to try their hand at deep-sea fishing.
Located on the southwestern coast of Crete, Elafonissi Beach is actually a tiny island that can be reached by wading across the shallow lagoon which separates it from the main island. As well as its distinctive pink sand, the beach is renowned for its unique fauna, which includes endangered sea turtles, seals and a variety of seabirds, while in springtime the island’s dunes are adorned with the delicate blossoms of sea daffodils. It’s a ninety-minute drive from the nearest major town of Chania, an ancient port city intersected by a maze of narrow alleys that are lined with bars, pastry shops and restaurants.
The Italian island of Budelli is part of the group of islands nestled between Sardinia and Corsica which comprise La Maddalena National Park, which is renowned for its delicate ecosystem and spectacular beaches. The most famous of these is Spiaggia Rosa: a crescent of rosy sand framed by a rocky coastline and surrounded by clear water that teems with marine life. To protect its pristine beauty, environmental regulations now prevent access to the beach itself, however a guided boat tour from the town of Olbia is still an essential component of any visit to Sardinia.
In a far-flung corner of French Polynesia, you’ll find a tiny atoll where Edith Piaf’s classic ‘La Vie en Rose’ takes on a more literal interpretation that the French songstress probably intended. Tikehau is one of 80 islands and atolls that form the Tuamotu Archipelago; its remote setting means that the beauty of its pink beaches remains relatively untouched by mass tourism. The island’s tranquil lagoon is a haven for snorkellers, while the deeper waters outside the reef are a magnet for deep-sea fisherman, but if you’re looking for a place to hide away from the world and simply soak up the beauty of this extraordinary place, the clue is in the name: Tikehau translates as ‘peaceful landing’.
Despite the impression created by its name, Grande Santa Cruz Island is a petite island of around 2.5 square kilometres that is encircled by more than six kilometres of beaches. Their distinctive rosy blush is caused by the blending of millions of fragments of crushed red organ pipe coral and soft white sand, creating an effect that is simply breathtaking. The island is located a short ferry journey from the city of Zamboanga in the southern region of the Philippines, where Spanish colonial forts mingle with spacious parks and bustling bazaars amidst a melting pot of cultures.
If our selection of the world’s most amazing pink beaches from Italy to Indonesia has left you feeling inspired, ask your personal travel manager about weaving a touch of pink magic into your next beach holiday.