Some people get out the Frisbee. Others prefer to lie comfortably on a lounger. When most Australians hit the beach, however, they have just one thing in mind: plunging into the water.
This is a much loved, classic resort that has played host to everyone from Leonardo DiCaprio, Pierce Brosnan and Elizabeth Taylor.
There's something incredibly decadent about being able to play blackjack in the waters of a tropical paradise.
To the left of the lobby you've got the white-sand beach and, to your right, the calm lagoon.
Mal Chenu visits an easy-to-reach resort where guests hand-feed dolphins and get up close to migrating humpback whales.
Fiji's Castaway Island is back in business after it's post-cyclone renovation.
There is one week a year where you can have the most fun on Hamilton Island.
This unspoilt haven for surfers with a thriving local culture also happens to be home to the best hotel in the world.
This island utopia is so special it even has its own time zone.
Just two hours from LA, this is the ideal add-on to a trip to the US west coast.
On Australia's doorstep is a little-known island where the world's best hotel can be found.
Islands & beaches
Australia has more than 8000 islands to choose from. Here are the 10 best for a holiday.