Torre Guaceto—Carovigno, Mallorca, Spain
With over 120 beaches edging the island, Mallorca means never having to worry about sharing a patch of sand with fellow visitors. The beaches here come in all shapes and sizes: vast swaths of golden sand, tiny slivers of fine white powder, secret pebbly coves you can only get to by boat, stretches of coast that have easy access to town—take your pick. While the Bay of Palma is gorgeous, we’re bigger fans of the beaches in Serra de Tramuntana, the northwestern coast of the island. One is Cala Tuent, tucked into the coastline about an hour north of Port de Soller, its white sand surrounded by the wooded slopes of the Tramuntana mountains. Others include Cala Formentor, Port de Pollença, and our favorite, Cala Deia (above). The shingle beach may not have a mile of sand, but the water is perfectly clear and the view is unbeatable.
Where to stay: Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa. It’s perched atop a cliff overlooking the village of Port Soller, which has avoided overdevelopment. It’s Mediterranean perfection, with ancient stone buildings—the towering church was first built in the 13th century—trendy tapas bars, hidden cafés, and air scented by the surrounding orange groves.