Secluded, exclusive, under-the-radar beaches can be found just out of sight in popular coastal destinations from Bali to Brazil.
Praia Vermelha, Botafogo, Rio, Brazil
Finding a quiet beach in Brazil’s Ciudad Maravillosa is no easy task, nor is leaving behind the açai stands of Rio’s more popular and service-forward beaches. But your reward for hoofing it afar is the ultimate anti-Ipanema beach, which is somehow still a well-kept secret despite being next to Copacabana Beach. The red sands, kayaks for rent, and the beautiful Sugarloaf Mountain lording above make you feel 1,000 miles away. Belmond Copacabana Palace, just two miles away, has long defined luxury in Rio de Janeiro. The iconic 239-room Art Deco property is a member of Belmond and its restaurant Mee was among the first in Brazil to receive a Michelin star. Rooms, from $474; Ave. Atlântica 1702; 55-21/548-7070 or 800-237-1236; belmond.com.