Travel Notes


With turquoise waters and deserted beaches, it’s no wonder these famous movie locations jump straight to our bucket lists.

Time to grab your suitcase, here’s our top ten movie beaches.

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Despite this movie’s frothy concoction of fabulous ABBA hits and an all star, dancing cast, nothing steals the limelight from the natural beauty and greenery of Greek island, Skopelos.

This peaceful, unspoilt island nestled off the east coast Greek mainland is home to fictional, Kalokairi, where Sophie is searching for her Father and Donna (Meryl Streep) is searching for her flares.

Kastani Beach, with turquoise, calm waters, sandy, pebbled beach and spectacular view is where Tanya performs show stopping ‘Does Your Mother Know’.  It’s also the spot for Sophie and Sky’s stag night version of ‘Lay All Your Love on Me’.

Mamma Mia and sleepy Skopelos have inspired balmy Greek Island holidays for the past decade and we can’t wait to see where the sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, takes us next. The movie will be in cinemas from July 20th.

Petit Tabac, St Vincent and The Grenadines
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Thrown overboard by Barbossa, Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swann are stranded on Rum-runner’s Isle, or it’s non-Disney name, Petit Tabac, in the Southern Grenadines.

Johnny Depp’s legendary line “Why has all the rum gone?” was spoken on these powder white sands after Elizabeth burns the booty to create a signal fire.

Famous for it’s ultra clear water and fine coral reef we’re more likely to ask ‘why would you leave’?

The good news is, Petit Tabac, is still paradise thanks to the protection of the Tobago Cays Marine Park.

Maya Bay, Phi Phi Leh, Thailand

Backpacker, Leonardo DiCaprio, is searching for ‘something real’ as he arrives in Thailand long before the days of Instagram and selfie sticks.

His secret map delivers what it promises – a pristine hidden beach and lagoon in the form of the stunning beautiful, Maya Bay.  No Hollywood special effects required for this naturally breathtaking location.

The underwater swimming scene with All Saints’ Pure Shores soundtrack is enough to have you booking flights in a matter of hours.

Maya Bay is no longer a secluded location but still a definite bucket list destination, despite the visitors this movie has brought.

Note:  Maya Bay is closed to the public from June-September 2018 to preserve the natural beauty and allow the island to recover from the volume of tourists.

Albany House, New Providence, Bahamas

Possibly the most defining moment of his James Bond career as Daniel Craig emerges from the azure waters of the Bahamas onto the white sands of Albany House beachfront.

Whilst the movie’s hotel location was the One&Only Ocean Club (now the Four Seasons), this piece of cinema gold was filmed on the private sands of the uber-exclusive, Albany House.  Only private members or residents can access this stunning beach location.  Best start the Holiday savings fund now.

Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia, Greece

As Italian army captain, Corelli, falls in love with the local doctor’s daughter, Penelope Cruz, we fall in love with this beautiful island.

A number of locations are used to tell the story of Kefalonia’s troubled past.  Myrtos beach, with it’s mile and a half arc of dazzling white sandy pebbles, is the spectacular setting where the Italian soldiers entertain their ladies and the spot where Nicholas Cage detonates the unexploded bomb.

The dramatic location between vertical, rocky cliffs offers jaw dropping vantage points but road test your hire car before the steep descent to this unique location.


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After 4 years marooned on a desert island, with only ‘Wilson’ the volleyball to keep him company, Tom Hanks gains an Oscar nomination and an impressive beard.

The crystal blue sea, fresh coconuts and palm trees swaying in the warm, South Pacific breeze are truly idyllic.  Monuriki is just as spectacular beneath the water with magnificent sea life and coral reef.

It was on these very shores that Hanks and his closest pal depart on a raft with the line “Don’t worry Wilson, I’ll do all the paddling.  You just hang on”.

Hop on a boat to this uninhabited island from the neighbouring Mamanuca group of Fijian islands for a real Robinson Crusoe experience, no raft required.

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Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow are the epitome of holiday chic as they lap up La Dolce Vita amid the blue waters and awe-inspiring landscape of sun-drenched Italy in the 1950’s.

Bagno Antonio is the beach location where Matt Damon contrives his first meeting with glamorous socialites, Dickie and Marge. “Did you ever see a guy so white Marge”? asks Dickie as he tops up his impossibly golden tan.

With a cast as beautiful as the destination, this movie makes us want to grab our Vespa and head off for an Italian road trip.

Nanuya Levu, Fiji

It’s hard to believe Brook Shields was only 14 when this movie was made, but who can remember a time when Blue Lagoon didn’t feature on our destination bucket list?

Nanuya Levu in Fiji was the location chosen for this authentic, lush tropical island on which the shipwrecked cousins were marooned upon.  Almost 40 years on and the breathtaking scenery in this movie still inspires the most seasoned of travellers.

This private island is now nurtured by the luxury Turtle Island resort and is considered one of the most sought after destinations in the world.  Home to only 14 couples at a time, it looks like this piece of paradise will stay on our bucket lists for a very long time.

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Roger Moore retrieves a spent golden bullet from a belly dancer in Beirut, leading him across South East Asia and eventually reaches the beautiful Phang Nga Bay by seaplane.  Isn’t that how all good holiday stories start?

Phang Nga Bay boat tours are more than just a beach destination.  Sail through azure waters to lush tropical islands and caves of this beautiful National Park.  Take a canoe around the mangrove jungles and stunning limestone rock formations, the most famous of all being James Bond Island.

Make your secret gadget a private boat to avoid the crowds.

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Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr’s passionate embrace on Halona Beach is probably the most famous movie beach scene of all time.

Yes this black and white movie is over 60 years old but standing on the beautiful Halona Cove in Oahu is like stepping into movie history.

Often referred to as Eternity Beach, this picturesque sandy beach is surrounded by a rocky cove, not always suitable for swimming but Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr didn’t seem to notice the waves.

What’s on your Bucket List?