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Hawaii may sound like a tramline destination and certainly Waikiki Beach on Oahu draws crowds, but for something a bit different try Lanai, a private island off the coast of Maui which is so exclusive that you wont be bothered by crowds simply because not enough people go there to fill up the beaches. Stay at the Four Seasons Lanai an exclusive paradise on the shores of the perfect Hulopoe Beach (which is owned by billionaire Larry Ellison).

This resort which offers top-rated dining, a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, a pristine pool and spa and of course, a perfect golden sand beach, Hulopoe Beach on Manele Bay, reached by a small track down from the hotel (it only takes about a minute to get there) that you can enjoy virtually to yourself. This beach also has some rock pools to explore at the far end if you dare.. last time I was there I swear I saw a brightly coloured sea snake lounging in one of the tide pools pictured above (ugh!).

Uniquely you can trek the mountains here for a different experience. These can be found in the centre of the island and offer a more temperate looking forest and immense views over gorges.

This beach features in our 10 best beaches in the United States and you may be interested in my best secret beaches in America, my secret beaches in California and my 5 most remote beaches on earth.

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