Five new villas, swimming pool and café-bar make up BanSala (bansala.com), a new resort on Peroulia Beach near Koroni, southern Peloponnese.
Two minutes from La Concha beach, the Kaixo Backpackers Hostel (hostelworld.com) at San Sebastian in the Basque country rents surfboards as well as rooms.
The recently restored Aqualuz Resort (sunvil.co.uk/ alentejo) on the white-sand beaches of the Troia Peninsula has luxury accommodation, watersports, tennis courts and an 18-hole golf course.
Villa Kynthia (i-escape.com), a 19th-century merchant's house in Panormos, near Rethymnon, is now home to a five-room guesthouse with courtyard and swimming pool, a short walk from two sandy beaches.
Retreat to the beach of Conca Verde, near Santa Teresa, and you could stay at La Coluccia (essentialitaly.co.uk), a boutique hotel with infinity pool, small spa and restaurant.
Aman Sveti Stefan (originaltravel.co.uk) is the luxury hotel group's first resort in Europe. It is set on a rocky outcrop surrounded by beaches, a Unesco Heritage Site where a 15th-century fortress once stood.
On the esplanade at Criccieth, with views across Cardigan Bay, the Caerwylan Hotel (caerwylan.com) is a stylish beachfront choice for those on a budget.
Stay at the newly refurbished Falconara Resort (expertoitaly.com) next to an old castle on the island's south coast. It has 65 remodelled rooms and its own beach.
The St Moritz Hotel and Cowshed spa (stmoritzhotel .co.uk), near Rock in North Cornwall, has rooms, apartments and self-catering villas with direct access to sandy beaches.
Private rooms or bargain dormitory beds available just off the beach at Vertigo Vieux Port, Marseille (hostelworld.com).