Tiny grains of sand crunching beneath your toes. Salty, breezy ocean air. The sound of waves crashing in the distance, families laughing, palm trees swaying and the soothing light of the sun landing softly on your cheeks. You can’t quite recreate this feeling… but we can still dream, right? So, since we’ve all been longing for that long-lost by-the-beach buzz, we’re taking to the sofa to recreate that holiday feeling, with the best beachy books and films we could find. Here’s our top 7 books and films to give you that holiday feeling, from the comfort of your home!
1. Mama Mia
Set on the fictional Greek island ‘Kalokairi’, Mama Mia has us dreaming of holidays in a heartbeat! Escape to the aquamarine shores of this idyllic greek paradise for a two-hour vacay, and feel the beachy vibes in full flow. This feel-good classic is guaranteed to leave you feeling sunny inside. Admire pretty white-washed tavernas, gorgeous golden sands and romantic summer evenings. Greece’s good looking shorelines are guaranteed to get you in the holiday mood.
2. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Say Aloha to Hawaii, as we follow a star-studded cast over to the birthplace of floral shirts and hula skirts for a one-of-a-kind island adventure. See comedy legend Jason Segel cross the waters to the beach resort of daydreams with blazing sunshine, tropical palm trees and around the clock cocktails. Where he ditches the dull day-to-day in an attempt to get over his recent heartbreak. We don’t blame him. After all, everything’s better on the beach. So kick back, relax, put your feet up and grab a drink, you’ll be in the Hawaiian holiday spirit before you know it.
3. Eat Pray Love
Whether you’re a book worm or a film fanatic, Eat Pray Love ticks both boxes, as an award-winning movie and a big-hit novel. If you’ve been longing for an overdue adventure, then this one’s for you. We get a fly-on-the-wall seat following Elizabeth Gilbert as she embarks on an envious escapade. From the home of all our favourite carbs in Italy to the spiritual utopia of India and the blissful Indonesian beauty spot that is Bali! Settle in on the sofa for some of the world’s most stunning scenery, and the best part? You won’t even have to lift a finger.
4. The Inbetweeners
Join the Inbetweeners boys for a boozy adventure in the land of five euro fishbowls, wild boat parties and lively megaclubs blasting big tunes till the early hours of the morning. It has to be Magaluf of course. The land of the lads and girls holiday and the place where just about anything goes. There’s no other place we’d rather see the hilarious foursome. This utterly outrageous comedy is sure to have you in high-holiday-like spirits in no time. But we can’t promise you won’t find yourself dropping a message in the group chat afterwards to arrange your next all-mates getaway.
5. Couples Retreat
Get transported to a tropical paradise in this classic rom-com, set on the picture-perfect island of Eden. With its vast azure waters, laid-back vibes and powder-soft beaches, it’s like a scene from heaven. But for now, Couples Retreat is about as good as we can get. With a cast bursting with Hollywood stars, entrancing summer settings and a hilarious holiday-themed pot – we’re all for it!
6. Beach Read
Released in 2020, this light-hearted novel by Emily Henry topped the charts, mentally transporting us to sun, sand and sea when we couldn’t live out our real-life beach fantasies. Recognised by The New York Times and Oprah’s Magazine, Beach Read follows a romance writer on her quest to break free from her writer’s block by the healing powers of the sea. If you’ve been craving sand between your toes, fresh ocean air and sunkissed skin – this one is for you.
Featuring quite possibly one of the most iconic beach scenes of all time, of course, Baywatch had to make it on the list. Set in sunny Florida, this action-packed comedy is centred around all things beachy; with ocean waves, sun rays and beachside fun at the heart of it all. Plus, with a cast full of Hollywood favourites like Zac Efron and The Rock, staring in this exciting remake, we’re set for a two-hour slice of beachfront action.
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