Here’s my list of reviews. being an Aussie and a former surfer, I’m a damned fussy bastard when it comes to beaches. None of the below has surf by the way, cos, put simply Charlie don’t surf.
Puerto Galera - RP - Not been in years, but the beaches were spectacular.
Phu Quoc - Vietnam. Not been, but wanted to for eons. Friends went recently and loved it.
Mui Ne/Phan Thiet - Vietnam - Fairly crap beaches, oodles of rubbish in the water, etc. Quite chilled though.
Halong Bay - Vietnam - Lots of little coves and beaches. Hard to time the weather and the bay is not the cleanest. Chilled place though.
Koh Tao - Thailand - Good diving, great island with loads to entertain you in the non-beach time.
Koh Phangan - Thailand - North end of the island (away from the full-moon party). Beautiful beaches, cheap and chilled.
Perhentian Islands - Malaysia - Surprisingly fairly ordinary food. The islands aren’t inhabited during the typhoon season. Nice beaches and snorkeling.
Favourite beach in the world (to date)? Depot Beach South coast NSW, near Batemans Bay, Australia. You simply cannot get water any cleaner than this. Kangaroos grazing on the grass off the white sand, National park right down to the water line and huge trees. Oh, and quite often a nice fun wave for either body surfing or surfing proper in the bay itself, ot if not, almost certainly a surf nearby.