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Sun, sea & cycling

Posted in SPORTS & ACTIVITIES By Maggie O' Sullivan

Photo: Rutger Geleijnse/Unsplash

Love the idea of a cycling trip, but always end up booking a beach holiday? Plenty of luxury resorts provide bikes these days, making it easy to combine the two. Here are five to ring your bell.Cycling, Jumby Bay, AntiguaJumby Bay is a 300-acre private island resort two miles off the coast of Antigua. The colonial-style accommodation is scattered across the island and the best way to explore the lush landscape, as well as to reach the pools, the beaches and the restaurants, is to cycle. All of the rooms and suites provide bicyles on a complimentary basis.Cycling, Sani Resort, GreeceSani Resort on Greece’s Kassandra peninsula is five properties arranged around a glamorous marina lined with boutiques, shops and restaurants. You’ve always been able to hire bikes but this year the resort has launched a KTM bike club to offer a unique cycling experience. You can take lessons with KTM-certified instructors and there are twice-weekly mountain bike tours and weekly fat bike beach tour or head off for the day on a KTM e-bike with a picnic.Cycling, LUX Mare, MauritiusLUX* Belle Mare is set amid tropical gardens on the beautiful east coast of Mauritius. Here, guests are provided with distinctive red bicycles by the cool, New York-based Martone Cycling Co. The hotel offers a guided bike tour of ‘real Mauritius’, a 6km journey taking in the tiny fishing village of Trou d’Eau Douce, along the rugged coastline and past local farms, with stops for Malai Chai along the way.Cycling, Shangri-la Villingili Resort, MaldivesMost resorts in the Maldives are too small for cycling but Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort, in the heart-shaped Addu Atoll, is an exception. Guests can take a guided cycle tour of five local villages, known collectively as Addu City, which are linked by bridges.Cycling at COMO Parrot Cay, Turks & CaicosCOMO Parrot Cay is an award-winning resort in Turks & Caicos. Set on a private island of 1,000 acres with a mile-long beach, it offers a network of biking trails leading through tropical forests and coconut and banana plantations. Complimentary cruiser bikes are available on a first come basis.

BY MAGGIE O'SULLIVAN

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