The best beach towels for basking on

So long, city break – nothing buoys our mood more than the sight of a beach towel atop our freshly packed suitcase. If you need us this summer, we’ll be parked on one of these beach-ready beauties.



1. Retro revival

Ted Baker Beach Towel 

If you already have a vintage-inspired, high-waisted bikini or one-piece ready for your holiday, then these retro bathing beauties will match your vibe perfectly.

Ted Baker Beach Towel, £40


2. Lush Life

Linea Paradise Orange Beach Towel


What’s a tropical escape without a palm print or two? This lush version of the ever-popular pattern feels totally fresh in sunset orange.

Linea, Paradise Orange Beach Towel, £12


3. First dibs

Linea Reserved Beach Towel


Treat this chic monochrome towel’s message as tongue-in-cheek and resist flinging over a hotel sun lounger at 9am. Just staking out the best spots on the beach? Well, in that case…

Linea, Reserved Beach Towel, £12


4. Beautiful boho

Yves Delorme Apparat Towel


This bohemian design takes inspiration from the beautifully ornate Kashmiri patterns of Asian ceremonial fabrics. It’ll feel right at home by a pool in the Maldives.

Yves Delorme, Apparat Towel, £99.95


5. Free spirit

Tommy Hilfiger Playful Beach Towel


We couldn’t have put it better ourselves. Park yourself on this colour block option and the ice-cold gin and tonic in hand is practically compulsory. Now, where’s the beach bar?

Tommy Hilfiger, Playful Beach Towel, £60


6. Fruity and fun

Biba Pineapple Beach Towel


This pineapple print beach towel is a little slice of paradise (sorry). It’s a quirky option for anywhere exotic – think South Africa, Brazil or a Caribbean hideaway.

Biba, Pineapple Beach Towel, £18


7. Art attack

Boss Wavy flag beach towel


Looking for something that’s fit for the fash pack? This vibrant and versatile wave design would be just as much at home on the Amalfi coast as it would be rolled out on a British beach.

Boss, Wavy flag beach towel, £69


8. Deco design

Biba Logo Beach Towel


Côte-d'Azur, here we come. Oh, no yacht? No problem - this beach towel’s luxe deco print is channelling more than enough ‘20s glamour.

Biba, Logo Beach Towel, £18


9. Animal instinct

Olivier Desforge Abyssin beach towel


One of the chicest styles that we've (ahem) spotted, has to be leopard print. That’s a summer trend ticked off before you’ve even cracked out your new holiday wardrobe.

Olivier Desforge, Abyssin beach towel £50


10. Sunshine stripes

Dock and Bay Beach Towel


After a day at the beach, you want your towel to dry ASAP. Luckily, this one is super quick-drying, sand-proof and comes with a compact pouch to stash in your beach bag.

Dock and Bay, Beach Towel, £22