The best beach towels for basking on

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, which will be just at home on the sand as they will in the Great British countryside. 



1. The ultimate escape 

Ted Baker Beach Towel 

This towel utters the words we've long-been dreaming off, while its soft palette of greys, pink and turquoise will complement almost any swimwear in your collection. 

Hotel Collection, Escape Beach Towel, £18


2. Lush life

Biba Paradise Palms Beach Towel


What’s a tropical escape without a palm print or two? This cool monochrome version of the ever-popular pattern feels like it's just stepped out of a Fitzgerald novel. 

Biba, Paradise Palms Beach Towel, £18


3. A moment's peace 

Hotel Collection Do Not Disturb Beach Towel

Treat this chic monochrome towel’s message as tongue-in-cheek and resist pointing to it throughout the day. All that's left to do? Sit back and relax. 

Hotel Collection, Do Not Disturb Beach Towel, £18


4. I'm with the brand 

Calvin Klein CK Icon Beach Towel

Pledge your allegiance to your favourite all-American label with this simple but effective Calvin Klein beach towel. Prefer things a bit more low-key? Opt for it in a more subtle monochrome. 

Calvin Klein, CK Icon Beach Towel, £40


5. Free spirit

Biba Slogan 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?

Biba, Slogan Beach Towel, £18


6. Fruity and fun

Linea Kids Holiday Beach Towel


This pineapple print beach towel is a little slice of paradise (sorry). It’s a quirky option for anywhere exotic – or for your pretending you're somewhere altogether more tropical - and will suit little ones down to a T. 

Linea, Kids' Holiday Beach Towel, £14


7. Chase the rainbow 

Sonia Rykiel Logomania 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.

Sonia Rykiel, Logomania Beach Towel, £35.60


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

Biba Hidden Leopard 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.

Biba, Hidden Leopard Beach Towel £18


10. Sunshine stripes

Paul Smith Multi Stripe Towel


Crafted from luxuriously soft cotton, this towel from Paul Smith is everything you'd expect. Especially when you throw in the brand's signature stripes. 

Paul Smith, Multi Stripe Towel, £76