There's something about islands that makes them ideal for an ultimate getaway.
With a coveted feeling of being cast away in a little corner of paradise, islands provide a stress free escape.
From slivers of silver sand to subterranean volcanoes, these are our top picks of luxury island getaways for an idyllic escape.
1) The Galapagos Islands
Experience a truly unique wildlife encounter on the Galapagos Islands. The lack of predators in this nature’s paradise means travellers can get up close to a plethora of fearless animals. Here, nature enthusiasts can spot everything from birdlife to seals, iguanas to penguins.
The nature walks, fantastic snorkelling and diverse range of flora and fauna also make these islands an incredible destination for family cruises.
2) Mauritius, Africa
The magnificent Mauritius lies 2,000 miles off the African coast. A jewel in the Indian Ocean that’s widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places on the planet, Mauritius is truly out of this world. Luxurious and beautiful, this four-island nation has it all.
There is plenty to keep you occupied in this island paradise; indulge in superb dining, get active with endless water sports or simply relax along the shores of sun-kissed beaches.
3) Java, Indonesia
On the astonishing Indonesian island of Java, 121 volcanoes create an eye-popping landscape and the ancient Borobudur Temple provides an intense and uplifting experience. As the largest and oldest Buddhist structure, this 9th century temple is a must-see during your time here.
As a land full of hidden treasures, there are many other gems waiting to be discovered in Java. Elephant safaris, horseback rides, treks and visits to fragrant tea plantations are just some of the adventures on offer here.
The Best of the Rest
It would be hard to pick one island out of Fiji’s 300-strong archipelago; with so many white sandy beaches, peaceful lagoons and sun-drenched havens to choose from, you’re spoilt for choice. Choose an all-inclusive private island resort such as Kokomo to switch off and enjoy an idyllic escape in paradise.
5) Easter Island, Chile
For a completely different and wonderfully enigmatic island escape, head to Easter Island. Based in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, this remote hideaway is famous for its giant stone Maoi statues. Once you’ve seen the impressive statues, trek and mountain bike around incredible volcanic craters, or simply relax on the beach.
6) North Island, The Seychelles
If you’re after a dreamy tropical vacation, the Seychelles’ North Island is sure to impress. A real private paradise, this Eden-like island enjoys a warm climate all year and has just one hotel, promising utter exclusivity. Whether you wish to while away your days lazing on fine white sands, or you’re eager to discover the vivid coral reefs on exciting dives, North Island offers complete castaway luxury.
7) Lombok, Indonesia
Lush rice paddies, swaying palm trees, dense jungle and the mighty Mount Rinjani fill this Indonesian island’s landscape. The rugged natural beauty of untouched Lombok is entirely charming and boasts some of the region’s most idyllic beaches – a favourite is Suri beach. Peaceful and picturesque, Lombok is also close to the three Gili islands, where an astonishing underwater world awaits keen snorkelers and divers.
8) Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar
If you fancy adding on the perfect island escape to your exciting safari, then look to Zanzibar. Set off the Tanzanian coast, amid the sapphire blue Indian Ocean, is a true slice of African beach bliss. Besides its picture-perfect scenery, a stay here also offers an insight into the local culture. Once a major cultural and commercial crossroads, Zanzibar’s colourful influences can still be seen and enjoyed in the UNESCO site of Stone Town.
9) Ambergris Caye, Belize
Step into the relaxed, warm rhythm of Caribbean life on Ambergris Caye. Its calm, clear and balmy waters offer a wealth of colourful coral and sealife, with the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef close by. Whilst snorkelling and scuba diving will keep the adventurers entertained, the soft sands and laid back vibe mean Ambergris Caye is perfect for island lazing too.
10) Koh Samui, Thailand
The much loved Koh Samui sits prettily in the turquoise waters of the Andaman sea, close to limestone pinnacles and an aquatic haven. With hourly flights to and from Bangkok, Samui is an accessible island escape, while the hotels found here offer both style and indulgence.
11) Miavana, Nosy Ankao, Madagascar
Redefining luxury, privacy and island bliss, this private island just off the coast of Madagascar is accessible only by helicopter and is characterised by its pristine sandy beaches, sparkling turquoise bays and reefs. A stay in one of its 14 vast villas will provide you with the ultimate Indian Ocean romantic getaway.
12) The Brando, French Polynesia
This idyllic resort has been long beloved by Tahitian royalty. Now, The Brando’s name refers to the fact Marlon Brando fell head over heels for it and turned it into his own luxurious private resort. Lying 30 miles north east of Tahiti, this expansive resort is every bit as beautiful as it sounds. Timbered villas blend seamlessly into tropical vegetation, allowing guests to sink straight into the natural beauty and culture of the island.
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