Nothing says summer quite like packing your bags, donning your shades and heading off to a faraway place for your own “island adventure”. While everyone else may be fighting the crowds or treading the “path most taken”, we have six islands you should consider if you’re ready to explore some truly spectacular destinations and do some “island hopping” of your own.
Extravagant Seclusion In The Maldives
Made up of nearly 2,000 islands, the Maldives is like a magical, unspoiled world. While most of the islands are inhabited by locals, there are quite a few that are home to resorts that solely cater to tourists. Case in point is the Hideaway Beach Resort and Spa which is an exclusive all-suite resort that delivers unsurpassed luxury. Expect butler service, over the water villas with their own private pool and Jacuzzi. When not pampering yourself at the spa, or dining at their gourmet restaurants, you can enjoy extensive water activities including fishing, diving and a range of exciting excursions.
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Surf’s Up In Fiji
The epitome of a tropical paradise, Fiji is a chain of more than 300 islands in the Pacific Ocean. Coveted for its sun-drenched landscapes, palm-lined beaches, blue lagoons and coral reefs; there is nowhere else you want to be if you are looking to catch some waves. If you’re up to the challenge, head to Cloudbreak which is a famous surf spot regarded as one of the top ten most challenging places to surf in the world.
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Get Seduced By The Seychelles
If you’ve never heard of this archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean near the coast of East Africa, you are in for a treat. This island getaway is home to countless beaches, coral reefs, nature reserves and the indigenous giant Aldabra tortoise. Make your way to the Hilton Northolme Resort and Spa. Comprised of private villas perched on the lush hillside or nestled in the secluded beach coves of Beau Vallon Bay, this is a lavish resort on every level. There is no better place than the Seychelles to relax with a cool drink and take in magnificent views of the stars as you watch the sun sink into the enchanting Indian Ocean.
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Corsican Culture And History
Corsica is a French island located in the Mediterranean sea west of the Italian Peninsula, and south of the French mainland. Famous for its seafood, architecture, and sites such as the Porto-Vecchio Marina, St. Jean-Baptiste Church and Cala Rossa Beach. Brimming with history, culture and European charm, it exudes a sense of sophistication. You’ll want to stay at the at Casadelmar in Porto-Vecchio which puts you right next to a golf course and boasts a private beach. You can unwind with your favorite cocktail at the poolside bar or simply enjoy the high-end amenities this hotel has to offer along with its convenient location that puts you in the middle of everything.
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Off The Beaten Track In Maui
While Maui is undoubtedly one of the most beloved and well-visited islands in Hawaii, there are more than a few things you can do off the beaten track. A surfer’s paradise known for its white sand beaches, most people never visit Wai’anapanapa Black Sand Beach. It’s easy to miss on the “Road to Hana”, but you will find it at mile marker 32. It is just a short walk down a somewhat steep path that leads to a breathtakingly beautiful beach of shiny black sand. It’s a sight to see as the blue waves crash onto the black shore leaving behind a frothy white sea foam as they recede. Another side trip along Hana road is the Pipiwai hiking trail that leads to the majestic Bamboo Forest. It’s truly awe-inspiring as you find yourself enveloped in a sea of green trees. Both of these unforgettable experiences are bound to leave an impression that will last a lifetime.
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Rebalancing In Bali
If sheer escapism is what you are after, consider a holiday at Soori Bali which is located on the edge of the Indian Ocean between Mount Batukaru and a series of hauntingly beautiful terraced rice fields. Committed to being an environmentally conscious and sustainable hotel, they source as much as they can locally including their craftsman, staff, and cuisine. Even the restaurants use organic produce from nearby farms. All of the villas feature private pools with sweeping vistas that you won’t soon forget. This is an ideal location if you want to reconnect with nature, enrich the spirit and nourish your mind and body in a tranquil and luxurious environment. You can additionally enjoy activities such as Bath and Breakfast with Elephants In Ubud or experience rafting in Telaga Waja River with HotelQuickly’s sister company eOasia.
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Melissa is a passionate foodie, travel writer, and editor working in media internationally and in the USA. She has lived in Bangkok since 2004 and has a background in the travel industry. Melissa’s writing has been published globally in many prestigious online and print magazines for over a decade. Her motto for life is “You cannot live or love well if you have not wined and dined well!”