We all dream of paradise; that still, serene place where we can finally breathe and feel one with nature. Time away from the rat race of daily life, and finding even the simplest ways of managing stress is vital to health of body, mind and soul. One way of achieving this is by investing in a vacation that immerses you in nature. Taking in fresh air, being surrounded by raw beauty and the quiet that only nature can provide is the greatest gift you can give yourself, and we believe an island getaway is exactly where you’ll find all this and more.
- Thanda Island, Tanzania
Thanda Island is a beautiful island surrounded by glorious white sands, tall palm trees and crystal clear waters. The waters are so clear that you can see the stunning coral reefs and beautiful coloured tropical fish and turtles from Thanda Islands’ pool deck! But we’d, of course, still highly recommend you take a swim, snorkel or scuba dive to really experience the burst of life beneath the waters.
The only way to access this island is either by boat or helicopter, giving you complete privacy from the minute you arrive to the moment you leave. This is a private island resort that really lives up to the expectation of ultimate privacy and exclusivity. You’ll also have an entire five bedroom suited villa to yourself (and your guests, should you have a party with you). You’ll be cared for and catered to every minute of the day, with private spa therapists on call, room service, pool service, butlers and hostesses to ensure your stay is the most relaxing and most memorable. The activities are also extraordinary – you can go boating, fishing, kayaking, scuba diving or do yoga on the beach with a trained instructor.
- Easter Island
Easter Island is not very popular, perhaps because it’s one of the smallest on earth, but it is slowly becoming one of great interest to those looking for adventure and who are intrigued by ancient civilisations. Located off the coast of Chile, approximately two thousand miles from the mainland is the remote Pacific island which is a World Heritage Site. There are many archaeological sites on the island as well as ancient statues called Moai, constructed by the islands’ inhabitants during the 13th-16th centuries. This is an experience that most adventurous travellers and history enthusiasts have on their travel to do lists because it’s more than just the expressionless moai statue faces, it is a place of stories and ancient heritage. Easter Island also has stunning beaches, stone villages, lava tunnels, large extinct volcanic crates, diverse landscapes with rocky rugged cliffs and concealed coves along its coastline – and to top it all off the delicious seafood cuisine is a winner.
- Porto Santo, Madeira
Porto Santo in Madeira, Portugal is a small tranquil island where you can leave every worry behind. Porto Santo is affectionately known as the ‘Golden Island’ for its beautiful immeasurable span of soft sands beaches with crystal warm blue water. Here you can soak up the sun, swim and enjoy a picnic with your partner, family or friends and savour the peace and tranquility of an island so charming, yet so undiscovered. You’ll feel like you have it all to yourself as there are very few tourists and almost no crowds. Porto Santo is not just about fun in the sun, though, you can also go horse-back riding, diving, learn to play golf, hike or visit the local museums, there truly is something of interest for everyone!
- Antiparos, Greece
Antiparos is a small semi-undiscovered Greek island in the center of the Aegean sea. It’s near to tourist hotspots like Paros, Naxos and even Mykonos, though it’s not as built-up and not as tourist friendly (there are few hotels and only very authentic restaurants). This might explain why it’s a little quieter than its very busy neighbours, although it’s still surprising considering how incredibly beautiful it is. For a peaceful seaside getaway Antiparos is just the place to pack-up and head to. Most beaches do not have a single person on its shores, but that may be because the beaches are hidden away and often require one to hike down – but this is totally worth it! What makes this island so special is that you can get around by ATV – in fact, cars are rather unusual, that’s how quaint, laid back and almost ‘rural’ it is. There are also historical Greek monuments to visit, sea caves, private beach coves and hiking trails to explore, but be willing to wing it – there’s no guides to Antiparos!
Madagascar has become more popular than it was before because the movie of the
same name has put this beautiful rainforest island on the map. This is a beautiful island where forests, desert, plant and animal species accommodate each other in perfect harmony, this all being the very reason why it should be on every one’s dream list of places to go. With such an intense and captivating kaleidoscope of nature with remarkable landscapes and extraordinary fauna and flora makes Madagascar one of the most unique places on Earth.