Top 4 Island Getaways

Bali is the quintessential island paradise. In fact there can be few islands more routinely referred to in such terms and it won’t take visitors long to work out why – beautiful beaches, all the surfing and diving opportunities you could possibly hope for, friendly locals and a relatively unspoiled Balinese culture that adds to the picturesque and at times almost spiritual atmosphere of this stunning island.

Galapagos Islands
Famous, of course, as the island that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution, the Galapagos Archipelago maintains an almost magical aura of primordial intrigue, this may not be an island paradise in the conventional, cliched sense but a visit to the Galapagos Islands will almost certainly stay with you.

The natural wonder and utterly unique personality of these hugely significant islands off the coast of Ecuador extends a strange sort of magnetism and a visit to what remains a treasured and thoroughly protected natural environment guarantees a truly memorable experience.

You may already know Necker as Richard Branson’s famously exclusive island retreat in the British Virgin Islands and there’s no doubt that if you’ve got a few quid to spare (apparently about $46,000/day to rent the island) and a craving for idyllic beaches and palatial accommodation Necker ticks all the boxes. Inevitably Necker is likely to remain the exclusive preserve of the rich and famous but we can all dream.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Another rather exclusive haven for wealthy holidaymakers this group of islands in the Caribbean is a tropical paradise complete with perfect clear blue waters, expanses of dazzling white sandy beach and a comprehensive array of activities to keep you entertained. The islands may have been developed to cater for the luxurious demands of discerning holidaymakers but largely remain relatively unscathed by tourism; the natural splendor of lush mountainous landscapes and tranquil beaches make these islands, known with some justification as the “Land of the Blessed”, a perfect tropical getaway.

James Clark is a world traveller and travel directory editor.

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