Looking for a place to stick your head in the sand? We’ve got you covered.
You’ve got 6 months before winter kicks in -so it’s ultimate planning time with early bird specials and actioning your new year’s resolutions. Let the Aussie summer continue in one of the five best islands in the world. Some are renowned for being the ultimate places to lie on a beach, others are more off the beaten path. Regardless, they’re all here.
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
Well, we did say some are instantly recognisable. Thailand is one of the most captivating and beautiful countries in the world. While the mainland has many exotic delights, the islands themselves are renowned for the geographical beauty and exciting activities.
Ko Phi Phi is located close to many of the other stunning islands of Thailand, making it an ideal place to take day trips out to places such as Monkey Beach, Viking Cave and Bamboo Island. The island itself is also home to amazing natural wonders, including, most famously, Maya Bay (see above).
It is also is an island that is rich in culture and has a rocking nightlife, making for the ultimate getaway destination. The best time to visit is during the periods of July – September. While many may be turned off this due to the rainy season, this time is ideal for cheaper prices and less crowds.
It wouldn’t be a list of the best islands in the world if you didn’t include at least one from the Caribbean. While you could easily fill up an entire list due to the amazing islands in the archipelago, we’ve gone with the island just off from the ring of fire, Barbados.
Why, you may ask? Well, to begin with, it’s location makes it ideal for a getaway. While many of the Caribbean islands often experience the effects of hurricanes, Barbados lies further away from where these hurricanes generally form. Secondly, it is one of the most picturesque islands in the world, made from raised coral (unlike many of the Volcanic islands of the ring of fire). It’s location also means it is perfect with swimmers: you can either go surfing on the rougher seas of the Atlantic side, or chill out on the water on the Caribbean side.
Finally, as being the largest of the three nations known as the West Indies, it is a centre for culture and island retreats. It is truly hard to replicate the utter beauty and buzz that Barbados is known for, and you know it is the place to be when even many famous Hollywood stars go there as a retreat.
The Mediterranean is home to some outstanding islands. But if you want somewhere that is totally care free, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, then Lopud is your ultimate destination.
The Southern most point of Croatia, Lopud is home to 220 people. The car free island is surrounded by lush deep blue waters, and gorgeous mountains. It’s promenades are renowned for it’s many waterside restaurants, petite boutiques and ice-cream shops. The island is also geologically unique especially with locations like Šunj Bay, which has a rare arc of silky sand that shelves gradually into the surf.
However, the best time to enjoy the island is in the evening, after many of the day travellers leave to return to the mainland. If you are asking for somewhere quiet and secluded, Lopud (and the Croatian islands in general) do not disappoint.
That may look like snow, but it is in fact rock, and it is just one of the many striking features of the island of Milos in Greece. The Greek archipelago has been home to some of the oldest cultures in the world, and Milos is no exception. It is also a secluded experience, but with it comes authenticity: this is an island that lives and breathes in Greek tradition.
Milos is an island of beautiful beaches, unparalleled sunsets, inspiring views, rich history, excellent food, and white-washed Cycladic villages. The locals are also widely regarded for their incredible hospitality. A trip to Milos is a trip away from the crowds and the tourist traps of the region, and is one that allows you to experience a more authentic Mediterranean lifestyle.
While some may prefer the more popular islands of Santorini or Mykonos, for those looking for something more off the beaten path (at a fraction of the price), then look no further than this undiscovered gem.
New Caledonia, France
Finishing off our experience is one island a little closer to home, the delightful French territory of New Caledonia. As one of the most beautiful islands in the Pacific region, the location is ideal for those looking for a French spin on the traditional island experience.
The island is home to several beautiful geographical marvels, such as the Isle of Pines (above), the Heart of Voh and the Kanak Monument. It also is home to several amazing blue lagoons, ideal for those who just want to float in the water and let the hours pass by. Topping it off, the regional capital Noumea, is renowned for it’s gorgeous views and stunning nightlife.
It is a popular resort during the Australian summer, and a regular stop off for many of the cruise ships in the region. However, this island is a delight to visit all year round, and a must see for lovers of tropical beaches and island delights.
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