Islands evoke visions of paradise: a getaway from the daily grind and a pristine stretch of sand where you may unwind under palm trees and take in the tranquilly of the water. Check out these surreal islands that could be your next holiday destination! They are most definitely worth a visit at least once in a lifetime.
THE MALDIVES – Comprising of 26 natural atolls, the Maldives archipelago is surrounded by mesmerizing emerald waters. Be it cruises, adventure sports, local markets, parks, bridges, museums or mosques – The Maldives have it all. Luxury resorts here are heaven on earth. Male, Fihalhohi, Ukulhas, Maafushi and Niyama are some of the iconic islands here.
Iconic water villas of Taj Holiday Resort & Spa, Maldives | Photo : tajhotels.com
SANTORINI – This isle scores top points for dramatic beauty. Bleached white villas, blue-domed churches, glistening sea water and vivacious bougainvillea make for a breathtaking view. Don’t miss out on the sublime sunsets of Oia! Hiking Trail Fira, Amoudi Bay, Gaia Winery, Three Bells of Fira and Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist are some must-visit tourist spots.
San Antonio Hotel of Santorini looks right out of a dream | Photo : sanantonio-santorini.com
SEYCHELLES – Picture perfect Seychelles consists of 115 coral islands home to UNESCO-listed jungles, thriving coral reefs and palm lined beaches. It is becoming a preferred honeymoon destination for couples world over. Top tourist attractions include Anse Intendance, Anse Lazio, Morne Blanc, Anse Source D’Argent, Victoria Market and Copolia Trail.
Four Seasons Resort of Seychelles is breathtaking | Photo : fourseasons.com
THAILAND –Thailand is famous for having more tourists (per capita) than anywhere else in the world! People are attracted by its natural and cultural beauty, and also for its well-developed tourism facilities and convenient travel. Ko Yao Nahi, Ko Samui, Ko Lipe, Ko Tao, Ko Phi Phi Don and Ko Lanta are some of the best islands here.
Pristine blue water and sky in Ko Yao Nahi, Thailand | Photo : sixsenses.com
BALI – The rooted culture here is a feast for the senses. Rice fields flash bright green, Hindu temples emit incense, and food tempts the palate. Pura Tanah Lot, Mount Batur, Uluwatu Temple , Ubud Monkey Forest, Tegallalang Rice Terraces and Nusa Dua Beaches are noteworthy places to visit.Bali’s alluring spirit will win over you like a warm, tropical wave.
Amankila – the secluded seaside resort of Bali | Photo : www.aman.com
BORA BORA ISLAND – It is renowned for its iconic volcanic views, incredible turquoise lagoon, pristine white beaches and diverse flora and fauna. With French culture at its very heart, the food here is mouthwatering. Matira Beach, Mount Otemanu, Bora Bora Lagoonarium and Turtle Centre Leopard Rays Trench should be on your bucket list here. Picturesque views await you in this exquisite paradise.
The iconic St. Regis Bora Bora Resort | Photo : www.marriott.com
THE BAHAMAS – With 700 islands and over 2,000 tiny cays, the Bahamas is surely one’s dream Caribbean hideaway. From idyllic beaches and thriving corals to fantastic shopping and dining – The Bahamas have it all. New Province, The Exumas, Grand Bahama, Eleuthera, Paradise Island and Harbour Island attract the highest number of tourists.
The Cove Eleuthera – Bahamas’ heavenly resort | Photo : thecoveeleuthera.com