In a time where everything is fast-paced and constantly on-the-go, the idea of jetting off to a remote tropical island is understandably becoming ever more appealing. Maybe it’s the promise of peace and seclusion in idyllic settings; not to mention the year round sunshine and slower pace of life. Better still is just how many paradise islands there actually are and not just in the tropics either. In fact, it’s safe to say that whatever provisos are on your dream tick-list, there will be an island getaway for you.
Here are a few of our favourites.
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Often billed as Brazil’s secret paradise, Fernando de Noronha is a haven for nature lovers and honeymooners alike. Though technically an archipelago of 21 volcanic islets, the small main island is the only one inhabited by humans and offers up a range of accommodation from luxurious hotels to humble B&Bs. Fernando de Noronha’s crown jewel can be found in and under its emerald waters, where the most incredible array of marine life thrives thanks to strict conservation practices.
Ko Kut District, Thailand
Whilst most of Thailand has seen huge surges in tourism in recent decades, the islands of Ko Kut have the lowest population in the country and remain largely unspoilt. The largest island, which is just a 60 minute boat ride away from the mainland, is mountainous and covered in luscious jungle, fringed by white sandy beaches. There are coconut plantations, fishing villages and an abundance of waterfalls where you can take a refreshing dip.
Easter Island, Polynesia
Famed for its archaeological sites and iconic moai statues, Easter Island, known locally as Rapa Nui, has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995 and remains one of the most isolated places on Earth. Its closest mainland is Chile, 3700km to the east. This volcanic enigma can be explored on foot, horseback or bicycle, and offers fantastic diving and snorkeling sites as well as breathtaking hikes where you can learn all about its fascinating history and mysterious culture.
Voted as the number one island in Trip Advisor’s 2016 ‘Traveller’s Choice Awards’, the Hawaiian island of Maui is the ideal destination for anyone seeking outdoor adventure on a tropical paradise. From zip-lining over canopies of green to hiking through lava flows and bamboo forests, or surfing the impressive ocean waves – Maui has it all. If you’d rather take it easy then there are endless beaches where you can soak up the sun, and plenty of places to sit back and enjoy the beautiful views whilst sipping on a cocktail. The locals are warm and friendly, and you are never far away from a decent meal – from a street side truck to silver-service dining.