By Ben Mackay, 10 months ago, 3 minute read.
If you want swaying palms, turquoise waters, white sandy beaches and unique activities, look no further than these five island escapes.
Currently home to the ITV 2 hit show Love Island, Mallorca is the perfect island getaway for both couples and families. Boasting a whopping 262 beaches, you certainly won’t be spoilt for choice! With five-star hotels’ having world luxury awards under their belt, plus many beach clubs and villas on offer, you can enjoy an experience similar to those in the Love Island villa!
If you can tear yourself away from the pool, you won’t be short of things to do: explore the history of the old town in Palma, go designer shopping, wander through local markets or visit wineries and museums – the activities are endless!
Koh Samui, Thailand
Head further afield and stay on the stunning island of Koh Samui. Highlights include Ang Thong National Marine Park, where an archipelago of 40 islands is home to a vast array of marine life. For an even more memorable trip, go snorkelling in the clear waters off the pristine beaches at Koh Tao – you’ll be metres away from the reefs and marine life. Visiting the Golden Buddha is a must, and if you’re lucky, you may spot a turtle snorkelling while on the beach or in the sea!
The picturesque volcanic island of Santorini is perfect for an island getaway. Whether it’s bathing on white sandy beaches or sailing through volcanic ruins, there’s much more to the island than meets the eye. Its dramatic volcanic landscapes, stunning sunsets and iconic blue domes mean you won’t be short for picture opportunities!
Nowhere fits the description of a paradise island more than the Maldives! The 1,200 islands are spread over 26 coral atolls, and every resort has its own private island for all occasions, budgets and ages. Private picnics on the beach, snorkelling and diving – you could spot some Manta Rays - are just some of the activities on offer in the Maldives. If relaxation is your thing, an underwater spa day is a must; enjoy spa treatments while gazing out on to the open ocean reefs. The Maldives are full of culture too: sample mouthwatering local food or dance along to a traditional Maldivian Boduberu performance.
Why not visit the Caribbean island of Bonaire, where you’ll find hot temperatures of up to 31 degrees all year round? The salt pyramids are definitely a main attraction, created from salt water evaporating on the island, while visiting the 1000 step beach (there are only 67 steps to the beach, but it definitely feels like more once you get walking) offers some peace and serenity. Bonaire is also one of the top destinations in the world for sustainable tourism – even more reason to go!