There are islands, and then there are islands. We’re not talking about the UK with its constant rain but the type of places that are often referred to as paradise. You know the ones – year-round sunshine, pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and places where you can sip a cocktail or two in the heat. But if you’re thinking of heading to a luxury island for your next getaway, where exactly should you go? We’ve got the answers with this guide featuring some of the best islands in the world.
St. Lucia 🇱🇨
St. Lucia is an ideal honeymoon destination for loved-up couples featuring a collection of high-end resorts ready to welcome you to paradise. Then there are the pristine beaches, where you can laze the day away under the sun or take part in watersport activities designed for adrenaline junkies. Anse De Sables Beach and Plantation Beach are two of the most popular, while Malgretoute Beach offers something for anyone who wants a secluded spot. But it’s not all about relaxation; there are plenty of adventures to be had in St. Lucia, from ziplining through the rainforest to off-road driving. For restaurants and nightlife, head to Rodney Bay.
If private villas and real-life paradise float your boat, then you will love a vacation to the Maldives. Crystal clear waters and soft, sandy beaches and luxury hotels await you! The downside? It’s not cheap, so be prepared to spend a significant amount of money for the luxury on offer.
The Maldives and Seychelles often compete for the title of best island in the world. Truth be told, we’re just lucky to have both of them as holiday destinations. Perhaps more famous as the destination where the Beckhams and Williiams spent their honeymoon, the Seychelles features acres of perfect sands as well as secluded areas where you can feel like you’re the only person on the island.
Europe also has its fair share of luxury islands that see people come from far and wide. This is especially true of Greece, where you’ll find beautiful spots like Santorini. It’s the place of sunsets, with places like Fira and Oia Village offering the perfect vantage point to watch the day end. A Cycladic island, Santorini is unmissable thanks to its yposkafo houses and boutique hotels, some of which are the best in the world. The local towns and villages offer plenty too, thanks to Greek tavernas, nightclubs and happy locals adding to the buzz of Santorini.
Many consider Palawan the best island in the world, and who are we to argue? The iconic location in the Philippines certainly ticks all the right boxes with limestone rock formations, beautiful beaches, clear waters known as being some of the best places in the world for diving, exotic birds and lively local culture. If you’re seeking an escape to paradise, Palawan is a tropical location ready to meet your island needs.
The Cook Islands 🏝
Sitting between French Polynesia and Samoa is the Cook Islands, an archipelago featuring 15 of the South Pacific’s best islands. Visit the aquamarine lagoons, spend some time lazing the day away on the palm beaches and admire volcanic peaks before discovering tourist spots on the island. One of those is Rarotonga, which has an array of resorts and beaches. If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, head to one of the many villages on the hillsides or spend some time at the secluded lagoons dipping your toes in the water.
Another Caribbean gem, Aruba should be high up on your list if you’re visiting with the family. Known as “One Happy Island” by the locals, Aruba exudes chilled-out vibes, sandy beaches and year-round sun. There are also plenty of activities on the island for families with energetic children. From Baby beach with its paddle-friendly lagoons to Donkey Sanctuary and the Jolly Roger pirate ship, this island has more than enough to keep everyone entertained during a holiday.
With a rich history of culture and a smattering of chic hotel resorts, Zanzibar has become a sought-after island destination for holidaymakers who seek luxury getaways. Located in Tanzania, it’s the most famous tropical isle in the country and is well known for its luminescent waters, wavy palm trees and species. Embrace the local culture and spend your days indulging in everything this Indian Ocean island has to offer.
The best islands in the world
There are so many beautiful islands located all around the world. It’s hard to name-check them all, but the ones on our list offer you the chance to escape to luxury and enjoy a holiday leaving you with a lifetime of memories. All that’s left to do now is get the swimwear out, polish the sunglasses and look up your favourite cocktails and mocktails.