10 of The World's Most Idyllic Islands
Island life is an ideal many of us dream of despite knowing that is, more often than not, a far-flung pipe dream of the super wealthy and those who don't have to work for their money. Still, you can still sometimes get away for a few days, weeks, months and even if you can't, it is still great to look at what is out there.
Here we take a look at some of the most idyllic island locales in the world and hope maybe someday we can get there.
1. Sumba Island - Indonesia
Bali has long been touted as the ultimate Indonesian paradise spot, but it has rather become a victim of its own success as, although its stunning clear waters and white sand beaches remain, it is now dotted with tacky tourist shacks, and some places can get crowded.
Head 250 miles south-east of Bali though and this far quieter spot has perfectly preserved havens in lush valleys and remote beaches.
2. Providencia - Colombia
A little-known island that sits midway between Costa Rica and Jamaica, this place is an absolute gem because of the lack of knowledge about it. With plenty of cliff and caves to explore whilst you bask in the English-creole patter being spoken all around you, this sun-dappled island deserves more attention but is all the better for the lack of it.
You can tour the island on horseback, climb the verdant hills or just lay on the beach and soak up some rays.
3. Jumby Bay - Antigua
A selection wild sheep, the White Egret, and the Blue Pelican birds all call this spot in the West Indies home. Privately owned until the 80s, the island has only recently opened up, and so very few people have been there yet.
With palm fronds providing shady places along the coastline. this place is perfect to get away from it all.
4. Santorini, Cyclades - Greece
Quaint white houses juxtapose against the glittering blue of the ocean as you sip local wines whilst overlooking the part-sunken caldera. Oozing romance, this rugged, sun-drenched outcrop of rocks has more than meets the eye with its tradition and beauty washing over everything.
Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous volcanic eruption that destroyed the earliest settlements on a formerly single island, and its undulating landscape shows this.
5. Song Saa - Cambodia
A private island in the remote Koh Rong Archipelago, it has a jungle that rolls onto the beach where you can then dive into the warm gulf waters straight from your bed.
If you have the money and want complete privacy in your island paradise, then this is going to be top of your list.
6. Lanzarote - Spain
The Canary Islands used to have a package holiday image more suited to those who just wanted cheap booze and sunshine, but they have shaken that off as of late with people paying more attention to their unique rock formations and wildlife.
Year round sun, glorious beaches, and visionary architecture make this a nice island spot for anyone.
7. Fernando De Noronha - Brazil
A Brazilian archipelago with UNESCO world heritage status, the 21 islands and islets that make it up also provide a unique ecology that mean sightings of rare animals such as spinner dolphins and hawksbill sea turtles are not so uncommon as one might think.
The best way to get there is to head to the Eastern city of Recife and then hop on a boat or plane.
8. Monuriki Island - Fiji
Dubbed 'Tom Hanks Island' after this uninhabited spot in the Pacific Ocean was the set for the movie, Castaway this perfect seclusion is great for those who want to spend a night of sleeping out under the stars.
Next door is the rather ironically named Castaway island that has...er...luxury hotels and resorts for those looking for less of a castaway experience.
9. Ariara - Philippines
Surrounded by coral reefs, the beaches are a historical haven of WWII Japanese and US shipwrecks whilst the island’s peak is where you can go to meet the local Filipino fishing community.
Not known for its exotic private islands, this is a serene escape rarely found in the rest of the country.
10. Huahine - French Polynesia
A 40-minute flight from Tahiti, this is the very essence of Polynesia with its abundance of ancient temples being open for exploration whilst lush jungles roll onto blue lagoons in all of their tropical abundance that gives rise to opportunities for snorkeling, horse riding, surfing and, best of all, just lounging about.
Beaches don't get much better than the ones here, and it is often overlooked for other parts of Polynesia.