After a taste of paradise that doesn’t involve opening one of our nation’s much-loved chocolate bars? The following luxurious island getaways are sure to tantalise those tastebuds…
Located just off the coast of Southern Tanzania in the Indian Ocean is the beautiful Thanda Island. Completely private, there’s just one luxury villa with five suites and two beach huts, while guests can enjoy their own coral reef and beach. There’s a never-ending roll-call of entertainment: think water sports, swimming with whale sharks, a fully-stocked humidor and library filled with Hemmingway, and you can begin to imagine just how special this place is. They suggest relaxing by picking oysters straight from the rocks (with someone on hand with Tabasco and lemon juice so they can be enjoyed where you stand, natch) and basking in your copper roll top bath by the ocean before watching turtles hatch and picnicking on an uninhabited neighbouring island. Heavenly.
VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND
Velaa Private Island, located in the Maldives, epitomises complete luxury. It shares its name with the sea turtles that originally claimed the island, and the design reflects the patterns of their shell with subtle nods, while the over-water villas resemble the head of a turtle, with the island forming the body. Villas themselves are stunning and range from beach pool villas to private residences and ocean pool houses, with no detail left neglected. An indulgent spa and variety of restaurants may tempt you out however, as will the variety of activities on offer, including water sports, yoga and diving.
There’s just 11 villas on the exclusive North Island in the Seychelles, and you’ll have complete privacy with which to enjoy the vast, untouched beaches. Their impressive island rehabilitation programme has influenced everything from the design to their island conservation practices, keeping this idyll as beautiful as it was intended to be.
Perfectly combining the modern with the traditional, Mirihi Island Resort, at just 350 metres long and 50 metres wide, is one of the smallest islands in the Maldives. Their house reef is loved by many for its wealth of colourful corals and fish, meaning exciting diving experiences await.
PETIT ST. VINCENT
Petit St. Vincent in the Grenadines offers the best of relaxed Caribbean luxury. There’s 22 spacious cottages and villas spread over 115 acres of lush forest, with a large organic garden and chickens meaning the island is as sustainable as possible. Fully focused on taking it easy whilst getting back to nature, they have a variety of calming activities on offer. We’re especially taken with their new underwater mindfulness programme, which means impeccably trained diving instructors will teach you the art of breathing while enjoying the spectacular underwater scenery.
Eden Island, in the heart of the Seychelles, has it all. Built on a reclaimed coral reef and perfectly situated – it’s just 200 metres from the capital island, Mahe – it is home to spectacular residences that each come with their own private moorings. The island also boasts private beaches and swimming pools, as well as a gym, clubhouse and tennis court. Whether it’s a waterfront apartment or sweeping villa that takes your fancy, you’re guaranteed to find something you love here if island life is calling you.
As part of the Seychelles outer islands, Alphonse Island is considered one of the most untouched spots of paradise in the world. Its prime-protected eco system means its beauty has remained intact, undiminished through the years. It’s best loved for its fly fishing operation and jaw-dropping dive sites, but there’s countless activities which will keep everyone entertained. Or you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning surroundings.
CONRAD MALDIVES RANGALI ISLAND
The award-winning Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is a beautiful spot in the Indian Ocean. A stay here will be one-of-a-kind and with so much on offer – navigate aquatic gardens, dine above and below the water in one of the 12 restaurants or search for rare marine life – your trip here is sure to be extra-special.
Sir Richard Brandon’s private island, Necker Island, is perhaps the most famous tropical haven of them all. Located in the tranquil British Virgin Islands, hire the whole island – that’s just you and 33 of your closest chums – for the trip of a lifetime.