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Top 10 Islands in the World

Popular travel review site TripAdvisor has come out with the results of its annual Travelers’ Choice® awards. Among them are the awards for the best islands in the world. Wonder which ones made the top 10, according to the opinions of TripAdvisor readers? Then read on…

1. Ambergris Caye, Belize Cayes

For the second year in a row, Ambergris Caye takes top honours. The beautiful Belize island offers the perfect blend of modern development and laid-back tranquillity. A mangrove swamp is the eye of this white beach island, the largest in Belize, and golf carts are the main form of transportation along the sandy roads. Reef divers drool over the Belize Barrier Reef and the Blue Hole, a 400-feet deep circle of limestone that teems with angelfish, Elkhorn coral, cleaner shrimp and stalactites.

Ambergris Caye

2. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Scuba diving, horseback riding, sunbathing… take your pick. “Provo” offers plenty for the happy couple to do, including picture-perfect coastlines to walk along, hand in hand. The island itself is relatively tranquil; try Malcolm Beach to get even further away from crowds.

3. Bora Bora, Society Islands

The relatively small island of Bora Bora is an activity giant, offering visitors the chance to experience a 4×4 safari, sunbathe and swim at white sandy beaches, dive in a natural underwater park among fish and corals, experience thrilling shark feedings, or circle the turquoise lagoon by boat. And Bora Bora is a superlative romantic spot. Fall captive to this lush gem of a Polynesian island by sharing an intimate midnight dinner on the beach; visiting the Lagoonarium, the Diving Centre, the Coral Gardens or the Leopard Rays Trench; or taking it all in from the lofty heights of 2,300-foot Mount Otemanu.

Bora Bora

4. Marco Island, Florida

Marco Island is the perfect destination for those who crave a peaceful retreat but don’t have time to travel too far off the grid. The jewel of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands, Marco Island’s soft white beaches overlook the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Scavenge for seashells or hit the links for a sunny session of golf. Explore the Everglades in a swamp buggy or enjoy a rejuvenating nature hike at the Rookery Bay Reserve.

5. Lewis and Harris, Outer Hebrides

A visit to Lewis and Harris is like stepping into the pages of a Scottish fairy tale. In Lewis—the northern part of the island – the legendary Callanish Standing Stones poke up from the ground like a strange and massive rock city. The Blackhouse, the Shawbost Norse Mill and Kiln, and the Carloway Broch all offer a peek at what island life used to look like. In southern Harris, the east side beaches boast some of the oldest known rocks in the world, dating back millions of years. Cruise over to the volcanic islands of St. Kilda to explore the ruins of a medieval village.

6. Naxos, Cyclades

A spot of white in the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea, the island of Naxos is a unique blend of ancient ruins and beach culture. The largest of the Cycladic Islands, Naxos is the childhood home of none other than Zeus, king of the gods. Upon arrival in Naxos, hike over a causeway to Palatia, where the Portara, a stone gateway to an ancient temple that no longer exists, stands alone, the symbol of the island. At sunset, the views of the island, and the sea beyond, are breathtaking.

Naxos

7. Aitutaki, Southern Cook Islands

This small island encased in a triangular barrier reef boasts incredible lagoons. Relax with a intimate picnic on the alabaster beach of one of Aitutaki’s minor islands, uninhabited and lined with swaying palm trees. Despite its heartbreaking beauty, Aitutaki isn’t (yet) flooded with tourists, due to its relatively difficult-to-reach location. For off-the-beaten-sandbar holiday-making, Aitutaki is a prime destination, especially for those seeking unbridled romantic ambiance.

8. Nosy Be, Antsiranana Province

“Nosy Be?” Is that a typo for “Noisy Bee?” Nope. It means “big island” and it is just that; a large island off the northwest coast of Madagascar. Here you’ll find volcanic lakes, lazy lemurs, rum distilleries, Ylang Ylang plantations and intricate coral reefs that are practically begging to be explored. Flora and fauna lovers will be in seventh heaven at the beautiful Lokobe Nature Special Reserve. Audiophiles should visit in May, to experience the four-day Donia Music Festival.

9. Easter Island, Chile

Located in the South Pacific more than 2,000 miles off the Chilean coast, Easter Island’s not the easiest place to reach. (If you’re interested, the easiest access is by air from Santiago or Tahiti.) But isolation has helped preserve the 1,500-year-old mysterious congregation of volcanic rock sculptures (maoi) that’s the island’s biggest claim to fame. After exploring the unique landscape, relax on an uncrowded beach and ponder one of the most mysterious places on Earth.

Easter Island

10. Ko Tao, Surat Thani Province

Drifting serenely in the Gulf of Thailand, the palm-fringed island of Ko Tao takes its name from the abundant sea turtles that reside on its shores. White sand beaches sheltered by steep hills – some only accessible with four-wheel drive vehicles – and 300 days of sun per year invite long afternoons of lounging.

Do you agree with this selection or are there other islands that you think are more deserving of making the top 10?

 

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Asia’s Most Romantic Resorts

Asia.2Nothing quite says romance like a secluded spot on an exotic island, fringed by powdery white beaches and deep aqua blue waters, or a lush green jungle brimming with biodiversity, complemented by a world-class spa that engages the best of nature. The world’s largest continent, Asia, naturally contains all of the above, sometimes even in the same spot. Listed below is a standout resort from each of Asia’s main countries that offers a chance for a tryst with love and a vibrant mixture of colours, smells and tastes that will leave with you a lasting memory.

If it’s not too late for Valentine’s Day, woo your significant other with a trip to these exclusive all-villa/suite resorts, adding that much-desired extra level of privacy. But really, there is never a bad time to visit resorts, or places, as beautiful as these to rekindle or start a new romantic adventure.

Cambodia: Song Saa Private Island

What I love: This all-inclusive private island means not having to worry about adding up the bill at check-out. The resort ensures that all guests leave their worries behind having already paid and are pampered to the max during their stay.

Cambodia - Song Saa

China: Amanfayun, Hangzhou

What I love: Set in “heaven on Earth” and what Marco Polo once described as
“the greatest city in the world”, this boutique Aman resort restores the spirit of
an old Chinese village in Hangzhou with stone pathways, shaded courtyards and
peaceful abodes, eschewing contemporary and modern luxuries.

China - Amanfayun

India: The Serai Chikmagalur, Karnataka

What I love: This luxurious accommodation in relatively unexplored western India
is topped only by its natural setting, where lush green coffee plantations, India’s first
and arguably finest, freshen the aroma of the area.

India - The Serai

Indonesia: Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali

What I love: If the stunning view doesn’t capture your attention, then the cabana
that hang over the private terrace by the pool in each villa make for an ideal private dining destination.

indonesia - Alila Villas Uluwatu

Japan: Hoshinoya Kyoto

What I love: Japanese simplicity and elegance, reflected in the architecture and
interiors of this ryokan (Japanese inn), marries a rich variety of colours, particularly
in autumn when the leaves display everything from deep green to pale gold to bright red.

Japan - Hoshinoya Kyoto

Maldives: W Retreat & Spa

What I love: Maldives has long been the romantic retreat of the rich. The W takes
this tropical destination to new heights with its “Whatever, whenever” service holding
true, cutting-edge design and stunning house reef.
Click here to read our review of the W Retreat & Spa, Maldives.

Maldives - W Maldives

Philippines: The Farm at San Benito

What I love: This resort in the Philippines has gained regional and worldwide
recognition for its detox and spa, ideal for not only cleansing the body and mind
of toxins, but for freeing it of any stresses as well. With yoga thrown into the mix,
the resort’s setting, deep amidst a thick thriving jungle, only add to the resort’s appeal.

Philippines - The Farm at San Benito

Sri Lanka: Jetwing Vil Uyana

What I love: In the shadows of a 2,000 year old rock fortress sits a man-made wonder
that has perfected a balance of living between mankind and nature. The man-made wetlands
are host to this unique resort that houses stilted thatched-huts above its green wetlands, with
the region displaying a stunning wealth of biodiversity.

Sri Lanka - Jetwing

Thailand: Trisara, Phuket

What I love: Trisara translates to ‘third garden in heaven’ in the ancient language
of Sanskrit. With the resort perched on a slope, the view appears to reach out towards
heaven, accentuated by the infinity pools disappearing seamlessly into the ocean.

Thailand - Trisara

Vietnam: Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Ninh Van Bay

What I love: The rock plunge pools that accompany the villas are a treat that blend
beautiful design with its surroundings without comprising on either factor, and make
for the perfect dip in the pool, a deux.

Vietnam - Six Senses

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