Do you want to get away from it all and enjoy island life at its finest? With 1192 islands and 132 island resorts, I am sure you’d be able to find a hotel to suit! Small to large, family orientated or adult only, every island has its own unique feel, but one thing they all guarantee you is a slice of paradise.
Many people worry about not having enough to do, but the Maldives has more to offer than you may realise. Obviously there is phenomenal scuba diving, but you can also surf, paddle board, parasail, kite surf – the list really does go on. One other thing to mention is the national love of marine conservation and preserving their ecosystems. Many of the islands showcase the opportunity for you to learn more about this.
The largest of the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes. The island is steeped in history, and the cobbled streets of Rhodes Town allow you to feel like you have stepped back in time. Of an evening, Lindos & Rhodes Town both have you covered with a little bit of eclectic nightlife before you chill out on the stunning beaches again the next day.
Rhodes has many advantages such as its short flight from the UK and features hotels which can suit any family. So whether you’re seeking all-singing all-dancing entertainment, or a more intimate offering such as the Boutique 5 hotel, this way you can find yourself a beautiful Greek Taverna to enjoy al fresco dining as you please.
St Lucia, an island of beautiful beaches and turquoise waters. But did you know that, if you are a little more adventurous, this island may have something for you too? You can hike, kayak, scuba dive, and so much more. Gros Piton is the higher of the two Pitons at 2,619ft. It’s possible to hike to the summit with a guide, and the views more than repay the effort.
An island buzzing with activities, water parks, marine parks, and shopping centres to explore. You will definitely not be bored in Tenerife. It’s a destination that is always popular all year round. Warmer weather in the winter means it’s a great winter sun destination to escape the cold in the UK. Apartments, villas, hotels – it has it all. With the option to stay on any board basis in any style of hotel, it’s a super flexible choice. Explore island life fully by hiring a car, and maybe even head over to La Gomera for a few days to see a calmer side of the Canary Islands.
Culture, trekking and amazing cuisine on Bali and its surrounding islands. Here you will be spoilt for choice for activities to do. Head inland to Ubud to visit the rice paddy fields,enjoy various treks including sunrise & sunset options, kayaking and the temples too. From there you could head over to the beaches in Seminyak or Candi Dasa or Jimbaran.
Want to get a little further from reality? Take a trip over to the Gili Islands, maybe throw in a cookery course or a fishing trip. Bali has you covered whatever style of trip you are after.
Words by Jade Hawkins