Indulgent Island Time – make your dreams a reality with these amazing destinations.
I know, I try to stay away from expensive destinations, hotels, clothing and the like, but it doesn’t hurt to dream every now and then. Especially when I’m looking for a indulgent travel destination. The 5 islands suggested here aren’t necessarily expensive if you don’t want them to be. Most provide options for different budget levels to a degree.
So, what are the criteria you ask? Well, lets start with great beaches, range of hotels, activities to keep you busy and, importantly, a place not everyone has already been to like Ibiza, Mykonos, Bali, etc. That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with those destinations, but I’d like to consider someplace different if I’m going to indulge.
This picture perfect, iconic destination with its myriad of overwater bungalows and crystal blue lagoon waters is part of the Society Islands in French Polynesia. This group of islands also includes Tahiti, Moreea and Tahaa. It boasts perfect weather all your round (around 30°C/86°F) and has some of the most beautiful resorts available for you to enjoy. There are plenty of water related sports activities or if you’re anything like me – soak up the sun and enjoy a few cocktails.
More information on Bora Bora can be found here.
St Maarten/St Martin
37sq Miles and almost just as many beaches are shared between the Dutch and French side of the island. Accommodation ranges from B&Bs to 5 star hotels. Some of the best restaurants in the world are located on the French side of the island, I’m talking Michelin stars here people. Best of all, tax free shopping, great nightlife and surrounding islands like Anguilla and St Barts are only a short hop away via boat or plane.
Read our feature story on St Maarten/St Martin here.
Our next “island” is actually a vast collection of 26 atolls comprising of almost 1200 coral islands located in the Indian Ocean, southwest of India and Sri Lanka. Similarly to Bora Bora it has a great climate with year round temperatures of around 30°C/86°F.
This is the ultimate relaxing destination. And because it is a little bit harder to get to, it is not overcrowded and massively spoilt by tourism. Unfortunately, you pay for it with luxury and ultra-luxury resorts claiming the islands in rapid pace. If that doesn’t put you off, by all means book your indulgent holiday away and let your mind come to rest.
More information on Maldives can be found here.
Making our way over towards the African continent we have the Seychelles. Still in the Indian Ocean like the Maldives, this archipelago, once the playground of the rich and famous, has a few famous neighbours like Mauritius, Madagascar, Réunion and the Comoros. From the capital Victoria on the island of Mahé you can visit the other 114 island within the archipelago.
There’s more to do here than on Bora Bora or Maldives due to its more tropical climate and larger island terrain. Go during the dry season (June-August) if you like your clothes to remain dry within the first 5 minutes of putting them on. Again, plenty of hotel options, sights to explore and beaches to relax on.
More information on the Seychelles can be found here.
It will come as no surprise that there is literally something for everyone to do in the island group of Hawai’i. Shop till you drop in Waikiki on O’ahu, go hiking on Kauai, explore active volcanos on Hawai’i Island via land or helicopter. Maybe just grab your surfboard and explore the great surf on Maui or the north shore of O’ahu.
Every island caters to different travellers and I’m sure you will be able to find something to do that suits your need here. Who knows, next time you see me I might be trying my hand and learning hula dancing or not fall of a surfboard within 2 seconds.
More information on Hawai’i can be found here.
I hope I’ve given you some inspiration for your next holiday destination. Ditch the go-to places and try something different for a change. Go on, live a little!
Let me know what indulgent island time you’d consider for your next trip!