So all everyone is talking about at the moment is Love Island (does it ever end?) So I think it’s time for us to find our own secluded islands (perhaps with a little less drama than Olivia has…)
Paradise Island, Bahamas
The Bahamas offers a collection of islands for couples to choose from – 700 in fact – and one of them that would be criminal to miss out on is the aptly named Paradise Island. It’s 6km of pure euphoria. It’s actually connected to Nassau, the Bahamas capital, by two bridges, so should you fancy a nip across to see the sights you’re not far off. There are dolphin encounters, scuba diving, boat trips, beautiful beaches and the world’s largest open-air aquarium, Atlantis Waterscape. (Bit of an ocean theme going on here…)
Now let’s not put all our eggs in one basket, but if that picture doesn’t tempt you I don’t know what will! Planted in the Maldives, this private island is beyond luxurious…so much so that they have the ability to charge humongous amounts of money. But I guess you get what you pay for; in this case, a waterpool villa, cruises, champagne bars and a serious hideaway from life. No cameras here guys!
North Island, Seychelles
This could possibly be even more of a hideaway than Velaa – there are only 11 villas on the entire island! North Island might be the laziest holiday you ever have; sleep, beach, eat, repeat. That’s pretty much what Love Island is, right? But if you’re one of those people that can’t sit still for that long, there are also snorkelling, kayaking and mountain biking activities to do, amongst other things. It’s also under a nature rehabilitation programme and nesting grounds for two species of turtle. They both nest across the whole year, so chat to the guides there and chances are you’ll get to go swimming with turtles.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
You must have heard of Bora Bora! This is a much more diverse island, northwest of Tahiti, that caters for both the luxurious market and also the more affordable. You could easily stay at the Hilton or Four Seasons resorts (if you’re from Blazin’ Squad) on the mainland, or stay in a quirky bungalow on Blue Heaven Island powered by solar power. Either way you’re sure to make the most of what the island has to offer; scuba-diving, snorkeling, beautiful beaches. You can spend the day climbing Mount Otemanu or jump in the Lagoonarium to swim with sharks.
Waters off the white beaches ideal for diving, dense jungles teeming with monkeys and hidden stone temples, and stunning views from the summit of Mount Batur. Have I convinced you yet? If you’re not up for exploring, don’t worry, there are plenty of spas to massage your muscles back into action. It’s a pretty popular destination for both adventurers and relaxers alike. If you can afford it, stay at the Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa – one of the top hotels on Tripadvisor – or for something cheaper the Amadea Resort and Villas are pretty incredible.
Just the journey alone is enough for a glimpse of this amazing resort! There’s a plane to the main island of Viti Levu, another teeny plane with some breathtaking views of deserted islands and coral reefs to Teveuni, a car journey through the tropics, and finally a boat trip to Qamea. Don’t make any plans – you’ll need the whole day just for that…followed by a stiff drink. There’s also no dock on the island of Qamea so you have to jump in the ocean to get to it. This tropical island (and adult-only resort) is full of jungle waterfalls and diving opportunities, as well as Honeymoon Villas with more room than you’d ever need.
It really is a case of ‘if you were stuck on a private island, what would you bring?’