Exotic Island Hideaways

Get the most from your vacation by dropping off the map and finding your dream destination in tropical paradise
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This is tropical luxury: A private beach in the Seychelles (PhotoDisc)

The hustle and bustle of New York and London make for fantastic luxury trips, what with the elegance, fine dining, and extravagant theater. But what if you want to escape the workaday world, kick off your shoes, and lounge in the lap of luxury?

To really let your hair down and totally focus on that all-important goal of letting go, it's time to shut out the world entirely. The fewer Blackberry's, phones, TVs, and 21st-century distractions, the better—it needs to be just you, your special someone, tropical waters, and a horizon flecked with puffball clouds. Ready to concentrate? Here's what to look for:

Romantic Ambience
There's something undeniably sensual about island destinations. The sexiest resorts seduce you with a sublime sense of comfort and simplicity, like at Maui's Grand Wailea Resort & Spa, where tastefully furnished rooms look out onto the soothing waters of Wailea Bay. Elegant can mean minimalist, as long at it's designed with meticulous attention to harmony, good taste, and detail. Take that description as your mantra at Kona Village Resort on Hawaii's Big Island, a peaceful garden retreat comprising simple thatch-roofed hales that evoke Hawaii's traditional culture and hospitality.

In such locales, it's the little things that matter, like fragrant orchid blossoms that the staff at the Big Island's Four Seasons Hualalai leave floating in your bathtub every evening, or waking up with a private beach on the other side of your bed. Bermuda's Cambridge Beaches or The Reefs are both stellar examples of the fact that location, location, location is one sure way to seal the romantic deal.


Published: 3 May 2005 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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