5 ISLAND GETAWAYS: ARE PALM TREES ALWAYS REQUIRED?
Snuggle up to these amazing and romantic island getaways
I just got back from an island – a big one…Scotland.
We loved our trip to rugged Scotland, but most people don’t think island when they think Scotland even though it is part of the British Isles! When most think island they think swaying palm trees and lots of sand. Well, believe it or not, there are all sorts of different types of islands. There is an island for just about everyone, especially if you are looking rekindle the romance in your life. And, after our big family trip to Scotland, I might be ready to take some time out with my husband and visit a more traditionally romantic island destination!
This photo was taking from our hotel room on our last romantic getaway to Bermuda
Here are five islands — for all tastes — where you can sit, sip, swim, hold hands, and just take in the majesty of big water.
The Ultimate Tropical Fantasy
Fiji is the dream! With over 300 separate islands — many of them almost completely untouched — Fiji has it all. You can pamper yourself in a secluded, luxurious resort; submerge yourself in the breathtaking wonderland of exotic fish, gorgeous coral, and crystal clear waters with a scuba dive for two. If you’re rady to propose, consider that in 2014, the Fiji tourism board reported 600 asks…and 600 yeses!
The Adventure of a Lifetime
For a snorkeling adventure that will stay with your for a lifetime, you can’t beat the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. This is the place for you if you crave discovery. The Great Barrier Reef is unparalleled is its sheer magnitude. Head for one of the 74 Whitsunday Islands, only 8 of which are inhabited, or take in a sea plane tour of the heart-shaped Hardy Lagoon.
When Tropical Is Just Not Your Thing
If you prefer milder temps, cozy, elegant B&Bs and Craftsman-era resorts, the San Juan Islands in Puget Sound could be the answer. This is the place to be if you love dramatic coastlines with orcas, towering evergreens and mountains galore. Close to Seattle and Victoria, to name just two, travel is easy and can provide diversity of experiences.
A French Connection
If you’re looking for something unique in the Mediterranean, book an adventure on Corsica. Birthplace of Napoleon and part of France, this island retains its fierce cultural independence, and the result is a marvelous blend of Italian and French cultures, wine, food, and language. I visited here on my honeymoon! Think emerald waters, dramatic rocky cliffs and hiking in mountains. Enjoy accommodations ranging from charming to luxurious – and of course – sampling cheeses, honey and other island delicacies.
Private Island Caribbean
For the ultimate in a private-island escape, I have to mention Belize. Often overlooked in favor of more famous places, Belize is only two hours from Miami and boasts some of the most pristine shoreline in the world. Cayo Espanto, just off the coast of Belize, is a private island resort with several secluded 5-star villas, and was recently named the #1 honeymoon spot in the world. One of the bungalows, set 150 feet out in the water, features glass floors through which you can view the colorful and varied sea life.
If you love the idea of a beach getaway but need help finding just the perfect destination for your vacation-for-two, let’s set up a time to chat! There are a million opportunities to rekindle the flame — and one of them has your name on it.