As much as we may hate to admit it, summer is quickly coming to a close. But with the changing leaves and emerging of old sweaters also comes the return of our tropical daydreams. We thought you might need some new food for thought, so below are some of the most exotic and unknown islands around the world. There's new takes on places you might expect a mention (Seychelles, Fiji), island destinations you never thought to explore (Mozambique, Cambodia) and everything in-between. Get ready to delight your imagination and spark the inspiration for your next getaway.
Fregate Island, Seychelles
Fregate Island is about as close as you can come to the biblical Garden of Eden. Not only can you relax on the white-sand beaches with your private butler but you can feel good about doing so knowing that the island also serves as a bird sanctuary and conservation area for endangered hawksbill turtles. Of course, the biggest highlight is an encounter with one of the rare Giant Aldabra Tortoises, of which over 2000 roam the island freely. Talk about Instagrammable.
Mabul Island, Malaysia
For diving enthusiasts, Mabul Island cannot be beaten. Although it is also home to a couple of quaint fishing villages, the main draw is the extensive coral reef which hosts some of the most exotic small marine species in the world. What’s more, the accommodations here are essentially floating resorts built entirely over-water in order to offer visitors direct access to the wildlife below.
Song Saa, Cambodia
You may not think of Cambodia as an island getaway, but Song Saa will undoubtedly change your perspective. Just 35 minutes off the western coast of the country, Song Saa is completely remote and devoid of any interruption from the outside world. Here you can feel free to disconnect under the authentic thatched roofs or hike through the untouched jungle. With only 27 villas you are sure to find peace and harmony on Song Saa’s sandy beaches.
Dolphin Island, Fiji
No doubt Fiji comes to mind when you think of an island paradise. But what about your own private piece of that paradise? Dolphin Island is a 14 acre private hideaway that affords visitors exactly this. It is just twenty minutes from the Fijian mainland and can accommodate only 8 guests. With pristine shores and palm-thatched suites, the property shares the same owners as the infamous Huka Lodge, ensuring the service and destination are something you will never forget.
Jicaro Island, Nicaragua
If you are looking for a getaway with sunny, sandy getaway (because who isn't?) Jicaro Island might be the perfect option for you. A private island located on Lake Nicaragua, this eco-lodge is a nature lover’s paradise. The lodge has been constructed with as many reusable materials as possible, including hurricane downed trees, and offers a quiet seclusion from the rest of the world. Spend your days kayaking and bird-watching or just lounging in the infinity pool and at the spa.
Sumba Island, Indonesia
One of Indonesia’s easternmost islands, Sumba is entirely different from Bali or other better known Indonesian islands. Its extensive beaches are any surfer’s paradise, and it's also home to Nihiwatu, Travel & Leisure Magazine’s 2016 #1 hotel in the world. Not only is the resort an amazing place to stay, but it also contributes to the local Sumbanese people whose unique and mysterious culture you can experience during your time here.
Ibo Island, Mozambique
One of 32 islands along the northeastern cost of Mozambique, Ibo is not quite what you might expect. Although the beaches are a haven for snorkelers and divers alike, the history of the island is pretty unique. There are few other places where by day you can go on a mangrove safari and then by afternoon experience extraordinary Swahili silver artisanship and tour ancient maritime forts. You couldn't ask for a better combination of beauty and history.
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