When I picture my dream holiday, I envisage crystal blue waters, miles of white grainy sand and lush-green surroundings; most importantly the concept of being secluded from crowded metros and sky-scraping marvels. Yes, we are taking a glimpse at the world’s top islands.
As per the list by Tripadvisor of the World’s Top Islands in 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards, we have detailed out an island list just for you. Voted by users of the travel website, these islands are your best bets this holiday season.
The list has been complied as per reviews garnered by customers based on hotels and attractions. From the sun-kissed islands of Turks and Caicos to the awe-inspiring beauty of Santorini, we have it all for you.
Here’s the list of World’s Top Islands in 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards by Tripadvisor.
#10 Fernando De Noronha, Brazil
Brazil’s Fernando de Noronha is legendary as an eco-wonderland and a beach-lovers’ haven, where even the sharks are friendly. Fernando de Noronha is, strictly speaking, an archipelago made up of one 11-square-mile chunk of volcanic rock and 20 smaller islands. Apparently Naomi Campbell often visits the island after Sao Paulo Fashion Week. A three-hour round trip by boat from the island’s small harbour is a great introduction to the island, and features a 40-minute snorkelling stop at the astoundingly pretty Baia do Sancho.
#9 Bora Bora, French Polynesia
The island of Bora Bora, with a lagoon resembling an artist’s palette of blues and greens, is a visual delight. Romantics from around the world have laid foot on this island where the castle-like Mount Otemanu pierces the sky. This could be easily be described as the centre of the honeymooners, where luxury resorts and spas dot the island with overwater bungalows and thatched roof villas.
#8 Mauritius, Africa
One of Africa’s great destinations, surrounded by the turquoise Indian Ocean, inhabited by a multi-faceted population, surrounded with lush-green golf courses, offering a variety of water sports, mountain trekking, hunting, bird watching, dotted with luxurious resorts along with the budgeted bunch and a culinary delight! This in addition to being an old colonial capital, and featuring one of the world’s best botanical gardens, good nightlife, beautiful beach bars, UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Need we say more?!
#7 Bali, Indonesia
With its skyline of gorgeous mountains and pointed pagodas, it’s no wonder Bali means “heaven.” On this Indonesian island, you can tour ancient temples, play with Sumatran elephants or simply lounge in one of many resplendent oceanfront resorts. With one of the most fantastical landscape: towering volcanoes wrapped in a deep green forests, sandy shores that slide into turquoise water, and curving coastlines crowned with staggered pagodas, Bali never disappoints.
Madeira is one of those coast-side wonders that offers every European comfort with almost every tropical luxury. But Madeira is not Ibiza. It attracts a more mature clientele, and the enthusing is limited to the island’s dramatic scenery and botanical wonders. Most of the island is an exuberant botanical garden of volcanic soil where just about anything grows. It seems most visitors are content to wander around the capital and nearby villages.