Whether travellers are looking for full room service, spas and fine restaurants or a more low-key kind of luxury, there are plenty of relaxing vacation destinations to choose from. From five-star suites in internationally renowned hotels such as the Sheraton Waikiki in Hawaii, to self-contained beach bungalows like those found on Florida’s Little Palm Island, there’s a luxury island getaway to suit all tastes.

Lounging on the beach in Waikiki, Hawaii

Private islands

Relaxing means different things to different people. For some, it’s having one’s every need met by a team of discreet staff who smooth out the difficulties of daily life and make one feel like a millionaire or celebrity. For others, relaxing means having access to the best facilities, such as an exclusive spa, fine dining in elite restaurants or select accommodation and transport, while others prefer a more private luxury. Renting a private island, even for only a short time, can provide the illusion of status and celebrity for any traveler who chooses this type of luxury vacation.

Renting a private island can be costly, but there are more economical options. Instead of leasing the entire island for the whole vacation period, it is possible to rent one for just a day. Prickly Pear Island is one such island for rent and is only a short hop away from the Caribbean island of Antigua. Offering total seclusion with a buffet and bar included, this private little paradise will make any traveler feel like a star.

For those looking for a longer stay in a secluded paradise, another option is to visit a luxury island complex; it won’t be utterly private, but many of these destinations are small and the accommodation is widely spaced, so running into neighbors is unlikely. Fiji’s Turtle Island offers accommodation to only 14 couples at a time and is a perfect example of an all-inclusive retreat. The sense of isolation and tranquility in such resorts cannot fail to give the traveler a sense of relaxed well-being.

Stunning hotels

Hotel extravagance is yet another way to indulge on a luxury vacation. Pampering and wish-fulfillment are the order of the day in any number of five-star hotels located on some of the world’s most beautiful islands. What could be better than spending the day exploring a tropical paradise before heading back to the splendor and hedonistic glories of an award-winning restaurant, a well-stocked bar and world-class entertainment and shopping?

The island of Mauritius, located in the Indian Ocean, is just one destination that can provide exactly that mix of exotic spectacle and luxury. Explore the island, take advantage of the many fishing and diving expeditions out in the coastal waters and discover the natural wonders of the ecosystem, then refresh and relax in the sumptuous surroundings of one of the island’s many excellent hotels.

Boutique style

Small boutique hotels are scattered throughout the Caribbean arc, the island chains of Indonesia, the South Pacific and elsewhere. These intimate and often themed hotels are devoted to providing a luxurious experience for island visitors. Grenada, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Bali are just three of the world’s most exceptional islands that offer stylish boutique accommodation for the discerning traveler in search of a luxurious and relaxing vacation.

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