20 Relaxing Tropical Island Vacation Ideas
Tropical islands are located within 23 1/2 degrees north or south of the equator. They enjoy warm weather year-round with plenty of sunshine. Depending on where you want to go, there are many choices around the world, including Hawaii, Fiji, the Caribbean and Bora Bora. Other great getaways include Florida, Madeira Island, Italy and Washington State.
Oahu is the most popular, home to the famous Waikiki Beach and Honolulu, the state capital. Maui offers several luxury resorts, 16 golf courses and a 10,023-foot dormant volcano. Molokai and Lanai can both be reached by ferry from Maui; or you can fly there from Honolulu.
Hawaii's Big Island is the largest, featuring Volcanoes National Park, beautiful waterfalls and beaches. Kauai is known for its lush tropical vegetation and has been used as the setting for many movies.
Accommodation options include hotels, resorts and condo rentals. Whether you want to visit famous national parks like Haleakala and Volcanoes, take a helicopter tour, go hiking or surfing, there are many activities to choose from.
Here you will find beautiful beaches, clear water, warm tropical weather and unique accommodations, including romantic cottages. Activities include swimming, diving, snorkeling, sailing and fishing.
A trip to the Caribbean means plenty of relaxation time on sandy beaches, warm weather and water-based activities. Some of the best places to go include all-inclusive resorts such as Jumby Bay and Turtle Beach. Hotel Love in Saint Martin has oceanview rooms with affordable rates from just $130 per night. Located on the island of St Thomas, Bolongo Bay offers a great variety of entertainment.
Fiji is comprised of many tropical islands famous for their azure waters and white-sand beaches. There are many resorts to choose from, including the Jean-Michel Cousteau and Yasawa. For more choices visit the Fiji Visitors Bureau web site where you can browse different accommodations by price, size and location.
Bora Bora is one of the most beautiful islands in Tahiti, located south of the equator, in the same time zone as Hawaii. The beaches on Bora Bora are protected by a coral reef. Le Meridien Bora Bora offers bungalows over the water.
Fiji and French Polynesia take longer to get to, but offer unique over-water accommodations, incredible scuba diving and snorkeling. These islands are especially popular with honeymooners who usually have time to get away for a longer time.
If you are looking for a romantic getaway where you can relax and get away from the stress of daily life without leaving luxury behind, head to Palazzo Versace. Located on Australia's Gold Coast, Palazzo Versace will provide you with great food, fine service, and luxury accommodations. Stay in one of the hotel deluxe suites or condominiums and enjoy your morning coffee from Versace China. Begin your day together by the pool and then try some shopping at the Marina Mirage. Try lunch at the Vie Restaurant and Bar with views overlooking the marina.
If you still need to relax, try a full body treatment at the Palazzo Versace Spa, Salus Per Aquum. You can also book a dual treatment at the couples suite, a great idea if you are on your honeymoon in Australia. Dual massage beds and soft candlelight create an intimate setting for you to enjoy your choice of body treatment in the company of your partner.
Looking for something more active? Try some 4-wheel-drive trekking or outback adventures. There is also golf nearby. For the ultimate thrill, a seaplane can pick you up from the resort and fly you off to the Great Barrier Reef.
Hayman is another fabulous island getaway in Australia, offering scuba diving, luxury accommodations and a great spa.
Thailand is a popular destination for honeymooners and couples who love beaches. Here you will find some of the world's best spas, delicious food and five star service. Naka has stunning private villas with unique modern architecture and calm tropical surroundings.
The newly opened AKARYN Samui is set on a sandy bay with luxury service that includes delivery of snacks, slices for the eyes, fresh towels and more.
Some of the most spectacular scenery can be found in the Maldives which have been the location for filming world famous movies. This is the place for overwater bungalows where you can jump in and swim with the fish as much as your heart desires. Check into Angsana Velavaru which is fronted by powdery white sand. You will be able to enjoy stunning sunsets, relaxing massages and dinners over the water.