20 Relaxing Tropical Island Vacations
A vacation in the tropics means sandy beaches, palm trees and warm sunny days that invite you to relax and unwind surrounded by ocean views. There are many amazing destinations to choose from, from the islands in the South Pacific and Hawaii to the Caribbean and Thailand. Many of the Caribbean islands like the Bahamas and Barbados are quite easy to get to from mainland U.S.A. and Europe. It’s not unusual for couples to plan a quick 3- or 4-day trip that allows them to relax on the beach. If you can, get away for at least a week and sink into that amazing feeling of leaving the worries of daily life behind. Honeymooners should be especially picky when it comes to choosing the perfect getaway.
If you are on a budget, a trip to the tropics doesn’t have to break the bank. Look for off season specials and less expensive destinations such as Jamaica or Curacao where you can get a room with sea views for under $100. Top luxury tropical vacations include private island resorts in Fiji, five star getaways in Bora Bora, beach hotels in Hawaii, Thailand, Maldives and Australia. These islands are located within 23.5 degrees north and south of the equator.
With so many great destinations available in the Caribbean, you may have a hard time deciding exactly where to go. Islands like Anguilla, St Barts, the BVI and the US Virgin Islands offer a diverse choice of accommodations, activities and restaurants. You can get your scuba diving certification, go hiking to scenic waterfalls and book massages. There is great choice of small intimate hotels with an emphasis on personal service, and larger resorts offering water slides, pools and kids’ clubs. Among the top all-inclusive options in the Caribbean are Bolongo Bay which offers live entertainment, Couples Swept Away for honeymooners and Jumby Bay where you can an amazing variety of sea life.
Although not the easiest tropical destination to get to, Fiji is absolutely amazing. Islands of various sizes are covered with pristine white-sand beaches, reefs teeming with marine life and colorful sunsets overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Secluded private island hideaways were built to offer vacationers what they can’t find anywhere else: a castaway-like experience that makes you feel completely connected to the ocean. Some of the islands offer ultra-luxury villas with private pools while others are more unassuming and built to blend with nature. At night, stroll along the sandy beach, feet touching the sand, and gaze up at the incredible night sky. Yasawa Island Resort, located in the remote Yasawa Group, is an incredible place for scuba diving, secluded beach picnics and beaches dotted with palm trees. Visit our Fiji travel page for more amazing ideas.
Maui, Oahu, the Big Island and Kauai are just a 6-hour flight from the West Coast of the United States. Many Californians keep a second home on one of the islands, getting away for Christmas, Thanksgiving and other major holidays. Hawaii is an amazing destination, featured in countless movies and offering a diverse range of experiences. There are many luxury resorts in Hawaii, as well as more affordable condo rentals and B&Bs. The most expensive part of the trip is airfare, so it’s a good idea to look for low season prices. If you decide to go during spring break, Labor Day or Memorial Day, don’t wait until the last minute or you may not get a seat. Fly to Oahu where you can spend a night on the famous Waikiki Beach, or directly to Maui or the Big Island.
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.