When the air turns crisp and those long, lazy days of summer are a distant memory, an island escape just may be what you need to recharge and refresh before the busy holiday season. Find serenity amongst white sand beaches, enjoy al fresco dining and sail into the sunset at one of our favorite island getaways this fall.
Rosewood Little Dix Bay: British Virgin Islands
Located on Virgin Gorda, the third-largest island in the British Virgin Islands, this eco-friendly resort recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation. The property stays true to its roots, keeping in harmony with nature. From understated architecture to the use of local cultural motifs, the mid-century modern design enhances the stunning surroundings rather than competing with them. Crisp, clean lines, organic materials, and the natural light accentuate the Caribbean sensibility. And whether you’re indulging your senses in the spa, set high up on the bluff, or savoring the resort’s cuisine amid sweeping sea views, the Rosewood Little Dix Bay is a hidden gem within the archipelago.
Four Seasons Resort: Bali at Jimbaran Bay
If Bali is on your bucket list, the fall is a great time to check that box. Considered the “low season,” resort prices and flights start to drop, yet temperatures remain in the 80s. Idyllic villas bring the sea to your living space with open-air living quarters, secluded infinity pools, a private bale (a Balinese style pergola) and so much more. The Four Seasons Resort Bali offers a host of dining options, but why not start the day with a private champagne breakfast for two in a secluded gazebo on the beach as you watch the sunrise over Jimbaran Bay? Set out on a sunset cruise with canapés or test your culinary skills with Take Home a Taste of Bali, on a once in a lifetime journey.
Boucan by Hotel Chocolat: Saint Lucia
Boucan by Hotel Chocolat is everything you would imagine an island oasis to be: open-air rainforest showers with private verandas overlooking the seascape. And yes, the resort is indeed Saint Lucia’s oldest cocoa estate. So as you would imagine, Chefs de Boucan use cocoa to complement seafood and fruits. The plant’s antioxidant power even makes appearances at The Cocoa-Juvenate Spa in the form of massages and body wraps. Whether floating in the black quartz infinity pool or sipping prosecco while taking in the views of Soufrière Bay’s twin volcanoes, there’s something about the plantation that transports visitors to another time and place.
Kempinski Seychelles Resort: Baie Lazare, Seychelles
The crown jewel of the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Tear yourself away from the white sand shores, and a world of adventure awaits, from fishing to festivals. Five stars luxury abounds in each room of the Kempinski Seychelles Resort. Open your doors and breathe in the fresh island air, bask in lagoon views set against granite formations and take in the splendor of tropical gardens from your terrace. And of course, there’s a luxury spa; after all, this is paradise.
Thanda Island: Shungimbili Island, District of Mafia Island, Tanzania
Thanda Island features only one private villa with five suites as one of the world’s most exclusive islands. A sanctuary set in a tropical paradise, Tanzania’s Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve boasts its own coral reef and pretty much anything else you can imagine. Swim among the ocean’s most gentle creatures, spark your adventure side with a variety of water sports or your inner zen with seaside yoga at the all-inclusive resort. Over the top luxuries include a helipad, exquisite meals, tennis courts and so much more.
So pack your sunscreen and sandals, head to where the island breezes sway this fall.