April 2, 2023

Coconut palms, colorful sunsets and culinary creations beckon those needing to escape from everyday life. If you find yourself dreaming of downtime, pack your bags and head to one of our five favorite island resorts.

West Bay Club Luxury Resort: Grace Bay Beach Turks and Caicos

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With its boutique vibe, opulent all oceanfront suites and the largest beach on the island, you’d be hard pressed to find a more luxurious resort. Located on the Grace Bay Beach, West Bay Club beautifully merges the warmth of home with first-class amenities. Perfect for multigenerational families, the resort’s spacious accommodations range from studios to three-bedroom oceanfront suites, boasting 3800 sqft of space. Unprecedented personalized service, the new entertainment oasis Kids Town, babysitting, and concierge services mean a bliss-filled week for the entire family.

Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel: Crete

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Escape to the luxurious Elounda Peninsula, perched on the water’s edge where beautiful views of the iridescent Aegean Sea and Sitia mountains blur lines of natural beauty. The resort’s recent unveiling of two new prestigious two bedroom seafront “Diamond Residences” resonate a timeless elegance. A new addition, the largest seafront pool on the island of Crete, joins the resort’s famed beach area. Visitors flock to the shores for smooth sandy shallows, crystal waters and wave free locale. Relax at the Six Senses Spa featuring wellness rituals from rejuvenating to sleep-inducing. With eight restaurants and four lounges on property, you’ll never have to venture far for a world of gastronomy.

Myconian Villa Collection, Mykonos

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Elegantly appointed spacious suites, personalized around the clock service and a world-class Thalasso spa give the 5-star resort a spot in our top five favorite island resorts. Nestled in the hillside above Elia Bay, terraced villas take advantage of uninterrupted views of the Aegean Sea. Designed for ultimate privacy and utter relaxation, the resort caters to discerning families seeking to combine the opulence of an indulgent getaway with exclusive personalized service. In addition, Myconian Villa Collection allows guests to enjoy the services and amenities of their adjacent sister properties – Myconian Utopia Resort, Myconian Avaton Resort, Royal Myconian Resort and Myconian Imperial Resort.

Mirihi Island Resort: Maldives

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A 30-minute seaplane ride from Male, Maldives lies Mirihi Island a bare-foot luxury, boutique hotel located in the South Ari Atoll. A private island, fringed with white sand beaches and crystalline waters, Mirihi Island, has just 39 villas – creating a haven of peace and tranquility. Accommodations range from two bedrooms with two open-air bathrooms to beach villas with sun decks and outdoor showers. Aside from a lavish level of amenities, including the 2019 World Luxury Spa Award-Winning Duniyespa, Mirihi’s newest programs offer innovative options such as vegan cooking classes. After whipping up delicious dishes, guests will have the opportunity to sample their creations in a romantic and gastronomic feast for two.

Gaya Island Resort: Borneo

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Combine your love of wildlife and nature, at Gaya Island Resort in Borneo. The stunning five-star sanctuary emphasizes wildlife and the natural world. Within the protected Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and pristine sandy coast of Malohom Bay, the resort’s setting is blessed with proboscis monkeys, twilight fireflies, bearded pigs, and more. The walking-only resort let’s you experience the authentic way of life in harmony with nature. For the ultimate experience book the Kinabalu Villa, brimming with views stretching across the South China Sea to the silhouette of Mount Kinabalu. As well as wildlife adventures, Gaya Island offers authentic flavors from Borneo and an award-winning Spa Village.

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