January 30, 2023

Infinity pools, sensational sea views, and bespoke accommodations all add to the allure of fantastic island hotels. Whether you’re searching for some sand and sand or serious storm watching (yes there’s a hotel for that), these island hotels fit the bill.

Waldorf Astoria, Maldives Ithaafushi

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Do overwater villas ever get old? Escape to the lush and lovely Waldorf Astoria Maldives, Ithaafushi Private Island paradise, for the ultimate bucket list vacation. The luxe hotel features 122 beaches, reef and overwaters villas with private pools and 11 dining venues, including an elevated treetop restaurant. If you’re wondering how to spend the holidays this year, book the Christmas Eve Gala Dinner or compulsory New Year’s Eve Dinner. Bring the entire family or make it a romantic couples getaway and escape to the spa sanctuary which boasts the Maldives first-ever wellness concierge service.

 COMO Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos

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Whether you’re exploring the private island or retreating to your luxe accommodations, COMO Parrot Cay exudes beach vibe chic. Clean white décor, insurmountable natural light, and teak furnishings create inviting spaces. Make the ultimate splurge and book a villa. They come with private pools and personal butlers, of course. The COMO Shambhala Retreat offers Asian inspired treatments, Ayurveda aromatherapy, and other holistic approaches to mental quietude. Indulge in Caribbean-inspired dishes sourced from local and organic ingredients without ever leaving the hotel.

Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, Canada

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The Wickaninnish Inn’s compelling location, on the far edge of Vancouver Island, jets out from the rich rainforest to the rugged Pacific Ocean. Not your typical island escape, the inn is noted for its storm watching events. Radiating rustic elegance, you’ll find a cozy retreat with in-room fireplaces, floor to ceiling windows and private terraces perfect for viewing nature’s show. Dare to get lost among the winding paths, vast dunes, and churning sea.

Discovery Shores, Boracay, Philippines

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So idyllic it’s almost cliché, Discovery Shores sits along with the powder white sands of the world-famous Boracay Island. Don’t just take our word for it. The hotel consistently wins the “world best awards,” and it’s easy to see why. The crown jewel of Boracay features 99 rooms including indulgent suites with balconies and private infinity pools radiating from a separate living space. There’s no need to leave the property for fine dining, since Indigo Restaurant’s seasonal menu of creative coastal cuisine received accolades from Phillippine Tatler’s Best Restaurants List.

Zemi Beach House, Anguilla

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Anguilla’s elegant newcomer sits perfectly tucked within six acres of Shoal Bay East.  Blurring the boundaries between your private pool and the sparkling blue waters of the Eastern Caribbean, Zemi Beach House’s Penthouse suite gives you 2500 sq feet of living space to relax in. What screams vacation vibes more than handcrafted cocktails? Stop by the hotel’s Rhum Room where mixologists serve up savory libations infused with exotic and local ingredients, including more than 100 single batch single estate rums. Whether you’re rekindling romance on the shores with a candlelight beach dinner or finding your inner flow during early morning yoga at the Zemi Tahi house, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more idyllic island hotel. 

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