We can’t help it—between the stresses of work, school, family and everything in between our go-to escape and safe haven, for the most part, usually involves sandy beaches, crystalline oceans, panoramic views of the sunset and a large cocktail in hand. Islands tourism and vacationing has become the modern-day professional’s own reward for working hard. It’s a combination of the islands’ natural beauty, seclusion, serenity, freedom and sometimes, even spirituality that gives the body the much-needed mental and physical break, and well, simply getaway.
Not all islands are created the same! Not all islands can recreate and package the sense of escape, nature and luxury in one, and believe us, it’s a tough task to accomplish.Thirteen islands stand out from the crowd and comprise our list of the Ultimate Island Getaways. Covering the Great Barrier Reef to the Caribbean, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, the Pacific and the Atlantic, there’s not a single island short of mesmerizing. Fall in love with the islands’ history, culture, sunsets, and even charming cafes where the act of simply observing people is well worth the trip. Each island offers something different, so here’s thirteen islands that will either make your bucket list or finally get you on an airplane and go.