News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Oct. 18, 2017: Sunsets on the ocean beach, exotic cocktails under palm trees swaying from a light breeze: what can be better than a romantic island getaway? But how to pick the best destination? It all depends on your personal preferences and the time of the year. Here are four romantic islands to choose from.
Folegandros Island, Greece
If you’re planning a romantic honeymoon, there’s no point in going too far, since a long flight may make the first impression of our holiday not as pleasant as you expect. Why not go to Greece? The island of Folegandros of the Cyclades archipelago is a place away from city noise, nightclubs, thousands of tourists, and huge hotels.
Folegandros is eleven square miles of land with beaches, where you can enjoy the sun lazily plunging into the waters of the ancient Aegean Sea, lovely village taverns, cobbled streets, and whitewashed churches. Here you can wander the narrow paths along the sea coast, have some rest in one of the bays, and try amazing local cocktails.
The best time for a holiday in this romantic island is in May, June, July, August, and September. You can get to this pearl of the Aegean from the Athenian port of Piraeus or by ferry from Santorini.
Those who want to enjoy privacy romantic island getaways provide, but get all the delights of a luxury vacation at the same time, should check out Mauritius. Blue lagoons, yachting, golf, diving, five-star bungalows on the beaches, and romantic restaurants, as well as the stunning beauty of the coral reefs, and the Blue Bay Maritime Reserve: all this is waiting for you on this picturesque island.
Well, if you want no one to bother you, just rent a nice little island, located west of Mauritius. There’s only one villa, which was once built by British Governor Hesketh Bell. This house in the Moorish style will be an ideal haven for a couple of romantics.
It’s better to go to Mauritius in late May, summer, or in autumn. You can get to Mauritius by plane, but to reach that little private island, you need a boat. By the way, you probably won’t need a visa to visit Mauritius.
When it comes to best romantic island getaways, most people imagine the palm trees, sea, endless beaches, and the scorching sun. But the fresh north wind, the warmth of the fireplace, and the old castle towers are no less romantic. You can see it for yourself by going to the Scottish island of Mall, which belongs to the Inner Hebrides archipelago.
Here you can stroll through the moorland hills, have a snack in one of the pubs in fishing villages, admire the beautiful lakes, visit the estate of the Maclean clan – the Duart castle and, of course, the main attraction of the island, the stern Glengorm Castle, where you can stop for a few days, by the way.
Such romantic islands as Mall are perfect for a vacation in the middle of spring or in autumn. You can get there by ferry from Oban.
Lamu Island, Kenya
The traditional entertainment for tourists in Africa is, of course, a safari. But choosing a romantic trip to the Kenyan island of Lamu (which is only 0,6 miles wide), located in the eastern part of the country, you can break the stereotypes.
The amazing Old Town and Swahili villages, mangroves, no cars, small, cozy houses, narrow streets without names, which you can walk on foot or use the only local transport – cute little donkeys, beautiful beaches, boat trips, coral reefs, and diving – all this Lamu.
Mid-summer or spring is a perfect time to visit this unforgettable place. The easiest way to get to Lamu is to book a flight from Nairobi or Mombasa. As for a place to stay, you can rent a private boarding house, a villa on the ocean coast, or a fashionable hotel. The choice is great.