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6 Truly Magical Island Escapes That Are Closer Than You Think

By Natasha Van Der Laan - 09 Aug 2017

6 Truly Magical Island Escapes That Are Closer Than You Think
6 Truly Magical Island Escapes That Are Closer Than You Think
6 Truly Magical Island Escapes That Are Closer Than You Think
6 Truly Magical Island Escapes That Are Closer Than You Think
6 Truly Magical Island Escapes That Are Closer Than You Think
6 Truly Magical Island Escapes That Are Closer Than You Think
6 Truly Magical Island Escapes That Are Closer Than You Think
6 Truly Magical Island Escapes That Are Closer Than You Think
6 Truly Magical Island Escapes That Are Closer Than You Think
6 Truly Magical Island Escapes That Are Closer Than You Think

Winter is well and truly in full swing. While Netflix marathons and copious hot chocolates bring comfort, what we really want need is an island getaway—asap. Ideally, said island getaway will involve all the clichés: endless sunshine, sandy beaches, copious piña coladas (laters, hot chocolate), and a decent dose of magic.

In need of some island-spiration, we turned to the experts at trivago. As the go-to site for finding and comparing hotels, these guys know how to holiday. Their advice? You don’t have to travel to the other side of the world for a well-deserved island getaway—hoorah!

So, cancel your Netflix subscription and dig out your passport—you’re off to warmer weather. Here are six oh-so magical island escapes that are just a short plane ride away.  

Matamanoa Island, Fiji

Picture this: you’re marooned on a deserted island…but with all the luxuries you could ever need. No roads, no crowds—just stunning beaches, vibrant snorkeling, and abundance of palm trees. Sounds blissful, right? Set in the breathtaking Mamanuca Islands of Fiji, you’ll find Matamanoa Island. The island is home to a secluded, adults-only resort with all the trimmings (think a treetop spa and an all-important infinity pool). As the only accommodation on the island, this is tranquillity at its finest.

Malolo Island, Fiji

Malolo Island is another gem in the Mamanuca group of islands. The idyllic Fijian paradise showcases the best of both worlds: relaxation and adventure. Laze the day away on the sandy beaches, or try the likes of snorkeling, windsurfing, and stand-up paddle boarding. On the island, you’ll find Likuliku Lagoon Resort—a luxury, adults-only escape. Opt to stay in an overwater bure and you’ll find yourself perched above a pristine lagoon. The best part? You can soak in the incredible views from your very own grand bathtub—Champagne in hand, of course.

Mo’orea, French Polynesia

Lusting for a Tahitian getaway? Make a beeline for Mo’orea. The French Polynesian island showcases jagged volcanic mountains as well as long, white beaches. While it’s tempting to eat, drink, and sunbathe the day away, no holiday is complete without hiking Mount Tohivea’s dense rainforest and taking in the panoramic views. On the northeast coast of the island, you’ll find Manava Beach Resort & Spa. For the perfect indoor-outdoor flow (or should we say indoor-ocean flow?), nab an overwater bungalow with direct access to the lagoon.

Huahine, French Polynesia

Another French Polynesian gem, Huahine Island is a 40-minute flight from Tahiti. Praised for its mystical, untouched beauty, Huahine is off the beaten tourist tack and truly magical. The scenery is breathtaking with ALL the things: beaches, palm trees, volcanoes, lagoons, jungles and Polynesian ruins. Huahine, you’ve outdone yourself! Stay at the Maitai Lapita Village where you’ll be nestled between a lake and a lagoon—so dreamy.

Aitutaki, Cook Islands

If you’re all about glistening azure waters (you are), look no further than Aitutaki in the Cook Islands. Legend has it that the colour blue was invented here—and, once you arrive, you’ll understand why. Feast your eyes on a breathtaking turquoise lagoon teaming with snorkel-worthy marine life such as turtles and stingrays. Stay at the aptly named Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa—it’s perched directly on the lagoon itself with oh-so romantic overwater bungalows.

Isle Of Pines, New Caledonia

New Caledonia’s Isle Of Pines is known for its white sand beaches and—you guessed it—tall pine trees. Be sure to pack your bikini and a decent book (or two) because the majority of your holiday will be spent swimming and lazing around—dreamy huh? Nestled in the heart of the reef—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is Le Méridien resort. Overlooking Oro Bay Beach, this island getaway features a restaurant brimming with seafood, a bar brimming with cocktails, and an infinity pool brimming with views!  

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