Feeling loaded and want to get away from everyone in some remote islands? This article is for you! We have put together a list of the world’s most luxurious and remote islands for your considerations!
1. Thanda Island
In the Indian Ocean off the coast between the mainland of Tanzania and Mafia Island, you will discover Thanda Island, a luxury private island resort. If you are looking for a secluded private tropical Island for two, family or a group of friends, Thanda Island will be the perfect luxurious accommodation for you. Thanda Island is a remote private sanctuary that offers one luxurious villa and two traditional bandas, the bandas are beach chalets which can accommodate your friends or family, and they are ultra-luxurious and laid back.
Thanda Island is fondly known as the ‘Maldives of Africa’ because of its tropical fish, sparkling clear blue waters, in fact, the water is so clear you can see the beautiful colours of the coral reef below. The island is small, with only eight hectares of land, 350 meters wide and one kilometre in circumference. Thanda Island is a dream come true for any visitor as it is a fairly undiscovered natural little gem.
The guests of Thanda Island can get the once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with whale sharks, known to be the gentle giant of the sea or see turtles hatching. Thanda Island also offers exhilarating water sports and island activities for both the older and younger groups. You will come away from this holiday feeling relaxed and simply spoilt in every way.
2. Easter Island
Easter Island is one of those exotic Islands that should be high on your list of ‘dream’ destinations. Easter Island is a remote volcanic island of Chilean territory in Polynesia, and to the locals, it’s known as Rapa Nui. The Island is an archaeological site known worldwide for its approximately 900 monumental stone statues called ‘Moai’ dating back more than 400 years. These statues can be found along the coastlines and were made by the early Rapa Nui people during the 13th–16th centuries. These impressive “heads” as they seem to look like are actually complete torsos, over the years many have become buried up to their necks.
Watching the sunrise over the 15 Moai in Ahu Tongariki is unique as it has the most successful restored Moais and has become one of the most popular things to do. There are two beautiful beaches to enjoy a day with family, swimming or picnicking: Anakena Beach is a little bit of heaven with its white sand and crystal-clear blue waters. To end the day take a drive to the Rapa Nui, a remote location making it the most phenomenal area, as the sun sets its the start for stars to come out and put on their best display while you gaze up mesmerized at the night sky, leaving you spellbound.
3. The Seychelles
The words ‘tropical paradise’ are the only two words capable of accurately describing the Seychelles Islands. While almost every island on earth ticks off the ‘crystal clear water’ and ‘palm tree’ boxes, there’s few that can measure up to Seychelles in terms of nature. Seychelles is made up of jungles and rainforests, home to exotic birds and plant life, and to make it that much more enchanting, the lush greenery meets the most turquoise of waters along the coastline. The ocean is filled with colourful marine life making it a favourite for snorkelling and scuba diving, while the rainforests are ideal for the avid hikers and nature enthusiasts. For the foodies, Seychelles is known for some of the best seafood in the world – and the Creole influence makes it all the better. We’d recommend you stay in Mahe for a few nights before moving onto other parts of the island including Praslin (known for the bluest water), and La Digue which is less touristy and incredibly beautiful.
Zanzibar has long since been a favourite amongst travellers who are looking for laid back island vibes but with a taste of culture, history and fun land and sea activities. The port of Zanzibar was once the central hub for international spice trade – and still today, the island produces and exports a large number of spices across the globe.
With a rich history and a strong Islamic culture which has influenced the architecture, gastronomy and beliefs, Zanzibar is an island with substance. While lazing on the white sand beaches and frolicking in the crystal waters is a must, you shouldn’t forget to visit Zanzibar’s Olde Town. With its narrow, cobbled streets it has a similar look and feels to Europe, though the African and Islamic influence is prevalent, making it that much more unique.