Thursday, October 30, 2014

5 of the best Desert Island Holidays

It’s almost that time of year where many people flock somewhere warm to escape the winter blues. In this week’s blog post, we feature several of Holiday Lettings top picks for spectacular private island getaways.

Collanmore Lodge, Collanmore, Ireland

Clew Bay has an island for every day of the year. At its heart is Collanmore Island, an outstandingly beautiful setting with sensational bay views. Why not take them in from Collanmore Lodge? Check out its private bar, hot tub, sauna and landscaped gardens too – they’re perfect for relaxing in after a day exploring the island.

The island is only a minute from the mainland and 12 minutes from Westport town. Start your cycling trip on the famous Great Western Greenway trail there. Climb iconic Croagh Patrick, the nearby pilgrimage mountain. You can also walk to Westport House and Country Estate, one of Ireland’s favourite tourist attractions.

Apurawan Villa, Puerto Princesa, Philippines

Gaze at the South China Sea all day from your own white sandy beach when you stay in this gorgeous Apurawan villa. Make coconut oil and sample it in delicious local fish dishes, or plant fruit and tropical hardwood trees in the garden. At night, you can fall asleep soothed by the sounds of the waves and rainforest.

The Subterranean River National Park is worth a special trip when you’re in this area. Here you’ll find the earth’s longest navigable underground river and, reputedly, its most beautiful. It winds through a spectacular cave for 8.2 kilometres before flowing into the sea.   

Coconut Villa, Koh Mak, Thailand

This luxury villa offers abundant tropical gardens with stunning views across the water to the islands in the Marine National Park. Fancy a swimming pool? Sunbathing areas? Traditional Thai massages? It’s all included here.

Dotted among the island’s 10,000 palm trees you’ll find a temple, three fishing villages, rubber plantations, two uninhabited beaches, a market and three diving schools. You can kayak to small offshore islands or take a boat trip and go snorkelling.

Citronelle, Eden Island, Seychelles

Photo credit: alexander.mussard (license)

Sit out on your apartment deck in one of the world’s most exclusive residential marinas when you stay at Citronelle. Stroll down the pontoon to book a boat trip or spend a day island-hopping around Praslin, La Digue or Cerf.

You can watch giant tortoises and birds in their natural environment, or dive among reefs, wrecks and canyons teeming with exotic life. When you tire of beaches you can trek inland on jungle trails, try a great local restaurant, or simply enjoy the gentle pace of island life.

Sekawa Beach Cottage, Savusavu, Fiji

Wake up in the cool of this Fijian forest cottage to the sounds of tropical bird song. Wander along your private beach collecting shells. Or take to the water and admire Savusavu Bay’s characterful Fijian villages, immaculate coral reefs and picturesque fishing boats.

Savusavu town is charmingly quaint, a sweetly perfumed South Pacific port filled with hibiscus flowers, surrounded by gentle verdant hills and tucked into a wide bay. Here you can do it all, from visiting waterfalls to watching rugby, or just relaxing in a hammock.

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