British Virgin Islands
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Made up of 60 islands, this Caribbean archipelago is one of the best sailing destinations on Earth. The islands, locally known as “nature’s little secrets”, boast reef-edged beaches and great rum shacks. Don’t miss the house-sized boulders, called The Baths, on the island of Virgin Gorda.
Cape Verde Islands, Africa
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Lying off the west coast of the continent, Cape Verde’s 10 islands are a go-to destination for white sandy beaches, superb watersports and dramatic hiking trails. The culture is influenced by Portugal and Africa and it has a rich history and ancient sites. Not to be missed is the magnificent old fort on Santiago.
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This is the biggest of the Balearic Islands, known for its beach resorts, sheltered coves, limestone mountains and Roman and Moorish remains. It’s a mecca for sun worshippers throughout the summer and a favourite holiday destination of Spain’s royal family.
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Known as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”, Mauritius is located off the south-east coast of Africa. Beyond the pristine beaches, lush rainforests and waterfalls, there’s a friendly, diverse community with European, African and Asian cultures.
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Located in the western Pacific Ocean, this archipelago is made up of more than 250 limestone rock islands almost untouched by tourists. Diving is the biggest drawcard: the islands boast a mix of unspoiled reefs, vertigo-inducing drop-offs, thrilling drift dives and one of the Pacific's largest collection of WWII shipwrecks.
Palawan Island, Philippines
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It’s a largely unexplored and unexploited province of wonderful scenery and idyllic tropical beauty. A haven for snorkelling and diving, visitors can enjoy untouched beaches, clear waters and World-Heritage sites, including Puerto Princesa Subterranean River and Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park.
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Red-sand beaches and cliffside villages overlooking the Aegean Sea is what makes this Mediterranean island among the most romantic destinations. Pull up a chair and watch the sunset from Oia – it’s said to be one of the most beautiful in the world.
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This lush island boasts some of the most breathtaking and diverse scenery in all of the Caribbean. Adventure seekers flock to the Pitons, two volcanic peaks, for hiking, zip-lining, safari tours, rainforest treks and open-air gondola rides. The island is also famous for its annual jazz festival, held in the Northern Hemisphere’s spring.
The Whitsundays, Australia
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The group of 74 islands lies in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and offers world-class sailing, diving and snorkelling. Most of the islands are uninhabited National Parks teeming with beautiful animal, bird and marine life. Whitehaven Beach, on Whitsunday Island, is renowned for its pure-white silica sand.
Tahiti, French Polynesia
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Located in the heart of the South Pacific, French Polynesia’s largest island is dotted with rainforests and mountains fringed by infamous black-sand beaches. It’s a popular spot for honeymoons and weddings, luring couples with its exotic overwater bungalows and picture-perfect surrounds.
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There’s no shortage of five-star hotels at this glamorous seaside getaway in the south of Italy. The island is made up of magnificent cliffs and caves, provocative architecture and medieval alleyways. It’s a magnet for the rich and famous, thanks to its beautiful scenery and designer shopping.
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The Cook Islands are a spectacular stretch of 15 atolls in the South Pacific. With some of the best beaches and lagoons in the world, the archipelago is a castaway’s dream. It’s also popular with honeymooners and families.