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Island Escapes for Winter

Looking for a little winter sun? We so know the feeling! It's that time of year where it's all too easy to feel run-down and depleted. To get the vitamin D levels topped up, we asked London based luxury travel PR & writer, Alexandra Delf, to share where the it-crowd are currently restoring and reviving this winter. Photo by Zoran Zonde Stojanovski on Unsplash

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St Lucia, Caribbean

For dramatic tropical views and vistas, look no further than St Lucia. Offering a stunning natural landscape that’s ideal for hiking and exploring, there are rainforest adventures on zipwires, golden sands and palm fringed beaches. It's ideal for a little action and A LOT of relaxation. Retreat to the luxurious Marigot Bay Resort and Marina and take in what’s said to be the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean. Oh and did we mention, we love their lunar inspired spa treatment?

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Motu Tautau islet, French Polynesia

Motu Tautau islet is a tiny private island with spectacular views of neighbouring Taha’a and Bora Bora and home to Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa. This is the only Relais & Chateaux property in French Polynesia with traditional Polynesian architecture and home to a protected coral garden. Exhilarating local activities include visits to pearl farms and vanilla plantations at neaby Taha’a island otherwise known as ‘The Vanilla Island’.

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Pantelleria, Italy

The black pearl of the Mediterranean, this lesser known island is an idyllic location through the seasons. If you are looking for a winter sun location in Europe, this is the hideaway of choice for those in know, including Giorgio Armani. Located within easy reach of Sicily, this historic island offers pre-historic tombs, a heart shaped lake and serious star gazing. Sikelia Luxury Retreat offers a stylish hideaway from which to explore.

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Koh Yao Noi, Thailand

Often described as one of the most beautiful, untouched, islands in Thailand, Koh Yao Noi is just a 30 minute boat ride away from the popular beach town of Phuket. Our favorite place to stay is Eagle's Nest, Luxury villa. The ultimate tropical island hideaway, this chic 4 bedroom private villa is perfect retreat for a family or group of friends who want an ultra-memorable getaway.

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Zanzibar, Tanzania

Rich in culture and history, Zanzibar is a unique destination. In addition to the glittering turquoise waters and long sandy beaches, make time to explore the World Heritage Site of Stone Town which offers winding lanes filled with antique carved doorways. Wander through the historic trade centre or the bustling bazaars and markets and discover why Zanzibar is known as the spice island. Escape to Matemwe Lodge to the North of the island for laid back chic and tropical beach front chalets.

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Easter Island, Chile

One of the most remote inhabited islands on earth and also one of the most mysterious, Easter Island is famous for its Moai upright stone figures carved by the Rapa Nui people. Visitors to this enchanting island in the Pacific Ocean can expect a one of a kind cultural experience complemented by excellent diving and surfing. Explora Rapa Nui is situated in a quiet and peaceful area of Easter Island, offering over 30 guided tours of the island from hiking and biking to snorkelling and scuba diving, discover the island with their local guides.

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Crete, Greece

With one of the warmest climates in Europe, Crete offers almost year-round sun. Don’t go expecting Caribbean temperatures, however do go expecting sunny days, sensational Greek cuisine and over 500 beaches to choose from scattered around the island where it’s still warm enough to swim. Luxuriate at Elounda Peninsula one of Crete’s finest hotels, boasting an incredible Six Senses Spa which stays open until late October or alternatively post October relax in Chania, Crete’s second city at Casa Delfino, a former Venetian mansion.

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Fiji, South Pacific

One of the world’s finest private islands, Laucala Island is the ultimate Fijian island resort offering 25 unique villas. Owned by Dietrich Mateschitz the Red Bull co-owner a private rainforest and coconut groves are just the beginning, this is a serious once in a lifetime experience. Horseback riding along palm fringed beaches, a $2 million submarine at your disposal, a dramatic area of the island known as Jurassic Park plus an on-island farm which provides for the 37 strong team of chefs is only just the beginning of this spectacular hideaway.

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Malta

Although Malta may seem like a destination for summer only, Malta offers some of the highest average hours of sunshine in Europe year-round and a rich history to immerse yourself in. Sample the traditional Maltese food which is a combination of Middle Eastern and Sicilian, highlighting its position in the Mediterranean Sea as a crossroads of culture. Alternatively take a trip through the extensive array of historical sites on the island including fortresses, megalithic temples and underground prehistorical burial sites. Casa Ellul is Valetta’s first luxury boutique hotel run by a local family, located in the centre of Malta’s historic capital and easy access to the sites.

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Miriandhoo Island, Maldives

The Maldives is an ideal location for winter sun, the only issue is deciding on which glorious island to choose. Miriandhoo island, is situated in the Baa Atoll, a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve site, ensuring the island is one of the best locations in the Maldives to experience an abundance of marine life. Nestled on this coral island is The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort, offering a Heavenly Spa concept and a visionary approach towards environmental sustainability.

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