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Island escapes 

There is something special and secluded about an island holiday. Islands are blessed with numerous beaches, fresh seafood, water sports and, most importantly, a feeling of serenity. With beautiful views from the coastlines, islands are also the perfect place to watch sunrises and sunsets. As there are thousands of islands to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start. We've compiled a list of our top 10 island escapes to help you decide where to go next: 

Ibiza

One of the best islands in Europe, Ibiza has much more to offer than just clubs and bars. Of course, if you are heading on holiday to dance the night away with top DJs, Ibiza is the place for you. On the other hand, the island is also great for families and those who prefer a more sedate nightlife. With around 50 beaches, the beautiful UNESCO award-winning Eivissa (Ibiza Town), and pleasant weather all year round, you can have the island holiday you want, when you want it.

Best beach: Cala Comte – Golden sandy beach with crystal clear waters. Family-friendly with great food options nearby.

Bali

For blissfully relaxing island escapes, Bali could be the holiday destination for you. An air of calm can be found among the lush, tropical gardens and peaceful temples. Whether yoga and meditation are more your pace or you enjoy lively bars and clubs, you'll find your niche in Bali. Unwind on a sandy beach or explore the volcanic interior of the island for a little adventure.

Best beach- Petitenget Beach – This long palm-fringed sandy beach feels endless. Enjoy beach volleyball, jogging, surfing or just sit back and take it all in.

Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura, the second largest of the Canary Islands, boasts an impressive volcanic landscape alongside soft, sandy beaches. With year-round warm, sunny weather, Fuerteventura makes for an ideal island holiday at any time of year, but it really comes into its own as a winter sun destination. Explore the island and discover the various beaches that total 150 km in length. From extensive sand dunes to whale watching, the freshest seafood to windsurfing, Fuerteventura is full of island delights.

Sardinia 

Some of the best island holidays in Italy can be found in Sardinia. With around 2,000 km of coastline and a forest-covered interior, this is an island for nature lovers. The ancient island has thousands of ‘nuraghe’, or stone towers, which date back to 1900 BC. Visit colourful villages with dramatic hillside backdrops, relax on a white sandy beach or go diving in the Maddalena National Park.

Best beach- Spiaggia Rena Bianca – A family-friendly beach with soft, white sand and shallow water. Marvellous views of the cliffs and hilltops. Great location – a stone’s throw from the town centre.

Menorca

One of Spain's Balearic Islands, Menorca is in a prime and picturesque spot surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea. With over 200 km of coastline, there are secluded beaches and dramatic rocky outcrops just waiting to be discovered. Menorca is more peaceful and laid-back than the neighbouring islands of Ibiza and Majorca so it is great for a quieter holiday. With a plethora of water sports, historic sights and delicious cuisine, island escapes in Menorca can be as active or relaxed as you like.

Best beach: Cala Galdana –This sandy beach cove is the perfect location for sunbathing, snorkeling and soaking up the sun. The turquoise waters will blow you away.

Hvar

This Croatian island provides breathtaking views over the Adriatic Sea. Known for its natural beauty, Hvar showcases lavender fields, vineyards and ancient olive trees. Within the historic town centre, you will find original architecture, fascinating sights and impressive local cuisine.

Best beach: Pokonji Dol Beach – Quiet, secluded pebble beach with picturesque views and a couple of beachfront restaurants to eat at. Enjoy the scenic view of a lighthouse on an islet in the distance.

Mykonos 

From wild parties to sedate Greek ruins, Mykonos is an island of contrasts. Museums celebrate the folklore, archaeological sites and maritime history of the island. Brightly-coloured buildings on the waterfront top off the perfect view. Mykonos has the ideal weather for the many water sports on offer and miles of beaches provide relaxation or a party atmosphere – the choice is yours.

Best beach- Agios Stefanos Beach – Visit this sandy beach for great sunset views and glorious, electric blue water. Perfect for swimming and water sports.

Rhodes

Another popular Greek island, Rhodes is known for its beautiful sandy beaches and rich history. Throughout the centuries, the island has garnered the attention of the Turks, Italians and Byzantines who all left their mark. The ancient architecture of the Old Town gained World Heritage status thanks to its many statues, fountains and palaces. From the shopping centre and cafes of modern Madraki to the full-on party atmosphere of Faliraki, Rhodes offers island holidays for visitors of all kinds.

Best beach- Tsambika Beach – Golden beach with fine, soft sand and warm shallow waters for dipping your toes in. Great for paragliding and watersports.

Bahamas

Among the best islands in the world, the Bahamas showcase the appeal of the Caribbean. With pristine white sands and inviting turquoise water, the Bahamas are 700 paradise islands in one. Sublime scenery and colourful nightlife and festivals mean that relaxing and celebrating go hand-in-hand. Family fun, water sports and pampering ensure everyone is happy on this island holiday.

Best beach- Cabbage Beach – This is the kind of idyllic beach that you picture when you think of The Bahamas. The breathtaking aquamarine water, the soft white sand and the gentle sound of the waves will make you want to stay forever.

Koh Samui

Located off the coast of Thailand, Koh Samui offers wild nightlife, relaxing beaches and cultural sights all rolled into one. If you are looking for cool islands to visit, Koh Samui and neighbouring Koh Pha Ngan offer just that. From sedate temple tours and a round of golf to vibrant bars and jet-skiing, this paradisal island caters to all tastes and interests.

Best beach- Bophut Beach – Stretching over 3 km, this pristine sandy beach is dotted with bars, restaurants and spas, truly offering something for everyone.

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