s eychelles, like any decent tropical archipelago worth its weight in coral, thrives with havens of palm trees, splashy reefs and pristine strips of sand scant of tourist footprints. But this archipelago isn’t just one of the many, it is the many. Singlehandedly breathing sincerity into the phrase “in your dreams,” Seychelles, found east of Africa, is composed of more than one hundred reverie-enviable islands; each one perfect for some major mooning over your honey.
s t. Vincent and the Grenadines, historically scandalous and presently alluring, is exoticism at its most welcoming. With outstretched arms, this archipelago of Caribbean pedigree invites you to follow its cobblestone roads of hubbub and heatwaves down to whichever sanguine, unruffled island suits you comfy, cloistered needs. Long walks on a moonlit beach isn’t just the stuff of deliriously hope
b ora Bora – located in French Polynesia near Tahiti - may be one of the smallest of the Pacific islands, but it oozes with personality and love-appeal. Better known as a secluded paradise, or heaven-on-earth, Bora Bora offers a brand of deep sea romance only dreamed of in harlequin novels. Swim with the dolphins, sleep in a fish-bowl bungalow, hug a shark- or play it safe and just hug your honey in the heart of the blue lagoon. Bora Bora is private and beautiful
s ome things are best kept hush-hush, like your natural hair color or the great wonder that is the virgin cluster of forty Caribbean islands. Turks and Caicos is more likely to inspire a huh? than the oh!-accompanied Fiji or Jamaica; let’s try to keep it that way. Because as is, the islands (only eight of which are actually inhabited by us humans) are uncrowded and unspoiled enough for deep, schmaltzy intimacy to abound in every direction. Save for the Providenciales, a Caicos up-and-comer, touristy-ness is a total non-factor, leaving you to enjoy your sweet-pea in salt-pond-influenced peace.
b almy of volcanic rock-lapping waters, drippy of sleep-machine employed jungles and sizzling of chili-kissed, street side-sugarcanes, Mexico’s going to have you sweating. If you and stick-drippy hubby literally can’t stay apart, the land of fiery antiquity and neighborly warmth extends its melon mojitos, open-air tubs and collegiate watering holes to cool your searing, salsa-dancing feet. Whether you go to Mexico for Cabo’s world-class snorkeling, the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, or the finest of mango marinades, the country is guaranteed to fulfill all of your over-the-moon, budget-inhibited fantasies.
a erial views regarded, Mauritius is a golden beacon of sand, demoting the Indian Ocean to scrim status, nothing but a blue backdrop for a bright little gem of an island. But from an earthly perspective, Mauritius is more than just another pretty face, it’s a pocket-sized four corners of the world, a compact cultural potpourri and historic watering hole, containing more geographic diversity in its pinky than most countries boast in their entirety. Travel to Mauritius for the eye candy, stay, one more long weekend, for the depth.
a small but mighty tapestry of land, sea, and ceremony, Bali is an exquisitely unique island, misty with fantasy. It is home to the geographical opus, Mount Agung, an active volcano deemed holy by local residents. Small, yet mighty, this iridescent island quivers and shimmers with a vibrancy of life that one simply will not find every day. Steal away to this reef-lined landscape for an exquisite slice of true felicity.
t he Zanzibar Archipelago, cradled by the motherly warmth of the Indian Ocean, is made up of Unguja, or Zanzibar Island, and Pemba, as well as a host of other tiny, twinkling gemstone islets. Each dew-drop constituent helps to form the United Republic of Tanzania of eastern Africa. Everything about this quintessential, paradise pit-stop suggests a by-gone age – spice plantations, raffia and clove exports, houses of coral, and brass studded doors warding off elephants. Streets are an intricate labyrinth of winding alleyways that gleam with a robust history of blended ethnicities and remarkably tenacious spirit
w ash up onto the unsullied shores of Fiji, as they poetically guise an inner patchwork of rugged beauty; jagged mountains cloaked in verdancy, waterfalls with true oasis potential, and ruins of volcanic magnitude. The locals accept each weary traveler as one of their own, charming all nine-to-fivers into barefoot, sulu-swathed, sun-drenched well-being. Sincere attentiveness and sociability is their prime tactic, and if pandering doesn’t reside in the Fijian vocabulary, then neither does universal time, commercialism, deadlines, or hang-ups. Take in the sights, sip a daiquiri and learn to view time through the eyes of
g rab your shades, throw on your bikini and get ready for romance – you’re going to Jamaica, the laid-back, chill-out island paradise. Take a break from a long, tiresome day of sunbathing to explore the jungles and rainforests, or dance to the mellow reggae beats while sipping on Yellow Birds and Big Bamboos. Explore those beaches just out-of-reach, far out of prying eyes and steal a sloppy snog with your sweetheart. Port Anto