1. Panarea, Aeolian Islands
This gem of an island is part of the Italian Aeolian Islands. It can be accessed from Sicily or Naples by boat and is a romantic, chic bolthole. The island is hilly and there are no cars, you either walk or take golf carts everywhere. The beaches are quite rocky here so either find a hotel with a pool or charter a boat for the day. Panarea attracts the glitz and glamour crowd and a perfect place to do some crowd watching is Raya. Stay a few nights or come by for evening drinks, it doesn’t matter. Just switch off your phone and enjoy this charming island.
Hotel Picks: Hotel Raya
What to pack: For wandering around the boutiques, look no further than the Alicia Kaftan.
This Caribbean island has been a jet set getaway for many years and for good reason. With swathes of gorgeous beaches, turquoise waters and great nightlife what’s not to like. The warm waters make it an ideal place to learn to surf, or if water sports aren’t your thing, the array of restaurants and bars should keep any traveller happy. A Barbados essential to try is Oistin’s Friday Night fish fry, where all the island turns out for a huge feast of fish freshly bbqed, locally brewed Banks beer and of course a turn on the dance floor.
Hotel Picks: Little Arches
What to pack: For getting your surf on this L*Space is the perfect sporty two piece.
3. Formentera, Balearic Islands
Everyone knows the famous party island of Ibiza, but just a hop skip and jump away is the stunning little sister isle, Formentera. 90 minutes by ferry from Ibiza, Formentera is perfect for a languid week away from it all. With jaw dropping white sandy beaches, a chilled out bohemian vibe and relaxed little bars. Come here and hire a scooter, explore the marine life and discover nearly deserted beaches.
Hotel Picks: Hostal La Savina
What to pack: For laid back island style, this Melissa Odabash bikini is perfect.
4. Koh Tao, Thailand
This Thai outpost is the antithesis of bigger and busier Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. It is only reached by ferry and offers visitors a range of activities. From diving in the crystal clear waters, to hiking around the jungle or enjoying the nightlife – Koh Tao has it all. The island has still not been discovered by the chain hotels or package holiday travellers, and retains its old school Thai charm. Visit before it’s too late!
Hotel Pick: The Place
What to pack: For an in the know traveller look, we love this Tori Praver bikini.
5. Príncipe Island, São Tomé and Príncipe
Lying off the West Coast of Africa, Principe and Sao Tome Islands are some of the lushest, greenest islands you will see. With less than 5000 people living on the Principe, the island is a haven of peacefulness. Travellers will be rewarded with pristine beaches just for themselves, and in a place that produces its own coffee and chocolate, you will sure not have to worry about what to eat. Go now, while Principe is still untouched by the tourist trail.
Hotel Pick: Bom Bom Island Resort