So you want to get away, but not to a resort packed with strangers. No one likes waiting in line to see beautiful sights. No one likes hiking down the beach to find a spot to sit amidst the crowd. Sometimes it is too easy to book a vacation that everyone’s been too, but those well-known spots can become busy and hectic. After all, vacation is about escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday living. In these five secluded beach getaways, vacationers will have a chance to experience the peaceful silences of isolation.
1. Yasawa Island, Fiji
Named after one of the many Fijian names for “Heaven,” the Yasawa Island is a stretch of unspoiled white beaches with only 18 bungalows. There’s no other development on the island, no television and no other resorts. But, the island is in no way neglected. The beachfront, traditionally-thatched huts come with air conditioning, showers, daybeds, expansive decks, a living area with a bar and stereo, and of course, a hammock between two palm trees. The island also offers chances to sail, kayak, snorkel and picnic on the beach, all in full seclusion.
Photo courtesy | Michelle
2. Banyan Tree Vabbinafaru, Maldives
Located in the Maldives, this luxury resort is quite romantic with its pristine white sand, beautiful lagoons, spa treatments and a private dining experience on a deserted sandbank. Chefs cook the finest meals made from the freshest catch and vacationers can snorkel right off of the reefs. The island has a variety of marine life, including 1,100 species of fish and 21 species of whales and dolphins. With only six villas, each with timber flooring and handcrafted wood furniture, vacationers have their privacy guaranteed.
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3. Vana Belle, Thailand
With breathtaking views over the Gulf of Thailand, this resort is located near the Chaweng Beach on the island of Ko Samui. The island is known for its palm beaches, coconut groves and mountainous rainforests. In the Vana Belle resort, visitors can feel free to take walks along the ivory sands, enjoy the crystal clear waters and explore the tropical gardens. The villas are free standing and showcase Thailand’s cultural heritage. Some villas come with a private infinity pool, so you can feel suspended over calming waters.
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4. Little Palm Island, United States
For those living in the States, seclusion can be found right around the corner. Located in the much busier and well known Florida Keys, this island is only reachable by boat. It includes just 30 thatched roof suites and a beachfront restaurant with a highly romantic ambiance. The suites include king-sized mahogany beds and private decks with breathtaking views. It is an adult-only resort where visitors can deep-sea fish, scuba dive, snorkel, sail, swim with dolphins, walk an eco-tour and even sky dive.
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5. Pangkor Laut Island, Malaysia
The Pangkor Laut Resort occupies an entire island just off of Malaysia. If vacationers want the full experience, booking an overwater villa is the way to go. There are 45 of these villas, each extending out over the bay or the ocean. They are perfect for guests who want treatments and pampering. The island is roughly 300 acres and includes secluded beaches, protected wilderness and an undeveloped jungle — except for the wooden buildings which blend into the scenery. For those who prefer the tropical forests, the resort offers Garden or Hill Villas, home to beautiful bay views and the ocean.
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