Escape From The Ordinary...
What better way to escape the everyday than by taking off to your own personal island? From the adventurous to the beachy, here are five of our favorite island destinations.
5. Wickaninnish Inn -- Vancouver Island, Canada
This landmark resort in Tofino, Vancouver Island's surfing destination, has been lauded by travel critics for years. With unparalleled views of Chesterman Beach and the Pacific, travelers can indulge in outdoor activities (the Ancient Cedars Spa, hiking, surfing, kayaking) or take in some of the local arts scene (there are plenty of shops to check out). Perhaps the best part? The resort's remote locale, which contributes to the hidden spot's relaxed, idyllic vibe.
4. Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa -- Queensland, Australia
Ecologically friendly and surrounded by lush rainforest, the Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa is the perfect place to go when your spirit needs a little healing. You'll spend your days indulging in aboriginal-inspired spa therapies such as massages and skin wraps, or dining on tasty treats from the lodge's two fresher-than-fresh restaurants (all of the food is locally grown).
3. Les Sources de Caudalie -- Bordeaux, France
Who wouldn't want a little beauty pick-me-up every now and then... especially if it could happen on an idyllic lake island in the middle of France's wine country? Rich in minerals, the island's underground springs are great for soaking in, and the wraps (made with grape extracts) are said to strengthen blood vessels and enhance circulation. There's even a merlot (as in the wine) treatment that purportedly breaks down cellulite. You'll enjoy all this while indulging in French cuisine, local wines and the resort's manicured grounds.
2. Kamalaya Koh Samui -- Na-Muang, Koh Samui, Thailand
Need a little inspiration in your day-to-day life? Look no further than this wellness sanctuary in Koh Samui. The landscapes will put you back in touch with nature. Just try to resist playing in the lagoons or on the white sandy beach! And the treatments the resort has on offer (from holistic medicine programs to detox and fitness regimens) will have your body feeling tip top and relaxed after only a few days.
1. Hilton Waikoloa Village -- Waikoloa, Hawaii
We don't know where to start with this resort. Swim with dolphins, jump in lagoons, swing at nearby golf courses, soak up some water sports... This resort has something to offer everyone. It's the perfect place to go for a family island adventure (and a little romance once the kids go to sleep). The views are spectacular.
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