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Vietnam - Phu Quoc island

If barefoot, toes-in-the-sand relaxation is all you’re after, grab a boat ride or flight to Phu Quoc Island or the archipelago of Con Dao for a chance to kick back in paradise. Located off the southwestern coast in the Gulf of Thailand, the former is home to white-sand beaches backed by a dense tropical jungle, and is your go-to for a blend of culture, nature and romantic resort holidays. The latter sits off the southeastern coast and comprises 16 mostly uninhabited islets dotted across gloriously clear waters; head here to discover a rich and expansive nature reserve, coral reefs teeming with marine life, and sea turtle nesting grounds.

Indian Ocean – Maldives

Scattered through the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are the stuff that castaway island fantasies are made of. The 26 ring-shaped atolls are comprised of over 1,000 coral islands, yet only 200 or so are inhabited, creating a real-life, far-flung paradise. Many a honeymooner has ventured here to while away a week or two on the white sands of a dreamy island resort, but there’s much more to the Maldives than idle relaxation and staring into sunsets (though let’s be honest, they’re both great). There’s no need to worry about cabin fever or dare we say it – boredom – as even the most adventure-seeking of travellers will find plenty to keep them entertained.

Iceland

Iceland positively encourages intrepid exploration – head into the hinterland for surreal volcanic landscapes and craggy peaks that shelter cascading falls. Luckily for you, Icelanders built a vast road network that circles the far reaches of the island. Aptly named the Ring Road, it circles the outer edge offering access to a host of breath-taking sights. Discover steaming landscapes straight from a sci-fi movie, dramatic coastlines with jet-black sands, and the elusive, evocative emerald green of the Northern Lights.

Mozambique - Bazaruto Island

Travelling isn’t always easy in Mozambique, with a significant dose of both adventure and patience required given its massive size. But the rewards for those who take the plunge are unprecedented. The tiny, coastal town of Vilanculos is a great base from which to explore one of the country’s most celebrated natural landmarks: the stunning Bazaruto Archipelago. Complete with crystal-clear waters, a time-stands-still atmosphere and a heady dose of romance, this ribbon of islands set just offshore can’t help but entice anyone and everyone to its dreamy shores. And the best part? You’re pretty much guaranteed to have it all to yourself.

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