Travel Diary: Dream island escapes

Travel Diary: Dream island escapes
Perfect beach to pool stroll in the Maldives resort of Fushifaru

A new adults-only hotel in Corfu, a perfect atoll for two in the Maldives and a St Lucian penthouse in one of the island’s most revered beauty spots – here’s your travel diary of perfect island escapes

Travel Diary: Dream island escapes
MarBella Nido Suite Hotel & Villas has dreamy views over the Ionian Sea, a focus on wellness and great food and an adults-only policy – perfect for honeymooners who want chill time and superb cuisine

Ionian retreat

MarBella Nido Suite Hotel & Villas opens on the Greek island of Corfu in May. Designed for adults only and located next to its sister property MarBella Corfu, it sits south of Corfu town at Agios Ioannis Peristero, it has 70 junior suites, deluxe suites and luxury villas, all overlooking the Ionian Sea. The interiors are contemporary, and there is a wellness focus, with spa and gym, private beach and large pool. For 2018 the hotel’s gastronomic collaboration is with Michelin-starred chefs Georgianna Cheiliadaki & Nikos Roussos, owners of Funky Gourmet restaurant in Athens and Opso restaurant in London.    

Travel Diary: Dream island escapes
Fushifaru has 49 villas, all with ocean views. Access to superb dive sites, turtle watching and a host of special dining options make this something special

Maldives in intimate style

The Maldives is always a travel hotspot for honeymooners, but the intimate Maldives resort of Fushifaru offers something a little different. Located on the north east border of Lhaviyani Atoll, it is nestled between two water channels connecting the atoll’s inner lagoon to the Indian Ocean, the 49 private villas all have water views. There’s a fabulous spa and lots of dining options, including special meals organised by the culinary team in locations on and around the island – everything from sandbank picnics to in-villa and private yacht dining. As you’d expect, the diving and snorkelling here is exceptional, with three iconic dive sites located close by – including the national Marine Protected Area Fushifaru Kan’du. You can also go turtle watching on Naifuru, the atoll’s capital a 20-minute speedboat ride away.

The perfect island life at Marigot Bay
Secluded and lush, Marigot Bay Resort is a slice of pure Caribbean – a place people return to again and again

Caribbean glamour

A new St Lucia resort has opened in Marigot Bay, one of the island’s most famous and tranquil beauty spots. Marigot Bay Resort & Marina By Capella is steps away from its yacht marina and there’s a rum cave, two infinity pools and a swim-up bar. Rooms offer views of the bay or lush tropical hillside and gardens. Honeymooners may want to check out the penthouse suites, right at the top of the hill and with far-reaching views over the Caribbean from their own private jacuzzi. The Auriga Spa located on the shoreline offers a variety of holistic spa treatments, including the divine New Moon – an essential oil foot massage, followed by seaweed salt scrub, seaweed wrap and rosemary and eucalyptus massage. Special honeymooner packages are available.


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