Ready to get away? Luxury island resorts are the perfect way to do that. The ones listed here are our favorites and known around as the best there are. Many are on private islands.
My favorite island family vacation ideas usually have an element of ease and an element of challenge. Family bonding is enhanced when the group is challenged and inspired enough not to become bored and with opportunities to bond.
These spots below are all great for resorts. Follow the links to find out more about these amazing island locations and the luxury resorts that live on them.
Bali is a culturally rich tropical island paradise within easy reach of the Pacific and Asia. Then if you are planning a Great Barrier reef adventure Bali is well worth the addition to your travel itinerary for this part of the world. Your dollar will also go further in Bali and you may find your family living like kings and queens of old and learning to live responsibly from within another culture. Although you may find Bali is more like a western country in many regards. Bali is well accustomed to tourists with a constant stream of mostly Australian but also visitors from around the world to this truly international destination.
For more information of fantastic Bali vacations resorts and hotels for families visit Bali best family resorts and hotels.
The Maldives Resorts always seems to make it to the top of best islands in the world lists. This list is no exception. Now there is the added drama of seeing these magnificent islands before all too many get claimed by rising sea waters.
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Taj Exotica - A great choice in the Maldives
The ideal location for a luxury island vacation.
A long beach, large lagoon, villas on stilts in the sea, an Indian spa and great diving. Past guests rate it very highly and it's close to the airport.
There are many other gorgeous island resorts in the Maldives.
Such a lot of wonderful islands in Fiji similar to this picture in their remote beauty.
Luxury resorts in Fiji.
Also see Fiji All Inclusive resorts
Fiji Vacation Travel Guide
Jean-Michel Cousteau - A Top Fiji Islands Resort
A fantastic resort (award-winning) on the island of Vanua Levu in Fiji. It has thatched-roof bungalows, activities like scuba diving and a great children's program. Best of all is its great tropical oasis atmosphere.
For many the challenge to find the perfect answer is one of the numerous Caribbean All Inclusive family resorts and couples resorts. These resorts cater down to the last detail everything for families from private nannies to huge water parks and rang widely in price and value.
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Jamaica deserves a special place in the luxury islands resorts hall of fame with perhaps the most interesting array of classic old school style luxury and new chic resorts
Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort, Jamaica
Located in Montego Bay, this resort has a private island with amenities on it (like a pool, bar and a private beach). It's an intimate resort that receives great reviews from past guests.
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The islands of Hawaii are sometimes overlooked as a more expensive options for families. However they do offer little ones the opportunity to explore the small cultural differences in a safe setting. We have also included some links to help you save with these package deals. Also look out for the beach front vacation rentals which scatter islands like Maui.
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Four Seasons Lanai Manele Bay, Hawaii
On the privately owned island of Lanai, this remote resort has championship golf, snorkeling among dolphins, whale watching (winter), deep sea-fishing, spa and an ocean-view pool. A great choice for Hawaii.
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In Australia as an Island in itself the locals are fortunate enough to have some of the best islands in the world scattered along the world famous Great Barrier Reef
Contrary to what you may have heard the reef is relatively safe and en exceptional place to enjoy a family vacation. I took this image on a small cay island near Cairns.
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Bedarra Island Resort, Australia
Located in a private tropical island off the coast of Cairns in Australia. It's a small resort (32 guests max) with villas hidden in the rainforest and close to the beach. Many activities (especially great snorkeling on the reef) and fantastic gourmet food.
On a private island, this 5 star resort is just 2 miles off the coast of Antigua. Naturalists love this resort as there are lots of flowers, trees and foliage.
There are 3 beaches, 3 tennis courts, snorkeling, scuba and more. Meals are included and can be taken at 3 different restaurants.
is a surprisingly dry island which means you have a good chance
of nice weather for your vacation. There are some great resorts there. Click here to see the top luxury resorts in Aruba.
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Located along a powder-fine beach on a private island in Bora Bora.
There are over-water villas with lagoon views, lots of activities, supervised activities for kids, a variety of cuisine and a lovely spa.
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The Mediterranean is well known for its clear blue seas and long hot summers and is popular with holidaymakers for its wealth of pleasurable activities, its mouth-watering array of culinary delights, its culture, heritage and striking landscapes. The Mediterranean has some wonderful European resorts to offer you the perfect Mediterranean experience; guaranteed pure bliss. Whereas the resort will cater for your every need, ensuring you have an ease-filled, luxurious stay, there are some days when you may enjoy some exploration of your chosen destination. Here are some of the finest resorts in some of the lesser known islands of the Mediterranean; perfect for a sunny getaway; perfect if you like to lie in the sun and gaze at the sea; perfect if you like to explore the culture; perfect if you like to hike in the mountains; shop or party. All of them are elegant, easy and entertaining. From rugged landscapes, to beautiful beaches, to some of the most ancient heritage still in preservation, here are some of the most tantalizingly islands in the Med and the best resorts to visit.
15 miles from Fort Myers this natural island with dolphins and alligators offers lots of opportunities for families to enjoy. Enjoy time on the beaches, visit the lighthouse, the shell museum or use the beach hire facilities to enjoy some aqua pursuits.
Miles of beaches this Northern most barrier island of Florida offers a range of activities for families. About a 45 minute drive from Jacksonville Florida this is one island that does not require expensive flights (if you are travelling from the U.S. Amelia Island offer a wide range of family vacation options ranging from the fanciest resorts to top vacation rentals.
Picaresque with Oak Grass and palm lined, beaches with a gentle scattering of resorts with their associated sporting facilities. Many head for the popular Coligny Beach but there are other options. to enjoy miles of bike paths, para-sail or enjoy the nearby historic cities of the South.
Corsica is a French island
commonly known as being situated within the French Riviera. As such,
there are miles of shimmering coastlines with white sandy beaches, and
also bustling towns with small harbors where you can dine to the
chinking of the masts of the many boats bobbing in the bay. Two thirds
of the island is mountainous, making this island a must-visit for
hikers as well as beach lovers, divers and culture lovers. Ecologically
endearing, you can see wild boar wandering and turtles padding in the
sun. Culturally, Corsica is fascinating; boasting relics from the
medieval period when it was occupied by the Roman Empire and home to a
museum in the house of the infamous Napoleon Bonaparte; the French
Emperor. After a satisfying day lying by the sea, you can head to the
hilltops for some gourmet dining. The food in Corsica is some of the
best you will ever be served. The Corsicans take their food seriously
and devotedly use the plethora of sun-loving fruit and vegetables
available to them, in addition to fine cheese and cured meats. The wine
is also unique and divine. Add to this a wonderful selection of fresh
seafood available on the coast, and some delectable Corsican lamb, and
you are guaranteed to be gastronomically content. There are some
exquisite venues to be sought too; you can find wonderful havens amidst
orange trees as the sun sets over the azure sea and enjoy an almost
Tuscan feel as you wile away your evenings.
is an Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is the second largest
of the Mediterranean islands offering some dramatic scenery from high,
rocky headlands, to long white beach shorelines punctuated with deep
bays, small inlets and salt water lagoons. Sardinia too, is
mountainous, so, good for hiking. There are also major rivers, the
Coghinas and Flumen Dosa, which offer some impressive walking and
picnicking territory. Aside from this, Sardinia is coveted for the
Costa Smerelda. Here there are secluded white sandy beaches and crystal
clear waters. There are also designer boutiques; prestigious fine
dining and you may spot a celebrity or two. Costa Smerelda is popular
with the rich and famous so expect elegant dining and serious
style. Like Corsica, Sardinia is bursting with historical relics
with remnants of prehistoric temples and artifacts dating from
Byzantium rule and as far back as 1600BC. All the resting, walking and
sight-seeing can be hungry work. Fortunately, there are large numbers
of restaurants both beside the water and in the cozy mountains oozing
with charm in which to enjoy the warm Mediterranean evenings and
delight your taste buds. With its Italian influence, expect large
sumptuous meals with plenty of olives and olive oil, fresh herbs and
lemon. Antipasti of cured meats and fine cheeses, clams, mussels and
octopus can be devoured and the traditional Sardinian dish of barbequed
pig is a must-have for all non-vegetarians.
Cyprus, the third largest island in the Mediterranean,
is an enchanting mixture, once again, of beautiful coastline and
wonderful mountains. Legend has it that Cyprus is the birthplace of
Aphrodite (the Goddess of Love). Unsurprisingly, it oozes decadent,
natural beauty. It’s a popular holiday destination with bustling
fishing towns such as Ayia Napa, famous for its vibrant nightlife and
also rich with tempting gift shops. However, there are areas of
seclusion and peaceful resorts in the mountains should you prefer a
more exclusive getaway. Like the other islands mentioned, Cyprus has a
dense history having been ruled through the years by major empires such
as the Assyrians, the Egyptians, the Persians, the Roman Empire and
then the Ottoman Empire. This gives Cyprus a unique blend of culture
and heritage with wonderful things to see, exquisite souvenirs and a
variety of evening entertainments. You can choose to dine in small,
secluded restaurants or noisy tavernas where there is often music and
dancing for your enjoyment. Expect your appetite to be tempted by a
mixture of Greek and Turkish cuisine. Mediterranean grown vegetables
and herbs, olives and oil with barbequed meat and feta cheese are
enough to start anyone salivating. Mint is commonly used in much of the
cooking, honoring the Turkish influence and there are traditional
dishes from both Greece and Turkey to please you.
Exploring the Med
These are just three examples of the gems that lie in the Mediterranean
Sea. Imagine exploring these and more all for yourself. If you're
looking for some of the most luxurious and decadent resorts Europe has
to offer, you'll find them in the Med.
The Magic of the Med
The beauty of the Mediterranean (the sun and sea aside) is the rich diversity in culture that each of the neighboring countries and their islands contain. Not only do you have the choice of some beautiful beaches, some delicious food and everything conducive to rest and relaxation, you also have activities to entertain you and history to entice you. No island or country is the same although many have histories and culture that intersect. The Mediterranean truly is a marvel.