Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Part 1: Lose Yourself on an Island and Find Paradise

A secluded beanch on Anguilla.

There's something about traveling to an island that makes you feel renewed and refreshed. It can be remote like Hawaii, steeped in history like Sicily, or wild like Vancouver Island--whatever the location, you'll feel far away from your everyday cares when you step onto an island.

We searched the web for what the experts and pundits feel are the best islands in the world. Even better, these islands all have vacation rentals, so you won't be held captive by expensive resorts. You'll be able to truly live like a native islander.

Your Seychelles pool.
In the middle of the Indian Ocean are the Seychelles, a group of 115 undeveloped islands. You won't find commercial resorts here--just white beaches where you can relax, and coral reefs you can explore snorkeling or scuba diving. The 115 islands are easy to access, so you can use your vacation rental as a home base. Be sure to hire a guide, so you maximize your time and have the best experience.
Seychelles beach near your vacation rental.

A classic Mediterranean view on Santorini.

Santorini, Greece
This idyllic Mediterranean island provides perhaps the most iconic images of Greece--the cobalt blue rooftops and sugar-cube white buildings clinging to hillsides that climb dramatically out of the water. The island is what remains of one of the biggest volcanic eruptions in recorded history, and while it can get crowded, those crowds are also one of the reasons there's so much to do on Santorini. You'll experience endless beauty and endless activity, if you like. Because like any other island, you can always find a quiet beach.

A view of the Caribbean from your Anguilla
vacation rental master bedroom.
You won't find casinos and nightclubs on Anguilla, but you can find the old Caribbean mixed with new, stunning vacation rentals. Enjoy a beautiful villa and experience the reggae beats of authentic island culture all at once. Dine poolside or enjoy fresh lobster at a hidden haunt only the locals know about. If you're looking to get away from it all without spending eight or more hours on a plane, Anguilla may just be the answer.