Top 10 Island Getaways


Seychelles (Republic of Seychelles)

Seychelles, a scattering of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, offers something a bit different from the other beachside stops on this list, if only for the characteristic boulders separating many of its beaches from the lush hills inland. Here, sparkling sands slide into topaz lagoons kept calm and clear by sheltering reefs. La Digue is home to the most famously beautiful of the Seychelles' many strands, but you really cannot go amiss on any of these captivating isles. Famously home to many private and exclusive resorts, the Seychelles also sport their share of affordable options, often on some of the choicest real estate.

The Seychelles are a true getaway, which is to say that you won't be bumping into crowds out here. It's therefore a choice spot not only for honeymooners but for nature-watchers and eco-tourists as well. Here you can observe submerged worlds unfolding in serene lagoons, hike jungle trails and watch birds and giant tortoises in their native habitat. If hiking is your bag, try the trails of Morne Seychellois National Park on Mahé, a reserve of habitats ranging from mangrove forests to the highest peak on the island.