Unique Island escapes offering intrepid seafront escapes that are the height of luxury for 2017 can be found at Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
Exploring and experiencing a secluded paradise is on the bucket list of every affluent consumer, with a key focus on trailblazing with healthier, more revitalising adventures all bringing new meaning to island escapism. (Trendwatching 2017).
Sikelia in Italy
Perched between Tunisia and Sicily, Sikelia is located on the rugged yet picturesque black volcanic island, Pantelleria, in a UNESCO World Heritage site, known only to locals who enhance their health with the wellness properties of the unique springs and mineral rich mud.
The simple monastic architecture meets striking modernist interiors at Sikelia at this boutique retreat in a dramatic setting. Housed within its porcelain-white dammusi, ancient stone buildings typical of this part of Italy, this is an atmospheric escape with effortless style. Crisp, clean lines and a muted, monochrome palette, high vaulted ceilings and archways, and a gorgeous palm-lined pool.
In the sleek suites, are eye-catching works by contemporary artist Gennaro Avallone. Unwind with spa therapies in the garden and nights being treated to creative cuisine in Themà. Outside Sikelia’s white walls explore the raw beauty of Pantelleria, the rocky coves, twisted vines, hot springs.
Kokomo Island in Fiji
Kokomo Island with its pearl-like sand and palm trees paints a tropical picture from the moment you arrive by seaplane. Beneath the sea is a treasure chest of coral reef and marine life. Imagine spending days lounging beside the infinity pool or losing yourself with a spa treatment. After the sun goes down, the torches light up and lead the way to gourmet dining beside the ocean.
Whether you are situated in a one-, two- or three-bed this Kokomo Island retreat comes with a lounge, bar, private deck and pool; stylish seclusion, with villas carefully spaced out, placing you just a few steps from the water’s edge with privacy and a long stretch of beach, yours might be the only footprints you leave in the sand.
A kaleidoscopic Astrolabe Reef edging this beach retreat, steps away from the experience of one of the world’s biggest and most beautiful coral beds. Kokomo Island offers its own PADI 5-star Dive Centre the jumping-off point for scuba and snorkelling adventures. Also available are paddleboards, fishing boats, kayaks, Hobie Cats, wakeboards and water-skis to try to satisfy your desire for adventure. Inland, roam the rainforest on a walking trail and with each rise in elevation, the more spectacular will be the view.
Naxian Collection in Greece
Beckoning you to take them, stone pathways that curve through serene gardens and old cedar trees that rub shoulders with contemporary marble sculptures. Punctuating the skies, white sugar-cube villas glint in the sunlight, a chic cluster of retreats in perfect harmony with their natural setting.
Facing the sea, the lobby bar and restaurant looks across to Naxos town. Lounge and sip wine, visit the cellar where it came from and the family’s vineyard that provided the grapes. Enjoy olive oil from their centuries-old groves on fresh baked bread. Perhaps you wish to cook, guests can pick up a basket and gather organic produce from the Naxian Collection garden and even join a class to learn the art of island cuisine. Or simply relax your cares away beside a pool.
The Naxian Collection is the kind of place you could happily escape to master the art of doing nothing. Should you fancy a foray, explore the treasures of Naxos town, the beautiful beaches and walking and horse-riding trails. A busy day is made complete with a gourmet dinner in the elegant Naxian Collection restaurant.
Yemaya Little Corn Island Resort & Spa in Nicaragua
Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa, a luxury castaway experience on a remote island with only 700 inhabitants, no cars and limited power. Glassy seas, china-white sand and palm after palm – when you arrive on Little Corn Island, Nicaragua, you’ll feel a world away from anywhere else. From the spa to the suites at this boutique getaway celebrates the unspoilt natural beauty all around.
Imagine drinking fresh coconut water and rainbow-coloured juices while lounging on the beach, such is a blissful way to spend days. The Beach Bar is also known for its tapas plates, so you won’t have to leave the sand for lunch. Practice yoga in the open-sided jungle studio or in the wooden pavilion beside the ocean. Enjoy spa therapies inside beautifully made hardwood treatment cottages to the sound the surf and birdsong. Round off the day with dinner in the Yemaya shore-side restaurant and a cocktail back at the Beach Bar.
It’s tempting to simply ‘be’ at Yemaya, though should you wish to, the hotel can arrange an enticing selection of tours to show guests more of the Caribbean. Step aboard the 40-ft handcrafted sailboat and let Miskito sailors take you to the island’s best swimming spots or even for a sunset cruise. Visit the uninhabited Pearl Keys for snorkelling and picnicking. Or, for something more hands-on, join a crewed boat to fish for yellowtail and snapper – then have it cooked for you.
Le Domain Misincu in France
Due to open in June 2017, Le Domain Misincu will be the only 5 star rated environmentally and eco-certified luxury hotel in the region of Cap Corsica, which is nicknamed ‘the island on the island’.
From beach to picturesque grounds, nature runs through Domaine Misincu. At the ‘wild’ tip of the island, Cap Corse, this seashore hideaway even even has a river running through it, were outdoor yoga and Pilates take place along the banks. With its Zen-like design, this destination soothes from the moment you arrive, presenting the decision whether to book a room, suite, pool or beach villa.
This location is geared for outdoor play. However, indoor activities like visiting the spa at Domaine Misincu featuring pools and treatment spots inside and out. Wander hiking paths that curl away from the hotel inland past fragrant olive trees and beehives. A tiny chapel located in the gardens hosts weddings. Little luxury-seekers can play in the kids club. Meander their stylish boutiques. Along with hiking, sailing, diving and waterskiing, getting back to nature is a big draw here. For those wanting a city culture fix, nearby Bastia is ready to welcome you. Get there in one of the just-for-guests eco Tesla cars or, if you’re travelling by air, the hotel even has its own helipad.