The World’s Top Islands: 2015 Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Review
Are you ready to make the most of your summer holidays? Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice awards are chosen by millions of travellers and the results are in for the world’s top islands for 2015! Get out your flip-flops, don your sunglasses and get ready to jet off after reading our review of the winners.
1. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
With the prestigious title of the top island in the world, according to Trip Advisor’s voters, Providenciales has a lot to live up to! As the most developed island in Turks and Caicos, you’ll find all the luxurious hotels, restaurants, spas, shops and golf courses you could ask for. But, the best thing about about it? The pristine white sand beaches, coral reefs swarming with aquatic life and the electric blue colour of Chalk Sound Lake.
2. Maui, Hawaii
Coming in at number two is a long-time favourite of island lovers, magical Maui. One of the most spectacular ways to enjoy Maui’s unrivalled natural beauty is to drive the hairpin turns of the Hana Highway, with mystical waterfalls and lush landscapes. The coast is made for a tropical paradise getaway and, for stunning sunsets, nothing beats the view from the top of Halekala Crater.
3. Roatan, Bay Islands
Hands up if you’re a snorkelling fanatic? Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands, off the northern coast of Honduras. Nearly every inch of the coastline encompasses a coral reef, teeming with tropical marine life for you to discover. White sand beaches are in endless supply, pine forests cover the interior mountains and you’ll find an array of resorts, shops and restaurants in the middle of some of nature’s finest scenery.
4. Santorini, Greece
For an exquisite getaway simply made for romance, Santorini tops the list again and again as one of the most sought after holiday destinations in the world. Perched on the rim of a volcano, Santorini sunsets over the Aegean, with a backdrop of white-washed, hilltop houses are surreal, to say the least. What more could you want? Well, try vineyards, succulent local produce, picture-perfect towns and dream accommodation options with views to die for.
5. Ko Tao, Thailand
Divers are in for a treat right off the shore of the small island of Ko Tao, with sharks, rays, colourful fish and bright coral to discover. If you love hiking in nature, the coastal jungle is waiting for you to have a trekking adventure. Party animals, hold onto your hats, because sunset cocktails on the white-sand beaches turn into a bar scene that rocks all night long.
6. Madeira, Africa
Madeira is much hyped for its top-quality package resorts, but if you’re after more than cocktails by the pool, it certainly delivers. Outdoor adventurists are spoilt for choice with trekking, climbing and mountain bike riding through lush landscapes. If you love a holiday with a touch of history, you can explore a number of museums, including the Museum of Sacred Art and the Vicente’s Museum of Photography.
7. Bali, Indonesia
The Island of the Gods is one of those places most people never want to leave, and given the large expatriate community, many people don’t! As a summer holiday destination, Bali delivers absolutely everything, with the genuine smiles of the local people attached; beaches, surf breaks, monkey-filled jungles, volcanoes, emerald green rice terraces, nightclubs, exotic dining and every type of resort you could hope for.
8. Mauritius, Africa
Mauritius is a stunning, volcanic island nation, located in the Indian Ocean. When you’re looking for beaches, reefs and National Parks, a holiday here gives you an abundance of options, including rainforest hiking trails, waterfalls, rare wildlife and white sands. The capital of Port Louis is a multi-cultural haven, with a cosmopolitan vibe.
9. Bora Bora, Society Islands
Just imagining the famous villas perched over turquoise lagoons in honeymoon hotspot, Bora Bora, is enough to make you kick off your shoes and relax. This is the place to indulge in luxury, swim among coral gardens, speed across the neon-lit lagoons on a jet ski and shop for Tahitian pearls, perfumes and wooden handicrafts.
10. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
An eco-heaven sure to thrill keen nature lovers, the UNESCO listed archipelago of Fernando de Noronha is one of the world’s top diving destinations, where you can delight in spotting dolphins, sea turtles and rich underwater marine life. If you can manage to drag yourself away from the crystalline waters, there’s a magical interior waiting to be explored by hiking or horseback riding.
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