• Water bungalows at Lamu, Indian Ocean

Relax and rejuvenate

Sand – glorious, wave-washed sand – often provides the finale on journeys into the most thrilling natural environments imaginable. You could soak off the dust from a safari deep into the Ngorongoro Crater in a shoreline lodge in Zanzibar, or wake up to views of golden sand and turquoise shallows of Lankayan Island, Borneo, having seen orangutans swinging through the trees the day before. Indian Ocean alternatives include snorkelling in the warm waters of the Maldives after an exhilarating pursuit of leopards in Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park and lazing on the beaches of Nosy Be, Madagascar, after trekking through the thick forests amidst the rustlings of lemurs in the leaves above.

Those heading to the Americas could take a boat from Ambergris Caye to dive with dolphins and manta rays in the storied waters off Belize, having explored the country’s caves and creatures earlier in the trip, or soft-shoe up close to a turtle breeding ground in Costa Rica before plunging into the bird and butterfly dappled jungle.

To really immerse yourself in the animal magic of islands, spend a week exploring the Galapagos on a luxury launch. You can laze on the beach with sea lions, swim in the sea with turtles and watch gannets fold themselves up when diving for fish from the comfort of your private balcony.

Whether you’d prefer to explore jungles and savannahs first then head to a stunning sweep of sand or would like to have shoreline front and centre of your experience, the best islands and beaches will enrich your journey into the wonderful natural world with times to treasure.

A selection of island and beach blogs

We love to hear from clients after they return from their extraordinary journey and we hope this selection of island and beach blogs gives you a little inspiration for planning your next island adventure:

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