Lush scenery, dreamy beaches, and endless sunshine – these are the perfect ingredients for a relaxing holiday in the tropics. But each destination has its unique charms.

Some dazzle with their natural beauty, while others also add cultural attractions to the mix, along with mouth-watering cuisines and fun activities.

Keen divers flock to the tropics for the coral reefs while avid surfers seek the perfect wave.

Regardless of what you prefer, there will always be a tropical destination to suit your needs. 

If you plan on escaping to the tropics and want to include a bit of luxury in your holiday, here are some destinations to consider.

1. The Philippines

Anyone who loves the sand, sea, and sun will surely fall for the Philippines.

With more than 7,000 islands, the Philippines has some of the world’s most amazing beaches.

Some islands are home to luxury resorts that lure upscale travelers with world-class services and five-star amenities.

One such resort is Amanpulo, blissfully situated on a private island off northern Palawan.

The island where Amanpulo sits is set in the middle of a 7-square kilometre coral reef and comes with an airstrip accessible only via a private flight from the capital city of Manila.

Upon arrival on the paradisiacal private island of Amanpulo, guests are immersed in a secluded hideaway fringed by the white sand beach and crystal-clear waters.

The resort aims to protect the island and its neighboring communities and have taken sustainability very seriously.

Guests are encouraged to participate in activities that contribute to the resort’s observation efforts, including guided marine tours where you learn about the resort’s coral rehabilitation projects.

Fill your days with water adventures, such as kite surfing, scuba diving, and snorkelling. After a day spent in the waters, indulge in the most relaxing massage at Aman Spa.

2. The Galapagos 

If you prefer a destination with abundant wildlife and a landscape unlike anything on Earth, head to the Galapagos.

It is only in the Galapagos where you can walk beside giant tortoises and swim with sea lions.

Here, you can combine relaxation with wildlife exploration, and the best way to explore the best of the islands is to take a luxury island cruise with a reputable company such as Rainforest Cruises, who can help you make the most of your vacation.

During your cruise, you’ll embark on an unforgettable journey to experience the breathtaking scenery of the Galápagos Islands, famous for its incredible array of wildlife.

You will be onboard a luxury cruise ship with modern amenities for a relaxing and comfortable journey.

Your ship will explore the remote wilderness and discover protected sites.

You will be with an expert guide who will impart their knowledge about the fascinating flora and fauna you’ll encounter along the way.

When you book your luxury cruise of the Galapagos, you get to choose from various options.

Some of these cruises come with pre-arranged itineraries focused on wildlife exploration.

You can also choose to combine your cruise with bespoke land tours led by expert guides.

3. The Bahamas

The Bahamas attracts millions of visitors each year who want to experience stunning beaches, fun water sports activities, and luxurious accommodations.

Home to around 700 islands, the Bahamas has plenty of breathtaking beaches where guests can experience fun activities, such as snorkeling and scuba diving excursions.

Charter a yacht in the Bahamas to explore hidden coves, discover swimming pigs at Big Major Cay, or sail to one of the deepest blue holes in the world.

There are many upscale resorts on the island with excellent facilities and top-notch accommodations for those seeking luxury.

The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is one of those resorts in the Bahamas with so much going on that you don’t need to leave to seek entertainment somewhere else.

Aside from having its own beach, it has a golf course, tennis facilities, six swimming pools, and a wildlife sanctuary.

In fact, it’s also home to the largest casino in the Caribbean, featuring the latest gaming equipment and entertainment facilities.

4. Hawaii 

If you are planning a relaxing Hawaiian getaway away from the tourist crowds, head to the beautiful island of Kauai.

As the fourth largest island of Hawaii, Kauai is famous for its brilliant sunsets, pristine beaches, and aquamarine skies.

More than 90% of the island cannot be reached by road, and some parts do not even have any road near it. So, if you’re seeking a tropical holiday where you can enjoy seclusion, Kauai is the best place to be.

To make your villa holiday in Kauai even more relaxing, stay at a luxury Balinese-inspired villa set on a 15-acre estate. Perched on top of a cliff, it boasts incredible ocean views and has its own infinity pool and spa.

Nicknamed the “Garden Isle”, Kauai is a haven for nature lovers who crave exhilarating outdoor activities.

Aside from hiking at the various trails, you can go on a thrilling zipline adventure through the jungle.

You can also try kayaking or simply swim or frolic at one of its gorgeous beaches.

For those who prefer to explore at a slower pace, the island offers plenty of opportunities to discover its local culture and history, from museums to historical landmarks, farmer’s markets, and more.

5. Timor Leste

Do you want to escape to some tropical islands that only a few people have heard about?

Head to Timor Leste, a small country in Southeast Asia ringed by coral reefs and teeming with marine life.

Unlike most countries in the region, the country is not spoiled by tourism, which is one of its biggest charms.

Here, you will be rewarded with the most stunning views of nature, from the underwater marine life around Atauro island to the quiet, remote mountain region of Maubisse.

While there are plenty of activities to keep you busy in Timor Leste, the best way to spend your days is to escape to the beautiful beaches.

Head to Jaco Island, where you will find the most beautiful beach in the country.

This deserted island is fringed by powdery white sands and crystal-clear waters. The best way to get here is to organize a boat ride.

Timor Leste still lacks tourism infrastructures, so you can’t expect to find many luxury hotels and resorts here.

But there are a few hotels that offer decent accommodations with modern facilities.

Check out Hotel Timor, a beautiful hotel situated in the centre of Dili and about 100 m away from Dili Beach. It has its own bar and restaurant and a swimming pool surrounded by sun loungers.

If Europe is more your style, we recommend checking out our in-depth guides to the Greek islands.

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