If the idea of gazing lazily at a seascape whilst lazing in a hammock, or snorkelling with turtles in azure seas appeals to you, then you might like to consider:
COMO Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos
Devotees of intimate Caribbean retreats should seriously consider the seductively beautiful Parrot Cay. With a low-key ambience and Zen-like tranquillity, it is an absolute delight on a private island bordered by pure, white sand beaches and crystal clear turquoise water.
Jumby Bay Island, Antigua
Reachable only by boat and set on a 300-acre private Caribbean island two miles off the coast of Antigua, Jumby Bay Island is a superb resort – exclusive and serene. Thanks to its setting, Jumby Bay Island is a naturalist's paradise, noted for its lush landscape, stately palm trees and three superb, white sand beaches.
Cobblers Cove, Barbados
Cobblers Cove is a wonderful hotel, which blends the elegance of an English country house with the tropical beauty, charm and character of Barbados. Despite the exotic surroundings, from the palm-shaded entrance through to the coral-sand beach, staying here is like being a guest at an English country-house party.
Take a short helicopter ride from the main island of Madagascar to Nosy Ankao over mountains, baobabs and shipwrecks, and you’ll land at Madagascar’s first five-star hotel, Miavana by Time + Tide. This private island hotel is “very possibly the most exclusive castaway escape ever”, according to Condé Nast Traveller. It’s a place to unwind and relax, to stroll to meet the resident lemurs and nesting sea turtles, and for blue safaris: spotting dolphins and whales and exploring the coral reefs.
Turtle Inn & Coral Caye, Belize
Turtle Inn is a labour of love. Less than a year after filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola acquired this beachside refuge in 2001, a hurricane swept it out to sea. Turning disaster into triumph, the Coppola family led a reclamation project, creating a magnificent 25-cottage seafront resort ranked consistently among the best in Central and South America. Nearly 13 kilometres offshore from Turtle Inn is Coral Caye, a private island idyllic hideaway, also owned by the moviemaker, home to two intimate residences for a castaway experience like no other.
Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives
This award-winning, eco-chic resort in the Maldives’ North Atoll is the self-styled place for Mr and Mrs Crusoes: you’ll even find a copy of the Defoe classic in your overwater villa and have a Man (or Woman) Friday to ably assist you during your stay. The motto at Gili Lankanfushi is ‘no news, no shoes’, so be prepared to pad around in your bare feet and to feel blissfully separate from everyone and everything other than your new spouse.