Best Private Island Getaways (IV)

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Best Private Island Getaways (IV)

For many travelers, their idea of a perfect vacation is a secluded spot away from the rest of the world. These vacationers prefer to be close to nature, isolation and utter relaxation. If this kind of destination appeals to you, we've picked out the best private island gateways. The following islands all have one thing in common: peace and quiet.


7. Best Private Island Gateways: Over Yonder Cay — The Bahamas

Located in the jewel of the Bahamas, the Exuma Chain, Over Yonder Cay is the newest addition to private island resorts. Just opened, the island is available to rent to one group at a time, so guests have the full run of the island and the complete attention of its staff. Guests can arrive by boat or the island's seaplane, and are accommodated in four luxurious villas. Yacht owners can take advantage of the deep-water marina, which accommodates vessels up to 150ft in length. The perfect spot for water lovers, the Exuma has unparalleled visibility for snorkeling and diving. If you prefer to stay above the water, take to the paddleboards, wakeboards, kayaks or kite-surfing gear. Anglers can visit some of the best fishing spots with the island's local guides. Experience the culinary team's five-star dining over an intimate beachside dinner or a family grill in the pavilion. Over Yonder Cay is perfect for a family vacation, an exotic wedding or a getaway with friends.


8. Best Private Island Gateways: Song Saa — Cambodia

People often travel to Cambodia to explore the magnificent Angkor temples and then travel to Thailand to relax at one of the famed Thai beaches. But off the coast of Cambodia, there is a hidden gem, offering white sand beaches, overwater bungalows, coral reef, jungle and luxury. Song Saa Private Island resort is a short flight and boat ride from the Angkor temples. The resort, called Song Saa, means The Sweethearts" in Khmer, as the resort is made of two islands connected by a walking bridge. The main island hosts over-water, ocean-view and jungle bungalows, as well as a few restaurants and a lounge. The over-water bungalows contain glass floors to allow you to view the coral reef and water life in the surrounding Archipelago. With only 27 bungalows there will never be crowds on the island. There are no other resorts on or at the neighboring beaches. When heading to Song Saa you are truly making a remote escape from the world.


9. Best Private Island Gateways: Pulau Ubin — Singapore

Pulau Ubin is the last village or "kampong" in Singapore. A visit here is like stepping back into the 1960s when things were much simpler. Located off Singapore's northeast coast, the best way to get there is to take a bumboat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal. The name Pulau Ubin means ''Granite Island" in Malay, which isn't surprising, considering the many abandoned stone quarries on the island. The best way to explore Pulau Ubin is to hire a bike, although it remains a great place for a quiet stroll. For a laid back break from the hustle and bustle of the city, visit the Celestial Resort nestled at the Southwest of Pulau Ubin Island. Hire a van or rent a bicycle for the short ride through the woods to get to the resort. One big attraction on the island is the intertidal flat at Chek Jawa, which boasts extremely rare ecosystems, animals and plants. You can also go on guided trips while on Pulau Ubin.

Winter Bargains in The Romantic Caribbean (II)

It is no secret that winter is high season for the Caribbean. It's the coldest, snowiest, iciest time of year for many places, and some folks have just had enough of it by January and February. In fact, some folks figure they'll need to 'hunker down' and wait out old man winter through March. But that doesn't mean there are no travel deals to be found to make your 'Great Winter Escape: In fact, there are plenty, and some experts believe that the best time to book your winter bargains in the romantic Caribbean is from New Years to early March, when airlines are slashing prices before the big spring-break rush.


According to Yahoo Travel, there are great deals for hot spots like Jamaica, undiscovered charmers like Bonaire, and romantic paradises like St Thomas.


So check out this list for romance in a Caribbean Paradise and start packing!


Winter bargains in The Romantic Caribbean: Bahamas

The Bahamas is actually outside the Caribbean Sea, but culturally and geopolitically, it’s closely associated with the Greater Antilles and other Caribbean nations. Ifs inexpensive this time of year, and definitely tropical. So it made the list.


Deals and Bargains: Flights to the Bahamas are incredibly cheap due to its proximity to the US and frequent service from most major lines, with some flights as low as $300 from Miami Add a sweet accommodations package (they're a dime a dozen this season, especially in February and March) and you'll have a budget break in no time.


Winter bargains in The Romantic Caribbean: Out Islands, Bahamas

The Out Islands of the Bahamas are a perfect romantic destination for island-life lovers. This collection of tiny isles, offers big resorts and sparse traffic, and is graced with pristine sand and sea; major pastimes trend toward swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing. The outer Bahamas islands include: Abacos, Acklins, Andros, Berry Islands, Bimini, Cat Island, Crooked Island Eleuthera, Harbor Island, Exumas, Long Island and San Salvador


Deals and Bargains: Did someone say free flight? With the purchase of a four-night air-inclusive package, will throw in two round-trip airline tickets from Nassau—for free. Participating hotels span the islands and include luxury properties on Exuma and Eleuthera. Going one step further, Resorts World Bimini offers a private chartered seaplane from Miami with the purchase of a two-night stay (starting at a wee $389 per person).