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.

Most Beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites (I)

A World Heritage Site could be a lake, a forest, an island, a monument or a city, recognized for its symbolic role in history, and which today is a famous tourist attraction.


As of 2013, UNESCO has a total of 981 sites: 759 cultural sites, 193 natural sites and 29 mixed sites, scattered across 160 countries.


The country with the most numerous and most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites is Italy, with 49 sites, followed by China with 45 sites and Spain with 44 sites.


Each site considered by UNESCO a World Heritage Site remains part of the physical territory of the state it belongs to, but it is also under the protection of the international community.


In this article we will reveal some of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites that must be seen at least once in a lifetime:


1. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat is a Hindu temple in the Angkor region of Cambodia. It was built in the early 12th century for a local King and represents a model of Khmer Architecture of the highest level. It is the most well preserved archaeological site. Since its establishment, Angkor Wat has been the most important religious center, for both Hindu (dedicated to the God Vishnu), and Buddhists. It is the largest religious monumental complex in the world.


2. Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan is an ancient village located in the Mandalay Region of Burma (Myanmar). Between the 9th and the 13th centuries it was the center of the Kingdom of Pagan, the first kingdom which unified the regions that later formed the modern Burma.


3. Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia is a historical region in Central Anatolia, largely in the Nevşehir Province. During the prehistoric era the first settlements have been established and the people built underground cities in the volcanic mountains to protect themselves from the wild animals. There are many underground cities in the Cappadocia area of Turkey, but Derinkuyu is the biggest one. Cappadocia is one of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites and main tourist attractions in Turkey, due to its beautiful landscapes and rich history.


4. Hampi, India

Hampi is a village in the north of Karnataka State, India. It is located near the ruins of Vijayanagara, the hearth of the former Vijayanagara Empire. Older than Vijayanagara, Hampi continues to be an important religios site, housing the Virupaksha Temple and many other monuments belonging to the old city.


5. Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Pichu is one of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites located on a mountain ridge at about 2,430 meters above sea level, in Peru. Many archeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti. Often referred to as the “Lost city of the Incas”, Machu Picchu is probably the most popular representation of Inca civilization.