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Best island getaways for 2019

The luxurious escapes we love this year

1 — Miavana in Madagascar

Located on a private island, Nosy Ankao, just off the coast of Madagascar, the adventure begins before you have even stepped foot on the island: a helicopter ride across the sea is the most exhilarating way to arrive.

The 14 stunning villas at Miavana are all sea facing, granting each guest an unforgettable view to wake up to. Above and below the water you can get close to Madagascar’s marine life, but what really excites us are the birds and lemur in the rainforest. Hiking through the ancient forests, you’ll see crowned lemur and Perrier’s sifaka, and if you head down to the beach after dark, you will witness turtle hatching or from their eggs and struggling across the sand to the ocean.

2 — Chief's Camp in Botswana

Chief’s Island is in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta, and it probably has the highest concentration of game anywhere in Botswana. The abundant wildlife includes huge herds of elephant, thousands of zebra and buffalo, plus plenty of predators.

Staying at the recently refurbished Chief’s Camp, you’ll have prime game viewing from your private deck. The seasonal mokoro (canoe safaris) are an excellent addition to the activity programme, especially if you want to watch the birds.

3 — Mumbo Island in Malawi

Mumbo Island is located in the expansive Lake Malawi National Park, and is a pristine, uninhabited island. There’s just one camp here, which is completely off grid, so staying feels like a real adventure.

In between hiking, kayaking, swimming, and chilling out in a hammock, we highly recommend trying Scuba diving. Lake Malawi offers some superb freshwater diving, with vast shoals of colourful little fish swirling around you. The orange-pink sunset sparkles on the water each evening, so sail out on the camp's yacht for a truly memorable sundowner.
 
4 — North Island in the Seychelles

If you are looking for the archetypal island escape, complete with snow white beaches and turquoise waters, look no further than North Island, the most exclusive private island resort in the Seychelles. Here, there are only 11 villas, all of which have been made from locally sourced materials, many which were collected when the island was being restored.

Each villa has high ceilings, and is designed to blend in with the surrounding natural colours of the island. Step out onto your private deck to lounge in the sun, or enjoy a dip in your private plunge pool. Explore the island on your own private golf buggy and eat anywhere and anytime with your personal butler on hand There is no better place to relax for a winter break in the sun.

5 — The Galapagos Islands

Isabela is the largest of the Galapagos islands, an archipelago stuffed with natural wonders. Every day brings curious new species of plants, birds, reptiles, and marine life, which you can discover on foot and by boat.

Most of Journeysmiths’ guests in the Galapagos stay aboard a ship: choose between a comfortable cruise ship, or an elegant yacht. There are also places where you can stay ashore, such as the Galapagos Safari Camp on Santa Cruz.

To discuss your inspiring island adventure, call us now on 01604 632337. Before you know it, you’ll be on your way to peace and privacy, the sound of the waves serenading you.