Exploration, relaxation, gastronomy and often all three – island holidays provide a traveller with coveted memories. On a domestic scale, New Zealand's South Island vies with its northern brother while, across the water, the food and wine trail of Tasmania prove that even the smaller islands can come with a big reputation.
Closer to home, experience the Atlantic's 'Floating Garden' as you meander Madeira's walking trails, or visit Sicily for world-class wines, idle pleasure and delightful ancient ruins.
For something truly special, retrace Darwin's footsteps and explore the Galapagos Islands aboard the excellent Yacht Isabela II – now with free domestic flights from Ecuador's historic capital, Quito.
But, if that all sounds too much, retreat to the golden sands of Antigua for a quintessential Caribbean getaway.
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Sicily's rich past has given rise to a uniquely contrasting history and it's a similar story when it comes to its food and wine. You’ll take it all in with stays in boutique properties and pretty country drives, with the island’s famous gastronomy showcased in wine tastings and open-kitchen dining.
Famous for its friendly people, natural beauty and mild climate, Madeira is a perfect year-round destination. The island features more than 600 miles of walking trails, and while there aren't any beaches per se, there are plenty of lidos and bathing platforms offering direct sea access.
Between decadent fine dining, contemporary rooms and an upscale rooftop bar – complete with pool, terraced gardens and sea-facing massages – this is Hvar at its indulgent best.
Annabelle is a 5-star luxury resort hotel, located on Cyprus’ shoreline near Paphos, close to the old fishing harbour, castle and archaeological sites.
Combine the history of Quito and the unique biodiversity of the Amazon with perhaps the ultimate in wildlife-watching experiences – a luxury Galápagos cruise.