Secret Escapes | Dancing Til Dawn Islands

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Croatia – Korcula

Steeped in history, Korcula’s claim to fame goes beyond being the alleged birthplace of Marco Polo. Beyond the city’s gates, the island’s calm waters are also particularly enticing thanks to the island’s perennially warm weather. You can rent a kayak and snorkelling equipment from around town and paddle your way to the smaller islets that dot Korcula to explore hidden beaches and snorkel the shallow waters. Come sundown, park yourself at one of the town’s many waterfront bars and unwind with a glass of the local speciality – a dry white wine made from the regional Posip grape.

Caribbean - St Lucia

From the heights of the Pitons mountains on its western coast, right down to its 20 protected marine areas growing on volcanic rock, St. Lucia’s landscape is as surreal as it is eye-pleasing. A spectacular riot of colour and drama, it still makes quite the soothing sight for any kind of traveller – whether you’re one to hike through rainforest trails, get your sea legs kicking with a panoramic boat trip, or simply flop onto soft sands for as long as you possibly can. If it’s a more fast-paced natural escape you’re after, climb the active Soufrière Hills volcano for endless views over verdant plantations. On the flip side, if you hear the local nightlife, shopping scene and buzzing beaches calling your name, make a beeline for Rodney Bay along the north-western coast.

Spain – Mallorca

Just a short hop from the UK, Mallorca has long since been a place synonymous with an easy island getaway, attracting avid sun-seekers, a yacht-residing glitterati and cultural enthusiasts alike. As the largest of Spain‘s Balearic Islands, it boasts miles of intriguing coastline, from stark and imposing cliff faces to seemingly endless stretches of powder white sands. This attractive contrast, teamed with a healthy smattering of simply charming historic towns and its beautiful capital city – Palma, keeps Mallorca in the travellers’ limelight. If you make the effort to explore the islands’ varying landscapes – you won’t be disappointed with what you discover.

Thailand - Ko Phangan

Unspoilt white sands, a rich variety of sea life and visitors you could count on one hand make this beach a true hidden gem, whether you’re looking for a spot of snorkelling or a chance to relax. The patient few are rewarded with a chance to explore the Ko Ma, a tiny island which becomes accessible as the low tide opens a sandbar between it and the main beach. A gloriously tranquil cove fringed with dense palm trees on the edge of Ko Phangan, Why Nam Beach is petite yet perfect. Soak up the rays, take a leisurely swim (mind the rocks on your way in) and watch the sun set, before heading to the nearby Haad Rin beach to witness a psychedelic spectacle of colour, music and dazzling fire dance displays, at the Full Moon Party.

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