Secret Escapes | Sun Soaking Island

Fast forward to soaking up those sun rays and getting some well-deserved rest and relaxation on the beaches of Santorini and Corsica islands.

Philippines – Malapascua

Navigating the labyrinthine streets of Manila is a rewarding experience for the urban junkie, but one that’s especially taxing on the leisure-focused holidaymaker. If you’re after a Maldives-esque escape but want to keep off the beaten path, make the island of Malapascua your next destination. The tiny, sun-kissed island offers a rather unique Mediterranean vibe and a charming small-town feel. When you’re done taking in the jaw-dropping beauty of the beaches, explore the town’s casual bars and local eateries or take advantage of the excellent diving opportunities beneath the turquoise waters beyond.

France – Corsica

Corsica is one of the most naturally beautiful islands in the Mediterranean. Wild forests and jutting mountains dominate the interior, but where the land meets the sea, gorgeous beaches await. Discover what each can offer below, for a truly beguiling outdoor escape. Corsica is a sublime landscape for outdoor lovers. Though the beaches may get plenty attention, the mountains, river valleys and ancient forests of the interior offer a wealth of glorious landscapes and intrepid adventures. Sea and mountain sit side-by-side, creating a unique terrain that makes Corsica one of the finest, untouched outdoor spots in the Mediterranean.

Greece – Paros

For something upbeat but no less relaxing, try the many thrills of Páros. Its capital Parikia sits in a bayside location, and offers a pretty port, water sports opportunities, and plentiful shops and restaurants. Try Kolymbithres Beach for soft gold sands lined with surreal granite rocks, visit the incredible Byzantine church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani for your fill of history, and soak up the scenic Cycladic architecture that surrounds you as you spend an evening at a lively beach bar or club.

Greece – Santorini

Santorini is famed the world over for its iconic whitewashed houses and blue domes, and more spectacularly, its caldera sunset views. Witness this incredible phenomenon from all over the island – hike up to Skaros Rock in the town of Imerovigli, or head to the top viewing spot that is Oia. This Cyclades island flawlessly combines natural beauty and pristine glamour, making it a desirable destination for travellers looking to splash the cash.

Croatia - Lokrum Island

As you walk along the city walls of Dubrovnik's Old Town, it’ll be hard to miss Lokrum island, a verdant mass rising out of the ocean. Boats to the island are frequent, and island-exploring is a must in Croatia. Home to family-friendly beaches, it’s a fantastic swimming spot - but be aware that the outcrop is quite rocky. On the island you’ll find a botanical garden for nature-lovers, and Paradise Walk: don’t be fooled by the name - it can be sweltering during the day, with little shade from trees, but the views from the top are heavenly.

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