Dreaming of a getaway after a draining work trip? Wherever your business trip might be, there’s an island paradise closer to it than you think. Jaunt off to one of these escapes for your next adventure.
The Azores from Madrid
These remote islands off the coast of Portugal are known for their dramatic natural scenery. Visit São Miguel, the largest island in the archipelago, for lush forests, rugged beaches, hot springs, and other eye-popping natural wonders. After a day spent in nature, make your foodie dreams come true in the capital city of Ponta Delgada, where you’ll find one-of-a-kind dishes.
Mauritius from Johannesburg
This paradise off the southeast coast of Africa is one of the most beautiful and inspiring island destinations in the world, but it’s so peaceful there that it feels like a well-kept secret. With crystalline blue waters and white sand beaches, it’s a great place to lounge, but it’s also got plenty of options for adventurous types. Mauritius is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, horse trails, golf courses, deep sea fishing, and - get this - an underwater waterfall. Nope, that’s not a typo. You’ve got to see it to believe it!
Isle of Wight from London
The Isle Of Wight is just a quick ferry ride from the mainland, but the cheer and relaxed pace of this place feels like it’s worlds away. You’ll find dreamy beaches, rolling English fields, and charming historic streets. Don’t forget to try one of the island’s many local beers!
Block Island from Boston
Block Island is your quintessential New England paradise, with big historic homes, expansive shorelines, and quaint lighthouses. The best part? Block Island has few of the crowds that you’ll find in nearby destinations like Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket. Escape to nature with a leisurely walk beneath the clay cliffs of the famous Mohegan Bluffs. Then, soak up a slice of culture in town at one of the island’s many art galleries.
Key West from Miami
Sure, Miami is something of a vacation destination in itself, but why not take your bleisure even further? When you’re finished with work in Miami, head on down to Key West, America’s favorite party town. The southernmost city in the US is a blast, but it isn’t all late nights and cocktails. It’s also home to pastel-colored houses, boundless natural beauty, and heaps of artistic and literary history. Pull up a seat at the beach bar and let your stresses melt away.
Hainan from Shanghai
This tropical Chinese island boasts a series of top-notch luxury resorts, chic boardwalks, and a roaring surf scene. Get your nature fix on Yanoda Rainforest’s hiking trails, where you’ll find lush surroundings and dreamy waterfalls.
Bermuda From New York City
This island in the middle of the Atlantic might seem isolated on a map, but it’s only a 2.5-hour flight from New York City. Bermuda is all about bright colors, from its rainbow-hued houses to its pink sand beaches. Spend an afternoon exploring the area’s famous coral reefs and finish it off with a cocktail. (Hint: the Dark ‘n’ Stormy is the island’s favorite drink.)
Sardinia from Milan
There’s no doubt about it: Sardinia is breathtakingly beautiful. It’s the perfect place to hop on a boat and leave all your worries back on shore. Explore the rugged inlets and clear waters while gazing up at the gorgeous architecture of the homes that line the Emerald Coast. Make the most of Sardinia’s renowned cuisine by stocking up on all the seafood, pasta, and wine you can.
Bintan Island from Singapore
Hop from one island to another, away from the crowded bustle of Singapore to the calm beaches of Bintan Island. Bintan is a beach bum’s dream come true, with sugary sand, relaxing resorts, and plenty of fun to be had in the water. If you get antsy to explore, check out the city center in Tanjung Pinang or visit the Banyan Tree Temple - but hey, spending your whole weekend in the sand is just fine too.