For when you need a break from business
With the stress and busy schedule that comes with working in the corporate world, everyone needs a holiday to get away from it all once in a while and recharge the batteries. What better way to truly relax than to visit an island destination? Across the globe there are some truly incredible ones, and here at Total World Energy we have selected our top five…
The impact that taking a holiday has on a person’s motivation and creativity is significant. The phrase ‘recharge the batteries’ is often used to describe how people feel when they get a much needed holiday from work and this feeling is backed up by clinical evidence.
Employers find that their employees are happier and more productive following a break from work and equally as much, executives and directors are able to come back from leave relaxed and with a fresh perspective. Here at Total World Energy we have selected our top picks for isolated luxury – truly outstanding island destinations to visit across the globe.
NOSY BE, MADAGASCAR
Voted the number one island destination in Africa by TripAdvisor, Nosy Be means ‘Big Island’ in Malagasy and is located off the northwest coast of Madagascar. With breath-taking scenery, white sand beaches and turquoise waters, the island is a real tropical paradise.
This destination is a popular one and ideal if you want to go on a luxury island getaway, but maybe take the family with you. You could take the whole family scuba diving to view the coral reefs that surround the island, or experience the famous local wildlife and visit the native lemurs in the Nosy Komba Lemur Park.
For more grown-up pastimes the island is home to volcanic lakes and rum distilleries. There are smaller islands nearby to visit and if you are looking for both seclusion and luxury at the same time you can holiday on a private yacht charter that can also take you to the different sights nearby.
LEWIS AND HARRIS, THE OUTER HEBRIDES
Another TripAdvisor number one – Lewis and Harris is perfect if you love a more windswept northern beauty and the chance to see the Northern Lights from your bedroom. The island is one of more than 100 islands off the West coast of Scotland that make up the Outer Hebrides.
If you are looking for isolated luxury, there is some excellent high-end self-catering accommodation available to rent on Lewis and Harris, with the North Atlantic ocean steps from your door. A holiday here would be ideal for someone who loves outdoor pursuits – lovely walks across the island and home to the legendary Callanish Standing Stones and medieval ruins.
ESPIRITU SANTO, VANUATO
Espiritu Santo in the nation of Vanuato is located in the Pacific region of Melanesia and is an island paradise famous for the pink sands of its Champagne beach and its truly relaxing atmosphere. There is a range of luxury accommodation to choose from, including the extravagant five-star Ratua Private Island Resort – a 30 minute motorboat ride from Espiritu Santo itself.
The island is dotted with a number of freshwater blue holes ideal for swimming and the sea surrounding it is scattered with wrecks and home to reefs and tropical fish – another island location perfect for diving.
A must-see destination locally is the Millenium Cave – cross a bamboo bridge to get there and experience bathing under the waterfall and see the bats and swallows that make it their home.
It is hard to pick just one Caribbean island to add to the list of luxury getaways, but St. Lucia is definitely in the top ten for indulgence, natural beauty and lively entertainment. Synonymous with Caribbean romance, St.Lucia is wonderful for a romantic break from work and is not short of five-star accommodation options.
The interior of the island features lush rain forest, covered by banana plantations and crowned by the twin peaks of the Pitons on the Southwest coast.
For visitors who are looking for less quiet, the spring to summer months offer a variety of events for holidaymakers and locals alike – to name a few, in April there’s the St. Lucia Golf Open, and May sees the big event of the season on the island, St. Lucia Jazz.
TIOMAN ISLAND, MALAYSIA
Tioman Island in Malaysia is our final pick and the largest in a volcanic group of islands off the east coast of Malaysia. This last destination is an area of outstanding natural beauty, covered in tropical jungle, waterfalls, mountain streams and home to a variety of rare animals and birds.
If visitors are looking for adventure, there is great rock-climbing to be had on the Gunung Nenek Semukut cliff face or Dragons Horns. Or, if a more laid-back holiday is needed, the island is surrounded by wonderful golden sand beaches.
Luxury accommodation can be found at the Berjaya Tioman Beach, Golf and Spa Resort or the boutique resort of JapaMala, for when it is time to relax in a spa or sample the gourmet food on offer.
Any one of these wonderful islands would make beautiful locations for a relaxing break from work and after all – when working so hard it is important to take the time to reap the rewards.