Few locales deliver on the promise of making fantasies come to life, but these 15 alluring island getaways possess the charms to follow through.
Every year, Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards survey asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences from across the globe—to cast their votes for the top hotels, airlines, cities, spas, and more. Readers scored the top islands on the planet according to the friendliness of the people, food, value, activities and sights, natural beauty, and romance.
Three high-scorers in the romance category are in Asia, including the top island overall, Palawan, proving that the largest continent is also the most magical. The Caribbean and Hawaii are worthy rivals, each one home to a heavenly trifecta of winners. And naturally heart-shaped Moorea has the undeniable look of love. All of these stunners have one thing in common: cerulean waters that demand a dip.
Readers agree that sometimes all you need is Instagram-worthy scenery, your significant other, and a romantic place to bed down. So it's no surprise that four of the best hotels in the world are the crown jewels of the islands on this list.
Take Santorini’s Katikies Hotel, for example, where lovers stare in awe at epic Mediterranean sunsets from twin infinity pools. And Capri’s waterfront J.K. Place feels just like home, only much, much better, thanks to rooms with balconies overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. Trying to cross items off the bucket list as a team? Arrange for an exclusive helicopter tour of Maui’s tallest waterfall through Montage Kapalua Bay.
Whether a proposal is on the horizon, a honeymoon is being mapped out, or you’re simply seeking a romantic escape, these dreamy idylls vow to set the mood. Plus, surveys say lovebirds who travel together have deeper connections (and yes, even better sex lives).
Quit daydreaming. That romantic island vacation could be a reality.