By Travel + Leisure and Travel + Leisure Staff
October 27, 2014

Wide, white-sand beaches? Check. Photo-worthy wildlife? Check. These three islands are some of our readers’ favorites.


You’ll find crescent-shaped coastlines, indigo waters, and famous scenic drives. Celebrities hide out at the Four Seasons Resort at Wailea, while low-key travelers will love the more affordable Andaz Maui, set on a 4.5-mile stretch of sand.

Santorini, Greece

This mythical ancient island with black-rock beaches, gleaming white houses and blue-domed buildings—is Santorini, Greece. Don’t miss the village of Oia, one of the most photographed spots in the world.

Palawan, The Philippines

If you’re an adventurer seeking an Asian island getaway, Palawan, in the Philippines, is one of our readers’ favorites. Imagine ribbons of white sand, glasslike waters, and hotel massages that start at $35. Drink it all in with juice from a fresh coconut, plucked right off a 30-foot tree.

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