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Koh Samui is a paradise getaway that boasts lush gardens, incomparable wellness treatments, and stretches of sandy beaches.
Stay: or KC Resort & Over Water Villas Saree Samui Hotel Eat: Ocean 11 Shop: Jim Thompson for luxurious Thai home goods See and Do: Take a boat to Koh Tao to snorkel alongside black fin sharks; indulge in a four-hand Thai massage, take Thai cooking classes, or go dancing at Mint Bar.
Surrounded by breathtaking vistas and high cliffs, the volcanic island of Santorini feels as if you have floated into heaven.
Stay: or Perivolas Hotel Aqua Suites Eat: Il Cantuccio, Ambrosia or Taverna Kritikos Shop: Go to Fira for the best in jewelry and ceramics. See and Do: Tour the islands and waterways of the caldera with a private catamaran, and donâ€™t miss the black sand beach. In September, check out the International Classical Music Festival.
One of the most exclusive islands in the Bahamas is Harbour Island, featuring over three miles of beautiful pink sand beaches.
Stay: or Pink Sands Resort The Landing Eat: The Landing, The Rock House or Arthurâ€™s Bakery Shop: Hand-crafted straw or Afro-Caribbean music at the gift shop of the Pink Sands Hotel See and Do: Sunbathe on stretches of pink sand beach that extend into forever or journey to uninhabited islands for a picnic.
Set in a natural environment with lush vegetation, Sardinia is known for hidden coves, relaxed-luxury beach atmosphere, and beautiful yachts.
Stay: or Hotel Pitrizza Hotel La Coluccia Eat: La Mola or Gianni Pedrinelli Shop: Porto Cervoâ€™s downtown See and Do: Visit the Church of St. Lorenzo. Indulge in the transparent waters of Punta Afosdelo and dei Sassi e delle Alghe’ beaches. Spot Italian celebrities and athletes as you sip drinks on Ira Beach at Jaguar Beach Club.
by Sequoia Blodgett
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