Trip Tracker

As Greta Garbo famously said, "I want to be alone." I can relate to that. Sometimes you just need to get away from it all. A great way to tune out the static of your every day routine and decompress is at a private island resort. Soft breezes, sandy beaches and a cool drink await at these remote getaways. But do I really need to be completely alone? Maybe I'll bring along a companion ... a quiet one.

"Four degrees south of the equator, Frégate is a private island of outstanding natural beauty; fringed by seven dream beaches, each a brilliant sweep of powdery white sand sentinelled by giant, iconic granite boulders. Experience the rare luxuries of space, security and seclusion within a tropical island setting of exuberant natural beauty."

"Do your dreams take you to a place where the sea dazzles in the late-afternoon sun, and the passing clouds imprint shadows on the sand as schools of fish commune in the sea? A place so remote that you can only reach it by sea-plane or boat? Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, off the fabled Florida Keys coastline awaits."

"Cayo Espanto, a luxury island beach resort off the coast of Belize, rises just a foot or two above the surrounding water. World class snorkeling, scuba diving, catered meals, attentive staff, and massages are all a little piece of wonderful which awaits you."

"Most of Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives luxuriously designed villas are perched over the lagoon with nothing but blue ocean waters and glorious sunsets to block the view. Only a wooden ladder separates you from a refreshing dip in the lagoon."

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"Named after the Sanskrit word for peace, this serene retreat offers the pure white sands, turquoise seas and endless blue skies for which the Philippine archipelago is famed. The entire island of Pamalican is dedicated to Amanpulo, fringed by seven square kilometres of pristine coral reef and lapped by the tranquil Sulu Sea." --