C California Style

Montenegro's Aman Sverti Stefan rises from the Adriatic Sea. PHOTO: Courtesy of Aman Resorts.
PHOTO: Courtesy of Taprobane.
Casa Familia's private swimming pool. PHOTO: Courtesy of andbeyond.com.

New Moon

by C California Style

Three less-expected island getaways to stave off your post-wedding blues.

Edited by Jenny Murray.


Spoiled for choice, you’ll be hard-pressed at Aman Sveti Stefan in Montenegro to select your favorite spot in the pink sand. The gem of the sprawling three-part resort is the ancient island of Sveti Stefan (a restored 15th-century fortress), complete with 50 perfectly understated cottages, alfresco restaurants, terrace swimming pools and a centuries-old church. Connected to the mainland by a stone isthmus, the property continues with the eight-suite Villa Miločer (Queen Marija’s early 20th-century summer residence) and the breathtaking freestanding Aman spa. With three private beach coves, each framed by forested cliffs and the turquoise Adriatic Sea, you’ll never want to leave. From $850/night; amanresorts.com.

Written by Jenny Murray.

Set on the Bazaruto Archipelago, a pristine expanse that forms part of a national marine park, this summer’s opening of andBeyond’s Benguerra Island signals a glamorous rebirth for the beloved locale (previously known as Benguerra Lodge). The property comes on the heels of luxury hotel brands Anantara and Singita moving into the region, and is dotted with thatched casinhas done up in tropical decor that nods to the area’s Portuguese and African heritage. The resort is also a veritable aquatic Shangri-La, its deep lagoon serving as a gateway to untouched coral reefs. Of course, there’s always the option to set up shop on the white sandy beach with a cocktail—the horseback riding, traditional dhow cruises and “castaway picnics,” also on offer, will wait. From $585/night; andbeyond.com.

Written by Melissa Goldstein.

Sri Lanka
For the ultimate private island escape (with up to nine of your closest friends should you wish to invite them), look no further than Sri Lanka’s Taprobane Island—Count de Mauny-Talvande’s lush paradisaical home for more than 30 years. Wade through shallow waters to arrive at this secluded destination just a stone’s throw from the country’s southern tip, where an airy villa awaits with five en suite bedrooms and terraces that open up to views of the Indian Ocean. A five-person staff is at the ready for all of your whims and fancies, so the only real decision to make is whether to while away the hours in the sea-facing infinity pool, or among the two-and-a-half acres of tropical gardens. From $1,000/night; taprobaneisland.com.

Written by Leslie McKenzie.