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Rocka restaurant at Six Senses Uluwatu, Bali. Photography by Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas.
Photography by ken seet/four seasons.
Photography Courtesy of Belmond Cap Juluca.
Photography by Michael Kleinberg.

Sand Castles

by C California Style

From bountiful Bali to the cool Caribbean, pick your idyllic island in the sun

For Deep Divers

Few places on earth compare to Fiji. Crystal clear water, pristine coral reefs and lush, untouched islands offer vacationers an otherworldly, middle-of-nowhere feel. Off the mainland and surrounded by the planet’s fourth largest coral reef, Kokomo Private Island Fiji delivers that kind of wonderland on the outer reaches of the South Pacific’s Kadavu island group. Twenty-one beachfront villas are the gateway to lush rainforests, pearl-white beaches and unspoiled ocean. If you’re into scuba diving, this is your spot. Rooms from $2,500/night, all inclusive; kokomoislandfiji.com.


For Wellness Junkies

Perched on a sacred limestone cliff on the island’s southernmost tip, Six Senses Uluwatu, Bali is pure bliss. Located near the famous Uluwatu Temple and a world-class surf break, the eco-resort envelops guests in a tranquil, palm-fringed world designed for balance and restoration, via en suite soaking tubs with Indian Ocean views and an unparalleled wellness-focused spa program. Local ingredients are at the core of the dining experience at Crudo and at Rocka’s farm-to-fork chef’s table. Surf, dive, heli-tour, go for a water purification ritual or just relax. Rooms from $500/night; sixsenses.com.


For Adventurers

If an escape to East Africa’s secluded archipelago is in order, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island is the ultimate hideaway. Each of the 71 bungalows, villas and residences boasts a private pool, beach access and a pared-down aesthetic. There’s a family-friendly grill and raw bar, a poolside bar and a take-out deli for impromptu picnics, plus all stripes of adventure, from fly-fishing, kayaking and scuba diving to nature trekking around the island’s undisturbed landscape. Rooms from about $920/night; fourseasons.com.


For Pool People

Everyone loves a comeback story—especially one that ends in Anguilla with white-washed villas wrapped in bougainvillea, on a spread of powdery sand and turquoise water. A jewel in the Caribbean’s Lesser Antilles, Belmond Cap Juluca reopens in December, following a top-to-bottom renovation of 71 rooms and 42 suites, including private pool suites and villas. With an infinity pool overlooking Maundays Bay, guests can post up at The Cap Shack with a rum punch, snorkel or lounge at the shore. Rooms from $725/night; belmond.com.


For Epicureans

On a prized patch of land that once housed the beach cottage of Queen Lili’uokalani, Hawaii’s last reigning monarch, Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach is an oceanfront oasis. In an area known for elevated digs, the property ups the ante as a home base for two Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto eateries: Momosan, a ramen restaurant and beer garden concept, and Morimoto Asia, the most desired table in town. Guest rooms have private lanais and Pacific views—enhanced by the resort’s coastline panorama. The pool deck is the perfect place to slide up to Swell Bar. And not to be overlooked is The Oceanarium, a 280,000-gallon saltwater home to more than 1,000 indigenous sea creatures. Rooms from $289/night; alohilaniresort.com.


Written by MARTINE BURY.