If island getaways are a travel fantasy, then even better are whole congregations of islands.
Resorts have come a long way from over-crowded pools, long lines for mediocre buffets and unimaginative (boring) activities.
Islands & beaches
Australia has more than 8000 islands to choose from. Here are the 10 best for a holiday.
The world's best islands offer so much more than five-star resorts and endless beaches.
If the hurly-burly of Koh Samui has turned you away from its tropical lure, try the other sleepier side of the island where peace and relaxation are easy to find.
Traveller 10: Prettiest, small Mediterranean islands
There's stiff competition for delightful ways to spend your time on Lizard Island.
Honestly, it's stupidly, madly, insanely paradisaical, this place.
From Fiji to Mexico, Thailand to Croatia, these al fresco seaside venues are the places to be.
The tropical light was intense and luminescent. This was a long way from the Irish Sea and I was suddenly head over heels in love with beaches.
Besides swimmers and sunscreen, pack a few poses for Bali's biggest resort.
The idyllic islands of the Maldives were anything but tranquil in this action-filled visit.