Notable Island Destinations: Tropical Escapes for the Winter Blues

Zemi Beach House

Cempedak Private Island
Riau Islands, Indonesia

This exclusive, adults-only tropical retreat is located just 56 miles from Singapore and is one of only a handful of islands set along Indonesia’s stunning coastline. Spanning 42 acres, the island features lush rainforest terrain ringed with white sandy beaches. But it’s the island’s unique architecture that will really draw you in. Crescent-shaped grass roofs top spacious, private villas equipped with private plunge pools and huge decks, providing an awe-inspiring escape for rest and relaxation.

Six Senses Zil Pasyon
Félicité, Seychelles

Located just 30 nautical miles northeast of Seychelles International Airport, this private jewel of an island is a serene, ecological oasis set amid the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. In addition to one- and two-bedroom pool villas, the island offers three- and four-bedroom residences that feature gourmet kitchens, private wine cellars and master bedrooms equipped with personal 250-square-foot pools with Plexiglas floors that allow natural light to filter into the living spaces below.

The Brando
Tetiaroa, French Polynesia

When actor Marlon Brando discovered this secluded paradise while filming “Mutiny on the Bounty,” he said, “Tetiaroa is beautiful beyond my capacity to describe.” Accessible by private aircraft, Tetiaroa atoll is located 30 miles northeast of Tahiti and is composed of a dozen small islands surrounding a sparkling azure lagoon. The resort reflects the local culture and lifestyle and features 35 villas set on white sand beaches, two restaurants specializing in Polynesian-inspired cuisine and the Varua Te Ora spa.

Zemi Beach House
Anguilla, British West Indies

Nestled on six oceanfront acres on the island’s tranquil Shoal Bay East, Zemi Beach House Hotel & Spa offers a true treat for the senses: sea views from every vantage point, exotic wood furnishings, savory cuisine, the flavors of small-batch rums at the elegant Rhum Room and pampering treatments at the Zemi Thai House Spa. Book a Beachfront Villa Suite or a Penthouse Suite and bask in the breathtaking views and private pool.

About The Author

Si Si Penaloza's first brush with unbridled luxury came when she was 18 months old, when she toddled from the lobby of Hôtel Ritz Paris into the adjacent Bar Hemingway – only to be busted 15 minutes later. After cutting her teeth as a curator, arts editor and cultural critic, she fell down the rabbit hole of luxury travel. A natural born flâneur, she thrives as a professional lounger – jetting to the world’s top destinations to review hotels and spas for top international outlets. Amid bouts of horizontal hedonism, she’s not immune to the lure of stunt journalism – interviewing Brad Pitt, George Clooney and the cast of Ocean's Thirteen in Cannes, reporting from Prince Harry’s Diamond Jubilee Tour of the Caribbean or racing the Top Gear team through the vineyards of Stellenbosch. She’s also been known to trek the Himalayas in seersucker pajamas, track baby kiwi birds at Cape Kidnappers, observe octopus at 80 feet below in Curaçao and frolic with frisky penguins on Cape Town's Boulder Beach. For editorial consideration please contact editor@jetsetmag(dot)com.

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