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Island escapes

There are magical images that the words ‘castaway’, ‘exotic’, ‘tropical’ and ‘dreamy’ all conjure up - scenes of softly lapping waves, palm-shaded beaches and romantic walks on the shore…

Maybe that fantasy of being marooned on a sun-soaked island can be a reality this year… and maybe just a touch of luxury too. Get away for a bit to enjoy a serene escape with relaxation, scenic views and inviting seas all on the menu!

Here, the Flexicover Team picks out some great island escapes:

Santorini, Greece

This beautiful Greek island in the southern Aegean Sea is a perfect place to relax, unwind and soak up some quaint culture and tradition. Cobbled streets, whitewashed villages and blue-domed churches, combined with never-ending vineyards, make Santorini a great destination for a break away. Thira, the capital, is a great place to stay, but do also visit the northern town of Oia, perched on a cliff-top. This is the best village from which to admire the famous, breathtaking sunset over the caldera (a type of volcanic crater). If you want more than just a lazy time on the beach, then pay a visit to the oldest church (the Panagia Episkopi), wander through Pyrgos, the former capital or enjoy wine tasting at a local winery. This is your classic Greek castaway break for 2014!

Bali, Indonesia

Bali, often referred to as the ‘Island of the Gods’, is the smallest province of Indonesia (with, unusually, a Hindu majority) and a beautiful, unique destination, full of diverse traditions. From diving to surfing, yoga retreats to long beach stretches, paddy fields to ancient monuments plus the dramatic volcanoes of the central mountains and hillside temples, there is bound to be something for everyone. Do and see as little or as much as you like. If spectacular mountain scenery and great beaches teamed with warm, joyful people sounds like your idea of fun, this is a great choice for 2014. Stay in a luxury hotel resort or opt for a relaxed holiday in the more rural parts of the island, either way, this is your escape route to serenity!

Sicily, Italy

This triangular shaped island, right at the bottom of Italy, is the largest in the Mediterranean Sea and what a beauty it is! Combining East-meets-West architecture and layered with history, it’s often described as the ‘pearl’ of southern Italy. It boasts medieval villages, Roman ruins, vineyards, olive groves and lots of countryside; all making it a really romantic place to pass your time. Mountains, hills, the sea and volcanoes make Sicily a charming region to explore. Visit the temples, sunbathe on the beach of San Vito Lo Capo near Trapani, walk up Mount Etna or indulge in divine Italian cuisine, this is your dreamy stay away!

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

If luxury is your thing and the budget isn’t a serious issue, Bora Bora should be top of your list. Surrounded by the enclosed waters of a barrier reef, the Leeward Island of Bora Bora in French Polynesia is absolutely stunning. Perfect white sand and a brilliant blue lagoon to swim in mean it’s no surprise that honeymooners flock here year after year, opting to stay in their fabulous water bungalows. The choice of water activities is extensive too; swimming, diving, snorkelling, shark feeding and boat trips on offer. This superlative romantic spot is a-once-in-a-lifetime experience and this place remains the island of all dreams. Your totally tropical escape!

Koh Samui, Thailand

This lovely island with stunning natural beauty off the east coast of Kra Isthmus in Thailand is one of the largest islands (after Phuket) and home to three million coconut trees. There is plenty to do – eat at street-side food stalls, party till the wee hours or visit Buddhist temples, Koh Samui has it all. Relax on pristine beaches and swim in the warm, clear waters and just chill. Visit a local coconut plantation - monkeys will climb the trees and bring down the fruits. This is your flight to fantasy!

Whichever island you are lucky enough to escape to this year, we at Flexicover are committed to providing you the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away. Always looking out for you!