World Travel Magazine - - Style File Island Style Revisited -

is­land des­ti­na­tion is con­sid­ered by many the nir­vana of holiday travel, with the al­lure of end­less pris­tine beaches, crys­tal clear wa­ter and un­ri­valled pri­vacy and ex­clu­siv­ity for the elite trav­eller. But when it comes to de­sign it’s easy to pi­geon­hole th­ese paradise is­land re­sorts with a nat­u­ral rus­tic styling that lets the nat­u­ral beauty of their sur­round­ings take cen­tre stage.

And what if our style choices are not of the ‘bare­foot chic’ va­ri­ety? Or if we want to select holiday wardrobes from bolder trends fresh off the s/s cat­walks for an is­land va­ca­tion? Luck­ily the plethora of lux­ury re­sorts that have been steadily grow­ing over the last decade in the most re­mote cor­ners of the globe means that is­land re­sort no longer needs to sim­ply mean rus­tic.

The re­sorts se­lected here all share es­sen­tial el­e­ments ex­pected of an is­land paradise, but vary hugely in style: From a mod­ern trop­i­cal Thai re­treat, via a Mada­gas­can bolt hole en­tirely in pas­tel pink stone, an ar­chi­tec­turally bold over­wa­ter Mal­di­vian re­sort, to a Sey­chelles re­treat open­ing as we go to press with a con­tem­po­rary nod to 19th­cen­tury colo­nial­ism. Which means whether you pre­fer the sea­son’s Hawai­ian meets cray­ola colours meets world trav­eller vibe, louche retro pas­tel glamour, sharp sports in­flu­enced moder­nity, or the lat­est clean-cut take on sa­fari, there is a lux­ury is­land re­sort to suit.

So grab your copy of Robin­son Cru­soe, it’s time to start is­land hop­ping…

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