From The Bay of Kotor, Montenegro to Song saa Private Island There are 13 Exotic Getaways You Need to Add to Your Bucket List.
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#7 – Taha’a, French Polynesia
When you hear French Polynesia, you might conjure up visions of the sparkling waters of Tahiti or the magical Bora Bora. However, in this day and age, everyone goes there, so it’s packed with tourists which means that relaxation you were supposed to be enjoying now gets shared with the rest of the world. That maybe the number one way to ruin a vacation, but we’re here to save the day. What would you say if you could harness all that tropical beauty and relax in peace on an island all your own? Introducing the island of Taha’a, this intimate and exquisite island in French Polynesia will have you saying “Ahhhh” in no time, and since it’s not a place well known, you shouldn’t have to share.
#6 – The Bay of Kotor, Montenegro
The Bay of Kotor, better known to the locals simply as “Boka,” is a small bay of the Adriatic Sea in southwestern Montenegro. This area is not only known for having pristine beaches, peacock-blue waters and an abundance of tourist attractions, but it has not one but six medieval towns in the immediate surroundings. Since these medieval towns saw rulers from the Catholic Church, the Nemanjic Dynasty, the Ottoman Empire, the Venetian Republic, and several others, this is definitely a place for those who revel history and adventure.
#5 – Petra, Jordan
You may recognize pieces and sections of Petra, Jordan, even if you’ve never heard of the place in your life. The reason you recognize the scenery is because scenes from the Hollywood hit Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade were filmed at this location. If you aren’t a movie buff and you aren’t at all interested in the movie aspect you can still appreciate the awe-striking beauty of the lost city of Petra rising out of a cliff between the Red and Dead Seas.
#4 – The Cook Islands
The Cook Islands is a series of 15 islands that many would argue are one of the best-kept secrets of the Pacific Ocean. The landscape varies between the rugged mountain ranges found on the largest island of Rarotonga to the lagoons, coral reefs, and sandy islets found on the northern island of Aitutaki. The unique Polynesians that live there operate with their own language and government which is sure to make an interesting vacation. The islands here claim to be largely unspoiled by tourism despite welcoming an average of 100,000 visitors a year. We suppose there are enough white-sand beaches to go around.
#3 – Song saa Private Island, Koh Ouen and Koh Bong, Cambodia
This private island resort is the first ever built on the untouched Cambodian islands in the Koh Rong archipelago. Song saa spans across two islands and is connected by a darling footbridge over a marine reserve. Since the animals living in the waters surrounding the two islands are protected, it is very likely that you will have the chance to see a turtle or group of seahorses. The ultramodern floating villas are extremely authentic since they were created with reclaimed wood from retired fishing boats with the help of local driftwood. Even though it is an amazing floating villa, they don’t skimp on the luxuries and have infinity-edge pools, outdoor showers, and twin bathtubs to suit all of your needs. While you’re there, make sure to get a traditional blessing from one of the residential Buddhist monks, if you’re into that.
#2 – Pisco Elqui, Chile
Star gazing is perhaps one of the most mystical and romantic things you could do on this planet. There is little else cooler than seeing a glimpse of our magical galaxy. Nowadays it can be difficult to see even a patch of sky dark enough to show stars with all of the reflected light from these big cities. If you are lucky enough to live in a place where you can just hop in the car and drive to a local place to lay back and gaze above, then enjoy it as often as you can since the rest of us cannot. If you, like me, aren’t lucky enough to live in such a place, consider taking a trip to Pisco Elqui, Chile. Here you can find some of the clearest skies all year round since they have near perfect weather the entire year, this would be an exquisite place to stare up at the heavens.
#1 – Krai Son Raft House, Khao Sok National Park
Located in Cheow Lan’s western-most tributaries, at the entrance to the Klong Yee is the Krai Son Raft House, your one-stop-shop for all of your exotic vacation needs. The charming bamboo bungalows make the authentic fishing village turned exotic getaway the perfect spot for those of you trying to unplug from the world. There may not be private bathrooms, hot showers, or mosquito nets but what these floating bungalows lack in amenities, they more than makeup for with the gorgeous views that surround you.