Crystal clear turquoise seas, hammocks and cocktails. The smell of coconut oil and salt in the ocean breeze, as you lie baking in the sun while warm waves lap at your toes over the soft white sand.
These are our palm frond and flip flop destinations, island paradises that spirit you away from your busy life and deposit you in a world where the most important decision you'll make is to tan your front or back.
Mozambique has some of the most picture-perfect beaches in Africa, with sand so fine that it squeaks underfoot. A popular tour includes one of the two island archipelagos: Bazaruto in the South, which is the perfect destination to combine with a safari in Kruger, and Quirimbas in the far north, best combined with a Tanzanian safari. These islands contain some of the most exclusive private island lodges in the world.
For those who want some culture to break up their beach days, we offer trips to the spice island of Zanzibar in Tanzania. Wander the cobbled streets of the capital's old quarter, Stone Town, stopping off at colourful back-street markets where you can sample the tasty local food. Visit the red colubus monkey sanctuary in Jozani Forest before embarking on a guided sailing trip on a local white-sailed dhow. Zanzibar combines the flavours of the East with the decadence of Roman times. It's perfectly combined with a safari in Tanzania, where you can witness the Great Migration.
Mauritius is Africa's Caribbean, with coastlines that wouldn't look out of place on Aruba. A cultural sponge, the island's soda-white beaches combine with Chinese, Indian and Creole fusion food - a nod to the country's colonial past and neighbouring Madagascar - and unspoilt rain forests to create a tropical getaway reminiscent of far off lands.
Or perhaps you have the The Seychelles on your island escape list. This is the wildest of our island destinations, a magical place where development and conservation sit peacefully side by side. It's the only place in the world where hawksbill turtles feel so safe that they come ashore in broad daylight to lay their eggs. The vast majority of the 100 islands that make up the archipelago are uninhabited, so you can leave your base at one the bigger islands and lose yourself on a true Robinson Crusoe-style adventure.
Pack your beach bag and contact our experienced travel consultants to find out which island destination is right for you.