Top 10 Islands

Chris’ personal picks from places in the world that he has visited.

Grenada: A gem of an island in the southern Caribbean, this lush yet petite corner of tropical paradise is a heady mix of old plantations, dramatic mountains, perfect beaches and the most picturesque capital town imaginable.

Moorea, Polynesia: In the South Pacific, though technically a part of France, this Gauguin-esque island towers dramatically above a turquoise lagoon in an archetypical tropical island paradise.

Fregate, Seychelles: This tiny island is a part of the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean; it has just one get-away-from-it-all plantation house resort, and fauna and flora that are unique to this verdant speck in the ocean.

South Island, New Zealand: Difficult to choose between North and South Island, but the South has my vote because of its monumentally impressive scenery which includes great glacial mountains and misty fjords.

Cheung Chau, Hong Kong: Just 10km south of teeming Hong Kong Island, this small island is adrift in another time, with traditional temples, ancient rock carvings and fascinating alleys lined with mysterious shops.

Tasmania - Australia: This island state is a world apart. Its weird and wonderful wildlife includes the Tasmanian Devil and Fairy Penguins in an ecological wonderland.

Corsica, France: My favourite Mediterranean destination, this substantial island has it all: green valleys, mighty mountains, beach-necklaced coastline, history around every corner and sumptuous French cuisine!

Herschel, Yukon: One of the wildest, most starkly beautiful places I have seen on this planet, Herschel Island lies in the Beaufort Sea just off the Yukon coast; it teams with Arctic wildlife and may become Canada’s next UNESCO site.

Iceland: Land of Vikings, glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes, thermal pools, ancient sagas and a unique modern culture – now is the time to visit this mid-Atlantic island nation as their currency has crashed and it’s now excellent value!

Caladesi, Florida: If you wish to escape the hustle and bustle of Florida’s glitzy resorts, this Gulf Coast State Park is the perfect getaway; accessible only by boat, its white beaches and trail-veined woods are a sanctuary of peace.