If winter fatigue has set in, fret not: There's still time to escape to a secluded tropical isle for an impromptu weekend getaway. Even better, you can plan a spur-of-the-moment trip on a strict budget. So, if you're yearning for a little sunshine, cool island breezes and mouthwatering dishes prepared with fresh local staples, these warm-weather escapes offer idyllic locations to escape blistering winter temperatures across the country without draining your wallet. Start mapping out your vacation to these exotic and surprisingly affordable private island hideaways across the globe.
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Pulau Macan Village & Eco Resort
Pulau Macan has beautiful coral seascapes and is located in the world's biggest archipelago, about 45 miles north of Jakarta in the Java Sea. This sustainability-friendly cluster of islands focuses on natural building, rainwater collection, coral preservation, waste management, solar-powered energy and community building. Snorkeling is a popular pastime here, in addition to boating, diving and fishing. What's more, Pulau Macan Village & Eco Resort hosts affordable accommodations for groups, with unique, eco-friendly huts overlooking the water.
Nangyuan Island Dive Resort
Snorkeling and diving are popular activities in the Gulf of Thailand, where over 15 popular dive sites will allow you to see whale sharks and sea turtles. Whether you're a beginner or expert, travelers of all experience levels can enjoy their stay and partake in diving lessons. If you're eager to dive, you can enjoy special discounts for divers at Nangyuan Island Dive Resort, which offers nightly rates starting at around $100. And if you're more of a sun seeker, enjoy relaxing on crystalline beaches in complete seclusion.
Chapwani Private Island
When you arrive to this isle in Tanzania, you can look for fruit bats, African antelope and more fascinating wildlife. Take a quick boat ride to Stone Town, a centuries-old spice port and UNESCO World Heritage site. And when you're ready to unwind, steal away to Chawani Resort, which is just a 15-minute boat ride from Zanzibar. Picturesque natural surroundings encourage guests to enjoy a digital detox, with no electronic devices to disturb their island experience. The resort's 10 rooms and sunset villa all feature ocean views, and the staff caters to only a few guests at time. Stay longer or plan your honeymoon here for great discounts. During your visit, you can enjoy cozying up with a book in the library and embarking on thrilling outdoor adventures, from snorkeling to canoeing to scuba diving to deep-sea fishing. What's more, the resort offers fresh island seafood specialties and dishes prepared with ingredients from the on-site garden.
Caye Chapel Island Resort
The Caye Chapel Island in Belize offers its own airstrip for international flights. Once you arrive to the 250-acre hideaway, enjoy lounging along the beach or the pool, hitting the links at the 18-hole golf course and rounds of tennis. Other diversions include birding and diving. After enjoying outdoor recreational pursuits, retreat to your accommodations. Each room at Caye Chapel Island Resort is equipped with modern technology (think: DVD players, satellite televisions and Jacuzzi-style bathtubs). Prices for single suites for two in the low season start at around $200 per night.
Crusoe Island Lodge
The second largest isle of the Juan Fernández islands, Robinson Crusoe Island is located off the west coast of San Antonio, Chile. A magnet for adventure seekers, the island is thought to have inspired author Daniel Defoe to write his acclaimed novel "Robinson Crusoe." Take a chalupa, or boat, appointed with a kitchenette to admire South American fur seals and other indigenous ocean life in the biosphere reserve. You can enjoy a myriad of other activities on the water, from scuba diving to kayaking to fishing to boating. And if you're more of a landlubber, there are trekking paths to explore along nearly untouched areas on the Punta de Isla, Puerto Francés and Centinela Hill. The Crusoe Island Lodge offers beautiful rooms with ocean views, Wi-Fi access and modern amenities with nightly rates starting at around $300.