There’s nothing better than discovering a secret spot when on vacation. The good news is that there’s absolutely no reason to not benefit from exclusivity across a range of destinations. From private beach retreats to stunning city breaks, there’s a vast number of locations you can visit and enjoy an exceptional getaway. Below are six intimate places to explore for the ultimate exclusive vacation.
Con Dao Islands, Vietnam
This breathtaking island is truly what travel dream are made of. The group of islands off the Southeast coast of Vietnam offers a tranquil oasis, with beautiful beaches to explore and tropical forests. Those who visit the destination can still enjoy fully-fledged Vietnamese food and culture while soaking in the serene atmosphere, clear azure waters, and local culture.
Jaffna, north Sri Lanka
The ancient city located on the Northern tip of Sri Lanka has much to offer those interested in local history and more. The lesser-known city of Jaffna is a great stop off when visiting the country. Boasting stunning architecture including rainbow-colored temples and spectacular coastline, this destination brings together the best of city and beach life. Be sure to enjoy the remarkable local delicacies, including vibrant curries and see the magnificent wild peacocks in their full splendor.
Omodos Village, Cyprus
Stunning Greek isles are recommended highly throughout many travel guides, including Mr Hudson Explores for good reason. The charming village of Omodos is located on the historic island of Cyprus and is a perfect location for both history and wine lovers. Situated in the Troodos mountains, visitors can enjoy uninterrupted vistas of the remarkable surrounding landscape and explore the independent shops without forgetting to taste the local range of wines produced right here.
Matera in the Basilicata region of Italy
A beautiful village located in the province of Basilicata, Matera has endless highlights to offer any passing visitor. As the world’s third-longest inhabited human settlement, tourists can enjoy the historical gems on offer here. From its natural caves situated in the characteristic tufa which transport any dweller back to the ancient Holy land to the incredible Meditteranean food and drink to devour, there’s something for everyone here.
El Nido Pangulasian Island, Philippines
Idyllically situated in Bacuit Bay, the Pangulasian Island in the Philippines is what exclusive holiday dreams are made of. Boasting an array of luxury eco-resorts, tourists will be spoiled with neverending views of the stunning surrounding landscape. Here there are perfect diving waters with real conservation actions in place to protect species such as the native sea turtles that reside here.
Yaxchilan, the ancient Mayan city in the state of Chiapas, Mexico
The ancient Mayan city is located on the bank of the Usumacinta River and isn’t as well known as the other ruins that Mexico is home to. A sight to visit rather than a holiday destination, there are more than 120 structures that make up the three complexes which date back to c. 300–810 CE when the city once flourished with civilization. Surrounded by lush green trees, the remains of the settlement are one of Mexico’s best-kept secrets.