Food Traveler Magazine Winter 2016 - Page 81

holiday ISLANDS in the T here is nothing more relaxing than a quiet stretch of shoreline, laced with palms and dotted with umbrellas and lounge chairs. The soft breezes blow over sun-kissed skin, and the waves are calm and welcoming. Miles of turquoise and indigo waters tag the horizon that seems to reach to the ends of the earth. You are in the midst of it all, sipping a fruity cocktail and taking in the beauty of your surroundings. Welcome to your holiday in the islands. When it comes to choosing the perfect island, there are more than a handful to consider. Lengthy lists of tropical paradises pop up, with seemingly similar packages, both in price and fea- tures. But, how do you choose? Which one is best for the season, the occasion, and the budget? It all depends on what type of experience you’re looking to get out of your tropical oasis. No island is the same, so here are several top contenders worth booking a trip to. We’ll tell you where to stay, and what to expect. The rest is up to you! FoodTraveler l Winter 2016 79