Travel Picks: Top 10 islands off the beaten track

Fri Jan 8, 2010 9:23am EST
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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - After a frenzy of family activities over the holidays, peace and solitude is a dream for many people.

Upscale travel website Jetsetter ( has come up with a list of the world's top 10 islands off the beaten track. This list is not endorsed by Reuters:

1. Mustique, the Grenadines

This small, privately owned island in St Vincent and the Grenadines is an exclusive getaway frequented by rock-n-rollers and royalty alike. The Cotton House and Firefly are the only places for non-residents to stay. If you need an escape with sun, sea, and salt water this is it.

2. Canouan Island, St. Vincent, the Grenadines

Canouan means "island of the turtles" in the local language and sports a lush landscape with rolling hills and secluded coves to explore. The powder-white sand, turquoise waters, exotic coral and quaint beaches make it paradise to enjoy. The Raffles Canouan offers breathtaking views and a list of activities.

3. Mauritius

Mauritius, an island nation off the coast of Africa, is a vibrant island with white sand beaches and turquoise waters as well as an interesting blend of Creole, Chinese, Indian and European cultures. It's renowned for having been the only known home of the dodo.

4. Fernando de Noronha   Continued...

<p>A Mauritian fishing boat sails past the 'Flor de la Mar', a small replica of a pirate galleon, taking tourists along the East coast of Mauritius towards Ile aux Cerfs which has one of the most picturesque and spectacular beaches on the Indian Ocean island, November 13, 2003. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi</p>