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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: The World’s Best Romantic Private Island Resorts

By Ann Abel

Sure, diamonds and dinners are nice, but few things are more romantic than playing castaway on a nearly deserted tropical island. The worries of life fall away, the focus goes back to where it belongs (each other), and shoes become optional. Maybe clothing as well. Here are ten of the best places to get your Robinson Crusoe on.

Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort, Mozambique

The Indian Ocean is a shade of blue that exists nowhere else. Medjumbe is part of the protected Quirimbas Archipelago along Mozambique’s northern coastline. Here, that turquoise water teems with marine life. On land, there are just 12 beach villas dotting the sand—and plenty of deserted beaches in between … continue reading


Ann Abel is a travel writer and editor and was a senior editor at ForbesLife. She writes for Forbes, Departures, Conde Nast Traveller, Robb Report, Afar, National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Hemispheres, Brides, Modern Bride, , Well + Good NYC, and other print and online publications.”In the name of lifestyle journalism, ” she says, ” I’ve gotten a tattoo in Bora Bora, been bitten by a massage therapist, and flown small aircraft above three continents.” She lives in Lisbon.

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