With a winter chill still in the air, you may be longing for a tropical island escape — where shimmering sands and brilliant blue skies beckon winter-weary visitors. Fortunately, Kleinburg homes have convenient access to Pearson International Airport and several executive airports for private flights. Or, for the ultimate in convenience and luxury, you can choose a private flight service like Villiers, where a jet can whisk you away so fast, you’ll have your toes in the sand by sunset!
While there are countless sandy locales where you can shake off the winter blues, here are four popular island getaways for Kleinburg residents.
Balearic Islands: Ibiza and Mallorca
With the backbone ridges of the Cabrera Archipelago and mountainous Sierra de Tramontana defining its geography, Mallorca’s rugged natural landscape is a haven for both outdoor adventure and tranquil relaxation. Craggy cliffs and crystalline coves surround its quiet, desolate beaches. And with more than 300 days of sunshine annually, a visit here is a sure cure for the wintertime blues.
Mallorca’s sister island, Ibiza, has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site and boasts a rich store of historically significant sights, like the archeological dig of Sa Caleta and the ancient but still bustling, walled city of Eivissa with its sunbleached labyrinthine streets and terraces rising out of the sea. Of course, Ibiza is probably best known for its glamorous nightclub scene. Revelers can dance ‘til dawn at private soirees, beachfront dance parties, or DJ-pumping hotspots in this exclusive celebrity playground.
So whether your holiday plans include dancing the night away or relaxing in the breathtaking natural beauty, the Balearic Islands have something for you. And while the islands are conveniently accessible by commercial or private planes, once you get there, why not up the luxury quotient by chartering a private yacht to ferry you from island to island — or explore further with stops in charming Menorca or cosmopolitan Barcelona.
Greek Islands: Mykonos, Santorini, and Corfu
Tiny Mykonos attracts A-listers to its exclusive shores for its private beaches and lively nightlife for urbanity and sophisticated charm. The aptly-named Paradise Beach is the place to see and be seen as you dig your toes into its sugar-sand beaches by day or kick up your heels near its crystalline shoreline at night. Rich with Italian influences, Mykonos’ “Little Venice” offers up the luxury and charm of its namesake with picture-perfect scenery dotted with exclusive shops and restaurants.
Nearby Santorini is equally well-known for its exclusive nightlife, but it offers a little more peace and quiet than raucous Mykonos. Luxury villas set in the caldera cliffside towns offer secluded privacy with million-dollar views. Or, take a private boat tour to explore the alien landscape of Santorini’s famous Red Beach.
Since the Venetians first arrived, cosmopolitan luxury and breathtaking natural beauty have drawn visitors to Corfu’s scenic shores. Its historic architecture and stunning beaches are the perfect backdrop for uber-luxurious resorts and private homes. The island’s old town district features stunning Venetian and Byzantine architecture, upscale shopping, and ancient Venetian forts and palaces.
Tahiti’s Remote Sister Island: Moorea
Moorea's rugged volcanic landscape is bisected by two symmetrical bays, giving the island a heart shape when viewed from above. Expansive natural beauty invites outdoor adventure, while private inlets, numerous coral fields, and abundant marine life make it a popular destination for snorkelers. Guests can stay in romantic luxury villas and exclusive resort hotels or find something more remote and private like an overwater bungalow on a private island. Visitors also enjoy island hopping to see nearby locales via seaplane or catamaran. Moorea is truly paradise found!
Seychelles’ 115 islands stretch like a string of pearls scattered in the Indian Ocean for an ideal island escape. Once a French colony, Seychelles’ postcard-perfect beaches feature white sand beaches, swaying palms, and azure waters.
Most visitors stick to the three larger islands of Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue. Each has its own unique island flavor, giving you the chance to customize your luxury adventure. Largely unspoiled beaches grace the islands, and you may even spot an enormous giant tortoise lumbering along the shoreline. Or you can choose to explore the dozens of smaller islands’ remote beaches by private yacht.