Tropical luxury vacations are available on the five continents between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, which includes Asia, Australia, Africa, North America, and South America. There are additionally luxury island vacation spots on the thousands of islands that also fall within that area, meaning even luxury vacations in Europe can be included because several islands in the tropics are still possessions European countries. These islands include the Netherlands Antilles (including Curacao and Bonaire) and Aruba in the Caribbean, French Polynesia (a territory of France), and the Pitcairn Islands of Mutiny on the Bounty fame (a territory of England).
Many people enjoy tropical luxury vacations on the mainland of the various continents. Notable among these spots are the beaches of Brazil (especially around Rio de Janeiro); the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, which are perfect for both Central America luxury vacations and luxury trips to Mexico; the northeastern coast of Australia where Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef are located; and the Indian Ocean coast of Africa (especially around Mombasa). However, it is the luxury island vacation spots that draw the most visitors and evoke the romance and hedonism most people think of when they hear the words The Tropics. The most famous works of Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin are the scenes he painted during his time in Polynesia, and those who indulge in luxury Tahiti travel are looking for those scenes. Here, on and around the island of Bora Bora (even the island's name evokes romance and hedonism) are numerous overwater bungalows and villas that provide some of the finest tropical accommodations in the world. The Bora Bora Lagoon Resort and Spa is a perfect example. Set on a private island, it offers gorgeous bungalows set on the impossibly blue lagoon, and, like most luxury hotels in Polynesia caters to honeymooners.
Other luxury island vacation spots include extremely popular islands in the southern Caribbean. While there are beautiful resorts on many of these islands, it is Anguilla that is known for its over-the-top luxury and a favorite of the rich and famous, including movie stars such as Denzel Washington, Brad Pitt, and many more. Or you can choose one of the luxury hotels like the Zanzibar Serena on the exotic spice island off the coast of Tanzania. Even more remote tropical luxury vacations will be found in the Seychelles, also in the Indian Ocean further off the coast of Tanzania and where the largest island of Mahe is particularly known for its luxurious resorts. Hawaii luxury vacations, like the Caribbean, are also very popular with American tourists, and offer a variety of active outdoor adventures in addition to its spectacular tropical beaches.
The best luxury trips to Fiji also draw thousands of visitors. These trips can include tropical getaways in places like Turtle Island, home to a resort considered one of the most romantic in the world. The Turtle Island Resort was once the housing for the crew filming the 1980 movie The Blue Lagoon starring Brooke Shields. It is the only accommodation located on the private island, and the best luxury trips to Fiji to this resort are honeymoons. The decadent resort caters exclusively to couples except for several designated "family weeks." More of the best luxury trips to Fiji for romance will be found on Vitu Levu, the largest of the Fiji Islands and home to its capital city of Suva. Here you will find the Westin Denarau Island Resort with its wonderful beachfront location near the city of Nadi. On the second-largest island of Vanua Levu, you will find the five-star Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort, set on a seventeen-acre plantation and overlooking Savusavu Bay. Fitting for a resort named for the oldest son of the famous Jacques Cousteau, you will find a full scuba diving program here.