The long-delayed opening of its first airport, in 2016, has made this ultra-remote island way more accessible. Getting there used to take five days aboard the spartan RMS St. Helena cargo ship; now you can get there in about six hours on an Airlink flight from Johannesburg. The Mantis St. Helena opened in November in the capital city of Jamestown (population: 629) with 30 basic-but-cozy rooms set in a trio of restored Georgian buildings.
Mozambique’s Quirimbas Archipelago feels like an abandoned outpost at the edge of the world, filled with haunting, derelict Portuguese colonial buildings. There’s new life, though, at this private island retreat, with five recently finished teak-and-coral villas and plenty of diving, snorkeling, and cast- away vibes.
São Tome’s sister island is home to some of Africa’s best beaches, yet they’re practically unheard of here in the U.S., in part because it takes at least two layovers to get there. But a duo of just-opened hotels are bound to lure the intrepid: Roça Sundy is a pair of refurbished villas on a former cocoa plantation, and Sundy Praia is a 15-tent resort set beneath banana and almond trees.
Everyone knows Tenerife, the biggest of Spain’s Canary Islands, but this lesser-known isle will be trending after the May release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, which was filmed in part on its gorgeous golden sands. Getting there is easiest if you’re already in Europe, thanks to budget-airline nonstops, like Easyjet’s from Gatwick or Condor’s from Frankfurt, but Iberia has one-stop flights from the U.S.
Crystal-clear Lake Malawi is the third-largest in Africa and a hush-hush favorite of adventurous honeymooners, divers, and kayakers, who find the lack of stuff to do an asset, not a liability. Most inns on Likoma Island, in the middle of the lake, are seriously bare-bones, but the stone-and-thatch Kaya Mawa, with 11 beachside rooms, is a step up.
Tanzania’s Lake Victoria is home to the continent’s largest national park on an island, one filled with elephants, giraffes, sitatungas, and terrapins. Stay at Asilia Africa’s Rubondo Island Camp, where guides can show you a population of now-wild chimpanzees that were relocated here from European zoos in the 1960s.