Crystalline waters and sun-kissed, sugar-white beaches dotted by swaying palm trees... Hands up those of you who would love to escape to one of these paradise islands right now?! (Raising all hands.)
OK, so we can't technically fly there right now, but we can still dream pirates, and it's very important to keep doing so! Below we've compiled a list of some of the most beautiful islands ON THE PLANET.
1. The Maldives
Did you know? Here you'll find the lowest islands on earth – the highest points on the islands do not exceed three meters.
2. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Did you know? The original meaning of the island's name – in ancient Tahitian dialect – was "created by the gods". They were not far from the truth.
3. The Seychelles
Did you know? The Seychelles consists of 115 beautiful islands, of which only 33 are inhabited.
4. Palawan, Philippines
Did you know? One of Palawan's biggest attractions is the Puerto Princesa Underground River National Park – one of the new seven natural wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
5. The Bahamas
Did you know? The famous swimming pigs can be found on the island simply called Pig Island in the district of Exuma. (Makes sense.)
6. Kaua'i, Hawaii
Did you know? Also known as the island of gardens, Kaua'i is a tropical paradise with several microclimates, and it's also one of the rainiest places on earth.
7. Whitsunday Islands, Australia
Did you know? The Whitsunday Islands are surrounded by the UNESCO protected Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest reef, and here you'll find the most beautiful beach in the world: Whitehaven Beach.
8. Similan Islands, Thailand
Did you know? OK, so Thailand is a real treasure trove of stunning tropical islands, and Similan Islands have been recognised as one of the most beautiful diving spots in the world.
9. Bali, Indonesia
Did you know? Almost every place in Bali has a spiritual meaning. Particularly worth seeing is Pura Luhur Batuaku with over 10,000 temples in the hills.
10. The Cook Islands
Did you know? Somewhere far in the Pacific we find the archipelago of these 15 islands, which resemble Bora Bora – but with much lower prices. (A good alternative then!)
11. Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania/Africa
Did you know? Zanzibar is the birth place of Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen.
12. Santorini, Greece
Did you know? Santorini with its immaculate white houses and churches with blue dome-shaped roofs is one of the most photographed places in the world.
Which islands did we forget? Help us complete the list! Drop your suggestions in the comments below and we will update the list.