Lopud and Pakleni Islands among 20 undiscovered island gems
Lopud, Croatia: Croatia has islands to suit every mood but Lopud is one for purists. Only two miles wide, with no cars, the Dubrovnik elite have used it as a hideaway for decades. For somewhere so idyllic, it is rather easy to get to – there are regular ferries, as well as speedboats from Dubrovnik. No roads – and unusually for Croatia, there are sandy beaches here, especially Sunj with its gently shelving white sand.
Sveti Klement, Croatia: The largest of the Pakleni Islands, which lie a short boat-taxi ride from the island of Hvar, Sveti Klement boasts sandy coves and pine-backed beaches and the picturesque hamlet of Palmizana where a clutch of elegant villas lie surrounded by pine forest. The Meneghello family have lived on Sveti Klement since the 19th century, creating a lushly beautiful botanic garden along with villas, bungalows and a renowned restaurant.