Keeper’s House Inn

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Working Lighthouse in Isle au Haut, Maine:

Yearning for a true island getaway? “No television, no fax, no e-mail, no Internet, no electricity,” promises the Keeper’s House Inn.

A 40-minute ride on the mail boat from Stonington takes you across Penobscot Bay to Isle au Haut, on which dwell about 75 full-time residents, a stubby 1907 lighthouse, and the comfy but rigorously off-the-grid inn. There’s no electricity here, save for some solar and windmill power supplementing the gaslights, candles, and kerosene lanterns.

Beachside nature trails in Majorca

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The South-East of Majorca has many fine beaches with trees eding the white sand and clear, clean blue water. Some of the best are near the Mondrago national park, like S’Amarador beach – surrounded by cliffs and pine forests, it is made from soft white sand and is small at 150 metres long but has a depth of 50 metres. It is actually one of the larger beaches in this corner of Mallorca – others are in much smaller sheltered coves. On the other side of the bay, at this time of year, there are sunbeds and parasols to rent, and a small bar for refreshments. Toilets and showers are available.