Madagascar, off the south-eastern coast of Africa is 34-year-old chief executive officer of Mileslife (an airline miles-earning app) Troy Liu's favourite destination because it is relatively untouched and has yet to become a hot spot for tourists. This allows him to enjoy the country's vast and beautiful landscapes without massive crowds and lets him unwind and discover new aspects about himself amid the serenity. Here's what he had to say about it:
"Madagascar is one of the best countries to visit if you are interested in nature and wildlife. The fourth-largest island in the world, it is home to an astonishing variety of unique animals and plants. In fact, 70 per cent of the island's animals are endemic and about 90 per cent of the 10,000 plants native to Madagascar cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
It is also home to an incredible diversity of landscapes. One can go from palm-fringed sunny beaches and sandstone canyons to mountains and rainforests within a few hundred kilometres.
The most famous animal is the lemur, of which there are about 100 species, all endemic to Madagascar. Parc National d'Andasibe is one of the best places to see them.
Madagascar is also renowned for its baobab trees. Drive along Avenue of the Baobabs, a dirt road between Morondava and Belon'i Tsiribihina in western Madagascar, where a group of towering baobab trees line the road. Said to be the most beautiful road in the country, it is best seen at sunrise or sunset, when the light glows on the trees.
While the eastern side of the island is known for its verdant rainforests and fields, the west has a drier desert-like landscape. Isalo National Park impressed me with its imposing sandstone mountains, deep gorges and canyons.
There are also a number of trails that lead you to some incredible natural wonders, such as the Namaza circuit, which is rich in vegetation and opens up to a pristine waterfall and a deep natural swimming pool.
For the best views, go to Isalo Rock Lodge (www.isalorocklodge.com). I recommend sitting by the lodge's infinity pool with a cocktail in hand as you watch the sun set slowly behind the rocks."