7 Private Island Resorts That Offer The Ultimate Luxury to Anyone Who Can Afford Them
Wouldn't it nice to be able to get away from it all and just go on vacation for a while? Yeah, but even they can be stressful, especially if it's holiday season or you have to share a crowded hotel. Maybe you just want complete isolation to relax and recover.
Well good news, if you are super, super rich, there are some stunning private islands, away from everybody else, that you can hire out. If you aren't rich, though, just suck it up buddy and look at the islands in our gallery instead.
1. Four Seasons Voavah Private Island - Maldives
In amongst the 75 island archipelago that makes up the 463 square mile Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, sits the only private island there which you and 21 friends can hire out for the low, low price of around just $45550 a night.
If you wish to get off the five-acre stretch of land in the middle of crystalline blue waters, it comes with a 62-foot yacht parked in the lagoon so you can take a whirl about the area, if you so wish. The place is also fully staffed.
2. St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort - Maldives
77 villas sit on this private island resort where each one is designed to look like a manta ray flying through the water. Nice. Some sit nestled in amongst the lush plant-life whilst others sit just off the lagoon. There is an infinity pool, spa, and library for those who want to just chill but for those who want to get a bit more active, there is a diving and sports center, and tennis court.
You can also dump your children in the kid's club, but it will all cost you a grand total of around $1740 a night.
3. Helena Bay - New Zealand
A £29m property has a balcony overlooking Helena Bay and the South Pacific Ocean, with five suites that mean only 10 people can stay on the island at a time.
Just a 45-minute helicopter ride north of Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, the landscape is rugged and wild and is perfect for hiking, biking, fishing and wildlife spotting, especially since the nearby Poor Knights Island is home to the world’s largest sea cave and is a habitat for orca, dolphins and hundreds of species of fish.
The rooms come with binoculars for such animal spotting and estate also features a gym, a 25-meter heated swimming pool, a library, an outdoor fire pit, over 1000 bottles of New Zealand and international wines in the cellar and a Michelin starred restaurant. If you've got around $1265 a night to burn, give it a go.
4. Six Senses Zil Pasyon - Seychelles
The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands, and the small island of Félicité is close to the larger La Digue, Grande Soeur, Petite Soeur, Coco, and Marianne islands so make it an ideal location for island hopping and seeing as much of the area as possible. Each of its 30, one-bed villas a 20m infinity pool and access to the rock-edged pools and three private white sand beaches.
Although it sounds hedonistic, it also has a sustainable side to it with its own chicken farm and organic garden as well as a reverse osmosis plant and crystal water refinery removing the need for plastic bottles.
5. Miavanna - Madagascar
On Nosy Ankao, one of the biggest of five islands off the north-eastern coast of Madagascar set to open in April 2017 14 villas are set across 5km of white beaches that view out into open waters and across to mainland Madagascar.
Ideal for those who want to see the unique wildlife of Madagascar, a country where 90% of its animals are endemic, and the resort caters to this with marine safari guides who will show you what is in and around the waters but villas are on the pricey side at around $4,170 night.
6. Thanda Island - Tanzania
A tropical island with just one villa, this is the ultimate in private luxury and was confirmed as much at the World Travel Awards 2016 when it won "World’s Leading Exclusive Private Island". The villa itself has five en-suite bedrooms, an indoor aquarium, Steinway piano, cigar humidor, and an infinity pool. If you want to camp under the stars or get some relaxation in, there are two traditional Tanzanian banda tents and a spa.
The island itself is in the middle of a coral reef which is home to two species of sea turtle, dugongs, and whale sharks but the experience will cost you about $8690 a night.
7. Bawah Private Island - Indonesia
Six islands off the coast of Singapore, Bawah is a 150 nautical-mile plane ride from the mainland and encompasses 300 hectares of land. Only 70 guests can stay at the resort at one time where they can enjoy the jungle canopy, three lagoons, and 13 white-sand beaches.
There are 35 tented villas. 21 of them have a view of the lagoons, three are surrounded by vegetation, while the remaining 11 are designed for watching the sun rise and set, so take your pick.