Picture yourself on the warm sand, surrounded by crystal clear waters and enchanted by the sound of colorful exotic birds. These private island resorts offer all the relaxation you could ever want and they are sure to give you an experience of a lifetime.
Musha Cay, The Bahamas
Hidden among the Islands of Exumas, you can find a collection of eleven beautiful isles, with over 700 acres of lush natural beauty – Musha Cay and The Islands of Copperfield Bay.
This is by far one of the most secluded spots on earth, where you can enjoy full privacy and have the beach, sun and warm water only for yourself. Moreover, you get to choose who the guests are. The island must be rented entirely, with as many as 24 guests in five guesthouses. The daily rate starts at $37,500 for up to 12 guests, and includes all meals and beverages. Diving, deep-sea fishing, a personal fireworks show, and even a customized treasure hunt can be added on.
Voavah – Four Seasons Private Island, The Maldives
Opened in 2016, Voavah is Four Seasons’ first private island resort. Located in Baa Atoll, a remote natural wilderness that invites discovery, the island is also the only exclusive-use hideaway in the Baa Atoll Unesco World Biosphere Reserve.
Exotic jungle greenery is flanked by immaculate white beaches, while the surrounding waters – some of the richest in the Maldives – offer exceptional opportunities for diving, water sports and conservation.
Guests can both relax and explore the natural beauty surrounding the island. There is access to three villas, a beach house – complete with an open-air living room, kitchen, pool deck, library, gym – and a spa. The 62ft yacht parked in the lagoon is all yours, whether it’s to explore the biosphere reserve or simply snorkel with manta rays and sea turtles.
You can rent the island starting from £36,700 per night for 22 people.
Fregate Island Resort, Seychelles
Just south of the equator in the Indian Ocean, is Fregate, a jungle-covered island, surrounded by seven beachs, almost as white as sugar.
Seventeen villas, built with mahogany and African teak wood allow you to enjoy the breathtaking ocean view from your balcony, Jacuzzi or private infinity pool. There is not one single moment of boredom on the island. After enjoying a meal in one of the fancy restaurants or a gourmet picnic on a secluded beach, you can explore 11 km of forest trails, go diving or fishing, or simply indulge into the beauty of every surrounding.
The resort has a strong ecological commitment, with many of the fruits and vegetables being grown right on the island. Moreover, you can even adopt a giant tortoise. Rates for a villa for two start at 2,700 Euro for a three-day minimum stay and include food and activities such as guided hikes to windsurfing.
Thanda Island, Tanzania
The winner of the World’s Leading Exclusive Private Island at the World Travel Awards 2017, Thanda Island is the ultimate in luxury: a tropical island with just one villa.
Situated in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Tanzania, Thanda is in the middle of a coral reef and is home to two species of turtle, with a further three in the surrounding waters. Those headed to the island for an autumn or winter break might also spot whale sharks, which pass through the waters between October and February.
Guests stay in the villa, which has five en-suite bedrooms as well as an indoor aquarium, Steinway piano and cigar humidor. There is, of course, an infinity pool. When that gets tiresome, you can move to the two traditional Tanzanian banda tents, or head to the spa.
The prices start at £7,000 per night.
Miavana – Madagascar
Opened in 2017, Miavana is one of the most exclusive beach resorts in Africa.
Guests are promised total privacy on the island and they can choose from the 14 available villas – all of which face the sea. Sustainability is a key aspect on the island, therefore all the villas were constructed using recycled materials and local products.
Among the resort amenities are an infinity pool that faces the Indian Ocean, two helicopters that guests can take to visit nearby islands, and a “Cabinet of Curiosities,” a mini-museum featuring regional artifacts like dinosaur bones and an elephant bird egg.
Rates start at $2,500 per night, all-inclusive.