Necker Island
Necker Island by Virgin

Private Island Resorts


Fancy a private island resort all to yourself or with just a select few others? Be ready to splash some cash though, as some of these resorts cost upwards of $50,000 per night.

Amanpulo, Philippines

Amanpulo is the luxury resort on Pamalican Island, a small island that is part of the Cuyo group. The island is 89 hectare tropical paradise with 5.5 kilometres of palm-fringed, white-sand beaches and surrounded by seven square kilometres of coral reef for diving. The accommodation consists of 40 ‘casitas’, buildings which are modelled on traditional Filipino houses, with some on the beach and others in the trees. A buggy is given to each guest to move around. The only way to arrive is by private plane from Manila, nearly 300 km away.

Bedarra, Australia

Bedarra Island

Bedarra Island by mission-beach/flickr

Just four kilometres off the coast of north Queensland, between mainland Australia and the Great Barrier Reef, is this small, tropical island with a jungle-like appearance. This luxury 5 star resort provides accommodation in one of 16 villas, snuggled in the rainforest. One disappointment is that there is no reef close by and so this island is not ideal for diving. However, it is great for relaxing in the Queensland sun, enjoying a pampering spa and massage or indulging in a gourmet picnic hamper on a beach or amongst the native flora.

Cayo Espanto, Belize

Cayo Espanto

Image by Cayo Espanto

Cayo Espanto is a tiny, sandy island of just four acres in size, located five kilometres from San Pedro, near Ambergris Caye in the western Caribbean. At this 5-star resort, accommodation is in one of seven private villas. The fully catered service includes a personalised menu from breakfast in bed or dining on your own verandah or patio. Each villa has its own outlook and individual dock. Bird-watching and various water activities abound on this island that is perfect for that secluded honeymoon.

Chapwani Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Chapwani Island

Chapwani Island by Zanzibar Resort

This 35-acre island, 48 kilometres off the coast of Tanzania and only 15 minutes by boat from Zanzibar, offers 10 snug rooms in five, semi-detached ‘bandas’. These whitewashed, thatched pavilions, each with sea views, have no telephones or televisions, so if you relish the idea of this type of isolation, this place is perfect. Do ask about the spice tours or go sailing on a n’gelawa, a traditional trimaran. The restaurant also proffers a taste of local spices, African style.

Lighthouse Grebeni, Croatia

Just four kilometres from Dubronvnik is a simple, isolated retreat on the edge of the Adriatic Sea. For fans of lighthouses, this one, built in 1872, is an excellent choice. The house sleeps up to seven people in four bedrooms and has a bathroom, kitchen and two terraces on which to relax and take in the views or do a spot of bird-watching. There is no beach but swimming is possible from the quay. Guests are looked after by staff from the Hotel Dubronvik Palace, to which full access and facilities are available if you stay here.

Laucala Island, Fiji

This opulent, tropical paradise is a 3,000 acre island once owned by Malcolm Forbes and, as at February 2012, said to be owned by Dietrich Mateschitz, the creator of Red Bull. Comprising 25 lavish villas, each with its own pool and spread around the coast to provide ample privacy, Laucala also boasts a lagoon-like swimming pool, said to be the largest in the South Pacific. The range of things to do here include deep sea fishing, sailing, diving, horse-back riding, wellness treatments, rainforest tours and, amongst other things, there is also a championship-level golf course designed by David Kidd. Cuisine is also a highlight with a number of restaurants, bars and lounges to choose from. The only drawback? Prices start from US$3,800 per night!

Long Island, Antigua and Barbuda

Just off the coast of Antigua, this is a small island just 1.5 kilometres long and often called Jumby Bay. Accommodation is in the British colonial style, but also has modern facilities, such as complimentary, high-speed Internet access, iPod docking stations, espresso makers and more. It boasts two swimming pools, a tennis court, three restaurants and various bars and lounges. This island welcomes kids and caters for them with a children’s club and supervised activities.

Makepeace Island, Australia

Makepeace Island

Image by Makepeace Island

Owned in part by Richard Branson, this heart-shaped, 25 acre island in the Noosa River in Queensland, Australia, is very close to eGuide Travel’s head office. A 15-minute speed boat ride from Hastings Street, the iconic Noosa shopping street and beachfront area. Accommodation for up to 22 people is in beautiful, Balinese-style villas. The island offers water skiing, sailing, tennis, a theatre, spa facilities, games room complete with several musical instruments, media room and library, swimming in and relaxation around the 500,000 litre lagoon pool.

Necker Island, British Virgin Islands

Necker Island

Necker Island by Virgin

This is one we have all heard about. Owned and operated by Richard Branson to offer every luxury, this island is located a 30-minute boat ride off Tortola and covers 74 acres. There are six Bali Houses, as well as a Great House that, at the time of writing, had been destroyed by fire, but is being rebuilt. All of the usual water sports are available here, including an aero submarine called the Necker Nymph! Like every other outstanding provision, the food service is impeccable, whether it be for a light breakfast or lunch or a sumptuous banquet, your every whim will be catered for.

Nikoi Island, Indonesia

Nikoi Island

Nikoi Island image by butterbeeee/flickr

Less than 85 kilometres from Singapore, Nikoi Island is an unspoilt, 15-hectare island with basic but comfortable accommodation. The 15 private beach houses are made from driftwood and local materials for environmentally friendly purposes, but each has its own modern ensuite bathroom. The resort is surrounded by white, sandy beaches leading inland to stunning rainforest areas. It has an impressive swimming pool, a wading pool, a restaurant and three bars, as well as a cinema.

North Island, Seychelles

North Island

Image by North Island

As the names suggests, this is the northernmost island of the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. Eleven thatched villas, built using reclaimed woods, are available in this nature sanctuary. This three-kilometre-long island has been rehabilitated with endangered plants and wildlife, including giant tortoises and fruit bats. Exceptional dining facilities and fine wines are one of the highlights as well. North Island was chosen by Prince William to take his bride, Kate Middleton, to celebrate their honeymoon.

Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands

Parrot Cay

Parrot Cay image by Como Resorts

Partially built in the style of New England beach houses, much of the accommodation at Parrot Cay overlooks a 1.6-kilometre-long beach. On this 1,000-acre island, from using the award winning spa to eating healthy cuisine and light, airy rooms, the staff will look after you well. Private swimming pools, a gym, two tennis courts, yoga and Pilates facilities and a water-sports centre complete the wellbeing package. The island also features a library, complete with DVDs, music and, of course, lots of books.

Date posted: 16th February, 2012

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