World’s Best Private Island Resorts
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World’s Best 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, Philippines

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Amanpulo is the luxury resort on Pamalican Island, a small island that is part of the Cuyo group. The island is an 89-hectare tropical paradise with 5.5 km of palm-fringed, white-sand beaches and surrounded by 7 square km of coral reef for diving. The accommodation consists of 40 casitas, buildings that 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, Australia

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Just 4 km 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 is a tiny, sandy island of just 1.6 hectares in size, located 5km 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 to dining on your own verandah or patio. Each villa has its own outlook and individual dock. Birdwatching and various water activities abound on this island, which is perfect for that secluded honeymoon.

Chapwani Island, Zanzibar

This 14-hectare island, 48 km 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 4 km 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 birdwatching. There is no beach but swimming is possible from the quay.

Laucala Island, Fiji

This opulent, tropical paradise is a 1,214-hectare island was once owned by Malcolm Forbes and, as at February 2012, is 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, 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

Long Island, Antigua

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Just off the coast of Antigua, this is a small island just 1.5 km 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.

Necker Island, British Virgin Islands

This is one we have all heard about. Owned and operated by celebrity entrepreneur Richard Branson, this island is located a 30-minute boat ride off Tortola and covers 30 hectares. There are six Bali Houses, as well as the Great House, which at the time of writing had been destroyed by fire but was 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

Less than 85 km 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 reasons, but each has its own modern en-suite 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

As the names suggests, this is the northernmost island of the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. 11 thatched villas, built using reclaimed woods, are available in this nature sanctuary. This 3 km 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

Partially built in the style of New England beach houses, much of the accommodation at Parrot Cay overlooks a 1.6 km long beach. On this 405-hectare island, whether you are using the award winning spa or eating the healthy cuisine, 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: 15th July, 2017

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