A secluded vacation on a private island could be more affordable than you think. There are numerous companies that will arrange this or, for a DIY approach, there are islands located around the world listed on Airbnb. In some cases, they can be more affordable than staying in a hotel at a crowded beach resort. For example, the only private island in NestPhilippines, is available through Airbnb from around £300 per night and that includes all meals and daily cleaning.
For travelers on a more generous budget, Shanna Dickerson, CEO of Blue Sky Luxury Travels, advises that anyone looking for ultra luxury travel should look for places that offer uniqueness, privacy but easy access to the things they want to experience, full staff including daily cleaning, butler, chef, security, concierge and most importantly, destinations should be easily accessible , with the least amount of hassle. Blue Sky Luxury Travels, based in St. John in the US Virgin Islands, specializes in booking luxury villas, private islands, charter yachts and private jets. Their network of real estate and charter yachts ranges from around $30,000 to $2 million+ per week. Here are some of the best private islands in the world for two to 70 guests.
1.Gladden Private Island in Belize / For up to 4 people / USD 3,950 for two per night or USD 4,950 for four per night.
The ultimate getaway for one or two couples, Gladden is an island fringed with coral and white sand, in the heart of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve. This private retreat includes an elegant villa with the all-inclusive service of a luxury resort. The staff lives on an island beyond Gladen. This unique private island sits directly on the edge of the widest and most scenic part of the Belize Barrier Reef in the Caribbean Sea. It is the longest ridge in the Western Hemisphere and the second largest in the world.
2.L’Hacienda in the Exumas, Bahamas / Sleeps up to 16 / Rates from $28k per night for 8 guests. Add $1200 per person per night for guests ages 9-16.
This very exclusive private island is rarely advertised and features six white sand beaches, Spanish-style villas, an infinity pool, billiards and board games, a 16-person theater, snorkeling and diving, and its own marina.
3.Via Yonder Cay in the Exumas, Bahamas / Sleeps up to 30 / Rates from $51,000 per night.
Guests at Yonder Cay stay in four elegant villas, all with private beaches and breathtaking views. Once a remote fishing outpost, the island has been transformed into a unique eco-retreat for those seeking sustainable barefoot luxury. The island is powered by a state-of-the-art renewable energy system, which includes three wind turbines and a 1.5-hectare solar field. Full island rental rates include use of the island’s extensive amenities, activities and facilities. Each villa has an infinity pool, Jacuzzi, private beaches, private outdoor dining, satellite TV, as well as wifi and an iPad.
4.Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands / Sleeps up to 40 / Rates from $134,500 per night.
“Necker Island is my home and favorite hideaway. I invite you to explore this idyllic island paradise for yourself and be inspired by its beauty.” Sir Richard Branson
Sir Richard Branson’s private island paradise is located in a stunning and unspoiled part of the Caribbean. At 74 hectares, Necker Island sits in turquoise waters surrounded by coral reefs, fringed by beautiful white sandy beaches and home to the most spectacular wildlife.
5.Laucala (Fiji) / Up to 70 / $231,000 per night
One of the world’s largest private resorts has 25 villas and its own runway for private jets. The treatments use island herbs, stones, flowers, fruit and earth, and the spa is located in a wooded location on top of a hill among the birds. Villas are suspended over lagoons, on hilltops, in the middle of the rainforest and next to the rolling waves. Each residence has an elegant lounge, private pool, spacious sun terrace and outdoor bathroom.
6. Aerial Island in the British Virgin Islands / Sleeps up to 34 / Rates from $25,000 per night
The Aerial is an all-inclusive private island offering a Deep Wellness stay. The property is designed as a bespoke island resort, providing “Purpose Luxury”. The experience gives guests a space to eat healing food, reconnect with nature, and discover what matters most. The property, located on Buck Island, overlooking 14 surrounding islands and the Sir Francis Drake Channel, has over 43 acres and stunning sunrise and sunset views. The resort has five aptly named residences – Unity House, Faith House, Serenity House and Love + Grace Villas.
7.Royal Island in the Bahamas / Sleeps up to 18 / Rates from $18,500 per night
This completely private 430-hectare island features five chic bungalows on the sand and three additional suites, surrounded by miles of turquoise sea. It has been awarded as one of the world’s best summer resorts Condé Nast Traveler, Royal Island combines personalized luxury and island adventure in an exclusively private setting. A private chef with customized menus is also available.
8.Thank you in the Balearic Islands, Spain / Sleeps up to 10 / Rates from $21,352 per night.
One of the few private islands in the Mediterranean, Tagomago has 600,000 square meters (148 hectares) of land, trails to explore, beautiful beaches and views. The luxury villa, the only and exclusive residence, has contemporary interiors with state-of-the-art technology, five double bedrooms, each with a spa style, en-suite bathroom and floor-to-ceiling windows with sea views. and the Ibizan coast. Outside there is a large saltwater pool, an outdoor whirlpool and a steam room.
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