Top 10 Highlights
Although much of this into is supposition (no one here owns their own island), there seems to be something about owning a private island that appeals to our most primitive instincts. We are kings and queens of our domain, we have an empire, we have the safety of a massive moat, we are natives…
Or perhaps we just like the idea of lying on a deserted beach knowing that someone isn’t going to show up with a transistor radio. The serenity, the comfort, the joy of owning a private island. One day.
10. Dunbar Rock, Honduras
Kind of small and lacking a beach, but what the heck, this island comes complete with a multi-story luxury pad with plenty of sun baking options and great views of the surrounding turquoise blue water.
The pier is perfect for tying up your tender so bring your yacht.
9. Yadua Island, Fiji
It doesn’t seem fair to rank Yadua at number 9 as it’s such a delicious private island. The main beach is broad and white and leads down to the warm, crystal clear Fijian water. Coral surrounds the island which rises substantially from the sea.
It is in the beautiful Mamunaca group of islands where luxury resorts and celebrity island hideaways abound. It is also close to the Nadi International Airport by helicopter or land and sea transport.
There are no manmade structures on Yadua but a design concept has been prepared that shows what a luxurious place this could be.
8. Children’s Bay Cay, Bahamas
Three houses, seven sandy beaches, a coconut grove and at 167 acres, plenty of space to explore. But what we like about Children’s Bay Cay the most is the new marina where you can dock your yacht in total safety and stroll straight over to the beach or the nearby accommodation.
The main beach bends slowly along the crystal clear water and the shallow lagoon is a stunning turquoise blue. Palm trees dot the island and there is the space and outlook to make this whatever you want. Or just enjoy it as it is.
7. Young Island, Grenadines
Young Island is said to have ended up belonging to the British Administrator of the time, Governor William Young, in the 1860’s after he did a trade with the Chief of the local people, Chatoyer. Chatoyer took a liking to the Governor’s horse and was apparently glad to accept the trade.
In the 1960’s the island was developed into a resort by John Houser from the Hilton Group and in 1974 two Vincentians, Vidal Browne and Fred Ballantyne took ownership.
Today Young Island is a picture postcard of perfect palm fringed beaches, walks, and the incredible blue sea.
6. Portofino Caye, Belize
At just 7.5 acres Portofino Caye is big enough to give everyone plenty of space but small enough to be easily managed. It has three villas and the longest private pier in Belize, so bring along your yacht. And have your friends being theirs as well.
The front beach offers superb swimming and snorkelling and there are plenty of spots to hang a hammock. Imagine the parties.
5. Praia do Algodão, Brazil
A 2.5 hour drive west from Rio de Janeiro or just 45 minutes by helicopter, Praia do Algodão is 29 acres of absolutely beautiful natural woodlands and pristine beaches. It is one of 365 islands in the Angra Dos Reis municipality which is mostly national park.
The property has six bungalows, a large separate master suite and a luxurious main residence with an infinity pool overlooking the Atlantic. There is an additional four bedroom home on the property.
Close enough to Rio if you need some action or just sink into the solitude and the sound of the sea.
4. Dumunpalit Island, Philippines
There are a couple of things that make this island something very special. For one, the main beach is just perfect. Long, white, gently sloping sand going down to clear, warm water with a sandy bottom and a ringing coral reef.
The thing that really grabs the attention however are the spectacular rock pillars that dominate either end of the island. What a backdrop to this private tropical island getaway.
There is a large hill in the middle of the island and the whole thing is covered with lush rainforest. Lots of space to explore and plenty of great sites for your luxury villa.
3. Laucala Island, Fiji
Private islands don’t come much better than this. 3,500 acres with pristine palm lined beaches, crystal clear water, beautiful coral reefs, lush rainforest and in this case, a fully fledged luxury resort (that you could close down if you wanted to).
Publishing tycoon Malcolm Forbes bought the island in 1972 and sold it to Dietrich Mateschitz, the owner of Red Bull, in 2003. Mateschitz created the 25 villa ultra luxury resort.
Fiji boasts some of the best private islands in the world and Laucala is an exceptional example.
2. Un-named Island, Exuma Cays, Bahamas
Just 30 minutes from Nassau are 30 acres of absolutely exclusive tropical island amazingness. Wow, what a sensational palm lined beach, what clear, azure waters and what a climate to enjoy all year around.
There are five houses, tennis courts, a helipad and to top things off, your own private seaplane. The accommodation offers classic wide verandahs to make the most of the beautiful seascape in this remote chain of cays.
Private island luxury living at its very best.
1. Ariari Island, Philippines
This tropical island really has it all. It’s big, with stunning views from various spots at the top of the hill, a beautiful long sandy beach, pristine coral reef circling the island and a lovely home.
Just 60 minutes from Manila by plane, which, assuming it has floats, can be parked at the pier. Walk directly to your stunning beachfront home and make yourself a cocktail.
Warm all year, beautiful clear water and tropical rainforest, Ariari Island really is the classic private island getaway.
Yacht Island Design, a UK based yacht design business, have merged “super-yacht” and “private island” to create this amazing floating island.
The 90 meter vessel provides its owner with all the mega yacht luxuries such as a cinema, gym and sauna, library, four VIP cabins, two huge 2-story staterooms and a helipad. It even has a retractable beach deck and jetty at the back.