What is your idea of the perfect holiday destination? A 5-star hotel in one of the best countries in the world is not a bad way to spend a holiday, but now picture yourself on a private island, just you and your family. Imagine how great it would be to share an island with the people you want around you, with every other person on the island being a member of staff ready to meet any of your needs and striving to make your stay on the island an unforgettable experience. How great would that be?!
Most people agree that life is a journey to a destination that is beyond the grave. However, people who spend holidays on luxurious private islands must feel as if they have reached that destination, a feeling that you can also have. Most of the luxurious private islands in the world share the qualities of having beautiful sandy beaches, wonderfully furnished villas, unlimited access to all sorts of water sports, superior relaxation facilities, and the peace and quiet that one cannot find anywhere else in the world.
Most of the world's millionaires and billionaires either own private islands or rent entire islands where they go to spend their holidays with their loved ones. Renting an island is far more expensive than booking a hotel room, but you cannot compare the luxury, the privacy, and the serenity of a private island to the hotel room experience.
Here are 15 of the most luxurious private islands in the world, places that you should consider spending one of your holidays.
15 Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia
Song Saa Private Island is a well-preserved tropical island in Cambodia, at the heart of a 100-hectare marine reserve that is a wonderful sight to behold. From the port of Sihanoukville, Song Saa is just a 35-minute boat ride away, a ride that offers the best way to enter this perfect holiday paradise. Guests of Song Saa have the opportunity of engaging in all sorts of water sports, and get to relax at the spa, visit beautiful virgin rainforest oases, and spend time at the amazing white sandy beaches. This island offers the ideal privacy and the luxury tropical island experience, for as little as $1,500 per night.
14 Dolphin Island, Fiji
Dolphin Island is an exclusive private island in Fiji, with the ability to offer up to eight guests an island experience that they can never forget. This island is 14-acres in size and has been designed in a way that guests will get a luxury castaway experience, one that is hard to get anywhere else. Guests here are treated to tasty tropical foods, relaxing massages, spa treatments, fishing, aquatic adventures, swimming, sailing, water skiing, kite surfing, jet skiing and many more wonderful adventures. Guests can choose to travel to this island via an exciting seaplane or helicopter ride. A stay here can cost anywhere between $1700 and $2000 per night.
13 Melody Key Island, Florida
The mention of Florida brings with it the thought of a busy place, a description that is very far from what Melody Key Island is all about. Melody Key Island is a perfect getaway for a couple on their honeymoon, a family on a holiday vacation, or simply a place to entertain guests owing to its exclusivity and fantastic luxury facilities. Guests of this island can relax in a heated pool or Jacuzzi, they can go fishing, they can watch the stars at night around a campfire, they can go snorkelling, play golf and tennis, and do many other exciting activities. Melody Key has a very beautiful three storey house where up to eight guests can spend a holiday, paying less than $2000 per night.
12 Ile des Deux Cocos, Mauritius
The Ile des Deux Cocos is a beautiful ideal for couples, small groups, day trips, or any holidaymakers located off the south east coast of Mauritius. This wonderful island has an amazing villa with two bedrooms, built by Sir Hesketh Bell, the British Governor of Mauritius back in the 1920s. This beautiful villa has a wonderful bougainvillea garden, a shaded Moroccan-styled courtyard, a private swimming pool, and a speedboat exclusively for the guests. Guests here have several members of staff at their disposal, they have an amazing view of the Indian Ocean waves pounding against the coral reef, and they can relax at the white sandy beaches or even go snorkelling and play other exciting water sports. A night on Ile des Deux Cocos will cost you approximately $2000, an amount that is well worth the wonderful experience.
11 Wadigi Island, Fiji
The Wadigi Island in Fiji is the perfect definition of an exclusive, luxurious private island, and guests who visit this island never forget the wonderful experience they get here. Just a 10-minute helicopter ride from Nadi International Airport, Wadigi Island offers the best gourmet dining, luxury accommodation, absolute privacy, and immaculate beaches for six guests in its three deluxe suite villas. Guests get a breathtaking view of the ocean from their villa; they have access to two chefs, a maid, a boat captain, and great adventures on the island. In addition, guests can relax at any of the two private beaches, in the infinity pool, in the clear waters of the Wadigi Island lagoon, or even go snorkelling and engage in numerous water sports. A night at the Wadigi Island will cost you anywhere from $2,500 and upwards.
10 The Brando, French Polynesia
French Polynesia's atoll of Tetiaroa is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and The Brando is one of the most unique luxury resorts you can find in this region. Sitting on one of the dozen islands around the three-mile wide lagoon, guests looking for an exclusive luxury getaway always make a point of coming here for an unforgettable experience. Guests can fly to this island from Tahiti in 20 minutes, to a beautiful island where they can enjoy a wonderful stay at any of the 35 secluded villas on beautiful sandy beaches that exotic birds and turtles frequent. Guests gain access to private pools, a tennis court, two restaurants serving Polynesian and many other exotic cuisines, a library, a luxurious spa, and an organic garden among other wonderful facilities. A villa here goes for anywhere between $2000 and $5000 per night, depending on your requirements.
9 Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
Necker Island is one of the most luxurious private islands in the world and is owned by the Virgin Atlantic billionaire Sir Richard Branson. This 74-acre Island is located north of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, and is a wonderful luxury resort that can hold up to 28 guests. Branson spent well over $10 million over a period of about three years to transform what was a wild and uninhabited island into an exclusive private Island getaway that has over the years become a place where celebrities love to spend their holidays. The resort has 10 beautifully furnished bedrooms with open walls that offer guests a breath-taking view of the island. Guests also gain access to private swimming pools, tennis courts, a wide range of water sports and equipment, two private beaches, a personal chef, and access to over 100 members of staff. To spend a day and a night on Necker Island, you just need to part with $42,000, and you will be in for an unforgettable experience.
8 Laucala Island, Fiji
Laucala Island is a private retreat getaway for celebrities with 25 uniquely themed villas that are sure to give guests an extraordinary experience. Owned by Red Bull's head Dietrich Mateschitz, this 12 square kilometre island is one of three small islands east of Thurston point in Fiji, but is undoubtedly the most luxurious island of the three. Guests who come to Laucala get to enjoy exceptional cuisine and top notch facilities that the island has to offer, a few of these including a unique and unforgettable submarine tour for two. Guests can even hold functions such as weddings, parties, holiday tours or any other special events. Visitors can pay anywhere around $3,800 for a night in one of the villas, an amount that will be well worth the experience.
7 Ariara Island, the Philippines
Ariara Island is a very beautiful 120-hectare island with eight villas that can host up to 18 guests. Guests here have an uninterrupted view of the beautiful sea from any of these villas, which were designed by Jorge Yulo, a prominent Filipino architect. These spacious villas are situated just over the reef, they have wide verandas, and their interiors are extremely comfortable. Guests who come to the island love to engage in windsurfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, and water skiing among other water sports. Guests can also take a tour of the untouched 125 acre tropical paradise together with the beautiful and exclusive 600m white sandy beach, while having access to up to 30 members of staff to take care of all their needs. Renting the island can cost anywhere from $30,000 per night for six guests, although with a larger group and for a longer stay you can get very attractive rates.
6 Velaa Private Island, the Maldives
The Maldives are without a doubt one of the best places you can choose to spend a holiday, owing to the beautiful white sandy beaches, the numerous wonderful islands, the crystalline waters and the overall unmatched beauty. Of the hundreds of islands in the Maldives, Velaa Private Island stands out as one of the most luxurious of them all. This island is owned by Jiri Smejc, a Czech billionaire who has transformed it into the exclusive holiday retreat it is today. Guests have access to tennis courts, golf courses, great restaurants, private pools, and a wide range of water activities. This Island can comfortably accommodate 80 guests, who have to pay anywhere around $14,000 per night for an unforgettable holiday.
5 Coco Privé Kuda Hithi, Maldives
Would you fancy a holiday on a private island complete with a gym, spa, a diving instructor, four swimming pools, and even a library? You love the idea, right? Coco Privé Kuda Hithi is the place to go if you want the above plus an unbelievably beautiful view of the Indian Ocean, and superior furnished rooms with outdoor bathrooms, beautiful interiors and spectacular lighting. This private island gives privacy its true meaning because it hosts up to 12 guests at a time. Guests have access to a private chef, beauty and massage therapists, housekeepers, and drivers depending on their needs. The Coco Privé Kuda Hithi is a place where billionaires and ordinary people who want to have billionaire holidays love to go, at a price of $24,000 per night.
4 Isla Tagomago, Spain
Tagomago is a 98-acre private island in the Mediterranean, where holiday makers who want luxury and exclusivity can spend a few days. This amazing island is less than a kilometre from Ibiza's coastline, meaning that you can have a mixture of the fun of Ibiza, and the peace, quiet and privacy of the Tagomago. This island has a magnificent villa that includes five double suits, a Jacuzzi, a swimming pool, and everything you need to have an awesome party. Unique nature and Turquoise waters surround this beautiful island, making it the ideal place for luxury holidays with the family, holding unique events, or even for special business meetings. The villa on the island can accommodate 10 adults, and all they have to pay for this experience is approximately $24,000 per night.
3 Motu Tane, French Polynesia
The Motu Tane is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and exclusive islands in the Pacific Ocean, situated in The French Polynesia's Bora Bora Atoll region. This island is 162 miles north of Tahiti and has 12 extremely beautiful thatched roofed cottages that can accommodate up to 20 guests. The interiors of these cottages look amazing, and they are even more comfortable than they look. At a price of up to $38,000 per night, guests have access to an events room, fully equipped kitchens and dining rooms, and a romantic and oversized bathtub made out of lava stone. Guests at Motu Tane also have access to a 26ft Boston Whaler, submarine tours, kayaks, ray-feeding, Tahitian lobster feasts, and many other exciting activities.
2 Musha Cay, the Bahamas
Musha Cay is without a doubt one of the most luxurious private islands that an individual could think of visiting for a holiday in the Bahamas. This 150-acre piece of heaven belongs to David Copperfield, and it has five beautiful houses that can accommodate up to 24 guests with facilities that will make you never want to leave the island. Guests have access to beach cinema, a billiards table, a tennis court, and even an entertainer on site. In addition, guests can relax at any of the seven beautiful beaches, in the private outdoor jacuzzis, and they have over 30 members of staff at their disposal. The food is prepared by professional chefs with in-depth knowledge of numerous cuisines, making it possible for them to prepare a personal menu to excite your taste buds. 12 guests can rent the entire island for $39,000 per night, but you can always get a better rate with larger numbers or if you are staying for longer.
1 North Island, Seychelles
When couples such as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and George Clooney and his wife Amal Alamuddin pick this island as the place to spend their honeymoon, it goes to show that this island is nothing short of the best. With 11 wonderful villas made from locally sourced materials and built into super-chic, open-plan living areas, North Island effortlessly becomes the ideal location for a couple looking for privacy, luxury, simplicity and an unforgettable experience. Guests who come for short stays in these villas have access to a gym, a spa, a pool, game drives, a giant tortoise called Aldabra (no, seriously), and they even get astronomy lessons. If you want to experience world class luxury, you will find it at the North Island where you will spend $63,000 per night.