It’s cold. It’s icy. It’s winter. For many of us, just when we think the worst has passed, and are happily putting away those snow shovels and ski hats with the face masks, we get dumped on by snow and ice again. We dig ourselves out only to see on the Weather Channel that there is more on the way. When the snow finally does melt, it leaves in it’s wake a gritty, gray slush that will eventually turn into treacherous ice. By the end of January our bodies are crying out for warmth, and more importantly, sunshine. Our frozen minds begin to thaw when we think about the possibility of a tropical vacation.
Certainly there are any number of possibilities where one can travel in order to bask in that blazing ball of gold. Cruises are a good option for those who like to have destinations and activities mapped out for them, taking the stress of planning out of the actual vacation. If there are children involved, there is always Disney World in Orlando, Florida, the mecca of tourist attractions and outlet mall shopping. While both of these options offer the promise of warmth and sunlight, they also offer another aspect of popular vacation spots; crowds. Wouldn’t it be better to rent your own private island instead?
Though it’s not the first thing that comes to mind when one wants a tropical getaway, it is a distinct possibility. There are many private islands available for rent, where one can get away and surround themselves with their own friends and family, or with just that one special someone. Many of these islands come equipped with a full staff, boats, and even yachts for personal use, the most luxurious of linens, and private transportation to get you from one part of the island to another. Of course, this comes with a hefty price tag. If you are one of the lucky ones who think an island vacation may be just the thing, the following list is for you! Here are some of the most expensive private islands available for rent. This price includes renting out the entire island for a seven night stay.
10 Cayo Espanto: $94,500
Cayo Espanto lies three miles away from San Pedro, the coastal city of Belize. This island is home to seven wooden villas, each equipped with heated private pools, relaxing hammocks and a full time "houseman" to take care of your every want and need. The kitchen is fully stocked with your requirements, and the house ipod is loaded with your favorite music. This beautiful paradise is equipped with a small gym, a spa and a library. Rates include airport transfer, butler service and all meals, snacks and drinks other than champagne, wine and cordials.
9 Guana Island: $155,050
Guana Island is located in the British Virgin Islands and is 850 acres of blissful Caribbean beauty. This island accommodates up to 35 people and consists of "The Club'" a historic stone building dating back to the 18th century and a series of quaint cottages and villas. The rate includes three meals per day, snacks and wine during lunch and dinner. There is an on-site restaurant on this island, catering to you and your group; nothing here is open to the public.
8 Fregate Island: $173,341
Fregate Island is located 35 miles off Seychelle's Mahe Coast. The island houses sixteen residences constructed with balau wood and authentic thatched roofs. With a beach voted one of the most beautiful in the world, you have access to a private inland harbor and a yacht club with PADI center. Fregate Island also has a spa and a wine cellar. Each residence offers a live in staff and comes complete with a private pool and a beach buggy. The yacht club is happy to arrange water-skiing excursions as well as big game fishing outings.
7 Amalfi Island: $178,347
Amalfi Island is one of a cluster of small islands facing Capri. Once owned by the famed ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, it is now owed by an Italian hotelier, however many of Nureyev's furnishings are still in tact. This island can accommodate up to twelve guests in six bedrooms in the main house as well as in the tower building. Day trips to nearby Positano, Amalfi Coast and Capri on your own private boat are included in the rental price. Also included are a yacht, full staff, and complete catering services.
6 Isla de sa Ferradura: $192,066
Isla de sa Ferradura lies in the bay of San Miguel just off Ibiza. This island is a true tropical paradise and offers all that one could desire, accommodating twelve people in six luxury suites all with a garden terrace. There is also "The Secret Room" which sleeps two but does not include the terrace, perfect for the older children. A special pontoon can take you to exciting diving spots or stay and relax in the cave complex which houses a spa with sauna, infrared cabins, bar and beauty salon. A roof top terrace provides the perfect setting for a romantic dinner complete with surround sound, theater equipment and a large dance floor.
5 Sofitel Bora Bora Marara: $250,600
Bora Bora has often been called the most beautiful island in the world. Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island is located on an a small islet of Bora Bora. This island features 21 Polynesian style bungalows in several different locations, some over water, others beach side and others tucked away into private gardens. Each bungalow is stocked with the finest in amenities. You will be picked up at the airport by your hotel host and taken by boat to this island retreat, where you may enjoy open air massages and holistic spa treatments as well as basking in the unprecedented beauty of Bora Bora.
4 Nygard Cay: $294,000
Nygard Cay is a luxury island situated at the end of Lyford Cay on the island of Nassau, Bahamas. It is owned by fashion designed Peter Nygard and has been the vacation home to famous celebs such as Oprah, Robin Leach, Robert De Niro and President George H.W. Bush. Among the unbelievable and over the top features are a human aquarium and a 32,000 ft. grand hall with a 100,000 pound glass ceiling. Amenities available to guests include three boats, a staff of 20, 24 seat movie theater, basketball court, two Hummers and a 48' fishing vessel.
3 Turtle Island: $325,167
Winner of the 2013 Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence Award, Turtle Island is the epitome of a private island retreat. Located in the Fiji Islands, this island offers 500 acres and fourteen white sandy beaches as well as fourteen beachfront bures (cottages) built in the traditional Fijian style. Each cottage is complete with a"Bure Mama" who is solely responsible for the guests in her bure. Also included in the rental are all meals, all beverages and all activities including sport fishing, scuba diving, sailing and horseback riding.
2 Musha Cay: $364,000
Musha Cay is a private island owned by famous illusionist David Copperfield. This 150 acre island is located in the southern Bahamas. Guests may stay in their own private 10,000 square foot manor house or they may choose one of the smaller thatched roof guests houses providing the ultimate privacy. Also available are two guest villas with two bedrooms and a five bedroom beach villa. This island is like no other offering a Drive In Movie, laser-tag competitions complete with helicopters and laser beams and a fleet of boats. Unlike other properties, these are all added on to the already enormous price tag. For those wanting the utmost in privacy, Musha Cay is the place to be. There can only be one group of guests on the island at a time with no more than 24 members.
1 Necker Island: $420,000
Necker Island is without a doubt the most exquisite location in the British Virgin Islands. Sir Richard Branson purchased the island in 1978 and opened it as a vacation retreat in 1984. Although the main house suffered severe fire damage in 2011, it has now been entirely refurbished with a 1,500 square foot master bedroom and eight guest rooms, each with their own balcony, king size bed and en-suite bathroom. There are six individual Bali styled homes around the property which can cater to 30 adult guests and six children at one time. Amenities include private beaches, kite surfing, 70 full time staff members and Michelin trained chefs.
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