There are few better ways to spend a vacation then on your own private island, and these resorts are some of the world’s very best for doing just that.
One&Only Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia (Prices & Photos)
The spectacular Hayman Island is a private island that provides a premier spot for a front window seat of the Great Barrier Reef, set right within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, stretching for more than 1400 miles along the Queensland coast in the Whitsunday Islands, world renowned as one of the most magnificent stretches of tropical coastline on the planet. A stay on this island means lots of attention to detail and elegant resort living set within three distinct areas, each designed to make the most of the awe-inspiring island views and natural surroundings. Feast on innovative cuisine in a variety of restaurants and take part in all sorts of thrilling activities including helicopter and seaplane adventures, diving, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, sailing and more. The resort also features the One&Only Spa, a fitness center, tennis courts and a driving range.
Scrub Island Resort, British Virgin Islands (Prices & Photos)
Scrub Island Resort is spread across most of Scrub Island in the British Virgin Islands, and offers the ideal private island resort, surrounded by four pristine white sand beaches and shallow coral reefs for easy access to some of the best diving and snorkeling sites on Earth. You can have your pick of three- to five-bedroom villas that feature vibrant-hued decor, high-end toiletries and teak wood furnishings, impressive private infinity pools and expansive verandas, as well as attentive porter and chef service. During the day, stake out your spot on a hammock or chaise lounge chair along the water, charter a catamaran to explore the neighboring islands, or enjoy relaxing treatments at lxora Spa.
Peter Island Resort, Peter Island, British Virgin Islands (Prices & Photos)
Another private island resort in BVI, Peter Island Resort was named by Conde Nast Traveler as one of its “Best Places to Stay in the World.” The 1,800-acre island, the largest private island among the 60 or so that make up the British Virgin Islands, is said to have been visited by a number of famous figures, including Sir Francis Drake, Christopher Columbus and Blackbeard, who is believed to have buried treasure here and marooned his men on nearby Dead Chest Island; they later washed up on Peter Island’s Deadman’s Bay. It offers all of the exclusivity and romance you could ever want, in one of 52 rooms set among the mountainous terrain and five gorgeous beaches. You’ll have to get here via helicopter or boat, but once you do, you’l enjoy the ideal balance of the comfort and intimacy a villa offers, with the world-class amenities of a luxurious resort. Before you arrive, the villa director will customize your stay so that you’ll have everything you need from the moment you step onto the island, including personal villa staff, European chefs, a private helicopter pad and SUV. Look forward to relaxing treatments at the vast spa, built own its own secluded beach at the edge of the water, as well as snorkeling among sea turtles in the brilliant coral reefs.
COMO Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos (Prices & Photos)
The exclusive, five-star Parrot Cay Resort, located on a private island northeast of Provo in Turks & Caicos, can only be reached by private boat. The property offers the ultimate in a customized, highly personal vacation experience with a wide variety of packages that include excursions designed just for you as well as intimate dinners. You can choose to eat in your villa, in one of two onsite eateries, or on the beach. The cuisine is organic whenever possible, fresh and Caribbean inspired. By choosing the COMO Shambhala Spa Retreat, you can arrange for a hot river stone massage or a private yoga class. Those who want to get more active can take out complimentary snorkel gear or kayaks. Guest rooms, suites and villas all offer elegant features throughout, like private verandas and four-poster beds draped in white voile. As you stroll the island, keep an eye out for stars – celebrities like Keith Richards, Paul McCartney, David Copperfield and Demi Moore have all stayed here.
Petit St. Vincent, St. Vincent & the Grenadines (Prices & Photos)
Petit St. Vincent is a 113-acre private island resort framed by two miles of pristine white sands that offers the ultimate in peace and relaxation. The lack of room TVs, phones and even planned activities is especially appealing for those who want to indulge their most luxurious private island fantasy. Choose from six beachfront cottages, complete with alfresco living and dining areas, as well as 16 others, some of which sit on a bluff overlooking the sea. Should you wish complete privacy, just hoist your red flag, which signals staff to stay away. If you hoist the yellow one, you’ll probably receive whatever you heart desires, from a lift to the beach bar to food and drink. You can use the same system at the beach, just raise the yellow flag and you can have a picnic lunch, or drinks, brought right to your hammock. The full-service spa offers Balinese massage, and you can also enjoy sailing, kayaking, diving, fishing trips, hiking, yoga and more.
Mantangi Private Island Resort, Fiji (Prices & Photos)
Mantangi Private Island Resort is considered to be one of the top resorts in the entire South Pacific, providing an especially unforgettable vacation or honeymoon experience. The only resort on this 240-acre horseshoe-shaped private island, it offers the chance to stay along the beach or among the trees in its famous treehouse with an outdoor Jacuzzi and lava rock shower. Visitors can enjoying exploring the rain forest as well as snorkeling and diving in the crystalline waters. The “Vale-ni-Kana Dining Room provides breathtaking ocean views and cuisine largely influenced by the tropical surroundings, Fijian heritage and unique flavors of the South Pacific. Indulge in the “Ocean Spa,” with its overwater deck and wide variety of treatments reflecting the natural surroundings and Fijian culture.
Cotton House, Mustique, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (Prices & Photos)
Mustique is a private island in the Grenadines that’s considered to be one of the most exclusive in the world, and the Cotton House is its only full-service hotel. This bubble of complete and total luxury at the edge of turquoise waters, is known as a haven for celebrities and royalty as it’s renowned for its seclusion. In fact, Prince William and his wife Catherine spent several days here. This coral-white boutique resort combines French West Indies architecture with Caribbean trimmings, with most of its distinctive rooms and suites boasting private plunge pools along with the ultimate in modern comforts and luxury.
Cayo Espanto, Belize (Prices & Photos)
Cayo Espanto, a tiny little four-acre island accessed via a short boat ride from the mainland of Belize, is surrounded by crystal clear Caribbean waters. Offering an idyllic escape to unwind and enjoy the ultimate in pampering, you’ll be greeted at the dock by the entire staff, including your own personal dive master and butler. Paddle the waters in a kayak, do some bonefishing, and, if you stay in the overnight villa, you can even commune with the underwater world through a glass window on the bedroom floor. The property’s seven villas, sitting at the edge of the cerulean waters, each feature an infinity plunge pool. Before you arrive, you’ll receive a questionnaire to fill out so resort has an idea as to your culinary tastes. Once you’re there, award-winning chef Patrick Houghton will create a daily menu of customized dishes that can be savored anywhere on the island. All your drinks are also brought to you where and when you want – have cocktails brought out to sea, while you sit on a pier, or when you’re lounging in a hammock.
Sonora Resort, British Columbia, Canada (Prices & Photos)
This private island all-inclusive resort may not offer the warmth of the tropics, but it’s a true hidden jewel in some of Canada’s most alluring, unspoiled environments, combining the insular solitude with the beauty of the North. Here, you can expect unparalleled service and five-star facilities, including spacious suites with amazing water views. To get here, you’ll have to take a water taxi or a helicopter ride from Vancouver, but once you arrive you’ll have the opportunity to see grizzly bears, kayak among orca whales, go fly-fishing or take a wilderness tour. All fine dining meals, most drinks and all resort facilities, including stocked fly-fishing ponds, saunas and tennis courts, are included in its all-inclusive package.