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Nothing quite epitomizes a dream vacation like lounging on a palm tree laden beach with a drink in hand. So having a private island for the week, sometimes even with a personal cook, is the ultimate off-the-grid getaway. We’ve rounded up a list of private island Airbnbs that make for some serious Instagram envy. Grab those flip flops and get ready for a secluded tropical vacation.
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Walkways over the water, incredible underwater habitats, and tons of recreational gear have made this Belize slice of paradise an escape straight from our dreams. The home and other sleeping spaces are colorful and welcoming, being the perfect complement to the surroundings. Included in the price is the boat trip to Bird Island.
On a private island just a handful of miles off Belize, the dwelling is eco friendly, depending on solar energy (with back up generator in case). Being conscious of the surroundings has allowed the environment to flourish, so the lagoon right behind the island is bustling with birds and wildlife. Out front, is a coral reef wonderland to explore.
Little Gasparilla Island is a little bit south of Sarasota, Florida, and is accessible via boat, or the provided passenger ferry when renting the place. The gulf barrier island creates a quiet, calming escape, that’s still not terribly far from major destinations in the sunshine state. Remote paradise can be found without even boarding a plane.
With the most beautiful thatch roofing, the island’s main structure sits steps from the turquoise waters. Columbia’s architecture and flare give every inch so much authenticity and charm, and a nice sprinkle of luxury has been added on top. Lounge in the sun while enjoying personal chef-created dishes, and tropical beverages of course.
Kicking back in a hammock on an open-air deck amongst the Colombian mountains and ocean? Yes, please. The eco abode runs off solar energy and keeps its carbon footprint at a minimum. All in all, this allows one to really appreciate the area. A cook will also be on hand to whip up amazing meals should guests decide to add on food costs.
Made of stone and naturalistic materials, this earthy retreat is located on a secluded slice of land in the Grenadines, also known as Bequia. Everything blends so elegantly with the sand and water, so a stay out here is all about disconnecting and refreshing the mind. Staffed with the most friendly people, all food and cleaning needs will be met.
Columbia is nailing the whole private island escape thing, further demonstrated at this resort-style getaway. The most lavish deck space is perfect for morning yoga or sunbathing, and there is even a gorgeous hot tub set into the beautiful planked wood. Play a round of pool, then dive into the water for a snorkeling session.
Imagine booking an entire six villa resort for your closest friends and family to enjoy, whether it be for a wedding, reunion, or just for the heck of it. Luxe aesthetics, secluded beaches, romantic dinners and region-specific cuisine are just a few of the amenities. Oh yeah, you can opt for outdoor massages as well. After a private boat rides out to the island, you’ll be met with the most heavenly views.
Just wait until you see the overwater bungalow light up in ambient LED tones, over the blue lagoon waters. Another Belize beauty, the tucked-away rental is constructed of the most stunning mahogany wood and an eco-friendly thatch roof. Hovering views right over the water are something that just has to be seen to be fully taken in. Meals and impeccable service are included.
Another win for Belize! Find total separation from the world while enjoying fishing, lobstering, conch hunting, kayaking, swimming—all the amazing outdoor activities. Boardwalk paths wind throughout the mangrove island which is lovingly run by a local family, so prepare to explore, and take some time to drink really good rum punch while in a hammock.
Vanuatu in itself is separated from the world, a good way off the coast of Australia. Malvanua Island goes next level, further breaking free. Hosts of the island ensure guests have a way to go back and forth from the island to access fun excursions and shopping, but you might just find everything needed for the best vacation ever is at the open, bright bungalow, and the surrounding waters.
French Polynesia beckons with its aqua waters, sandy beaches and optimal kayaking territories. Tiputa is a quaint village not far away if you should need anything. But the bungalow is a haven that likely will provide all that one could want or need. Barbecue, swim and just enjoy being away from it all.
One lone cabana, and the host’s own home set on this piece of breathtaking Panama. The on-site restaurant sometimes does see other guests, rarely. Basically, the place is all yours, and the deck with lounging net over the water is the optimal spot to watch for marine life. Bioluminescent creatures light up the ocean come nightfall. Magic.