There’s just something indelibly romantic about the idea of total abandonment. Leaving the city, the crowds, the pollution and the stresses behind to find yourself in complete and utter isolation: just you, the palm trees, and the lapping of the waves. Liking the sound of it? Then read on and discover our top four remote spots for those in pursuit of the ultimate Robinson Crusoe experience.
The Green Island, Zanzibar
Unlike Zanzibar, where tourist infrastructure is well developed, the Green Island of Pemba remains largely ‘undiscovered’. Much of the coast is lined with mangroves and lagoons, but there are also stretches of sand and some idyllic uninhabited isles. But before Crusoe even reached his island, he found himself stranded in the middle of the sea- and that’s just what’ll happen to you when you check in to the underwater room, a floating structure that’s part of the island’s Manta resort . Experience the uniquely dreamlike experience of lying on a luxurious double bed underwater, surrounded by glass with 360 degree viewing of shoals of rare fish, squid and octopi. And if you need to get some air? Ascend to the roof deck, where you can lie back and wonder at the crystal clear Milky Way above your head, as the lapping of the waves transport you to another dimension. Truly an otherworldly experience.
Motu Teta, Rangiroa, Tahiti
Motu Teta is a private island. Yes, a private island. If you so choose, you can rent it out just for you and do a Crusoe of your very own. However, we suggest bringing along at least one loved one to assist you in your exploration. The island is also perfect for families, offering an exclusive, all-inclusive experience and incredible activities such as spear fishing, lobster-fishing and windsurfing – as well as, of course, snorkelling to the best spots in Rangiroa. Several boats are at your disposal as well, so your exploration won’t be limited to the island.
Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef
Venture to Australia’s exclusive resort of Lizard Island if you like the sound of isolation yet space. The island, located directly on the Great Barrier Reef, has only 40 suites, and no less than 24 private beaches – you do the maths. It’s the perfect retreat for those who don’t like to share. The truly secluded resort is the northernmost island in tropical Queensland – how’s that for isolation? As well as snorkelling through the Great Barrier Reef, you’ll be treated to Champagne sunset cruises, night diving, and romantic beach-side picnics. Why wait?
Petit St Vincent, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
East Africa, French Polynesia, Australia: they’re all here. But what about the Caribbean, the original island paradise? Don’t worry, we’ve got it covered. Petit St Vincent is the southernmost island in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and was only discovered in the 1960s: very Daniel Defoe. Ok, Crusoe didn’t have a hillside spa or a stunning yoga pavilion, but we think you can make an exception- just this once. In order to hire out the entire island, you’ll need to find 55 friends to come with you, but for this veritable Shangri-La that shouldn’t be difficult.
Tom Marchant is Co-founder of Black Tomato.