Finding a holiday spot that offers utter seclusion and perfect relaxation is not as easy as you might think. If you want a piece of paradise all to yourself then a private island is the only place to go. Read my guide to the top 5 private island resorts.
The first private island in the Four Seasons portfolio, this is also currently the world’s only exclusive-use UNESCO hideaway. Set over five-acres of golden sand and crystal clear waters, the 7 bedrooms are split across a beach villa, a water villa and mezzanine suites, offering island living with polished service. If having this island to yourself isn’t enough, you can also make use of Voavah Summer, a 19-metre luxury yacht that you can call your own.
The French Polynesian island of Tetiaroa offers everything you would want from your own private island experience. Luxurious elements sit alongside environmental consciousness and sustainability to create one of the finest eco-friendly resorts in the world. The Brando offers 35 one, two and three bedroom beachfront villas, where you can experience private island living without taking over the whole island. With two restaurants overseen by a two Michelin starred chef from Paris and a spa with a name that translates to ‘Soul’, The Brando will give you ample opportunity to sooth your own soul.
The beautiful Dolphin Island offers a private retreat for a maximum of eight guests on an exclusive-use basis. Spread over 14 acres, the rooms at Dolphin Island are split between three cabins (called bures), with an extra hilltop ‘sleep-out bure’ with walls open to the elements, ideal for a romantic getaway. Dolphin Island offers rustic luxury at its best, where you can fish, dive, snorkel, sail or simply relax on your own private hideaway.
Musha Cay is a private-island resort in the out-islands of the Exumas in the Bahamas offering an exclusive-use hideaway for up to 24 guests. Owned by illusionist David Copperfield, the island is a wild mini-archipelago with luxurious rooms, stunning beaches and a programme of magical activates including discovering a secret village and the treasures of Copperfield Bay.
The Seychelles is already home to some fabulous private island resorts (North Island and Fregate, for example) but the latest arrival is the Six Senses Pasyon, which opened in October 2016 on the island of Félicité. The 652-acre island features the 30 villas and 17 private residences, with 2/3rds of the island left to its natural habitat and beauty. Key features of the resort include the signature oceanfront the Six Senses Spa and the Trouloulou Kid’s Villa, an interactive camp just for children.
Emyr Thomas is the Founder and Director of Bon Vivant.