As we dream and start planning our future travel, we’re seeking wilderness escapes where to recharge, for those who like a bit of pampering and seclusion. You can book a room or rent entire private islands for that castaway feeling of untouched nature with comfortable, design-forward interiors, the freshest local cuisine, and a sustainable connection to the surrounding areas.
A remote private island escape is what most travellers are looking for and in this article we selected our best island retreat..
We’re tapping into that post-COVID desire to find remote island escapes, from the Seychelles to the Bahamas.
Both in the United States and around the world, here are 18 private islands you can stay on, either entirely to yourself or as part of an exclusive hotel or resort.
Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
The famed Necker Island, home to Virgin founder Richard Branson, is open again following a pandemic closure and, as a result of 2017’s Hurricane Irma, is now refreshed with new villa options and two new guest rooms at the Great House, the largest accommodation.
Experience the white sand and turquoise water at this Haute Retreat on Necker Island. Perfect for a family vacation or couples’ getaway, the fifteen-suite Bali-inspired villa is the perfect place where to spend your next vacation. With meals, water sports and airport transfers included, the property offers luxurious service in an unparalleled setting.
If your party exceeds 30 guests additional accommodation can be arranged on neighbouring Moskito Island for up to 16 extra guests
Bora Bora One
Bora Bora One is the most luxurious villa in Bora Bora. Set over 30 000 m² (7.5 acres) on an idyllic islet, the estate overlooks the turquoise blue waters of Bora Bora.
It faces the enchanting incomparable lagoon and the mythic main island mountains on one side, whereas it overlooks the Pacific Ocean with the neighboring islands of Tahaa and Raiatea on the other side. Five independent suites, each one different in character, intimate setting, peace and quiet, all with terraces facing the lagoon and our private beach.
There is a wonderful marbled swimming pool surrounded by a wooden deck, set in a tropical garden, perfect for a relaxing massage, reading a book or listening to music in the shade of a coconut tree. The most high-end technology in music and television, the best broadband connection on the island with a self-sufficient power provided by the most advanced and ecological solar panels.
Fregate Island Private, Seychelles
Fregate Private Island a precious Seychelles island considered a sanctuary to some of the world’s rarest plants, reptiles, insects and birds, covered in lush forest, fringed by coral reefs.
Fregate Island Private is a one of a kind destination where guests can experience the uptime offer to Seychelles luxury with an exclusive 5 – star experience and a team committed to conservation.
It is located four degrees south of the equator, an outstanding beauty with peaceful settings of verdant, tropical interiors and abundant nature fringed by seven fairy-tale beaches. An approximately 2.19 square kilometre in size with Mount Signal as its apex, rising at 125m above sea level.
The Banyan Hill Estate (1100 sqm)
Exclusive use of a whole peninsula, the estate consists of a large open core and living area with adjacent infinity swimming pool, study, TV lounge, sitting area and fully equipped kitchen with your private chef and butler. Three immaculately furnished detached bedrooms with antiques from all over the Indian Ocean, each benefiting from its own terrace, bathroom, panorama, bathtub. it’s the ideal fit for families or friends traveling together.
Miavana, a private island hotel off the northeast coast of Madagascar, promises all the relaxing benefits of an unhurried island paradise, but with lots of adventure options that feel like you’re on safari—nature treks to spot lemurs, diving underwater, helicopter tours, and more.
The “smallest” of the 14 villas is 4,300 square feet, so consider these homes away from home. You don’t want to miss the “chamber of curiosities” in the main public space, with a collection of island finds like cannon balls and lemur skeletons. Mavros Safaris offers a three-night package to Miavana, including return helicopter service from Diego Suarez in the north of Madagascar, all meals and most drinks included, from $11,384 a person.
Musha Cay, Bahamas
It is a completely unspoiled tropical location with many flowers, swaying palms and foliage welcomes sun seekers to revel in the dreamy environment.
Musha Cay has not only an amazing natural environment, but also the possibility of practicing your favorite sport or just relaxing.
From a nice ride on your own speedboat, have a ride on paddle boards. Play a match of tennis. For lazy days, relax in the dreamy beachside daybed. Revitalize in the steam room after a long afternoon massage. For something special, hop on the 28ft. Nautilus Rib Catamaran.
Coco Prive Maldives
An amazing private island located in the Maldives: a master residence and 5 guest villas, a dining room, purpose-built kitchen, cocktail bar, wine cellar, library, indoor and outdoor gym areas, sauna, and 40-metre pool, this 1.4 hectare island is the perfect blend of elegant space, comfort and covetable indulgence. Island amenities include:
– A dedicated team of personal staff, at the ready, day and night
– Your own private chef
– Private luxury yacht return from Malé International Airport
– Heavenly spa treatments anywhere, anytime, by your own personal therapist
– Cocktails and beverages forever
– Unlimited diving
– Water sports experiences such as canoeing, catamaran sailing, windsurfing and more
– Virtually anything else you can imagine, within reason – and beyond