Private island holidays offer one of the most rewarding travel experiences on the planet providing unsurpassed privacy with everything running to your schedule.
Often the holidays of daydreams, private island escapes are less out of reach than you might think with top island rental prices being comparable to those of luxury villas or the world’s best ski chalets. When you rent a private island, you can truly escape from day-to-day life and immerse yourself in activities with family and friends.
For those who are considering their first private island holiday we recommend Sir Richard Branson’s paradise in the British Virgin Islands. Richard purchased Necker Island back in 1978 and set about on a mission to transform the forsaken landscape over the years, turning it into one of the world’s’ most well-known and admired island retreats. Necker can accommodate up to 30 adults and 6 children and there are over 70 full-time staff, many of whom stay on the island 24 / 7 to provide round-the-clock service to guests.
The 74-acre Caribbean hideaway is available to rent exclusively and makes for an amazing base for all kinds of adventures. From multi-generational family holidays through to corporate escapes – the team at Necker can tailor an experience for all guests. The island is unique in that it’s also possible to book individual rooms during Celebration Weeks that take place throughout the year, an excellent option for a honeymoon, proposal or anniversary escape.
Also in the Caribbean is David Copperfield’s enchanting private island in the Exuma chain, Musha Cay. Musha Cay spans 150 acres and is an unspoilt Bahamian paradise, arguably the most luxurious island rental in the world. Here, up to 24 guests are accommodated on an all-inclusive basis with the only extras being once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as a mesmerising treasure hunt that is curated by Copperfield and his team from Vegas.
Five villas are spread out over the private island and guests have access to an outdoor movie theatre, Harry Houdini’s personal pool table and use of a luxury catamaran. So get ready for what David describes as “the most magical vacation destination in the world.”
For those who prefer something a little more homely for your private island holidays, Little Whale Cay is another Bahamian beauty covering 93 acres of private island real estate. Again it’s an all-inclusive affair with the in-house chef rustling up healthy meals using fresh local ingredients. The team is 13 strong and offer an endless list of outdoor activities from sailing and watersports through to deep sea fishing. Rent a private island like this if you like to stay active.
Calivigny Islandis on another level – there aren’t many private islands where you can invite up to fifty friends unless you book out an entire hotel resort. At Calivigny there are two main residences with Balinese French Colonial designs and three guest cottages. Both the island and accommodation are out-of-this-world in terms of beauty. Inside the villas there’s furniture designed by Oscar de la Renta and Richard Frinier, and grand vistas out to the ocean. Guests can rent the islands private yacht, go scuba-diving or indulge in a beach-side firework display.
Heading down into Central America Cayo Espanto is a tropical oasis off the coast of Belize. This tiny 4-acre island can be rented exclusively or by booking one of the 7 one-bedroom villas that are dotted around the island (and all have private plunge pools).
Situated just 3 miles from San Pedro this is a world-class island resort where you can indulge in the care free luxuries of island life.
Tagomago is the noteworthy choice for private island holidays in Europe. Situated 900 metres off the Eastern coast of Ibiza, this hip hideaway is easily accessed from Pou des Lleó, the popular harbour of Santa Eulalia or via helicopter. With 98 acres to yourself and a palatial contemporary villa that is just as well suited to parties as it is to relaxation, when you rent this private island, you might not want to leave.
Fregate Island Private is unique. An inspiring island located a 15 minute flight or 1.5 hour boat ride away from Mahé Island. It’s possible to rent one of the 16 private pool residences that are carefully placed across the island or the 3 bedroom Banyan Hill Estate located on a secluded peninsula. The island can also be rented exclusively.
Fregate is luxury in its purest form – from the décor of the private villas through to the service and activities every element is refined and understated. The owner of the island strongly believes in conservation and maintains the perfect habitat for the Islands 2,200 free roaming Giant Aldabra Tortoises (an increase from just 150 in the past 25 years). Sea turtles are safeguarded during nesting season and the Island also houses a bird sanctuary which has successfully assisted in ensuring that Seychelles White Eye and Seychelles Warbler have both been brought back from the brink of extinction.
The island operates a policy of including almost everything. This means all meals, beverages and a wide range of activities are all included in the rates, no matter where you are on the Island.
Many people stay on this island for a week or more. However shorter stays of 4 – 5 nights can also be accommodated and work very well when combined with a stay at Leobo Private Reserve.
Coco Prive Kuda Hithi is a Maldivian sanctuary, just 1 acre for 10 guests accessed by seaplane. White sandy beaches, the spa and infinity pool (or ocean) are all you need here. Rent this private island so you can lounge back, work on the tan, order some food and drinks, then repeat. The journey is well worth it, and you can tie this in with a City stop in Dubai.
Song Saa is an environmentally friendly and sustainable resort that spans Cambodia’s Koh Ouen and Koh Bong Islands. The brainchild of Australian couple Rory and Melita Hunter, the island’s motto is ‘luxury that treads lightly’. Song Saa is the ultimate escape for those wanting to experience sublime facilities in a natural setting for your private island holidays.
Island Pamalican is located in the Cuyo Islands in the Sulu Sea bang in the middle of a 7 square-kilometre of coral reef. This Filipino island houses Amanpulo – an exclusive retreat in the portfolio of Aman Resorts. The resort can, at capacity, house near to 150 guests and whilst individual room bookings are more common, it’s not unheard of to hire the whole resort for an event.
Down under the premier island to rent is Orpheus. Located 80 kilometres off the coast of Townsville along the Great Barrier Reef, this place is a nature lover’s dream. The Island property is available for stays both by the room and exclusively with an array of activities and services included, the most notable for us being the food which is insanely good.
The Robinson Crusoe-esque Dolphin Island is a 13-acre hideaway located a 20 minute boat ride away from Viti Levu (Fiji’s main island). Four guest houses with interiors by Virginia Fischer, an acclaimed designer who spent her formative years in Fiji, provide the ultimate tropical accommodation for your privaye island holidays. There’s plenty to do on the island including sleeping out in the romantic open hilltop bure, kayaking and playing on the Hobie catamaran.
When renting a private island, careful planning is important, along with access to local knowledge. From ensuring your favourite foods are sent over prior to arrival, through to preparing excursions, we ensure that all the bases are covered for your private island holidays and will guide you towards the right island experience for you.
We have access to a number of other exceptional private islands available for exclusive rental around the world. Please contact us for suggestions and for access to off-market island rentals.