How many times have you daydreamed about lounging around in a hammock, listening to the sound of the wind rustle in the palm trees overhead, whilst watching the sunset with a tropical cocktail in hand from the verandah of your very own villa on your very own private island? Well if you weren’t daydreaming before, you’re probably tossing around math calculations in your head, trying to figure out to squeeze a vacay to paradise out of your well-used credit cards. While you sharpen the ‘ol pencil, here are a few hot destinations to get the imagination firing!
1. The Wakaya Club & Spa, Laucala Island and Dolphin Island – Fiji
There are few things warmer than a Fijian smile, and you’ll find plenty of those on this beautiful island resort. Sugary sand beaches, explorable mangroves, meandering walking trails and calm seas await vacationers seeking out a tranquil island escape. A stones throw to the island’s main jetty, lay a series of of well appointed bures with maximum privacy in mind, including the islands’ most exclusive bure, set amidst its very own 16 acres. You may want to leave the yacht at home this time around because this island is only accessible by private plane!
2. Lake Mälaren – Sweden
Hey, not every exclusive island getaway is surrounded by pristine turquoise waters, how about spending a summer spell at a lake in the rustic woods of Sweden? A short drive from Stockholm lies a small islet in the midst of Lake Mälaren. With just four buildings on the whole of the island including a three bedroom house, a one bedroom cottage and a fabulous sauna, the rental includes not only the use of the beautiful Gustavian accommodations, but also the use of a small boat to get on and off the island.
3. Lighthouse Grebeni – Croatia
They say no man is an island, but spending a weekend on this isolated light house laden island may change your mind. Dating back to 1872, perched on a bed of rock, frequented only by passing gulls and located just off the coast of Dubrovnik, this neat little spot features a very basic but unique private island experience. The lighthouse itself has three modestly furnished rooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a livingroom. There is little to do on the island but bird watch, or listen to the crash of surly seas against the rocks below, so bring a good book!
4. Parrot Cay – Turks & Caicos
Turks & Caicos is world renowned for its diving, azure seas and its close proximity to everywhere. Turks is just a hop, skip and a jump from the United States, in fact, Parrot Cay is a short 75 minute flight from Miami and Nassau, followed by a scenic half-hour boat ride. With 1000 acres to explore, Parrot Cay is hailed as the most beautiful of all Turks & Caico’s 49 islands. If you like to live your life like a celebrity, this would be the place to do it considering Parrot Cay is a hang-out for Hollywood A-listers. So if spending a lavish weekend in a New England beach house decorated in Balinese teak, with your own staff at your beck and call, scrape your pennies together for the next decade and you might have enough to indulge yourself.
5. Tavanipupu Private Island Resort – Solomon Islands
It’s easy to miss Tavanipupu on a map, but once you arrive, it will feel like the last pristine paradise on earth. A former coconut plantation and one of the 1,000 islands that comprise the Solomon Islands play hose to a fabulous five star resort featuring all the bells and whistles you would expect to find in the South Pacific. Tropical thatched bungalows feature cozy four poster canopied beds, quaint furnishings and sprawling views. Guests would be remiss not to dine in at the impressive on-site restaurant that only uses the freshest produce from the sea and surrounding plantations.
6. Pamalican – Philippines
When one thinks of a private island, for North Americans, the Caribbean or South Pacific are generally the locales that come to mind. The Philippines offer up no shortage of sugary white beaches, forgiving surf and friendly locals, so if it’s never been on your bucket list before, it should be now. Do yourself a favor, skip the capital and head straight to the palm fringed island of Pamalican. With only one hotel on the island, the Amanpulo, 40 privately appointed casitas are sprinkled strategically throughout the resort grounds. The island is accessibly only by private plane. Coral reefs and emerald seas await enthusiastic divers and lackadaisical kayakers, so if it’s a blend of adventure and peaceful tranquility you’re after, this is it.
7. Cayo Espanto – Belize
With a little more than four-acres, one may wonder what could be so significant about an island so tiny, but trust us, you'll be pampered into submission. The island is home to seven luxurious villas, and if having your own villas at the water’s edge wasn’t enough, how about your very own butler, dive master, and private chef! It would be arduous of course, but you would endure right? Spent sunsets bobbing around in your private infinity plunge pool and wake up each morning to breakfast cooked to perfection, could life get any better?
8. Cocoa Island – Maldives
Though you wouldn’t technically be staying on an island, we still thought this deserved an honorable mention. Daydreams about an island paradise should always include split-level, two bedroom villas with private decks suspended over an azure sea, don’t you think? Connected by a boardwalk to a tiny palmed island with silver star restaurant service, guests are invited to dine at the ultra exclusive South Indian cuisine, spend an afternoon on an opulent catamarans, or take one of the many dive tours on offer.
9. Sonora Resort – British Columbia
Anyone who visits my corner of the world, the Pacific Northwest knows that British Columbia offers up a plethora of rugged islands, many of which feature private getaways. Sonora Resort is heaven on earth for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Grizzly bear sitings are frequent, ocean kayaking is a favorite past time and wilderness treks are undoubtedly one of the most requested organized tours on offer. Five star accommodations with panoramic ocean views, and an onsite five star spa await each guests. Access is available only by water taxi or a helicopter ride from downtown Vancouver.
10. Indigo Bay Resort – Mozambique
You could visit the mainland to go on safari, or you could save that for the next trip and hop on the first flight to Mozambique. Located just off of the coast, the Indigo Bay Resort is located adjacent to a national park which happens to home to 180 species of butterflies, birds, antelope and African crocodiles. Long considered one of the top diving destinations, guests can strap on their gear, dive in and swim alongside dolphins and sea turtles. With 30 beach chalets and 14 villas, all built in the thatch tradition, enjoy a little taste of lavish luxury on the great continent.