Bucket List islands to visit
Its not just the evocative scenes of crystal blue waters and uninterrupted sandy beaches, being on a private island resort feels unreal and otherworldly. Instantly tamping away the effects of stress and anxiety- the experience is both lavish, utterly simplistic and healing. With not much to do but laze out in the sun in a bikini or spend your days reading books in a hammock, you have the total experience of peace and timeless, which should restore you to your best, physically, emotionally and spiritually. From dreamlike honeymoon settings to slightly off-the-beaten-track locations or luxe hideaways, here's our round up of the private island resorts you have to visit for out of this world location and scenery.
Four Seasons Voavah, Baa Atoll, Maldives
Located on a naturally occurring island on the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Four Seasons Voavah is an ultra-exclusive getaway with only seven bedrooms. In the midst of one of the most active coral reef systems on earth, guests are encourage to take their 19 metre yacht and dive amidst one of the world's largest populations of manta rays.VISIT NOW
The Brando, French Polynesia
Located on a sparkling lagoon, a 30 mile private plane ride away from Tahiti, The Brando is the ultimate tropical oasis that was formerly Marlon Brando's private island. Ultra-luxurious, it’s eco-friendly and most of the guest meals are grown in the organic vegetable garden and fruit orchard.
Pulau Joyo, Indonesia
With over 17,000 islands to choose from, Indonesia offers way more than just the tourist hubs of Bali and Lombok. Pulau Joyo is one of our favorites. Easily accessible from Singapore (and popular with in-the-know expats), their emphasis is on simple island living and boho chic interiors. Rates start at $237 per person per night.VISIT NOW
Zaya Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi
While Dubai's manmade islands may grab all the headlines, neighbouring Abu Dhabi has more than 200 naturally occurring offshore islands. Zaya Nurai Island opened in February 2015 and is boutique-ish and slick. Stretching across the two-mile-long island, there's a beach club, a kids club, a wellness spa and a great weekend brunch with DJs. Rooms start around $999 per night.VISIT NOW
Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort, Mozambique
Nestled on the Quirimbas Archipelago, off the northern coast of Mozambique, Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort has 12 luxury villas and sleeps a maximum of 24 guests. Small and romantic, it's perfect for anniversaries, proposals and honeymoons. Part of the Quirimbas National Park, there's the option to arrive via helicopter and you can even book out the entire island for an event. Room prices start from $967 per night.VISIT NOW
Jicaro Island Lodge, Nicaragua
Winner of one of the exclusive National Geographic's Lodges of the World award, this is Nicaragua's top nature resort. Sitting proudly amongst the Mombacho Volcano it's surrounded by lakeside views and makes a stunning, undiscovered spot to chill. . Featuring nine private (and luxe) casitas - built entirely from timber, reclaimed from trees blown down during Hurricane Felix- there’s a wellness centre and yoga deck too. Rooms start at $440 per night.VISIT NOW
Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives
Forty four stilted villas crafted in a traditional style from natural materials jut out over the crystal clear waters at what must be on of the most romantic island resorts in the world. With outdoor showers, a no shoe policy, private butlers and sumptuous over the water sunbathing, Gili Lankanfushi Maldives is the ultimate do-before-you-die destination.
Six Senses, Zil Pasyon, Seychelles
This private island has three pristine natural beaches and a Guest Manager to look after your every whim during your stay. From the moment you are met off the Helicopter, it’s a heaven-on-earth experience with spectacular infinity pools and views.VISIT NOW
Cayo Espanto, Belize
Before you arrive at Cayo Espanto, a survey is sent to you to find out your preferrances for your stay. And that’s just the beginning- the service at this private island hotel is truly second-to-none with details like having chilled alovera for sunburn to stocked refrigerator with all your drink requests. It’s attracted international royalty and celebrities for a reason.VISIT NOW
Matangi Private Island Resort, Fiji
This privately owned 240 acre horseshoe shaped island has 9 bungalows and 3 unique tree house residences starting from $422 per night. Beautifully landscaped with paradise-esque gardens, white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and fringing coral reefs- it’s the perfect spot to get off the grid.VISIT NOW