As we ease back into travel, consider the incomparable luxury of a private island holiday for your next excursion. These properties fully embrace lavish living in unbelievable remote locales.
Moskito Island (British Virgin Islands)
5 Stars | Website | Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport
4 | Private estates to rent; Watersports; Private dining spots | 1
Devil’s Bay (The Baths) National Park; Gorda Peak National Park; Copper Mine, Virgin Gorda
Sprawled across 125 acres of lush tropical terrain and sugar-sand beaches, the private Moskito Island is a sybaritic Caribbean jewel for the jet-set crowd. Helmed by Sir Richard Branson and his company Virgin Limited Edition, the island hosts four quarters, each with infinity pools and sweeping sea views: The Oasis Estate, The Branson Estate (an 11-bedroom pad designed by the Branson family themselves), The Point Estate, and the brand-new Village Estate. The concierge team can arrange “everything under the sun” — we recommend asking them to arrange a picnic for you and your party on the island’s secluded Manchioneel beach.
Royal Davui Island (Fiji)
5 Stars | Website | Nausori International Airport
15 | 1 swimming pool; Private beach area; Beachfront | 1
Momi Battery Historical Park; Thurston Gardens; Awesome Adventures Fiji
Royal Davui Island Resort is a secluded, adults-only getaway set on the sapphire blue seas of the South Pacific. 16 private villas, each with its own plunge pool, dot the stunning landscape of this 10-acre private isle. A brand-new spa makes the resort even more appealing as a relaxation destination.
Steamboat Bay Fishing Club (Alaska)
5 Stars | Website | Ketchikan International Airport
27 | Free WiFi; Beach; Spa | 1
Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show; The Rain Barrel; Creek Street
This luxe lodge sits on the private Noyes Island, near the fertile fishing grounds of the Inside Passage. Guests can enjoy world-class angling set among the unmatched natural splendor of Southeast Alaska. Steamboat Bay Fishing Club boasts a large main lodge crafted of Sitka spruce with both azure water and verdant forest view rooms. For those seeking an even more exclusive experience, consider booking The Residence, a manor-style private guest house, perfect for groups of up to 8.
Monkey Island Estate (England)
5 Stars | Website | Heathrow Airport (LHR)
30 | Free WiFi; Fitness center; Spa | 2
Windsor Castle; Ascot Racecourse; Thorpe Park
Set on a picturesque isle along the River Thames, Monkey Island Estate has a reputation for hosting some of the world’s most illustrious monarchs, aristocrats, artists, and famed writers. Located in Bray, Berkshire, a historic village just 40 minutes outside of London, the 41-key stay melds modern and countryside design through classical stylings, from tufted couches to marble bathrooms. Guests will marvel at the estate’s Monkey Room: a historical lounge dressed in 17th-century ceiling frescos.
Islas Secas (Panama)
5 Stars | Website | Tocumen International Airport
8 | Beachfront; Spa; Swimming pool | 2
Los Cangilones de Gualaca; Islas Cavada; Isla Pargo
Emphasizing sustainable hospitality, Islas Secas offers an authentic private island experience with untouched surrounding natural beauty — and the resort intends to keep it that way. A 14-island archipelago, Islas Secas’ slew of beach bungalows sport indoor-outdoor layouts, private plunge pools, and terraces with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean. With its lush tropical terrain and swimmable ocean inlets, the hotel offers a smattering of arrangeable activities: whale-watching, nature walks, and exploring Panama’s Coiba National Park — the second-largest coral reef in the Eastern Pacific — are a few ideas to get you started.
Lizard Island Resort (Australia)
5 Stars | Website | Cairns Airport
40 | Outdoor pool; Private beach area; Free WiFi | 2
Lizard Island National Park; Cooktown Museum; Daintree Rainforest
Lizard Island Resort is a luxe resort sitting right along Australia’s famous Great Barrier Reef. Hitting the reset button at this island hideaway is effortless (the resort has no cell service). From paddleboarding to snorkeling (seriously, the Great Barrier Reef is often considered the best place to snorkel worldwide), the hotel is a capsule into the beauty of the Pacific. When it’s time to maximize relaxation, head to the resort’s Essentia Day Spa, which is nestled amongst the area’s palm trees and white-sand beaches (Try the Revival remedy which comprises a full body massage along with an organic Australian lemon myrtle body scrub).
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