10 Private Island Retreats You Can Rent
1/10 Tagomago, Ibiza, Spain
It’s hard to believe that Tagomago, a private island that’s home to a sprawling five-bedroom luxury villa, is just an easy 30-minute boat ride from Ibiza. Being the only mansion on the secluded Mediterranean island, it’s perfect for parties or simply a private getaway.
Enjoy watersports nearby or, if you feel like cruising the turquoise waters of Formentera, a private yacht is available for charter. Head back in time to watch the sunset from the Jacuzzi and watch the villa light up under the stars.
Fun fact—Justin Bieber and Cristiano Ronaldo have both stayed at Tagomago, and Real Madrid player Gareth Bale proposed to his now-fiancee Emma Rhys Jones at this lush hideaway.
Find out more on tagomago-island.com
2/10 Gladden Private Island, Belize
No neighbours, no noise—on Gladden Private Island there is nothing but you, your loved one(s), a luxurious contemporary 3,000-square-foot villa and spectacular views. Located 20 miles off the coast of Placencia, Belize, Gladden is the furthest island from the mainland and closest to the protected side of the reef where the water is calmer and clearer than you'll find anywhere else.
A dedicated team of staff, who stay on a nearby island behind Gladden, are on call 24/7 to ensure every comfort and craving is met. Meals can be served poolside, on the roof terrace, or directly on the beach and feature organic produce grown in Gladdens Garden, as well as fresh fish caught from surrounding waters.
Find out more on gladdenprivateisland.com
3/10 Petit St Vincent, Grenadine Islands
If you’re looking to completely shut off from the world around you, it’s time to book Petit St Vincent–one of the top resorts in the Caribbean.
The charming private island is free from telephones, Wi-Fi and television to ensure that you make the most of your stay, whether that’s indulging in the Balinese-run luxury spa, finding Zen on one of two dedicated yoga pavilions, taking part in various watersports or chartering a boat to explore the nearby Tobago Cays marine reserve.
Its 22 stunning open-plan one- or two-bedroom villas can be rented individually, or hire the entire island for an unforgettable experience with family and friends.
Find out more on petitstvincent.com
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4/10 Ariara, Philippines
Named "the best private island" by Time Magazine, Ariara is all about low-impact luxury. Boasting acres of pristine beach and forest, guests can choose to stay in tropical beach cottages—complete with a hammock on the front verandah for mid-afternoon siestas—or elevated jungle villas.
With the exception of local fishermen bringing the catch of the day, the surrounding sea is yours and yours alone to explore by jetski, snorkel, scuba or Ariara's restored 100ft trimaran.
The fully-staffed island caters to up to 18 guests, and every experience can be tailored to meet your needs from customised menus to on-site yoga, to making sure that your favourite wine or champagne is on site before you arrive.
Find out more on ariaraisland.com
5/10 Royal Island, Belize
Royal Island in Belize is one of the most revered destinations in the Caribbean and strikes a perfect balance between a private island paradise and the comforts of home, including custom-designed menus, which you can plan with the island’s chef from the minute you book your stay.
Limited to 14 guests, its five plush villas offer the ultimate in modern comforts including air conditioning, luxurious linens, full shower and bath, Wi-Fi, a fully stocked private bar and coffee machine.
Relax and do nothing at all, or take part in island activities such as snorkelling, kayaking, fishing, yoga and more.
Find out more on royalbelize.com
6/10 Dolphin Island, Fiji
This tropical-chic hideaway, designed by stylist Virginia Fisher, offers one of the most exclusive luxury private island experiences to a maximum of eight guests.
Dolphin Island is anchored by a main "bure"—a traditional Fijian structure that serves as a common entertaining area for al fresco dining, cocktails and general lounging about—surrounded by four private villas, with 13 acres of pristine beach and lush gardens to serve as your playground during your stay.
Find out more on dolphinislandfiji.com
7/10 North Island, Seychelles
North Island's 11 generously sized villas blend rustic, sinuous forms with sophisticated design elements, and are strategically placed around the island for utmost privacy and seclusion.
The beach, water and surrounding nature are second to none—thanks in large part to its Noah's Ark conservation programme, which has worked tirelessly to rehabilitate and preserve this Seychelles paradise.
Find out more on north-island.com
8/10 Coco Privé, Maldives
Coco Privé leaves no stone unturned when it comes to providing its guests with the ultimate private island experience. From the luxury yacht transfer to and from the island to a dedicated team of around the clock staff, your own private chef and "cocktails and beverages forever" according to its website.
The spectacular property comprises a master residence and five spacious guest villas, a 40-metre infinity pool, indoor and outdoor gym areas, a sauna, wine cellar, library and more. Basically, you would never have to leave—and why would you want to?
Find out more on cocoprive.com
9/10 andBeyond Mnemba Island, Tanzania
After a 90-minute drive from Stone Town, Zanzibar through spice plantations, a quick boat ride brings you to the idyllic shores of Mnemba Island where 11 lush, earthy villas can house up to 20 guests.
Baskets of fresh fruit, fish, lobsters, crabs and prawns sail into Mnemba daily on traditional ngalawa outriggers for chefs to prepare sumptuous meals, which can be enjoyed in your villa, in cosy thatched dining areas or in a romantic candlelit setting on the beach.
The surrounding Mnemba atoll is a dream come true for snorkellers and divers. Don't know how to dive? Learn how to at the island's PADI dive school.
Find out more on andbeyond.com
10/10 Royal Davui, Fiji
With just 16 private villas, Royal Davui is a private island haven that offers its guests the best of both worlds—premium service and personal care that one would expect from only the finest five-star resorts, but with the privacy and freedom of a secluded adults-only tropical oasis.
Luxurious experiences—such as a romantic champagne breakfast on a deserted sandbar, a private picnic on the beach or an in-room massage treatment—can be arranged on request.
Find out more on royaldavuifiji.com
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