8 Private Islands And Retreats In Asia That You Can Rent
Travel restrictions may still be in place, but that hasn't stopped us from thinking about our next getaway. After so many months of zero travel, we're dreaming of pristine waters, white sand beaches and our very own slice of luxury.
Feel the same way? To experience the very best, these private islands and hotels allow you to book out their entire resorts for you to enjoy all for yourself – along with a selection of your closest friends, naturally.
From Indonesia to The Philippines, here's where you can experience an ultra luxe and exclusive stay in Asia.
1/8 Amanwana, Indonesia
Situated on Moyo Island, just 90-minutes from Bali, Amanwana is a stunning natural retreat. Spanning more than 32,000 hectares of protected jungle, the resort offers incredible vistas of the turquoise, coral-rich Flores Sea. Set in between the jungle and the shore, Amanwan features 12 luxury guest tents suites – pairing a wilderness experience with modern luxury.
The entire island can be privately booked for the ultimate secluded retreat. Spend your days discovering the abundance of aquatic life on the picturesque dive sites, enjoying sunset cruises, snorkelling adventures, or even exploring the cascading waterfalls and hidden caves of the island. When it comes to relaxation, the Jungle Cove Spa offers a full menu of Aman signature experiences to help you unwind.
Discover more at aman.com
2/8 Ariara, The Philippines
Ariara is all about low-impact luxury – promising guests a glimpse of the Philippines as it was before tourism descended on the islands. Boasting 125-acres of pristine beach and forest, guests can choose to stay in tropical beach cottages or in elevated jungle villas. With the exception of local fishermen bringing in the catch of the day, the surrounding sea is yours and yours alone to explore by jet ski, snorkel, scuba, or on Ariara's restored 100-foot trimaran.
The fully-staffed private island can be exclusively yours, catering to up to 18 guests, with every experience tailored to meet your needs from. No request is too great – from on-site yoga, to making sure that your favourite wine or champagne is on site before you arrive, the staff will have you covered.
Discover more at ariaraisland.com
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3/8 Banwa Private Island, The Philippines
Located in North-eastern Palawan in the Sulu Sea, Banwa Private Island is set on six hectares of lush, verdant landscape and pristine white sand beaches. Promising untouched nature at its very best, the island sits in the heart of a marine protected area, home to the critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle, the Dugong and numerous other rare and endangered species. For water lovers, the nearby Tubbataha Reef is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s top 10 dive sites. Activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing and more are on offer for all experience levels.
The island’s villas have been designed to immerse guests in natural beauty, with luxury in mind. Floor to ceiling windows offer stunning views of the pool, beach and garden terrace, all with the utmost privacy. As your own island hideaway, all six villas can be exclusively booked for the ultimate tranquil escape.
Discover more at banwaprivateisland.com
4/8 Brother Island, The Philippines
Accepting only private bookings, Brother Island will be nothing but yours during your stay. The exclusive private island is located just a stones throw from the popular destination of El Nido, but promises to offer an experience that’s worlds away from the tourist hotspot.
The friendly staff can cater to your every need, including bespoke bookings for both weddings and yoga retreats. Packages include a private chef that will cook traditional Filipino fare with locally grown produce. Kayaking and snorkelling gear can be rented, and guests can opt to book island hopping tours of the neighbouring picturesque bays and islands to further enhance their stay.
Discover more at brotherisland.ph
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5/8 Mandapa, a Ritz Carlton Reserve, Indonesia
Set along Ubud’s Ayung River and surrounded by verdant rice paddies and rolling hills, Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve introduces hotel guests to another side of Bali. The five-star secluded retreat promises to relax one's mind, body, and soul, all while guests are immersed in the natural beauty and Balinese culture.
Though not set on its own island, the entire Mandapa Reserve can still be exclusively yours, with guests being treated to luxurious amenities, personalised service and a combination of authentic Indonesian and Mediterranean cuisine during their stay. The Ubud resort not only features 35 suites and 25 private pool villas, but also offers a range of activities and experiences, with everything from exploring hidden temples, catching the sunrise from atop Mount Batur, or driving a vintage VW convertible from village to village on offer.
Discover more at ritzcarlton.com
6/8 NoaNoa Island, The Philippines
Book out NoaNoa Island in The Philippines and enjoy your own slice of private luxury. Set on a remote private island, the hotel is situated amidst a lush jungle ecosystem and overlooks a spectacular coral reef. Keen divers can snorkel straight off the beach and reach the reef within four metres for a truly unique underwater excursion. Activities such as kayaking, snorkelling and glass bottom boats are all available, with island-hopping tours to other Palawan islands also on offer.
Designed with sustainability in mind, and dedicated to protecting the reef it sits on, the hotel's eco operation makes use of solar power and organic and local produce – even going so far to offer its own reef-safe sunscreen to all guests. The island's local and friendly staff can cater for up to 12 guests at one time.
Choose to arrive in style and book a seaplane or helicopter to transport you straight to the island from Manilla.
Discover more at noanoaisland.com
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7/8 Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia
Set away from the tourist hub of Sihanoukville – just a 25-minute drive and 40-minute boat ride away – is Song Saa Private Island, the ultimate destination when it comes to exclusive luxury. The stunning eco-resort is set on the Koh Rong Islands and was created with sustainability in mind, featuring a range of luxe ocean view jungle villas.
For a true taste of privacy, the resort can be booked for private events, including weddings and bespoke corporate gatherings. Promising to go above and beyond to make your stay as memorable as can be, a host of adventures and activities are available to enhance your private island experience, along with a range of sumptuous global and local cuisines. It’s barefoot luxury at its very best.
Discover more at songsaa.com
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8/8 Pulau Pangkil Private Island Resort, Indonesia
Pulau Pangkil is an exclusive tropical island resort located off the South Eastern corner of Bintan Island, Indonesia. The private island paradise describes itself as “Survivor with maids and butlers”, with its driftwood palaces serving as the luxury accommodation on the island, and more than 20 staff on hand to offer the very best personalised service.
Perfect for a relaxing break, the island has ample hammocks for you to take in the scenery at your own pace. For those looking for more of an adventure, sailing, kayaking, fishing and snorkelling trips can all be arranged.
Discover more at pangkil.com
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