World’s Best Private Islands
While we might all dream of having our own slice of paradise, the vast majority of us Joes will never quite be able to muster up the dosh to actually purchase our very own personal island. But while we can’t offer you one for keeps, we can suggest some of the best private islands on the planet to hire for the holiday of a lifetime!
Musha Cay, Bahamas
Located in the Exuma Islands in southern Bahamas, Musha Cay is owned by none other than legendary illusionist David Copperfield. The magical island (sorry) features five luxurious homes, including a 10,000-square-foot Manor House called Highview, as well as secluded beach houses and the smaller (!) 5-bed beachside villa. Altogether, Musha can play host to a maximum of 24 Joes and Janes.
Perfect for business or pleasure, there’s at least one worker to each guest on site with 30 members of staff, including world-class chefs and concierges on call 24-hours a day. There’s plenty to do on the islands too with scuba diving, tennis courts, karaoke and even a billiards table that used to be owned by Houdini – and that’s without even mentioning the plethora of golden sandy beaches which surround this paradise.
Lying east of Thurston Point on the island of Taveuni in Fiji, Laucala Island plays host to one of the region’s most exclusive resorts. Owned by Red Bull drinks magnate Dietrich Mateschitz, the privately owned islands are the site of the Laucala Resort, which features 25 bures (traditional Fijian huts), each uniquely designed and all available for private hire.
Laucala is only accessible by private plane to just add to the experience, and the island is all about sustainability. As such, the estate rears its own livestock, grows its own fruit and vegetables, and bottles its own mineral water all for paying guests. There’s a load of activities to do on the island with all your island regulars such as scuba-diving and snorkelling, but Joes can also go horse riding on the resort’s ponies if they so wish.
Satellite Island, Tasmania
Featuring sheer cliffs, pristine ocean and wild shellfish in the ancient rock shelf that circles the island, Satellite Island in Tasmania is a truly unique destination if you’re looking for a family retreat or just an escape from the hectic city this year. Satellite Island has never before been accessible to the general public, which means it’s remained completely unspoilt over the years.
The secluded hideaway mixes beautiful native bush, pebble beaches and sunny coves, as well as native creatures like the pair of rare white breasted sea eagles who live on the Island. The whole island is yours so you can do essentially whatever you like; take a walk around the island on one of its many tracks, take kayaks out around the bay, light a fire on the beach or simply lounge on your boathouse jetty with some delicious wild oysters.
Azura Quilalea, Mozambique
While South-East Africa might not be the first region that springs to mind for a private island paradise, Azura Quilalea offers Joes the ultimate in a Robinson Crusoe-esque retreat. Located off the coast of Mozambique in the Quirimbas Archipelago, this 86-acre island features 9 seafront villas, a spa and even their very own dive centre.
As well as all the usual luxuries such as immaculate accommodation and high-end cuisine, Joes can snorkel the island’s shores, dive from the main beach, kayak the mangroves or simply relax in a hammock beneath the giant baobabs on the island.
Another one of Africa’s hidden treasures is Zambia’s Sindabezi resort. Dubbed the ‘ultimate way to explore Victoria Falls’, this island is the Zambezi River’s only private island. While it might be a bush camp, Sindabezi still oozes luxury with five open-sided cottages set on the famous waterway.
The main eco-lodge at Sindabezi looks out across the African bush, taking in the flood plains of the river and the nearby national park. Sleeping up to 10, private dining is available in a never-ending choice of venues, from a quirky picnic on an authentic dhow to your very own Sampan floating on the Zambezi river, illuminated by the Milky Way and paraffin lamps – with every course delivered by canoe.
Tagamago Island, Spain
One of Europe’s most beautiful private islands is Tagomago, located just 900m off the coast of Ibiza. Take a break from the raving on one of the best kept secrets in the Mediterranean. The island is only 600,000 square metres in size but offers plenty of space for idyllic country trekking and bird watching. There’s also plenty of opportunity for water sports and relaxing on the island’s vast beaches.
Tagomago features a sole luxury villa with 5 double bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms, spacious living and dining areas as well as a complete professional kitchen. The turquoise waters of Formentera can be reached by boat in less than 30 minutes and if you decide you need to be surrounded by other humans, Ibiza is only 5 minutes away.
Ariara Island, Philippines
Located 160 miles southwest of Manila, this private paradise might be easily accessible but that doesn’t mean it compromises on the exclusivity. Despite having 7,000 islands, this 125-acre retreat in the Palawan region is undoubtedly one of the most stunning the Philippines has to offer. With fishing and fine-dining, relaxation is the order of the day at Ariara, but water sports are naturally loved around here too.
The resort itself features beach cottages and jungle villas, each with a large bedroom, a walk-in wardrobe and enormous marble bathrooms with either a wooden bath or a marble bath hand carved from a block of Romblon marble. The cottages are surrounded on two sides by wide verandas with cooling ceiling fans which provide ample room to relax and enjoy the view with comfortable seating, hammocks and a breakfast table.
Cousine Island, Seychelles
Cousine Island in the Seychelles is probably what most of us think of when we think of a private island paradise; sea, weather, luxury and natural beauty. Consisting of a 4-bedroom Presidential Suit as well as 4 other French Colonial style villas, the 62-acre island offers relaxation with spas, pool and beaches, as well as featuring some of the best wildlife you’ll ever find at an island retreat.
100% dedicated to the preservation of the Seychelles environment, Cousine plays home to more than 7 land birds and 9 breeding seabirds, as well as indigenous fruit trees and vegetable plants that are used as a food source for the island’s guests. Not only that, the Hawksbill Turtle regularly comes ashore to nest on the island’s stunning beaches. Unsurprisingly, Cousine Island is one of the world’s most expen