A collection of my favorite Private Island getaways. Many require you to buy out the island, but many are open to you sharing the island with those of similar tastes and interests.
The view is simply sublime from Amanpulo, set on a serene private island – in fact, the name Amanpulo means “peaceful island.” Lovebirds flock here for the remoteness and the lavish yet discreet service, hallmarks of an outstanding romantic retreat. There are 18 villas and 42 casitas (beach, hillside, and treetop), each with a spacious wooden deck and lounge chairs as well as a raised Cebu marble bathtub. For the best views, ask for the Deluxe Hillside Casita with a full, expansive view of the ocean. Feeling active? The surrounding seas and fish-filled reef are a snorkeler’s and diver’s dream.
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Koh Rong Archipelago, Cambodia
One of the true “Go To” places in Southeast Asia.
Served by direct flights from Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur, the Cambodian south coast is no longer a remote destination. Spanning two untouched islands whose names, in Khmer, translate to “The Sweethearts,” Song Saa Private Island was seemingly created for romance and disconnection. Establishing a new standard for sustainable luxury in Cambodia, this intimate, all-inclusive resort comprises 24 Jungle, Ocean View, and Overwater Villas. Traditional Khmer cuisine is served in a modern style. The spa offers all-organic treatments. Try sunrise yoga or join a marine biologist on a snorkeling safari.
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Koh Krabey Island, Cambodia
40 Pool Villas
Beautiful resort with great attention to a well lived life.
An idyllic 30-acre private island is the setting for Six Senses Krabey which embraces just 40 pool villas set in a lush jungle landscape with a rocky coastline, fringed by a boardwalk that is a glorious fusion of land and water. A classic fisherman’s house is reflected in the design of the main lobby, lounge and sunset bar, while surrounding nature becomes a feature of the dining experience, inspiring decor elements that set the backdrop for contemporary Khmer dishes as well as regional and international cuisine. The expansive Six Senses Spa that sits atop the island is inspired by the sacred Khmer Kbal Spean River and offers a wide range of holistic rejuvenation including Six Senses Integrated Wellness program. Guests arrive to the resort’s mainland reception after just a 10-minute drive from Sihanouk International Airport where they embark on a short 15-minute water transfer to the island. Sihanouk International Airport offers daily domestic as well as international flights and also has the capacity to accommodate private jets and helicopter transfers.
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Whitsundays / Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The only establishment within this island National Park, there will be the occasional visitors to the park itself. The new Private House has been added for 2022.
Secluded within a national park, enriched with beautiful and diverse Australian wildlife, and bounded by private beaches, Lizard Island offers 40 private rooms and suites packaged with cuisine created from local produce and accompanied by Australian and international wines. Complimentary activities include access to your own motorized dinghy and clear-view sea kayaks, gourmet picnics, and a minibar that is restocked daily. By staying on the Great Barrier Reef, you will be able to experience the world’s best diving and snorkeling. Rejuvenate with a customized spa treatment or meditation and yoga classes surrounded by tranquility.
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Offering a nearly endless variety of private islands. Perhaps a few too many.
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page updated: July 2022