The siren call for privacy is getting more and more appreciated. Today all of us can enjoy a wide range of destinations that remain off the radar for most tourists. But the temptation of renting a private island may just be the most exclusive, most personal, and most private experience out there. Below we compiled a list of the top private islands from all over the world to gain utter seclusion.
Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
Necker Island, Sir Richard Branson’s private island paradise in the British Virgin Islands, a stunning area of the Caribbean. At 74 acres, Necker island is surrounded by turquoise waters, coral reefs, and amazing white sandy beaches.
The island can be rented exclusively for groups of up to 40 people, or you can simply rent a room as a couple, individual, or family for a 7-night stay during selected weeks throughout the year. You can keep active with a multitude of activities: kite surfing, water-skiing and wakeboarding, sailing, paddleboarding, kayaking, sub wing, snorkelling, and scuba diving. You will also see a stunning array of wildlife on Necker Island, from lemurs and flamingos to giant tortoises and iguanas.
Musha Cay, Bahamas
Owned by legendary illusionist David Copperfield, this private tropical gem is available for exclusive rental only, offering unique experiences for up to 24 guests. There are 11 islands with 40 secluded sand beaches, five spectacular guest houses, and a private airstrip.
The amenities to make your vacation unforgettable include open-air oceanfront dining, cozy beachfront gazebo, bar, heated pool, legendary 2-mile sandbar, beachfront air-conditioned gym with state-of-the-art equipment, lighted championship tennis court, volleyball and badminton court, Houdini’s personal championship billiard table, jogging paths with scenic caves and adventure trails lined with rare flowers.
The numerous activities you can try include paddleboarding, yoga, snorkeling, fishing, water trampoline jumping, island touring, cave exploring, football, wiffle ball, frisbee, crocket, and ping pong. David Copperfield has added exceptional guest entertainment features: the Musha Olympic Games, MushaFit workouts, a giant outdoor movie theater, karaoke, treasure hunt, and a spectacular fireworks display.
Thanda Island, Tanzania
Thanda Island is an exclusive luxury private island off the coast of Tanzania. It offers its own private marine reserve and accommodation for up to 18 people. Thanda Island is a beautiful island with a single luxurious villa and two traditional Bandas (beach chalets) in the Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Tanzania.
The island invites you to enjoy simple, exquisite pleasures – strolling along your own private 1100 m beach or exploring the 5.5 hectares, swimming with whale sharks, and watching sea turtles nesting. To enhance your wellness you can participate in yoga and meditation sessions in the beautiful outdoor sala overlooking the ocean, and have an exceptional spa experience. You’ll have a superb choice of water and marine activities, including scuba diving and snorkeling, big game fishing, exploring the ocean in a catamaran or cruiser, playing tennis and volleyball, working out in the gym, walking and jogging on the beach, and, naturally, dancing in the moonlight under African skies.
Isla Tagomago, Ibiza
Tagomago is a 600,000 sqm (148-acre) private island – the ideal destination for guests looking for absolute privacy with state-of-the-art luxury alongside all the glamorous buzz of Ibiza. Tagomago is one of the best privately owned islands in the Mediterranean. The location is just perfect as it is just a few minutes by boat from the playground of Ibiza, with its sandy beaches, fine-dining, and world-famous nightlife.
Surrounded by deep blue water, Tagomago is ideally placed for enjoying all kinds of water-sports. The island has its own private jetty and mooring, two boats available for your use, along with jet skis, sailing cruises, and boating courses, which can be organized on request. The seas around this private island make Tagomago a perfect choice for water-sports or for exploring the island’s coastline by boat or by a stand-up paddleboard. It’s the best way of discovering Tagomago’s little bays or getting closer to the island’s wildlife.
Laucala Island, Fiji
A private island getaway in the South Pacific, Laucala unites picturesque rainforest landscapes and white sandy beaches with unparalleled levels of luxury and privacy. A private island covering 12 square kilometers offers dramatic landscape extremes: volcanic mountains covered in tropical rainforest and picturesque beaches, untouched mangroves, and coral reefs brimming with marine life.
Laucala’s 25 villas, all glamorous versions of traditional Fijian dwellings, each offer unparalleled individuality, and privacy in contrasting locations around the northern coast of the island. Laucala’s diversions range from relaxing to adventurous. A wide variety of watersports introduce guests to Fiji’s azure oceans, while rainforest walking tours, golf, farm visits, and horseback riding are exhilarating ways to explore the island. A fully-equipped fitness centre is complemented by yoga sessions and extensive spa facilities, with body and beauty therapies available in-villa or in one of the four Spa Villas.
The Brando, French Polynesia
The Brando is a unique luxury resort on French Polynesia’s breathtakingly beautiful private island of Tetiaroa – an atoll composed of a dozen small islands surrounding a sparkling lagoon 30 miles northeast of Tahiti. The Brando offers carefree luxury in the midst of pristine nature. The resort features 35 villas on white-sand beaches populated by sea turtles, manta rays, and exotic birds. It was designed to reflect Polynesian lifestyles and culture.
At The Brando, you will find an abundance of activities from cycling, snorkeling, and bird watching to diving and paddleboarding. Put on a snorkeling mask and witness underwater life, encountering numerous marine inhabitants such as sea turtles, rays, reef sharks, and a dazzling array of tropical fish. Or you can explore the spectacular lagoon by Polynesian outrigger canoe, kayak, or paddleboard. Or simply swim at Mermaid Bay or relax on the beach or by the pool.
Fregate Island, Seychelles
Fregate Island Private is one of the world’s most lavish luxury private islands. The easternmost of the Seychelles Inner Islands, it boasts a dazzling array of activities and facilities. There are 11 km of trails crisscrossing the island, which you can walk, mountain bike, or explore by golf buggy. Fregate Island is home to many rare and exotic species. Guests are always invited to participate in the conservation projects; observing free-roaming giant tortoises and exotic birds, assisting turtle hatchlings, and cultivating sea coral.
There is a wealth of marine wildlife around Fregate Island. Exotic fish, coral reefs, and crustaceans make your excursion a voyage of discovery. Whales, dolphins, and giant mantas make occasional visits to Fregate Island’s deeper waters. In the shallows by the beaches, large shoals of fish are easily visible, bringing colour and wonder.
Ariara Island, Philippines
The private island of Ariara in the Philippine archipelago can be exclusively yours; 125 acres of untouched nature ringed by pristine sand beaches with luxurious accommodation and five-star facilities. The island is available for short and long term rentals of up to a year.
There are many activities available, including jet-skiing, kayaking, Hobie Cat sailing, water skiing and wakeboarding, snorkeling, scuba diving, paddle boarding, sub-winging, windsurfing and kite surfing, and fishing.
There are land-based sports and games such as beach volleyball or boules. A hike to the top of the mountain or around the island will reward you with fabulous views. You can also visit 16th Century Spanish fortifications, caves with glistening crystalline stalactites and stalagmites, Filipino fishing villages, and tribal communities. Longer trips can take you to hidden emerald green lakes and turquoise blue lagoons surrounded by limestone karst rock formations, or dive sites above the wrecks of huge WWII naval ships.
Velaa Private Island, the Maldives
Velaa is one of the best tropical private islands where you can rest in harmony with the environment and the tranquil Maldivian way of life. You can set off for big game fishing or snorkelling around an untouched reef, experience an authentic boat cruise, or enjoy a lavish lunch on a deserted island followed by dolphins watching at sunset. Sports and fitness facilities include a tennis court, a squash court, a climbing wall, a state of the art ‘Technogym’ and even a football pitch. Personal yoga and meditation sessions are held in the yoga pavilion, a private garden, or on the beach.
Voavah Island, the Maldives
Voavah is a truly private island expertly managed by the Four Seasons brand. It can host up to 22 guests. There are seven bedrooms, a 5-star dive centre, white-powder beach, vibrant jungles, extreme water sports, pools, and a spa. Your own 2-hectare (5-acre) playground and party hideout, 19-metre (62-foot) luxury yacht, and UNESCO ocean territory. You can keep active with numerous water sports on offer, such as kitesurfing, kayaking, sailing, jet-skiing, and fishing. Discover extraordinary marine life, explore boat wrecks, and swim alongside sharks, dolphins, turtles, and manta rays. The resort offers bespoke beauty and wellness treatments, as well as yoga, spa, meditation, and acupuncture.