Best Private Island Resorts in the World
Private island is the epitome of luxury travel. Secluded, peaceful, luxurious and locations that are off limits to others. Discover some of the most luxurious and exclusive private islands in the world.
Cempedak is a 17-hectare private island 9km off the east coast of Bintan, Indonesia. Surrounded by unspoilt islands it is one of only a handful of private islands along this beautiful coast making it most private island in the world. Cempedak is ringed with white sandy beaches and studded with magnificent white granite boulders. Rising to a height of 40m, the island boasts a rainforest that provides sanctuary to a diverse population of local birds including hornbills, eagles and kingfishers.
The architecture is dramatic and unique. Bamboo has been used throughout and in ways not seen before. Crescent-shaped curved roofs made from a local grass provide a natural symmetry to the environment and at the same time protection from the elements. With private plunge pools in each villa, huge decks, the guest accommodation is very private and very spacious. This is “simple barefoot luxury” in a sublime natural setting.
More info visit: www.cempedak.com
2Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
Necker Island, more popular known as Sir Richard Branson’s private island paradise. This is barefoot luxury in a setting that’s just about as exclusive as it gets. Located in the Caribbean in the beautiful and unspoiled British Virgin Islands. It all started back in 1978 when Sir Richard Branson first visited Necker Island and envisioned it one of the most private and exclusive islands in the world – and his vision has certainly come to fruition.
Necker Island features 12 spacious al fresco Balinese house scattered throughout the island. All the houses boast amazing panoramic views of the Caribbean, the Atlantic and neighbouring islands complete with private outdoor hot tub and sundeck.
Perched at the island’s highest point, is the Great House. This is where people come together, to dine, party or just relax. The house has a wraparound terrace with hammocks and sofas, and this being Necker Island, naturally you can expect a fully stocked bar. Up on the roof you’ll find a cosy four-person hot tub that is perfect for sipping champagne as you watch the sun set.
And located just across the crystalline blue waters is Richard Branson’s Moskito Private Island which has recently unveiled 2 new over the top villas.
More info visit: www.virginlimitededition.com
3The 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 is one of the most private island in the world with offers carefree luxury in the midst of pristine nature. Access to the island is by private plane, the resort features 35 secluded villas with private pools on white-sand beaches frequented by sea turtles, manta rays and exotic birds.
Every villa is on a white sand beach, has its own outdoor eating and private beach area, its own plunge pool, soft, cozy furnishings, large windows that let you savor the views. The Brando is arguably one of the best private island resorts, with 2 two restaurants showcasing Polynesian-inspired dishes, spa surrounded by serene lily-covered pond, an organic garden where fruits and vegetables for the resort’s restaurants are grown, lagoon view bar in the canopy of the palm trees, beach bar near a large infinity pool, tennis court, library and so much more. To top it off sustainability is at the core of it all.
The island is surrounded by spectacular coral, stunning lagoons, and a variety of wildlife. On any given day you may see whales migrating, dolphins playing, or sea turtles nesting. The resort prioritizes protecting the local wildlife as well as Polynesian history and culture. Enjoy Polynesian-inspired dishes and accommodations while learning about the Tahitian royalty that also used to frequent the island. Read more here.
More info visit: www.thebrando.com
Located in the Cuyo Archipelago of northern Palawan in the Philippines, Amanpulo is the ultimate back to nature experience. white sand beaches, pristine reefs, mesmerizing water, deserted coves, and jungle lookouts are a nature-enthusiast’s dream.
Set in the natural seclusion of Pamalican Island’s idyllic landscape, Amanpulo’s Casitas and Villas are serenely set on the beachfront or ensconced within the forest canopy. Amanpulo’s Casitas offer luxury accommodation with direct beach access via sandy footpaths, magnificent views of the turquoise sea from the hillside, or seclusion within the forest canopy. Broad wooden decks, hammocks in secluded bowers and pebble-washed walls are just some of the traditional Palawan Island elements included.
Amanpulo’s Villas are designed for seamless indoor-to-outdoor living, each one is arranged around an expansive swimming pool with outdoor lounging and dining areas. All villas are staffed by a private chef and butler, and club cars invite independent exploration of the island. This tropical paradise is also lapped by calm clear seas making it ideal for water sports including kite surfers, diving, a fishing expedition or sailing lesson. It is also able to accommodate 120 guests making it ideal for exclusive events and weddings.
More info visit: www.aman.com
5Laucala Island, Fiji
Surrounded by Fiji’s dramatic landscapes and striking blue water, Laucala private island is set amid lush rainforest, volcanic mountains, white sandy beaches, and stunning mangroves and coral reefs. One of most private islands in the world, Laucala features 25 traditional Fijian villas all located around the northern coast of the island.
There is a villa for everyone on this private island with 11 Plantation villas are set amid a coconut grove beside a private beach; 4 Plateau villas perch atop Nawi Mountain at the heart of the island, ringed by rainforest and offering unbroken views of the sea, 7 seven Seagrass villas line a powder-white beach; the Peninsula villa hugs a cliff and crescent-shaped beach; the Overwater villa is set above an emerald-green lagoon; and the Hilltop Estate sits at one of the island’s highest points, commanding views of the Fijian archipelago. Regardless of their location, each villa come with an infinity-edge pool lit by Tikki torches come dusk and constructed using natural materials.
This tropical paradise is also home to rare wildlife, coconut plantations, and organic farms that sustainably produces the greens, meats, spices, and herbs for the resort. Laucala’s Cultural village is a highlight of the island, showcasing and preserving one of the last traditional villages left on the island. It also offers an opportunity to take part in kava ceremony, listen to traditional music, or participate in Fijian arts for an invaluable look into true Fijian life.
More info visit: www.laucala.com
6COMO Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos
Rich in hidden coves, pristine beaches and reefs, and world-class cuisine, COMO Parrot Cay is 1,000 unspoiled acres of luxury. The rooms, suites, and villas are a tranquil retreat, equipped with private pools and twenty-four-hour services from acclaimed butlers. In addition to a wealth of land and sea activities, COMO delivers world-class culinary experiences. The poolside Lotus restaurant serves Caribbean-inspired dishes during the day and Asian at night. The Terrace restaurant specializes in modern Mediterranean. For an exclusive experience, have a romantic meal on the beachside or have a chef serve you in your villa.
More info visit: www.comohotels.com
For over 50 years renowned Australian property developer Lang Walker AO has lived and breathed this place. Now, together with his family, Lang has brought to life his vision to create ‘an island paradise unlike any other’. Kokomo Private Island Fiji is a place with just as much emphasis on the natural beauty of the landscape as there is on the resort. It’s a serenity filled space, famous for its affable and welcoming Fijian hospitality.
The private villas are the epitome of privacy, luxury and space, each of the 21 exclusive Villas include their own private pool, tropical walled garden, ocean view and direct beach access. Each villa boasts a unique marriage of contemporary design practices and traditional Fijian nuances, alongside elegant stonework, and artwork by renowned artist Chris Kenyon.
Kokomo Private Island is the ultimate embodiment of luxury and beauty. The alluring backdrop the Great Astrolabe Reef is your chance to experience unparalleled magnificence of the local marine life. This tropical paradise has every land adventure and water activity covered. Adventurous travelers can kayak at sunrise, deep-sea fish, or hike a nearby island for views of a hidden waterfall. For a more tranquil trip, enjoy the secluded, pristine beach or choose a treatment at the Yaukuve Spa Sanctuary.
It doesn’t end there Kokomo Private Island is a also a lavish charter destination that is a must for superyachts sailing through the South Pacific. Guests have the choice of arriving or departing via superyacht, or anchoring their vessel off Kokomo Private Island.
More info visit: www.kokomoislandfiji.com
8Islas Secas, Panama
Immerse yourself in nature at one of the most private islands in the world. Islas Secas the creation of conservationist Louis Bacon in Panama is located almost 20 miles from civilisation. Experience natural beauty of Panama’s wild Pacific Coast without sacrificing on any luxuries. Book the entire private 14-island archipelago for you and your family and friends, with Islas Secas offering this idyll escape for 24 guests. Stay is what is known as ‘Casitas’ that offer your own private sanctuary of modern comfort and barefoot luxury. The Casitas are nestled in tropical gardens with astounding views, with your own private plunge pool under a thatch-roof bohio, outdoor dining area and shower, giving you privacy and intimacy at all times of the day and night.
The focus point of the resort, is the Terraza which is an ideal spot to hang out at any time of the day. Grab some afternoon downtime on a hammock in the shade of the gardens, enjoy the outdoor cinema or a game of beach Scrabble. The beachside lounge overlooks the bay and is a natural meeting point for cocktails before dinner while the adjacent gardens are the atmospheric setting for regular movie nights under the stars.
Islas Secas is an idyllic base from which to undertake marine safari. Explore the island by foot or access the endless ocean wilderness on a boat, there are countless activities and adventures from which to choose. With 75% of the archipelago left undeveloped and a property that is 100% powered by natural energy, Islas Secas is a model for sustainable tourism.
More info visit: www.islassecas.com
9North Island, Seychelles
Set at the far north of an Indian Ocean archipelago, North Island is a remote tropical paradise that offers the ultimate luxury escape and consummate privacy. One of the most private island in the world, it is a haven if you are looking for bespoke, personalised experiences that evoke total relaxation and restoration. Featuring just 11 individually handcrafted villas that sit surrounded by granite peaks, white sands and turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
Immerse yourself in the unrivaled island experience, think of it as your home away from home where the only evidence will be your footprints on the untouched beaches. The complete privacy allows for extraordinary experiences at this barefoot luxury private island, including, kayaking, scuba diving and stand up paddling. Activities, lessons and guided excursions will all be included as part of your completely customised experience.
More info visit: www.north-island.com
10&Beyond, Mnemba Island Zanzibar
Located off the north-eastern tip of Zanzibar is a romantic hideaway, Mnemba Island is a private island featuring 12 rustically chic beachside bandas, for just 24 guests, connected to the breathtaking Mnemba atoll. Unwind on your own stretch of beachfront, where simple yet luxurious bandas peep out onto unblemished sands from the dappled shade of the casuarina pine forest. Thatched dining and sitting or bar areas boast beautiful open views of the beach and spectacular vistas of Zanzibar beyond.
Late breakfast trays teeming with tropical fruit, freshly-squeezed juice and Tanzanian coffee can be delivered to the beach banda for those wanting to indulge in a lie-in. Fresh sushi and chilled champagne can appear discreetly at your beach loungers should you wish to celebrate the magnificent sunset in privacy. Romantic candlelit dinners are served on the beach, with the waves lapping gently at guests’ feet. Allow yourself to relax and take a break with yoga and massages in the tranquil retreat of your banda.
&Beyond is on a mission to provide travel experiences that share the unique cultures who inhabit natural environments that need preservation. Experience the unimaginable beauty of the local marine life with world-class snorkeling and diving. As a significant breeding site for sea turtles, track the footprints of the turtles at night and learn how the resort’s conservation team works to protect the nests. The island itself is remote, making it one of the most private islands in the world.
More info visit: www.andbeyond.com
11Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia
Nestled in Cambodia’s Koh Rong Archipelago, Song Saa Private Island is the ultimate tropical getaway. Wooden, over water villas reflect the natural beauty of the island while indulging guests in simple luxuries. In addition to world class amenities and stunning views, Song Saa is deeply committed to sustainable services. In fact, the Song Saa Foundation is a leading non-profit organization established to protect the people, land, and sea surrounding the Koh Rong Archipelago. From rebuilding the reefs, promoting local designs, or launching education programs, Song Saa is delivering ethical, sustainable barefoot luxury.
Song Saa Private island lets you be as active or as inert as you like. Idle on the pristine sands or take off on a diving adventure. Take a sunset cruise across dazzling seas or explore our rainforest trails and see the native plants and wildlife the prive island has to offer. At night, enjoy a quiet dinner for two, then retreat to your villa terrace, clinking glasses under the constellations.
More info visit: www.songsaa-privateisland.com
12Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
Aman Sveti Stefan is one of Montenegro’s most beautiful private island resort. This luxurious Aman resort is located on Montenegro’s Budvanska Riviera surrounded by stunning coastal scenery. A unique resort-village type private island, the cultural history and pristine coastline line of Sveti Sven make it one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
Aman is world-renowned for its luxurious minimalist designs and this is evident all around the Sveti Stefan Island. Boasts 50 individually unique seafront chic cottages that are carefully restored from old-stone buildings from the medieval age and have rustic touches like exposed beams. The quaint island is surrounded by stone walkways and lush trees that allow guests to live like locals.
There are three private pools on the island including one that is cliffside and offers picturesque views. On the island, you will also find a restaurant called Avra that rests on a two-tiered terrace. Adjacent to the restaurant is the Rajika Bar and is the perfect place to watch the sunset. There is also another restaurant on the island called The Piazza which acts as a social hub for the island.
More info visit: www.aman.com