Go on the ultimate escape by holidaying on a private island. Get your much needed digital detox and reconnect with Mother Nature and your loved ones. We list our top private islands that offer peace and privacy in pristine waters and powdery white sand beaches. These private islands allow you to get away from all the stress and indulge in paradise
1. Velaa Private Island
Noonu Atoll, the Maldives
Located in Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, Velaa Private Island is an exceptional luxury retreat where guests are treated like royalty. With 45 private villas and residences, you can choose from either beach or overwater villas, all with private pools. Head to the Clarins spa for deep relaxation and rediscover your inner peace and spiritual wellbeing with personalized experiences and a wide range of Asian-inspired therapies, including Ayurveda, yoga and meditation.
2. The Brando
Tetiaora Island, French Polynesia
The Brando is a unique luxury resort on French Polynesia’s beautiful private island of Tetiaroa – an atoll composed of small islands surrounding a sparkling lagoon 30 miles northeast of Tahiti. Guests are greeted with carefree luxury in the midst of pristine nature. The resort features 35 villas that are modern, sleek and minimalistic, sitting on white-sand beaches, designed to reflect Polynesian lifestyles and culture. The villas are complete with media rooms, plunge pools and direct beach access.
3. Denis Private Island
Denis Private Island is a tropical hideaway where you can enjoy barefoot luxury of island living. This island is the perfect place for a digital detox since there is no internet, no signal for your mobile phone and no cable television. You’ll discover a forgotten mode of luxury: one of real food and real people, immersed in nature on one of the most secluded islands in the world.
Pamalican Island, The Philippines
A private island fringed by white sands beaches, Amanpulo is accessible only by private plane and is around an hour away from Manila. The island feels a world away from anywhere, blissfully marooned in the middle of the Sulu Sea. Amanpulo offers Robinson Crusoe luxury, with crystal-clear waters, pristine diving and endless water sports, giving you a chance to get away from it all and recharge by the beach.
5. Bawah Reserve
Bawah Reserve offers 35 luxury suites, including its exclusive overwater bungalows. Surrounded by clear turquoise waters, blue lagoons and coral reefs, this pristine and previously uninhabited marine conservation area is perfect for adventurers with an appetite for indulgence and paradise seekers looking for relaxation. Experience kayaking, snorkeling, sailing, treks through the tropical forest, local cuisine through cooking classes, dining on private beaches and much more. Bawah Reserve offers the true meaning of sustainable luxury.
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6. North Island
Experience a true barefoot-luxury escape on North Island. This beautiful island only has 22 hand-crafted villas overlooking the pristine, powdery white beaches and turquoise waters of the Ile Du Nord eco-reserve in the Seychelles. North Island is perfect for those looking for complete privacy, extraordinary experiences that are perfectly personalized to your preferences, and service that is generously big-hearted. Unwind at the Spa on North Island, which uses Subtle Energies, a range of results-based aromatherapy, natural skincare and wellness solutions founded on authentic Ayurveda principles.
7. Laucala Island
Laucala Island’s 25 traditional Fijian villas offer unparalleled exclusivity and privacy in dramatic, and very different, locations around the northern coast of the island. It is set amidst breathtaking natural beauty with coconut plantations, sand beaches and rich green mountains. The villas come with a buggy for guests to freely explore the resort at their leisure.
8. COMO Parrot Cay
Turks and Caicos
An award-winning luxury resort, COMO Parrot Cay is set on its own private island with 1,000 unspoilt acres and mile-long white sand beaches. This island getaway delivers foot-in-the-sand luxury with COMO’s top-notch service, holistic therapies, yoga, diving and world-class cuisine. All rooms and suites have soothing interiors, and its villas have their own private pools, direct beach access and 24-hour butler service.
9. Voavah Private Island
Voavah Private Island is the first Four Seasons private island, which was launched in late 2016. It is also the world’s first exclusive-use UNESCO hideaway. Discover the beautiful UNESCO Biosphere Reserve by embarking on Voavah Summer, a 19-metre private luxury yacht with a sleek exterior and handcrafted, two-cabin interior. Swim with reef sharks, dive with manta rays or float west into blissful oblivion as the sun sets over the Baa Atoll.
10. Niyama Private Islands
Niyama Private Islands is a sophisticated oasis with contemporary flair situated on twin islands in the midst of the Indian Ocean. The two islands – Play and Chill – offer a very private setting for intimate, one-of-a-kind experiences. At Play, guests can frolic in the treetop and gaze into the infinite horizon. The villas are set on white sand beaches and are tailored for honeymooners, couples and style-savvy families. At Chill, revel in a peaceful moment within the cocoon of Niyama Spa and lounge against the flowing ocean backdrop in an underwater playground.