May. 15, 2019Go big or go home, right? Spring for a whole island on your next vacation, and make the memories of a lifetime at these one-of-a-kind retreats.
Private island resorts may be spendy, but they’re not so out of reach that only Michelle Obama or the Kardashians can swing it. From the humble to the downright posh, you’d be surprised how attainable a private island getaway can be — and how swoon-worthy.
#1 — Song Saa, Cambodia
Rates: starting at $890/night
Song Saa is a quiet slice of tranquility in a world all its own in the Cambodian waters. With rates starting at $890 a night, it’s not your average hotel rate, but neither is the experience.
Guests at Song Saa experience snorkeling and sea kayaking amongst radiant tropical fish that surround the island. Hidden coves and bays are everywhere, dotted with stunning local wildlife. Explore on your own, or be led by one of the resort’s expert guides.
Amenities include a private pool, sundeck, and a big sunken bath.
#2 — Sunset Key Cottages, Florida
Rates: starting at $1,000/night
You don’t necessarily need a passport to stay on a private island — Sunset Key in the Florida Keys is a great way to get away without darting through an international terminal. On the 27-acre private island resort, guests can explore the areas famous waters, perfect for diving and snorkeling.
Yoga on the beach is a great way to wind down the evening, but you can also get into more adventurous activities like parasailing and deep sea fishing.
With zero-entry pools and beachside hospitality, the Sunset Key Cottages are all about privacy and luxury.
#3 — Vahine Island Resort and Spa, French Polynesia
Nine over-the-water bungalows and a cluster of beach cottages comprise the stunning Polynesian island of Vahine, a tropical oasis on the edge of a stunning turquoise lagoon.
This is the stuff dreams are made of, and at $500 and up per night, it’s just on the luxe side of attainable. Polynesian canoes are available for guests to explore the surrounding waters, along with sea kayaks and windsurfing boards.
After a day of adventuring on the water, the spa offers massages and skin treatments. Grab a fresh seafood lunch on the beach, and snuggle up in your hammock over the water with a selection from the island library.
#4 — Whipray Caye Lodge, Belize
Rates: 3 nights + 2 days fishing / $2,262 per couple (longer stays available)
Sustainable tourism at its most immersive, Whipray Lodge in Belize is an aspiring fisherman’s paradise. In the surrounding shallows, immature and experienced anglers alike can get in on some of the best fly fishing the world has to offer.
When you’re not pulling tarpon out of the water with the help of your instructor, you can explore the marine ecosystems a little more personally with a snorkel or kayak. Hammocks dot the lodge, and family style meals heaped with local seafood and urchins make for an exquisite treat you won’t want to miss.
#5 — Laucala Island, Fiji
Rates: $6,000/night per couple
If you have ten grand or so to blow on a tropical vacation, Laucala Island might be calling your name. This stunning resort is set up with private villas across a private island with stunning views of the surrounding water and landscape.
An 18-hole championship golf course is available to guests, with greens and fairways overlooking the Pacific Ocean. For nautical adventurers, the Riviera Open Flybridge awaits — a modern yacht with suites and high-end lounging areas, perfect for entertaining on the water.
Diving, snorkeling, sport fishing, jet skiing, and even horseback riding are available on the island.
The resort boasts a heated pool and yoga deck, Bose entertainment systems, personal golf carts for use around the resort, a four-villa spa, and FIVE restaurants and bars.
Look out P Diddy — ‘cause we’re throwing a yacht party.
#6 — Lizard Island, Australia
Rates: starting at $2,000/night
Located off the Great Barrier Reef, Lizard Island was built for the bougie adventurer at heart. It’s a world-renowned spot for diving, fishing, and snorkeling charters, with stunning up-close encounters with giant clams, schools of brilliantly colorful fish, and corals.
Glass-bottom sea kayaks put a layer between you and what lies beneath for adventuring that keeps you out of the water.
The accommodations are insanely luxurious, with gourmet meals served daily, unlimited access to non-alcoholic beverages, access to motorized beach vehicles for beach roving, and access to all of the snorkeling, kayaking, and paddleboarding gear you can get your hands on for the duration of your stay.
After a day of adventuring, the day spa offers massages, facials, and sensory immersive iKou rituals featuring a combination of spa treatments for complete relaxation.
#7 — Fregate Island Private, Seychelles
Rates: starting at $5,000/night
Sixteen private villas with pools dot the Fregate Island Private, a private island resort tucked in the Seychelles, hidden from the rest of the world, and teaming with biological treasures.
This luxe resort is the height of private island vacationing, with private butlers, a welcome massage (that’s a customer service win right there), a private buggy for adventuring around the island, a private harbor and yacht club, and exquisite private dining in the location of your choice — your butler will take care of everything.
The unparalleled service and high-end accommodations are only the start of this private island’s appeal though. With 11 kilometers of trails crisscrossing the island and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, you’re bound to bump into romantic vistas no matter which way you start exploring.
Night time safaris show visitors the rare fluorescent scorpions. During the day, visitors experience the thousands of colorful tropical birds that inhabit the island and watch sea turtle hatchlings emerge for their maiden voyage to the ocean.
You know what? I quit. I’m abandoning writing this magazine to pursue a life of turtle watching on Fregate Island Private.
#8 — Baros Island, Maldives
Rates: starting at $400/night
Okay, just kidding — gotta pay for that resort somehow.
Last on our list is one of the most Pinned destinations on the interwebs as of late, the luxurious and insanely picturesque Baros Island in the Maldives. Known for crystal clear waters and white sand and LORD HAVE MERCY over-the-water bungalows, Baros Island has been entertaining guests for decades now in what has become one of the hottest vacation destinations in the world.
Over-the-water villas have a 24/7 host available to guests to make sure you’re taken care of, even perched over the ocean in your bed. Get up early and enjoy a yoga session on the beach, and you just might catch a whale or dolphin breaching in the surf.
With in-room spa treatments, an over-the-water infinity pool (seriously), and snorkeling in some of the clearest waters you’ll ever see, this Maldivian resort is the stuff Pinterest travel fantasies are made of.
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