According to recent research, the demand for a private island escapes have increased by more than 320% in the UK. With private island buy outs in demand within certain circles, we have picked some of our favourite locations around the world for experiencing splendid isolation:
Cheval Blanc Randheli Private Island Villa, The Maldives
Situated in the tranquil Noonu Atoll Cheval Blanc Randheli is part of LVMH Hotel Management renowned for its exclusivity. Cheval Blanc Randheli Private Island Villa is the most elegant of escapes for seclusion-seekers. Sprawled across 1-ha of dedicated island, this four-bedroom villa, designed by Jean-Michel Gathy, is the epitome of lush, modern island living with exceptional indoor and outdoor spaces and a dedicated team of Ambassadors who are on call 24/7.
In the main house, three light-filled successive reception rooms border a 25-metre-long swimming pool surrounded by a piano, bar and lounge areas. Outside, various terraces, tropical gardens, private beaches, an al-fresco dining pergola, and meditation pavilions bring relaxation to the tropical setting. A private spa treatment room, fitness centre and screening room complete this ultimate island stay.
Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
It is safe to say that Necker Island is certainly the most well-known private island in the British Virgin Islands and its easy to understand why. At 74 acres, the island sits in turquoise waters surrounded by coral reefs and fringed with beautiful white sandy beaches. With 20 bedrooms (and the possibility to host 40 guests), made up of 11 in the Great House, inclusive of the Master Suite, as well as various other villas and houses dotted around the island, this is the ultimate, great escape, reunion celebration.
Every activity guests could possibly want is on offer – kite-surfing, wakeboarding, paddle boarding, sailing, snorkelling and even SCUBA diving – yet even a simple stroll around the island on a nature walk will give guests the opportunity to spot Necker’s very own flamingos and lemurs!
Wa Ale, Myanmar
Wa Ale is the culmination of owner Chris and Farina Kingsley’s vision to create the first luxury eco-resort that provides access to Myanmar’s untouched Myeik Archipelago. This 5,000 acre island can be taking privately, hosting up to 28 guests at one time. Not only will guests enjoy the incredible remoteness and luxurious accommodation, but each guest will be giving back to the local community in the Myeik Archipelago through their contribution to social welfare and wildlife conservation charity, the Lampi Foundation. Set up by the owners of Wa Ale (Chris & Farina Kingsley), the Lampi Foundation gives 20% of net profits and 2% of all room revenue from Wa Ale to the foundation.
New for 2021 is one four-bedroom Beach House and three Beach Bungalows with three bedrooms each. Located on the island’s beautiful 1km long ‘Honeymoon Beach,’ Beach House and Beach Bungalows will be serviced by a maid, chef and butler with use of a jungle gym, new trekking routes starting from the beach and a brand-new beach bar, with exclusive use of paddle-boards, a speedboat, kayaks and snorkelling excursions by boat, right off the beach. These join the island’s new Ayurvedic Jungle Spa.
andBeyond Benguerra Island, Mozambique
andBeyond Benguerra Island is an exquisite piece of Indian Ocean paradise situated off the coast of Mozambique. In the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, the island retreat is set on a protected lagoon. Guests can hideaway a variety of luxurious thatched accommodation complete with private wooden deck and pools. Guests can enjoy castaway picnics on secluded untouched islands, sunset cruises, swimming with horses as they ride bareback into the warm ocean or even spot a rare Dugong as Benguerra is home to one of the last remaining viable population. Guests are bound to see more wildlife than people!