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8 Hotels on Private Islands

  • Kandolhu Island

    Kandolhu Island

  • Ratua Private Island

    Ratua Private Island

  • Wakaya Club & Spa

    Wakaya Club & Spa

  • Song Saa Private Island

    Song Saa Private Island

  • Parrot Cay by COMO

    Parrot Cay by COMO

  • Isle Of Eriska

    Isle Of Eriska

  • Isle Of Eriska

    Thatch Caye Resort

  • Jumeirah Dhevanafushi

    Jumeirah Dhevanafushi

February, 2015

We don’t know about you, but city life in the winter makes us want to go away and live like Bond villains, luxuriously and elegantly marooned in the middle of some large body of water. When that time comes for you, these eight hotels have everything you need — Goldfinger-style laser-cutting table not included.

1.

Kandolhu Island
North Ari Atoll, Maldives — The Maldives as a whole are remote, and the hotels in general seem to tend towards the upscale. But to have an entire Maldive to yourself — a small private island in the northern Maldives, ringed with pristine white beaches and a thriving coral reef — it doesn’t get much more remote, or much more upscale, than that.
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2.

Ratua Private Island
Vanuatu — Vanuatu, a tiny archipelago-nation flung way out into the South Pacific, is hardly a roiling mass of humanity to begin with, but for maximum seclusion, check into one of the fifteen villas at Ratua Private Island. Each one is an authentic two-hundred-year-old Indonesian home that’s been transported to Vanuatu and rebuilt for the benefit of guests, then given a light luxury-hotel makeover. And the spa must be seen to be believed, its treatment rooms standing on stilts, overwater style, for the most immersive experience you can have without actually being immersed.
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3.

Wakaya Club & Spa
Fiji — If you’ve ever wondered where all the money from those four-dollar bottles of Fiji water goes, look no further than Wakaya Club & Spa, the private island owned by H₂O magnate David Gilmour. The basic burrs are tucked away into tropical gardens, with massive baths and open-air rock-garden showers, while the hilltop villa serves as a sort of presidential suite — though it’s so luxurious that if a president were caught staying in it, the opposition would have a field day.
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4.

Song Saa Private Island
Koh Rong Archipelago, Cambodia — A wild speck of a place in the Gulf of Thailand, Song Saa Private Island is a side of Cambodia that most people don’t even dream of — like a post-development luxury-villa version of the Southeast Asian island paradise from Alex Garland’s The Beach.
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5.

Parrot Cay by COMO
Turks and Caicos — With direct daily flights from New York and Miami, Parrot Cay is the rare island paradise that’s downright easy to reach. Once there, however, there’s as much privacy as you want in the secluded modernist-style villas, whether you’re hiding out from paparazzi or just in search of some peace and quiet.
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6.

Isle of Eriska
Argyll, Scotland — We had to throw one knuckleball into the mix. You probably won’t come home with much of a tan, but if it’s unspoiled landscapes and seascapes you’re after, this private isle off the western coast of Scotland makes a fine escape. For maximum privacy, book one of the outlying spa or cottage suites, which go above and beyond in terms of space and comfort.
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7.

Thatch Caye Resort
Dangriga, Belize — Eco-resorts are common enough in Belize, but one on a private island, and a positively idyllic one at that, truly stands apart. It’s a twenty-minute boat ride from the mainland to a mellow desert-island life of diving, kayaking, fly-fishing, or the time-honored pursuit of complete inactivity.
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8.

Jumeirah Dhevanafushi
Gaafu Alifu Atoll, Maldives — A private island in the Maldives is a pretty enticing proposition to begin with. But let the hyper-luxe Dubai-based hotel group Jumeirah go to work on it, and it’s about as pure an expression of hospitality extravagance as you could ever hope to find. Marble plunge baths, outdoor rain showers and twenty-four-hour butler service come standard, and that’s before you’ve even gotten to the truly lavish overwater villas.
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