5 OF THE MOST INCREDIBLE PRIVATE ISLANDS

If you’re looking to discover a piece of paradise in absolute discretion, a private island is the only place to go. Here are some of the most exclusive private island retreats in the world, offering serenity, seclusion, unforgettable views, and world-class service.

VOAVAH, MALDIVES

The first Four Seasons private island and the world’s first exclusive-use UNESCO retreat. Four Seasons define this island as “a place to retreat, explore, connect, celebrate and dream with your eyes open”. This island is the epitome of all inclusive, with legendary Four Seasons service; a 7 bedroom luxury resort, PADI 5-Star Dive Centre, the use of the latest motorised beach toys, a spa and multiple pools inaccessible to anyone else. You also get your own 5 acre playground and party hideout, plus a 62-foot private yacht which is yours to enjoy anytime. There’s also a dedicated staff of 28 on hand to deal with any request.

LAUCALA ISLAND, FIJI

A home to Austrian Red Bull magnate, Dietrich Mateschitz, this island accepts guests when he is not in residence. This self-sustaining paradise produces its own livestock and vegetables, and uses the island’s own resources for most of its products and structures. The cuisine is exceptional and the facilities extensive – on offer to guests is a £1 million submarine built just for two. 25 Fijian –styled villas lie among coconut plantations, beside white sandy beaches and atop rich green mountains. Recent guest Elle Machpherson rented the entire island as her wedding venue.   

THE BRANDO, FRENCH POLYNESIA

This unique resort is located on the breathtaking private island of Tetiaroa, about 30 miles from Tahiti. It’s an exclusive, ecologically minded resort that hosts just 35 villas. This island is a must for anyone seeking white sand beaches, beautiful flora & fauna, and clear blue waters hosting manta rays, sea turtles & tropical fish. The villas are designed to enhance the serenity of the island, and reflect the Polynesian lifestyles and culture. The island holds an abundance of activities, from snorkelling at a coral garden, to exploring the waters by canoe or paddleboard, or taking excursions around the island with naturalist guides. You can even attend lectures and demonstrations about Polynesian culture, history and lifestyle.

FREGATE ISLAND PRIVATE, THE SEYCHELLES

Fregate Island Private stands as the most luxurious private island in the Seychelles. Just 16 secluded villas lie among 3 square kilometres of tropical paradise, designed for carefree luxury in harmony with the precious environment. There are seven private beaches around the island, allowing you to escape in total privacy. The vast villas are nestled in tropical greenery with private infinity pools and your very own butler. The largest property is the Banyan Hill Estate, consisting of 3 villas designed for families and friends to escape together. You even get a personal assistant, private chef and maid! The island is also home to one of the world’s largest populations of Aldabra giant tortoises which roam free. The team on this island are genuinely committed to conservation and providing the ultimate 5-star experience.

COMO PARROT CAY, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS

This once uninhabited island is now a blissful wellness retreat in the northern Caribbean, with a luxury beach resort holding 72 suites and villas. The resort strives to cater to the perfect beach holiday for every taste, with a range of holiday packages that include customised excursions and intimate dinners. It holds an award-winning spa with Asian-inspired holistic therapies. Parrot Cay describes itself as “a sanctuary – a mystical place in which to renew your spirit and discover your bliss”. The cuisine is world-class & organic, and you can dine wherever you choose- even on the beach. The staff are attentive, providing discreet and meticulous service. It’s not hard to see why this luxury resort is a favourite among celebrities.