Private island resorts
Nothing screams luxury like a private island resort. Mile upon mile of white powder-soft sand; cerulean blue waters lapping the shoreline, inviting you to explore coral reefs teeming with life. Exclusive-use properties with chefs and butlers, even your own boat. All off-limits to everyone but you and your nearest and dearest. Bliss.
Step out of your beachfront villa onto the sand and watch your little ones gather shells while you sip freshly brewed coffee and breathe in the sea air. Soak up the sun, frolic in the bath-warm ocean, maybe take a yoga class or two, or hike through uninhabited wilderness, relishing the fact that you’re unlikely to encounter another human being. Whether you're seeking a romantic retreat, a family hideaway or a post-adventure bolthole, a private island vacation is your very own slice of paradise, where doing nothing is elevated to an art form.
We’ve found 17 holiday ideas for you
East coast, Crete
Best for: Beach, Spa & health, Sailing & surfing, Villa
Amirandes is a 5* luxurious, beach side hotel located on the East coast of Crete, modelled on a Cretan palace. Perfect for families and couples, Amirandes offers guests an island water paradise in a stunning, exclusive and private setting.
Anambas Islands, Indonesia
Best for: Beach
Only accessible by seaplane, Bawah is a group of six tropical islands that feature 36 beautifully designed suites and bungalows. Surrounded by lagoons and coral reefs as well as dense jungle canopy and mangroves, this eco-hideaway is an explorers dream.
Canaves Oia Suites
Best for: Couples, Sailing & surfing, Spa & health
Located in the bustling town of Oia, Canaves Oia Suites is a boutique hotel offering impressive views across Santorini's renowned caldera. With just 30 suites, this is the perfect spot for honeymooners looking for privacy and luxury.
Lord Howe Island, New South Wales, Australia
Best for: Adventure, Wildlife, Beach, Diving
Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island offers premium luxury boutique accommodation on this UNESCO World Heritage listed island, one of the last true paradises on earth. The beach house style and relaxed, luxe-inspired ethos makes for a stunning retreat.
Ambergris Caye, Belize
Best for: Beach, Couples, Diving, Fishing
Spectacularly located a short distance from Belize's Ambergris Caye, Cayo Espanto is an idyllic private island hideaway, ideally placed for excellent scuba diving in the sparkling waters of the Caribbean, just a short boat ride away.
Great Barrier Reef and Islands, Queensland, Australia
Best for: Beach, Diving, Off the beaten track, Sailing & surfing
Lizard Island is an award winning hotel offering the ultimate in luxury and exclusivity located directly on the Great Barrier Reef in northern Queensland. Sensational diving opportunities abound and 24 deserted beaches await exploration.
Sumba Island, Remote Indonesian islands, Indonesia
Best for: Adventure, Culture, Sailing & surfing, Beach
Nihi Sumba is a remote, luxury eco lodge on the island of Sumba. Just a short flight from Bali, it is a place for a totally unique vacation experience, perfect for those wanting a remote and exclusive stay in one of the most stunning locations on earth.
Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay
Best for: Couples, Beach, Sailing & surfing
Located within Talamanca Bay, the Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay is the latest luxury offering from the renowned Nobu restaurant chain. With 152 designer rooms and suites, a Six Senses spa and kids club, it is an ideal location to experience the Iberian lifestyle.
Fernando de Noronha, Northeast Coast, Brazil
Best for: Beach, Adventure, Diving, Sailing & surfing
The effortlessly romantic Pousada Maravilha has a stunning location on Brazil's idyllic and unspoiled paradise island hideaway of Fernando de Noronha off the northeast coast. A world class dive destination with many stunning deserted beaches to explore.
East coast beaches and islands, Thailand
Best for: Adventure, Beach, Spa & health, Eco/ethical tourism
Set on the tropical private island of Koh Kood, Soneva Kiri offers the ultimate in barefoot luxury with unparalleled levels of service and cutting-edge eco-concepts. Soneva has been developed that both couples and families will never want to leave.
Koh Rong Archipelago, Coastal Cambodia, Cambodia
Best for: Adventure, Beach, Diving, Eco/ethical tourism
Song Saa is a private island hideaway hidden away on a paradise island in Cambodia’s untouched Koh Rong Archipelago. Boasting Cambodia's only over-water villas, Song Saa is a true escape off the well worn path through Asia.
Turneffe Island Resort
Ambergris Caye, Ambergris Caye & Private Islands, Belize
Best for: Diving, Fishing, Off the beaten track, Adventure
Turneffe Island Resort is a private Caribbean island situated on scenic Caye Bokel, the southernmost island in the Turneffe Atoll and 30 miles off the coast of mainland Belize. Turneffe offers world class fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving packages.
Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte Hotel
Best for: Beach, Hotel villa, Golf
Set on the rugged coastline of southern Sicily, Verdura Resort is a stylish and luxurious Rocco Forte property. With extensive grounds, first class facilities, renowned Rocco Forte Spa and exceptional service, it's perfect for families.
Tofino, British Columbia, Canada
Best for: Beach, Spa & health
Balanced on rocks at one end of stunning Chesterman beach in the heart of the Pacific Rim National Park, the Wickaninnish Inn offers one of the most dramatic outlooks across the Pacific Ocean, breathtaking in the summer sunshine or in winter storms.