Have you taken that full-blown, relaxing vacation you wanted to go on this year? While the summer months are almost up, you still have time before it’s 2015.
And there are plenty of exclusive, even 100% private, islands waiting for you.
Yes, even in this busy world of ours there are still places where all you have to worry about is which bikini to wear. When you want the most unforgettable and tranquil vacation, your best bet is to consider spending your days on a remote beach, somewhere far away from the troubles of everyday life but also luxurious enough you’ll feel like royalty.
To help you out, we’ve gathered a selection of some of the best private islands in the world for your exclusive island vacation.
Even a quick glance over these incredible locations will get you into vacation-planning mode:
Quilalea Private Island, Mozambique
The epitome of private islands, Quilalea Private Island offers unparalleled seclusion, service, and scenery for the traveler seeking a not-for-everyone experience.
Owned by the Azura group, this castaway-style island is completely unoccupied and surrounded by the Quirimbas Archipelago. While there are separate villas you can book individually, the entire 86-acre island can be rented out privately for larger groups, perfect for a family reunion or even a group of friends.
The island’s 9 exclusive villas each feature a luxurious African-chic vibe complete with amenities like air conditioning and minibars, and features like private decks, beachfront locations, pools, dining areas, and even alcoves for ocean swimming. Some villas even have customizable energy control systems for an eco-friendly vacation experience, as well as a local Mozambique butler!
While staying on Quilalea, make sure you take advantage of some of the amazing activities the island has to offer. Scuba diving and kayaking are your best options here, because various sea animals like dolphins, humpback whales, and sea turtles can be seen during various times of the year. If you’re looking for a more relaxing day, stop by the island’s African Spa for specialized treatment; finally, get a taste of the local African culture by visiting the nearby Ibo Island.
Benguerra Island, Mozambique
While Quilalea Island has a lot to offer the vacationer who wants a more secluded retreat, Benguerra offers more villas to choose from while still maintaining a very exclusive feel, but this time with a more “green” and natural bent.
Containing some of the most unblemished white-sand beaches around, this island promises a cultural experience you won’t soon forget. It’s found right in the middle of a marine national park, and is the first luxury eco-boutique of its kind. The local community built the entire retreat, and many of them have been trained as the retreat’s butlers, guides, spa technicians, and community leaders.
Plan to spend your days on the beach, because there’s no better place to be. The sparkling blue waters are home to many creatures, including the rare dugong which you’ll be delighted to see in its natural habitat. Diving and snorkelling can get you even closer to the wildlife, and fishing is allowed in areas with marlin, sailfish, and tuna. And since you’re already on the island, head inland to visit the impressive sand dunes which are immediately followed by lush lakes and forests.
When your day’s over, head back to one of the 17 villas made of locally-sourced wood and thatched jekka roofs. Choose from the smaller Beach Villas, great for couples-only getaways, to the larger Infinity Beach Villas, all the way up to the Presidential Villa, the ultimate, secluded beach house 150 meters away from other buildings and boasting its own butler-host and private chef.
Laucala Private Island, Fiji
The South Pacific’s been a popular destination spot for years, so it’s little surprise that a location in Fiji made this list.
As you’d expect, Laucala Private Island is a beautiful, lush location surrounded by pristine white-sand beaches and clear, crystal water. Twenty-five beachside or plateau-top villas on the 3500-acre property are made from local timber and provide an authentic, native feel with all the benefits of modern luxury. Each villa hosts a swimming pool, outdoor shower, gardens, and full bar, perfect additions to this exclusive island vacation experience.
When you plan your trip to Laucala, make sure you stop by the Plantation House for the best fine dining experience around, a colonial-era building with outstanding views of the island. Afterwards, visit the world-class par-72 championship golf course, or get a traditional Fijian treatment at the Laucala spa, which uses local plants and herbs in many of their services.
Even if you don’t feel like doing much on your vacation days, you won’t have to worry about being bored on this island. Since each villa is self-contained and near to the beach, you can choose to just go for a swim in the ocean or relax in the sand with a good read for as long as you wish. How much more appealing can it get?
Cayo Espanto, Belize
This island has everything you could possibly want for your exclusive island vacation, and more.
Nestled off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean, Cayo Espanto houses 7 villas in one of the most idyllic, luxurious, and private settings in the area. Espanto wants each individual guest to feel like they’re the only one on the island, so the villas are spaced apart enough that each one has its own individual section of beach. You can even charter a boat to take you to a secluded beach where a chef has prepared a unique, private “picnic” for you and your special someone.
As if this kind of attention wasn’t enough, you’ll also marvel at the comfort provided in the villas. Each is at least 1000 square feet or more (even the one-bedroom options), and contain such amenities as private docks and alfresco showers. Egyptian cotton linens cover the oversized beds, and spa services can be provided right in your villa instead of you having to go to a separate spa location. Basically, you’re never short of luxury and comfort on Cayo Espanto.
When you feel like having an adventurous day, don’t pass up the chance to do some local bird-watching, as the animals are some of the most vibrant species in the world and bird-watching tours are readily available. Another unique experience is snorkeling above the colorful reef, as well as the ability to visit the local sights and sounds of the city of San Pedro only a short boat-ride away.
Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia
While this island has more accommodations than the others on this list, it’s still one of the most untouched and remote-feeling.
Song Saa is made up of two islands in the Koh Rong Archipelago, and is home to some of the best forests and water features around, completely untouched by civilization. Here, you’ll be able to walk around the rain forests or paddle-board around the islands for some sight-seeing, or you can take part in one of the island’s “sanctuaries,” which are spas aimed to relax your mind and well-being in addition to your body.
These unique experiences are only enhanced by the exclusivity of the island’s villas. Each has its own plunge pool and 180-degrees of this spectacular Cambodian paradise. You can choose from Jungle Villas in the heart of the fauna and flora, Classic Overwater Villas placed right above the water, Shoreline Ocean Villas with beachfront-access, or the Royal Villa with fantastic views of the sunsets (a perfect choice for a romantic getaway).
Finally, you’ll have to try some of the local food to truly experience your exclusive island vacation. Menus can be made in traditional Cambodian Khmer style cuisine or customized to enhance your wellness; have everything delivered right to your villa for the epitome of intimate luxury.
Looking at all these exclusive island vacation ideas is enough to get anyone excited about how they can spend the rest of their year.
Just imagine an exotic getaway with your loved ones for Thanksgiving or Christmas instead of staying at home and doing your usual activities. You’d undoubtedly create some of your most memorable experiences yet!
Which of these exclusive island vacation spots looks like your next destination?