A Guide to the World's Most Luxury Private Islands

Sea, sun, sand and seclusion. It’s time to add the world's top luxury private islands to your bucket list. These locations offer visitors once in a lifetime experiences, with the most valuable gifts of all; seclusion and peace. Whilst it’s hard to imagine a week or two in the middle of nowhere when you’re so used to the hustle and bustle of your busy life and your 9-5, it’s important that you do stop and book a trip that allows you to connect with nature and explore the true beauty that this world has to offer.

Velaa Private Island, Maldives 🇲🇻 🏝️

A serene and breathtakingly beautiful island nestled away in the thousands of archipelagos in the Indian Ocean. Designed to embrace traditional Maldivian culture whilst fused with contemporary luxury, this is one of the world’s most exclusive boutique hideaways.
This resort boasts beauty throughout, with facilities being second to none. With ‘Velaa’ meaning turtle, there is a stunning turtle theme throughout. With generations flocking here every year to nest and hatch, the design of this luxury resort is inspired by the shape of the turtle, with the infamous Maldivian water villas shaped to resemble the head of a turtle.
The resort comprises 47 private villas, houses and exclusive residences. In addition to this, there is an even more exclusive suite/residency that hosts guests who are celebrating their romance. The Romantic Pool Residence can only be reached by boat, allowing even more privacy and exclusivity.

Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef 🇦🇺🐠

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most stunning wonders of the world, offering an abundance of coastal experiences unlike anywhere else in the world. The Hayman Islands boasts the views of this spectacular landmark, as well as housing pristine beaches and jungle-topped landscapes. Arguably, this private destination is the palace to visit for ultimate holiday indulgence.
The Hayman resort offers full peace and serenity with guests staying in one of the 166 beautifully appointed rooms, suites and villas with their own pools, panoramic seascapes and tropical gardens.
With the great barrier reef at your backdoor, there are a number of fabulous activities that strike the perfect balance between adventure and indulgence. The water is warm and inviting, with a number of activities to entice you to jump in. Fancy staying above water? There are tours of glistening Whitehaven Beach, boat tours, kayak excursions, fishing, and luxurious private boat charters all allowing you to enjoy the peace and serenity of the landscape that surrounds you.

Cayo Espanto, Belize 🇧🇿 🦜

This world-class private island is off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean Sea. With world-class aquatic activities, fine dining and sensual spa experiences, this resort entails nothing but peace and luxury.
Located three miles from San Pedro in the calm waters of the Western Caribbean, off the coast of Belize, Cayo Espanto is truly a spectacular and private retreat. No stay is complete without embracing the tropical islands and enjoying the water. This location is home to the world’s second-largest barrier reef system, where the diving is exceptional in addition to other water sports that will allow you to tap into your fun and adventurous side. If the water isn’t for you, enjoy the serenity of your surroundings and embrace the wildlife and ecosystem that you stand on. Instead, enjoy bird-watching tours, picnic excursions, spa services or exotic jungle tours.

Amanpulo, Philippines 🇵🇭 🐢

Four hours from the popular destination of Manila, this island promotes nothing but peace and quiet from the busy streets and life of the Philippines. Amanpulo is the only property on this Philippine island ensuring full privacy for guests. The island houses 40 airy casitas and villas open to 5.5 km (3,5 miles) of coral sand that encircle a jungled centre.
Enjoy the beautiful beaches that stretch around the island, framed by the turquoise waters. Soft white sand that is perfect for walking along barefoot as the waves wash up gently or, for catching the rays of the scorching sun. Umbrellas and sun loungers are positioned on the beach near the Beach Club, with its open-air pavilion and deck.
Amanpulo is home to a number of hatchings of Green and Hawksbill Turtles. A brilliant sightseeing experience that is one of a kind - turtles hatching and making their way to the moonlit ocean. After watching the sun go down and the turtle make their way back to the ocean rest peacefully under a blanket of stars in our custom beach teepee or, enjoy dinner with locally-caught seafood and island-grown organic vegetables at one of the resort's many fine dining venues.

Miavana, Madagascar 🇲🇬 🍴

Time + Tide Miavana is very possibly the most remote luxury castaway in the world. A spacious private island teeming with luxury and quality. Miavana features 14 ocean-front villas that live and breathe castaway luxury. With sea views, direct beach access, and an effortless flow between indoor and outdoor living. This blue haven provides beauty and tranquillity like no other and it's becoming a top private hotspot for a reason!

Miavana invites you to taste the exotic rarity of Madagascar's culture and traditions. The high-quality dining venues create and serve unique flavours and dishes every day using only the finest quality and freshest ingredients from the island.

As part of the Time + Tide hospitality group, this island knows how to serve and provide service that is second to none. From arranging your detailed travel plans to welcoming you with a personalised service to providing African travel expertise of the highest calibre, Miavana is not an experience to skip.

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Best Time To Visit

Velaa - Maldives

Dry Season - December - April (Warm all year)

Hayman Island - Australia

Dry Season - November - April (Warm all year)

Cayo Espanto, Belize

Dry Season - January - May

Amanpulo, Philippines

Dry Season - Mid-May - October  (Warm all year)

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Imogen Kemp
August 30, 2023

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