Private islands for an unforgettable holidayFriday 11 March 2016
You've made up your mind, and this year you'll be spending your vacation on an island. But it has to be isolated, located in an idyllic setting, and of course have a beautiful hotel to stay at. Here are our top four suggestions for your ideal island escape.
1. Coco Privé Kuda Hithi, the Maldives
Opened in 2012, the island's hotel complex accommodates up to 12 guests maximum. Composed of a Master Residence and five neighboring villas, the hotel ensures a peaceful and luxury experience. All the furniture has been made using organic materials as a complement to the natural surroundings. The island prides itself on its crystal-clear water and immaculate white sandy beaches.
A 30-minute boat ride from the Maldives capital Malé, the island offers unbeatable luxury. The lighting, shutters and air conditioning are all controlled by a tablet computer, the entire venue is repainted between each visit, and the chef is at your disposition for any request, whatever the time of day. Among the activities on offer include a cocktail bar, a gym with steam shower and a jacuzzi with views across the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
2. Guana Island, the British Virgin Islands
A concentration of Caribbean ecosystems, the 2.2 mile island consists of beaches, rocks, a tropical forest and even a small salt-water lake, making it a little piece of paradise to spend your vacation. Arriving on the island, immerse yourself in peaceful, private surroundings without compromising on luxury. Cottages, each with a private pool, provide breathtaking views over the Caribbean sea. During your stay, you will share the island with no more than 20 other guests.
Guana island is truly exotic, with butterflies, iguanas, turtles and gorgeous vivid flora. Make the most of your visit and stroll through the center of the island: all along the path you'll find snorkeling gear for well-deserved dips in the crystalline water.
3. Makepeace Island, Australia
The heart-shaped island owned by the famous British entrepreneur Richard Branson measures 100,000m², and is just 62 miles from Brisbane. Immediately upon your arrival by boat at the Noosa port, everything has been thoughtfully designed to ensure you enjoy a peaceful and quiet vacation, just as the name would suggest. The decoration and style is inspired by Bali, with candles and Buddha statues creating a special atmosohere of exoticism and luxury.
Here, the staff seem to be just as happy to be on the island as their guests! During the day, they offer guided activities such as kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and fishing. Loungers by the pool are provided for those in search of rest and relaxation, where guests can enjoy massages and sip cocktails. The island is a haven of peace and serenity.
4. Tagomago Island, Spain
This small island off the north-east coast of Ibiza in the Balearics is 30 minutes by boat from the beach of Formentera. The go-to destination for the local jet-set in search of privacy and luxury, it is considered an idyllic spot for a relaxing vacation. The north-east of the island, covered in pine trees, provides exceptional walks with some superb cliffs.
The private villa is located at the heart of the island. Around it, panoramic terraces offer stunning views across the sea. For those who prefer the comfort of heated water to the ocean, the hotel's swimming pool measures 145m², allowing every guest to enjoy its luxury at the same time (if they wanted)! One of Europe's secluded jewels.