How many times have you dreamt of escaping the harsh and often unpleasant realities of life and running off to your own private island? Imagine… pure white sand, luscious exotic vegetation, an intimate luxurious cabin, all surrounded by the crystalline blue sea and topped off with peace and harmony. Sounds like an idyllic getaway, in which you can recharge, rest and relax. You can certainly sign us up for this break from the daily grind. However, for some owners of private islands, this is a daily way of life. Some high-flying executives also invest in these islands as a sort of private holiday resort. We have a run-down of some of the most beautiful private islands – if you can’t go there in person, they would certainly serve as a great setting for your dreams!
10. Antarctic Island – The World, Dubai
Yep, you read right, the Antarctic…in Dubai. Not really, though! ‘Antarctic’ here refers to one of the 300 artificially made islands off the coast of Dubai. The archipelago known as The World is an architectural feat, with the islands designed to mirror the shape of the world map. This island was gifted to former Formula 1 racer Michael Schumacher by Dubai’s crown prince Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, as a retirement present. Antarctic Island is worth a whopping $7 million and can only be reached via boat or helicopter. After the racing legend’s unfortunate skiing accident in December 2013, the fate of the island remains unknown.
9. The Coco Privé Resort
Located on the private island known as Kuda Hithi in the Maldives, the Coco Privé Resort is an authentic dream island, which seems to have been made specifically for relaxation. The serene environment, natural landscape, exotic beaches and crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean beg for contemplation of life’s pleasures and make for a fantastic antidote to the stressful daily grind. The luxurious villas can accommodate up to 12 guests and feature discreet butler services as well as individual private swimming pools. The highly finished natural interiors have been specifically designed to complement the natural landscape, which can be experienced from the indoors, through the wall to ceiling windows, which offer 24/7 view of the fantastic landscape.
8. Fowl Cay – The Bahamas
Fowl Cay is located on the Exuma archipelago, in the Bahamas. The resort features a total of 6 villas, ranging from 1 to 3 bedrooms, each. The villas come with fully-equipped state-of-the-art kitchens, which can be operated by a private chef, if required. Each villa has breath-taking ocean views, which can be further appreciated through a multitude of glass doors which lead onto the patio, overlooking the azure sea. The picture-perfect resort includes a fine dining al fresco restaurant, a personal boat and golf cart. Villas can be rented individually or guests can opt to rent the entire island, en bloc. The idyllic getaway is a known treasure trove for diving, snorkeling and island-hopping.