Beat the crown and the experience a pure escapism with our guide to the ultimate private island destinations.
BAWAH ISLAND, INDONESIA
This sensational, luxurious private island only opened in late 2017 and is already creating a huge buzz. Until now, the remote archipelago, located between Malaysia and Borneo was relatively unknown. However, Bawah Island has suddenly put this stunning location on the map. After taking a ferry from Singapore, followed by a seaplane, you are welcomed by phenomenal views of the five lush jungle-covered islands, surrounded by turquoise waters, coral reefs, and extreme remoteness. The island can host a maximum of 70 guests in 35 beautifully designed eco villas and features 13 pristine beaches and 3 blue lagoons. Once settled into island life, you can choose to unwind in the holistic spa, which offers a range of treatments and activities, such as yoga, Pilates, and meditation. Or the adventurous soul can spend days hiking in the lush tropical forests or exploring the open sea, with plenty of places to dive, snorkel, paddle board and canoe. Food is locally grown and can be found on the island’s Asian fusion menu at the stunning Tree Top restaurant. At sunrise, you can search for turtle nests and come sunset enjoy cocktails whilst watching classic films at the open-air cinema. Don’t be fooled, this remote, island paradise has plenty to do to keep everyone entertained, whilst still providing that feeling of pure escapism.
ISOLA SANTA CRISTINA, ITALY
Experience your own little slice of Venice by visiting Isola Santa Cristina. Just a 20-minute boat ride from Venice itself, this little oasis offers the utmost privacy, with picture perfect surroundings. The Island is almost self-sufficient, boasting its own fresh water source, organic fish and produce farming. Santa Cristina’s exclusive villa, accommodates up to 15 guests, with each room is luxuriously styled, offering sensational views of the Adriatic Sea, the Dolomites and the neighbouring islands of Torcello, Burano, and Mazzorbo. The Venetian style kitchen is certainly impressive, and you can either prepare meals yourself or take advantage of a private chef. The owners are also yoga instructors, offering classes for up to 14 people in their stunning yoga studio, and excursions to nearby islands are regularly available. So, if you are looking for a unique, island experience with total exclusivity, then make Isola Santa Cristina your first port of call.
The Philippines is fast becoming an Asian hotspot. With over 7,000 islands, one can experience true paradise and isolation. Situated in the Sulu Sea and an hour’s flight from Manila in the resort’s private jet, Amanpulo exudes off the grid luxury. On arrival, you will immediately be wowed by the sugar white sand beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters. However, these are not the only perks to this beautiful island. Each Casita features a beachfront setting, with deluxe, yet rustic island styling and your own golf buggy to explore your surroundings. For the active soul, Amanpulo offers a range of activities, from an abundance of watersports, to jungle trekking, cycling and even turtle spotting. The Aman group has done it again, providing another world-class resort. We dare you not to fall in love!
JUMBY BAY, ANTIGUA
After a seven-minute boat ride from Antigua airport, close your eyes and be transported into a world of butter soft beaches, calm waters, and sensational views. This family friendly resort features sleek suites and a collection of spacious villas and estate homes with private staff. Take advantage of the children’s club, while you top up your tan or brush up on your tennis skills and be sure not to miss out on the Sunday night White Nights beach barbecue, a toe in the sand, steel drum spectacle. Jumby Bay truly is a home away from home, with impeccable surroundings.