Private Island Escapes

If all you want is utter seclusion and perfect peace, in a location off-limits to everyone but the staff and maybe a few other guests, then a private island is the only place to go.

Nicaragua, Calala Island

Tucked away along the idyllic pearl cays just off the coast of Nicaragua, Calala Island offers primitive serenity –  a step back into the Caribbean of yesteryear. This is without doubt, the Caribbean’s most authentic retreat.

For a chance to unplug, relax and recharge with family or a group of friends, Calala delivers the dream in bundles – the hardest decision being who you would like to be marooned with. Best taken exclusively, 10 guests can experience 10 acres of blissful paradise, with 25 staff attending to your every whim. Exuding barefoot-luxe style, there are just four spacious villas.

Seriously good food belies the simplistic atmosphere and a Michelin quality chef pushes the boundaries, using locally sourced produce to create wonderful tasting menus. To burn off delicious feasts you can swim, snorkel, fish, kayak or be pampered with a massage in the spa cabana, and enjoy local rum cocktails at the end of the day as the orange light of dusk sets.

Fiji, Kokomo Island

Metres away from the Great Astrolabe Reef, the fourth largest barrier reef on the planet, Kokomo Island is a water lover’s delight.

Spread across 140 acres of white sand beaches and lush rainforest, this is Fiji’s newest and most exclusive private island resort. Built by Australian developer, Lang Walker, it’s a helicopter or Twin Otter plane ride away from mainland Fiji.  Surrounded by unpolluted waters packed with coral, snorkelling and diving are top activities here – colourful fish everywhere you look, and no boat trip is needed. However, take a boat trip and even more possibilities open up: sea turtles, manta rays, dolphins, even humpback whales that have been known to come right inside the lagoon for an afternoon frolic.

Four years in development, the resort has 21 thatched beachfront villas on the east and west shores of the island, which honeymooners will adore; there are also a few opulent hilltop villas, perfect for families or, you can even rent Lang’s personal residence for a special occasion.

Mauritius, Ile Des Deux Cocos

For those who have neither the time nor fortune to go completely ‘off-grid’, or those just looking for somewhere special for a night to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or even pop the question, Ile Des Deux Cocos might just fit the bill.

Reached by speedboat, it is 200 metres from sister property LUX*Le Morne, a quiet resort set against the dramatic backdrop of the Le Morne mountain, on the southern coast of Mauritius. Surrounded by the coral-filled Blue Bay Maritime Reserve, it can be taken exclusively for overnight stays and has everything you could possibly wish for from a private island.

Met with cocktails and smiles as you step off the boat jetty onto powdery white sand, you are whisked to the only villa on the island.  Spend your time snorkelling in calm turquoise waters filled with rainbow coloured fish, or in a hammock under a palm tree with a book. Alternatively, stroll around the island on a sandy path which gently loops back to where you started to build up an appetite for a barbecue on the beach, to complete your castaway fantasy.

Indonesia, Nihi Sumba

Voted best resort in the world by America’s most prestigious travel magazine for the last two years, Nihi Sumba – an hour’s flight from Bali – is a Robinson Crusoe experience for the 21st century.

Well… if Robinson Crusoe arrived to find spa pavilions, a beach cinema, villas with individual freshwater pool, paddleboards, horse riding in the sea, fine dining and exceptional service.

Accommodation in each of the 28 villas is simply yet luxuriously refined: crisp sheets, furniture carved from local wood, open-plan living and Indian Ocean views. Here you can be as relaxed or active as you want. Have a lie in or enjoy dawn yoga. Catch up on a novel by your pool or learn to surf. Snorkel with turtles or enjoy weaving with women from the local village. For a real treat try the spa safari: a 90-minute guided morning walk past rice paddies and through rolling countryside to a seaside location where a full breakfast is prepared, followed by a dip in the ocean and a massage in a private treatment room with sides open to catch the gentle trade winds.

To find our more about any of these private islands please get in touch with one of our destination specialists.


Meet The Experts

Sarah Parker
With a wealth of travel experiences Sarah channels her intimate knowledge of varied destinations across the globe to give advice on Australasia, Asia, the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean.
Stephanie Carthy
Raised in Australia but has made England home, Stephanie brings extensive first-hand experience across all seven continents.