There are few things more relaxing than a private island resort. Here are some of our favourite locations that you can run to when you need to escape to the absolute tranquillity of a secluded island.
Bawah Reserve, Indonesia
Guests have the option to stay in overwater bungalows, beachfront villas, or garden suites. The resort is also committed to sustainability, for example, all its structures are made from natural materials like bamboo, driftwood, and recycled teak, while the bathroom facilities are made from recycled copper.
There is a range of activities available, from sailing and diving to hiking and spa sessions. Here, you won’t have to worry about any crowds as only 70 guests are allowed on the island at any given time.
Lizard Island, Australia
Lizard Island is a secluded resort located on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It hosts no more than 82 guests at a time, and the experiences it offers are designed purely for couples. The island’s reefs are clearly the main attraction, as guests often share the shores with scientists and conservationists who have set up camp at the nearby Research Station to study the Great Barrier Reef.
Aside from the vibrant reefs, you can also explore the nature trails on the island, which are teeming with all sorts of flora and fauna. Lizard Island also has many amenities including tennis courts, a day spa, a books and games library, and a gym.
North Island, Seychelles
North Island is a natural beauty amongst the inner granitic islands of East Africa. A known playground for the rich and famous, North Island in the Seychelles is a haven for connecting with nature and escaping the hustle and bustle of daily life. This island paradise was meticulously designed to allow guests to enjoy a peaceful holiday over 600 miles from the nearest continent.
There are only 11 private villas on the island, and like those on Bawah, all of them were made with local materials. The island is under a rehabilitation programme that seeks to maintain its biodiversity and rich ecosystem.
The resort hosts several water activities, as well as guided tours around the island. You can enjoy fishing, kayaking, scuba diving, cycling, yoga, and more.
San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice, Italy
If you are seeking somewhere a little less remote, here we have the answer. Only a 10-minute boat ride from the Piazza San Marco, the private San Clemente island offers a temporary escape from the city. The hotel on site is surrounded by lush gardens and overlooks the Venice lagoon. The old courtyards and the 12th century San Clemente Church nearby, reflect the hotel’s past as a monastery.
Guests can stay in one of the 190 rooms and suites, which feature elegant Venetian interiors that are reminiscent of Italy’s historic times. Aside from the hotel’s large pool, there are also tennis courts, a gym, and a mini-golf course.
Royal Belize, Belize
True to its name, Royal Belize in the Caribbean Sea treats its guests like royalty. It is an exclusive private island rental that allows only one party at a time as there are only three villas on site.
Guests will enjoy the service of a full staff, from your personal chef and housekeeper to personnel that assist in island activities like snorkeling and jet skiing. In case you want to explore Belize, the staff can also guide you in your choice of mainland activities.
There are many other private islands worth mentioning, but we’ll leave that for you to discover. Meanwhile, you can read more on Boutique Travel Blog’s coverage on other island resorts, including Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island and Zaya Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi, known as the Maldives of the UAE.