Have you decided you actually enjoy being alone? Whether you want to rough it like Robinson Crusoe or lose yourself in the pleasures of a pampering private resort, we have the isle for you. Here then, are 12 perfect private islands perfect for self-isolating.
1. Royal Belize, Dangriga, Belize
Feel like royalty at Royal Belize. With a price tag of $11,500 per night, this five-star PADI dive resort is designed for only “one booking at a time.” Your stay includes three villas that accommodate 16 people, an island chef, managed staff, and more. You can go kayaking, paddleboarding, or snorkeling. Sign on for some conch diving. Go on an excursion to spear your own lobster and discover what fresh seafood truly is.
2. Fowl Cay, The Exumas, Bahamas
The Fowl Cay resort features only six villas across its full 50 acres. Each villa includes its own golf cart and a small motorboat (complete with a driving lesson). You can swim with the popular swimming pigs and visit Thunderball Grotto, featured in the classic James Bond movie. Go feed wild stingrays and nurse sharks, then kick back at the well-known Staniel Cay Yacht Club, made famous by frequent celeb visitor singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffet.
3. Brother Island, El Nido, Philippines
You can rent this island in El Nido for $350 nightly. Also known as Small Darocotan, the island is surrounded by a natural coral reef. It includes a bamboo forest, preserved jungle, and a beach that reportedly changes its shape each season. You’ll stay in a building that sleeps 16 people. Since they only handle one booking at a time, the only other humans on the isle are your host, the staff, and a chef.
4. Necker Island, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean
For $102,000 a night you can vacation on the islands like David Beckham, Mariah Carey, Jimmy Fallon, Oprah Winfrey, and Kate Winslet. Mind you, for that kind of money you get the entire island complete with “Beach Olympics”, fitness classes, a floating sushi bar, four different restaurants, spa treatments, tennis, water adventures, and yoga too. You can check out flamingos, giant tortoises, iguanas, and lemurs too. During “celebration weeks”, you can rent a single individual villa.
5. Båtholmen Island, Hvaler, Norway
You can rough it a little here in Norway’s archipelago of Hvaler. This 2.5-acre island has a small red cabin that sleeps five people. There’s no running water (although you can get free water at a nearby grocery store prior to your visit). It does include candles, books, games, and an outdoor playhouse. There’s also little private beaches and a small motorboat for fishing. You can cook your food in the garden’s fire pit and barbecue.
6. Urraca Private Island, Punta Laurel, Panama
Off the coast of Panama, this private isle has six stilted solar-powered bungalows made of mangroves. This eco-lodge is near the well-known Zapatilla Cays. Animal lovers will simply go ape at the educational Monkey Island Foundation, a special home for orphaned monkeys. You will be looked after by women from the nearby Ngäbe village, and dine on the seasonal fruits and fresh seafood from Ngäbe farmers and fishermen.
7. Pločica Island, Dalmatia, Croatia
You can live out your lonely lighthouse keeper fantasies here off the coast of Croatia. Among the 1,185 islands off the coast only four dozen have lighthouses. Built in 1887, the lighthouse here highlights the low, flat terrain. You can relax or read under the shade of numerous fig trees, go diving, swimming, sport fishing and visit the multiple beaches there. At dusk, you can see the nearby lighthouses shining brightly too.
8. Fregate Island Private, Inner Islands, Seychelles
This secluded paradise has 16 mahogany villas. Enmities include a spa, butler service, a jacuzzi, personal golf carts, powdery white sand beaches, private infinity pools, and a wine cellar. Here you can visit a sanctuary for the Seychelles Magpie Robin and search for Giant Aldabra tortoises with the resort’s naturalist. You can also sign on to spot dolphins and whale sharks or dive into the Indian Ocean and help the locals cultivate coral.
9. Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia
This is the only resort in Lizard Island National Park. Located on the Great Barrier Reef, it’s beautifully fringed by natural coral and a blue-green lagoon. Explore the two dozen beaches, and go diving. If you’re into nature, go hiking, snorkeling, or go glass-bottom kayaking and see the tropical fish, and giant clam gardens too. Finally, have a spa treatment and relax in one of the 40 villas and suites complete with floor-to-ceiling windows.
10. Song Saa, Koh Rong Archipelago, Cambodia
The eco-luxury on-the-water and jungle-ensconced villas here were made by local builders with local materials. They feature thatched roofs, linen-draped canopy beds, repurposed furniture, noteworthy decor, and private pools. So stroll hand-in-hand, pause to take in the romantic sunset view then go to dinner. The overwater eatery and casual bar will serve up some local burrata made at the nearby mainland dairy farm.
11. Petit St. Vincent, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
This 15-acre tropical isle has 22 two-bedroom villas and one-bedroom cottages. There are no telephones, Wi-Fi, or TV. Flags are used to communicate with staff. You can go scuba diving, engage in yoga, and enjoy the Balinese-run luxury spa and wellness center. Dine on the local seafood and award-winning wine at both of the restaurants then have an exotic cocktail at Goatie’s, the beachside bar that comes complete with a memorable view of the pristine waters.
12. Pangkor Laut Resort, Lumut, Perak, Malaysia
Finally, this luxurious 300-acre island resort is ensconced amidst an olden rainforest and bordered by white sand beaches. Amenities include gardens, jungle trails, swimming pools and romantic little spots to watch the sunset. Much of the island is still raw and undeveloped.
You’ll need to take a four-hour car ride and a 20-minute speedboat ride to reach this spot from the Kuala Lumpur Airport. Famous singer Pavarotti hosted its Spa Village opening in 2002 and you can stay in the suite named for him.