Go on a horseback ride, enjoy a kayaking trip at sunset or whisk through the jungle canopy on your own zip line

Who needs private beach? When you can hire the whole island. We bring you the most glamorous private islands for hire

If you really want to get away from it all, why not head to your own private island? Thanks to these fabulous hideaways you really can have your own piece of paradise.



Ariara island

Ariara, Philippines
This 125-acres island in the Philippines is a must-visit for water babies. With 12 boats at your beck and call, you can dive from your boat into your own private coral reef. A staff of 30 will cater to your every whim. So whether you want breakfast at midday, champagne by the pool or to have a masseuse ease your cares away, this is the place to do it. What’s more, a night at this resort is said to be roughly the price of a luxurious cruise.

Nikoi island
Your view

Nikoi, Indonesia
Find your own island sanctuary in the Indonesian ocean. Only 8km from Bintan, this 15 hectare private island comes with sandy white beaches, colourful coral reefs and its own rainforest that provides sanctuary to an array of tropical birds. If you’re looking for an island adventure, you can go rock climbing, mountain biking or snorkeling. Or if you’re just wanting to relax you can catch an ocean breeze in your beach house and request a massage from the resort’s masseur.

Cayo Espanto

Cayo Espanto, Belize
Want to enjoy a Robinson Crusoe moment, but with designer furnishings and fluffy towels? Then book a stay at Cayo Espanto in Belize. This Caribbean island features seven bespoke villas that come with Egyptian cotton bedding, uninterrupted views of the sea and a butler. When you’re not taking part in exotic jungle tours, fly fishing trips or scuba diving adventures, you can recharge your batteries in the spa. Choose from the sweet smelling Chocolate Affair wrap and massage or Coconut Ginger Glow. Or book them both – it is your island after all.

Jicaro island
One of the nine lodges to choose from

Jicaro Island lodge, Nicaragua
Feel like the king of the jungle by hiring the whole of Jicaro island on Lake Nicaragua. This eco-chic resort has nine private lodges that all have a view of the water. Once you’ve worked out where you want to rest your head for the night, you can enjoy a few laps in your private pool, go on a horseback ride, enjoy a kayaking trip at sunset or whisk through the jungle canopy on your own zip line. If you wish to practise your Tarzan yell as you hurtle through the trees, you can, because no-one else is there to hear you.

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