The first island to be developed in the largely undiscovered Koh Rong Archipelago, Song Saa lies truly secluded in a sea scape of undeveloped islands, deserted oases of virgin rainforests and tropical reefs. Few luxury island resorts rival the true remoteness from civilisation that Song Saa possesses, yet it is accessible by boat from the port of Sihanoukville, where there is a small airport with plane and helicopter links to Siem Reap International. The resort is thought to be a pioneer of environmentally friendly luxury and intimate villas are available in both jungle and overwater environments, all with private pools.
Lighthouse Grebini, Croatia
Only four kilometres from Dubrovnik’s Old Harbour, the still-in-use Lighthouse Grebini stands on a rugged rock outcropping, and doubles up as a residence offering 3 double bedrooms and a large living area. Whilst there are no beaches, it’s possible to swim from the Island’s quay during the summer months and the more adventurous can scramble its rocky landscape. Intrepid divers can also explore the Italian wreck, Taranto which was taken out by a mine just off the island in 1943. Whilst offering a more unique experience than your typical island in the sun, Grebini offers a genuine sense of isolation only a few kilometres from the stunning coastline and historic city of Dubrovnik.
Nikoi Island, Indonesia
Just 8km off the coast of Bintan, Indonesia, the 15 hectare isle Nikoi consists of shell-strewn beaches, ancient rainforest, reefs and mangroves. Originally purchased as a family retreat, the island was opened as an eco-friendly resort in 2007. Self described as “barefoot luxury”, the accommodation consists of simple yet comfortable beach houses, constructed from driftwood, island timber and local grasses.
Taprobane Island, Sri Lanka
As Sri Lanka’s only privately owned island, this atoll consists of two and half acres of tropical fantasy. Only 20 metres from the shore of Sri Lanka’s southern-most coastline, the island is eccentrically accessible by wading through the surf from the shore, with many guests making the journey on an elephant. Despite its proximity to the mainland, Taprobane stands tall as a very separate and secluded slice of island paradise. It’s also very accessible; the large Colombo airport readily accepts private jet charters and many visitors make onward transfers by Helicopter.
Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands
The 1000-acre cay is arguably the most attractive of the 49 that make up the Turks and Caicos archipelago. Owned by COMO Hotels and Resorts, the resort offers opulence to the greatest degree and provides everything you would expect from the market leading owner of worldwide luxury resorts. Highlights include a mile long stretch of near-deserted pure white sand beach and pristine coral reef. When coupled with the world renowned Shambhala Spa, the island makes for an intensely indulgent experience.
Dolphin Island, Fiji
Just 30 minutes from the shore of Vita Levu in Fiji, Dolphin Island is a very accessible retreat. Guests are able to make a short transfer by a chartered float plane or helicopter from Nadi International Airport. Surrounded by untouched coral reef and shallow crystal clear water, the island is the perfect centre for scuba diving and snorkelling trips, as well as kayaking and sailing.
Spectacle Island, Maine, USA
5 acres in size, Spectacle Island is located off the coast of Maine in Frenchman’s Bay. Described by Private Island Magazine as “America’s best loved island rental”, the isle is the perfect getaway from the hectic mainland. With access to the island’s sail boat, Spectacle makes the ideal base for exploring Maine’s rugged yet beautiful coastline, all the while admiring the majestic Acadia Mountains.
East Sister Rock Island, Florida, USA
Situated less than a mile from Marathon in the Florida Keys, USA, East Sister Rock is seemingly almost perfectly circular and although small, possesses a 5,000 square-foot home. Alongside the ample living area, the island boasts a huge veranda, swimming pool, boat dock and helicopter pad, making heli-transfers from Fort Launderdale and elsewhere a very simple task.
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Little Whale Cay – image copyright Little White Cay
Necker Island – image courtesy of Fay Stephens
Song Saa Island – image copyright Song Saa Hotels and Resorts
Lighthouse Grebini – image courtesy of Sailcork
Nikoi Island – image courtesy of Vassily Zeitsev
Taprobane Island – image copyright Taprobane Island
Parrot Cay – image copyright COMO Hotels and Resorts
Dolphin Island – image copyright The Huka Retreats
Spectacle Island – image copyright Spectacle Island
East Sister Rock Island – image copyright East Sister Rock Island
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