These are the most exclusive island getaways we want to be at right now.
If you’re looking for seclusion, then an island paradise is the way to go. Whilst whisking away on a private jet right now isn’t quite on the cards for most of us, that doesn’t mean we can’t dream a little.
As we get used to socially distanced routines, perhaps our next holidays will also demand a certain level of isolation — with all the modern comforts at your fingertips and an incredible vista to boot. For that, here are some of the best luxury island resorts and villas in the world for the ultimate off-the-grid holiday destination.
Escape the city with this ultra-luxe programme belonging to the Ultima Collection, which acquires and manages seven exceptional hotel properties and private residences dotted around the globe — ranging from an urban retreat in Geneva to the picturesque island of Corfu. We’re dreaming of heading to the Greek island to bask in the sun and tune out from metropolitan life. At this seven-bedroom villa, you can expect an immersion of tailored specialist therapies and fitness sessions to disconnect from the outside and find inner peace. There’s also a 180-degree view of the Ionian sea to soak up from its two-tiered infinity pool — not to mention access to your very own 24-metre yacht to explore secluded coves and island hop during the day.
Envisioning something even more secluded? You might want to check out Ultima Collection’s newest property — the Ultima Cannes Le Grand Jardin, sprawled across your own private estate island along the French Riviera.
Phuket has always been steadily popular with tourists from near and far, but if you’d prefer a distance from such a crowd, family-owned Trisara is the ideal intimate resort for you to look into. Located in the lesser developed northwestern tip of the island, guests check into private pool villas surrounded by exotic orchards and flowering vines, while a distinctive wellness programme and Michelin-starred dining at Pru awaits.
Who wouldn’t have the Maldives on their travel bucket list? If you’ve not visited the spectacular island nation in the Pacific Ocean yet, then you’re in for a welcoming surprise. Joali has been one of the most talked-about new properties on the block. Located in Raa Atoll, Joali is a chic honeymoon haven for those looking for the finer things in life: Think personal butlers, cool contemporary design, a stunning art programme and a detailed commitment to sustainability.
With uninterrupted views of the Great Astrolabe Reef, Kokomo in Fiji is accessible only by seaplane or by helicopter. Traced by pristine white beaches and boasting a backdrop of lush rainforest, the resort offers guests complete privacy with its beachfront villas. If you’re not the type who enjoys sharing pools with other guests (let’s be honest, who does?) then this is the place to be — each room comes with a private infinity pool and private deck with direct beach access. Isolation in paradise, check.
The Bahamas may seem worlds away in terms of flight time from Asia, but it’s well worth a trip for those seeking total seclusion. Located on a private island near the Andros Great Barrier Reef, family-run Kamalame Cay boasts a barefoot chic sensibility and is beloved for its bougainvillea-draped cottages, purple sunsets, and complete proximity to white sand shores and crystal waters. Stay in one of 27 seaside suites or rooms for total seclusion, far, far away from home.
One of the early resorts in Asia to embrace barefoot luxury, Cambodia’s all-inclusive resort Song Saa Private Island offers an intimate experience with its protected coral reefs, white sandy beaches and picturesque sunsets. Embrace the sea views from your overwater bungalow, each of which feature an immense sunken bath that’s definitely worthy of a photo-opp. The resort also established the Song Saa Foundation in 2013, a non-profit organisation that works to protect the habitats and wellbeing of the communities along the Koh Rong Archipelago as well as in the capital of Siem Reap.
Bali may be the first to come to mind when the region of Indonesia is brought up. Whilst lush with both jungle and sea, it’s a hotspot brimming with tourists. Instead, if we’re looking for an isolated luxury getaway, we’d turn to Bawah Reserve: Located in the Anambas archipelago just 80 minutes’ seaplane from Singapore, the cluster of six previously uninhabited islands feature secluded shores and picturesque blue lagoons wherever you look. The marine conservation area is all you need for a tropical getaway — pristine wildlife, beach, sun, pool, and plenty of privacy.
Aman sets the bar with its collection comprising some of the most luxurious and exclusive properties in the world. Over in the Philippines, Amanpulo is perched on a private island in the Sulu Sea, accessible only by private plane just an hour away from Manila. The region is home to pristine coral reefs and untouched wildlife, from the comfort of your island-style casitas perched on the forest canopy or hilltop. Each villa is staffed by a personal chef and butler, and gets its very own stretch of sand. Fly to this sophisticated and intimate island destination for a moment of me-time.
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