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No castaways: 5 private islands you can rent on Airbnb

We know how difficult it can be to decide on your next holiday, and you’ve done luxury train rides, stayed in castles, and even been around the world in 22 days —  nothing fazes you anymore. What if we told you that you could rent entire private islands on Airbnb?

Imagine being willingly marooned on an island of your choice, literally away from it all. No man is an island? Prove the saying wrong. After all, everyone could do with some “me” time, and it gives you a chance to rest and rejuvenate your senses without the presence of other people around you. On the flip side, you could even go on the other end of the spectrum and invite your loved ones to share the private island with you, having a party in your very own continent.

Although these private islands are not miles away from civilisation, they still offer you the chance of feeling like Chuck Noland minus the need for Wilson and starting fire with your bare hands. These private islands are pretty picturesque as well, if we may say so ourselves. But don’t take our word for it — scroll down and check out these five private islands that you can rent on Airbnb today.

1 /5

Vesterøy, Østfold, Norway

This little island is located in Hvaler, which is said to be the municipality with the highest number of sunny days. At least you’re ensured that your days of privacy will be sun-filled ones. According to the listing on Airbnb, you’ll get: “Your own island. Your own boat. Your own cabin. Your own kingdom.”

We like the sound of that.

Vesterøy, Østfold, Norway

2 /5

Stann Creek Dist, Belize

Bird Island is one of the most popular private island listings on Airbnb with over 90 reviews. In fact, it is so popular that recent checks have shown that the private island has been booked all the way till 2019. Enjoy water-related activities like swimming in the ocean, snorkelling, kayaking, and fishing while living that “Robinson Crusoe life”, as the host Fred says.

Bird Island, Belize

3 /5

Ilha Grande, Brazil

Two hours away from Rio de Janeiro and off the coast of Angra Dos Reis lies this little slice of tropical paradise in Ilha Grande. While most of the private islands listed here ensures that you are left completely alone during your stay, at this particular private island you have staff attending to your needs. You can also hire a professional chef to cook your meals. Imagine basking in the sun all day and swimming in the ocean, and then coming back to a scrumptious meal.

Ilha Grande, Brazil

4 /5

Cavinti, Philippines

If being willingly stranded on a private island in the middle of the ocean isn’t your thing, how about an island upon a tranquil lake, nestled in the mountains? This particular island-in-the-lake in Cavinti is far enough from the hustle and bustle of city life, yet only three hours away from Manila. Trade the sound of lapping waves with singing crickets and chirping birds in this mountainous setting, whilst your 14 nearest and dearest chill out with you.

Cavinti, Philippines


5 /5

El Nido, Philippines

Brother Island in the Phillipines is as beautiful and pristine as it gets with the white sandy beaches and overall laid back vibe. We’re imagining days lounging on that hammock and reading a book, or getting some water action and going snorkelling. There’s also beach side massages available, if that strikes your fancy.

Brother Island, Philippines


No castaways: 5 private islands you can rent on Airbnb

PohNee Chin

Editor, Kuala Lumpur

Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.


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