I don’t go on holiday to see people. The opposite really; living in London it’s all too easy to start hating every person you see simply because they’re there – meaning there’s more to love about a private island resort than just sun, sea and sand. That said, even if you’re not quite as anti-social as me, getting away from it all is a wonderful feeling. There’s nothing like taking some time out to just… do nothing. To relax. Totally, and utterly relax. These stunning resorts offer just that – and the unenviable choice of warm ocean waters or a private pool.
North Island, Seychelles
You obviously expect a certain level of beauty from the Seychelles, but the region’s North Island is painfully pretty and, with just 11 villas there’s nothing to ruin that natural beauty. In fact, given the size of the beaches, there’s a good chance you won’t run in to another soul – other than the legion of staff there catering to your every single whim.
Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
If you were the serial entrepreneur owner of one of the biggest businesses in the world and worth roughly $5 billion, where would you stay? Quite obviously, you’d buy your own island. In the case of Richard Branson, that island is Necker, in the idyllic British Virgin (see what he did there?) Islands. Yes, the infrastructure very publicly burned not too long ago, but like a phoenix from the ashes the island is re-opening in October, and is set to be more beautiful than ever – picture the pinnacle of a Caribbean getaway. Normally you have to book the island out as a whole – it sleeps 22 people, so you need to have a lot of friends – but for some weeks during the year you can just opt for a room instead. Either way you can sail, dive, sport and spa to your heart’s content. Which is soon to be a lot more so.
If you want to go all the way, the astounding 750 square-metre Villa North Island is an object lesson in private luxury. It can only be booked by couples, but why would anyone want to waste those perfect sunsets by flying solo? No matter where you lay your head, there’s plenty to do those few hours that you’re off the sand: scuba diving in the pristine waters, guided walks to the island’s granite peaks or even a spot of fishing. Getting back to reality is going to be painful.
Amilla Fushi, Maldives
Have 200 guests to accommodate for your next dream holiday? You need to rent your own private island – Amilla Fushi in the Maldives will put them up in 59 houses and eight incredible beach residences, the perfect base from which to dive, relax or sample the many gastronomic delights. The island buyout includes free-flowing food and drink, daily spa treatments, daily water sports and seaplane transfers. Go on, throw the party of your life.
Mlaidhoo Island, Maldives
If you’ve ever envied Robinson Crusoe, this is the place to go. Opened in 2016, Mlaidhoo is one of the few Maldivian resorts that can be dubbed boutique. The entire island is at its widest 300m across. Still, it’s small but perfectly formed, with one of the best snorkelling reefs in the Baa Atoll UNESCO biosphere reserve. Sample plenty of authentic food and drink with a kind of barefoot informality throughout and you’ll wonder why Crusoe ever wanted to leave his little tropical paradise.
Laucala Island, Fiji
If you want to be at one with nature, Laucala Island is the resort for you. The entire ethos of the 12 square kilometre spit of land is sustainability, with organic farms and gardens producing a good amount of the resort’s food. Even the 25 villas – spread out at the island’s Northern tip – blend the outside and in, while the island itself is home to one of the few traditional Fijian villages left. Don’t worry though, it’s not all hemp shirts and trees; Laucala wouldn’t be on the list if it wasn’t one of the world’s most luxurious resorts. Whether you want to look across the island from the hilltop, sit next to the water or have a peninsula to yourself, there’s the perfect villa. Dining too is truly exceptional, leaning on those local ingredients for many colourful and flawlessly-prepared meals. At its core though, Laucala is all about an authentic Fijian experience that you can’t find anywhere else.
Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos
Buried away in Turks & Caicos in the Caribbean, there’s not many who know about Parrot Cay, and those that do won’t tell for fear of ruining the exclusivity. Quietly understated, and with excellent service, it’s the perfect choice if you just want to be pampered, thanks to the Asian-inspired COMO Shambhala Retreat, a first-class spa that will leave you without a care in the world.