Now through October 31, guests who book any villa at the Song Saa Private Island resort in Cambodia can take advantage of a three-, five-, or seven-night wellness retreat included
Bedarra Island reopened this month on a private island off the Great Barrier Reef in North Queensland, Australia. It had been ravaged by Cyclone Yasi in 2011.
Panama’s Pearl Islands have long held hidden treasures.
Kiawah Island, S.C., owes much of its allure to the 10,000-acre community’s slow, meticulous development of individually designed homes—an aesthetically minded approach that began wit
Though residents of Fisher Island Club will tell you otherwise, the cockatiels and macaws in the resort’s aviary are not squawking "My island for your boat." That was, however, the deal
A lot has changed at Petit St. Vincent since the 115-acre Caribbean private-island resort closed for renovations last summer.
A typical day at North Island might involve tracking a rare Seychelles white-eye bird through the jungle, following a sea turtle into deep ocean chasms, or simply lying on one of four sa
A 100-acre speck in Spain’s Balearic Islands, Tagomago is arguably the Mediterranean’s most exclusive exclusive-use rental.
Even at its 50-guest capacity, Calivigny Island never lacks for living space.
At Musha Cay and the Islands of Copperfield Bay—700 acres spread across 11 private Bahamian islands that illusionist David Copperfield acquired in 2006—guests choose their adventure.
During construction at Song Saa Private Island, Melita Hunter sent fishing boats on daily excursions through the Gulf of Thailand to gather branches, warped tree trunks, and remains of p
If private islands have a downside, it is that they are at times too private—cut off from the communities and cultures that make most destinations worth visiting.
At some point in the 16th century,piratesweary from pillaging and plundering took a break on Frégate Island, a 740-acre haven some 1,000 miles off the east coast of Africa.
Villa La Cassinella is technically not a private island. In fact, the 18th-century estate is not even on an island—it is perched on a secluded peninsula in Italy’s Lake Como.
Hannah "Shotgun" Makepeace would not recognize her namesake today.
Sir Richard Branson’s original resort, the 27-year-old Necker Island, experienced a setback just a month after the Virgin mogul’s property in Australia opened to the public.
At nearly 3,000 acres, Laucala Island is by far the largest private island featured in these pages.
Though just two miles off Mozambique’s northeastern coast, Vamizi Island seems a wild and secluded sanctuary.
The Hilot therapy at the Aman Spa at Amanpulo, a 40-villa private-island resort in the Philippines, begins in a hearty bath of guava, calamondin leaves, ginger slices, and lemongrass.
Hayman—the original private-island resort in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef region—was already scheduled for a renovation when two cyclones struck the property last Janua
The owner of Imanta Resort Punta de Mita (+52.329.298.4200, www.imantaresorts.com) describes his Mex
Situated on privately owned Hayman Island, within Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, the secluded Hayman Beach Villas offers luxury accommodations and some of the world’s
The Resort: Guests of Soneva Gili quickly adapt to the "no news, no shoes" policy at this private-island retreat in the Maldives.
The Resort: In the 1960s, Norwegian businessman Torolf Smedvig built a series of A-frame chalets on his 1,800-acre Caribbean isle and opened the property as Peter Island Resort.
The Resort: No one will oblige you to do much of anything on North Island.
At Fiji’s Laucala Island resort, Austrian businessman Dietrich Mateschitz has spared no expense in developing this private island, and his concept—to build a limited number of Accommodatio
David Copperfield once spent $1 million restoring an antique Orient Express train car, just so he could make it disappear in front of a live audience.
Guests of the Wakaya Club—the only resort on the 2,200-acre private isle in the Koro Sea—spend their days swimming and kayaking near the shoreline, snorkeling and scuba diving along the surroundin
At the center of the Cotton House estate stands an old sugar mill surrounded by gardens and a boot-shaped swimming pool.
Necker Island, a Caribbean private island resort owned by Virgin conglomerate founder Sir Richard Branson, has evolved rapidly since he acquired it in 1982.