Looking to get away with your extra-special somebody—and, preferably, nobody else? These ten romantic private island resorts deliver sun,Fresh Air, surf, sand, and seclusion, at off-the-path oases that you’ll have (practically) all to yourselves. It’s like being marooned on a desert island, but with all of the amenities of a luxury resort, along with a doting staff. Each of these ultimate get-away-from-it-all island retreats promise private paradises tailored for two—just be prepared to pay for the privilege of playing at castaways. Lets Look at Top 10 Private Island Resorts for Honeymoons.
10. TURTLE ISLAND RESORT, FIJI
Hosting a maximum of 14 couples at a time, who are privy to as many private beaches, not to mention the services of a friendly Fijian staff numbering more than 100, Fiji’s Turtle Island Resort presents the ultimate in seclusion and romance. Set amidst the lush greenery of the Yasawa Islands chain, the 500-acre isle renowned for its Blue Lagoon setting (twice pictured in the films of the same name), Turtle Island welcomes honeymooners with private beaches for two (perfect for champagne-and-lobster picnics), and all-inclusive activities like sunset horseback rides, sailboat lagoon tours, side-by-side treatments in the new spa (one couples’ massage is included), and guided scuba diving. Couples share spacious “bures,” private timber cottages with soaring thatched roofs, king-size canopied beds, sunken Jacuzzi tubs, and even tongue-in-cheek his-and-hers side-by-side toilets—all with the services of a personal “Bure Mama” (think butler, in the form of a motherly Fijian figure). All-inclusive pricing covers all meals and beverages (including free-flowing vintage wines, cocktails, and champagnes), which can be enjoyed on a seaside perch or floating pontoon for two, or via communal dinners with the rest of the guests. Rates from $2,499 per night, per couple, all-inclusive.
9. PETER ISLAND RESORT & SPA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
The largest private island resort in the British Virgin Islands, Peter Island Resort & Spa has been welcoming Caribbean-bound couples in search of easy-going elegance for more than 30 years. The 1,800-acre tropical isle brings together five beaches (including dreamy Deadman’s Beach), countless coves, swaying palm trees, and forested mountains for an unspoiled island escape. Bunk down in one of 55 units, including indulgent private villas with your own staff and incredible ocean views; beachfront junior suites, set just steps from the sea; or value-friendly ocean-view rooms. Couples can opt for treatments at the Ayurveda-inspired spa (book one of the open-air bohios for couples’ massages); book private beachfront dining experiences (like picnics in secluded coves or tiki torch-lit dinners); throw back cocktails with a Caribbean steel drum band; or partake in activities like snorkeling, sea kayaking, deep sea fishing, hiking, or diving (some activities carry fees). Guests enjoy a three-to-one staff-to-guest ratio, with intuitive service to attend to your every need—from unpacking your bags to crafting your customized island itinerary. Rates from $385 per couple, per night, including select activities.
8. CAYO ESPANTO, BELIZE
Just off the coast of Belize, this intimate private-island paradise—measuring just four palm-forested, turquoise water-enclosed acres—beckons honeymooners for pampering and privacy. Sign up for optional activities like world-class sportfishing, snorkeling, or diving on the world’s second longest barrier reef, and indulge in all-inclusive meals, catered to guest preferences (served at your villa, on the beach, or the dock). Retreat for romance at one of just seven beachfront villas, complete with private infinity edge plunge pools (one over-water villa boasts a glass-floor instead), alfresco showers, and private docks—plus the on-call services of personal butlers. Rates from $1,495, per night, per couple, including meals, select beverages, and some activities.
7. HAYMAN ISLAND, AUSTRALIA
Just off Australia’s Queensland coast in the Great Barrier Reef-fringed Whitsundays chain, Hayman Island’s resort combines the best of luxury digs and pristine nature. Of the 210 guestrooms, try the eight, light-flooded Beach Villas (designed by the same architect behind Amanresorts) for the ultimate in couples’ indulgence, with private pools and beach butler service, or the secluded Retreat Rooms, nestled under a tropical garden canopy. Opt in for sunset cheese-and-wine picnics on secluded beaches; twilight dining next to waterfalls or by the beach; or for activities like snorkeling or diving on the Reef, tennis or golf putting, catamaran sailing or seaplane flights, or simply lounging by the lagoon or iconic pool. Rates from $590 per night, per couple, including breakfast and some activities.
6. PARROT CAY BY COMO, TURKS & CAICOS
Tucked into the paradisiacal Turks & Caicos chain, Parrot Cay’sthousand island acres lay claim to miles of powder-white sand beaches, a vast Asian-inspired spa, and laidback luxury digs, all supported by intuitive service. Hop a speedboat across translucent Caribbean waters, where optimum beachfront villas beckon with four-poster beds, garden showers, and personal plunge pools; or try the garden-view or terrace rooms, amongst the more affordable of the 72 guest units. COMO hotels are known for their yoga and wellness programs and sublime COMO Shambhala Spa, ideal for zen-minded duos looking to rejuvenate. Guests can also head out snorkeling, kayaking, water-skiing, or simply lazing by the infinity-edge pool overlooking the Caribbean. After working up an appetite, share a healthy meal for two at the romantic beachfront Tiki Hut. Rates from $475 per couple, per night, including breakfast and some activities.
5. Motu Tetaraire, Tahiti
It’s the stuff of honeymoon dreams — basking on your own private motu (island) in a classic Tahitian villa, looking out to an impossibly blue lagoon. It doesn’t get much better than Motu Tetaraire (above), on Rangiroa Atoll in French Polynesia. The staff includes a boat captain ready to take you exploring and teach you how to spear your own fish, plus your own personal chef who will prepare it for dinner, as well as anything else your heart desires. Along with swimming and snorkeling you can kayak, go on a nighttime lobster hunt and visit nearby pearl farms.
5. Seabird Key, Florida
Only five minutes by boat from Marathon in the heart of the Florida Keys, the gorgeous 10-acreSeabird Key retreat feels a million miles from reality. After a meet-and-greet by the manager (who lives off the island but can be reached easily if neeeded), you’ll be left entirely alone to enjoy the romantic cottage, sun-drenched decks, tropical gardens, and an Adam-and-Eve outdoor shower. Cruise the Keys on the included 19-foot Boston Whaler, snorkel or dive nearby reefs and skinny-dip off the secluded beach. A chef can be arranged, but most guests bring their own provisions and cook for themselves.
4. Royal Belize Island, Belize
If you really don’t want to lift a finger, Royal Belize Island comes fully staffed with a concierge, personal chef, boat skipper and even a masseuse on hand 24/7 to cater to every whim while keeping a discreet distance to ensure total privacy. There’s a choice of three well-equipped villas (book just one and the island is exclusively yours), and each includes a pre-loaded iPod with more than just music — view activity calendars and daily menus, plus use it for instant communication with the concierge.
3. Little Thatch Island, British Virgin Islands
This 54-acre paradise is a short boat ride from the main island of Tortola. Little Thatch Island’s owners have their own occasionally-used residence on another part of the isle, but they leave the charming Seagrape Cottage in seclusion. Place your order and the cottage will be fully provisioned with groceries, beverages and snacks in advance of your arrival. The beachfront cottage features a wrap-around verandah with sublime sea views, a four-poster bed, outdoor hot tub and deck over the water for romantic candlelit dinners under the stars. Tortola is just minutes away by complimentary boat service, but it’s unlikely you’ll want to leave the comforts of the beach house and your pristine white-sand beach.
2. Dolphin Island, Fiji
New suites, an infinity pool, and a stylish decor by top New Zealand designer Virginia Fisher are just a few of the sybaritic pleasures awaiting honeymooners on Dolphin Island after its makeover this year. The trans-Pacific flight to Nadi and boat transfer from Ellington Wharf will melt away as soon as you dip into the warm waters of the Coral Sea. An ever-smiling Fijian host takes care of everything while the entire island, reef and beach are at your disposal.
1. Isla Kiniw, Curaçao
Nestled in tranquil Spanish Water bay, a 15-minute drive from the capitol city of Willemstad, the tiny private Isla Kiniw is accessible only by motorboat. Kiniw’s sole villa has three wings connecting seamlessly from an airy living area and kitchen to comfy guest rooms and a timber deck looking out to tropical gardens and a private beach. Activities including deep-sea fishing, snorkeling and diving excursions, golf and day trips to Curaçao can be arranged on request. Provisions can be ordered ahead for an extra charge, or bring your own and make use of the onsite barbecue.
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