Islands conjure a romantic feeling. To have 360 degrees of turquoise blue waters, sandy beaches, and lush tropical foliage around you stimulates the imagination. Islands have an aura of mystique that magnetizes us urban dwellers. In an island, the temperature is always perfect, and the laid back atmosphere gets you into relaxation mode. Total seclusion gives you total quiet. Not surprisingly, renting out a private island has become common among the rich and the famous. The price of these luxury destinations are a little high, but the experience cannot be beat.
Las Vegas and Paris are outdated. The rich want the decadence of off-the-beaten island destinations. If you want to get away from the crowd, then get an island to yourself by renting it. Hawaii, Maldives, British Virgin Islands, Guam and beyond are waiting to give you luxurious vacation. However, not all islands are the same. Each has its own personality, each with its own tourist offerings, activities, and cultures. Some are known for quantity rather than quality of villas. Anguilla is the choice of celebrities like Robert de Niro. It’s not surprising why. Anguilla is quiet, but flows with great food. St. Martin, on the other hand, is robust, as it also offer casinos and bars. Choose a luxury island vacation that matches your personality.
When it comes to laid back luxury, Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island in the Carribean is on top of the list of the rich and the famous. Rock stars, movie stars, and royalties have made Necker Island their vacation home. It’s so secluded it’s the perfect hideout from mad fans and intense media scrutiny. It gives them a lot of anonymity when they need it.
Accessible via a short helicopter ride or boat, you can rent the whole island for yourself and up to 28 guests for $53,000 a night, but you can also rent individual rooms for the fraction of the night. Necker Island is great for some alone time, as well as for group gatherings, such as family reunions, small weddings, anniversaries, etc.
Sir Richard Branson purchased this 74-acre island in the 1970s. He slowly developed it, with the goal of turning the island into a family retreat. First, he built a Great House, then added five smaller Bali houses later. The Great House is built on top of Devil’s Hill, which gives panoramic views of the island. The walls of the house feature stones blasted from the top of the hill. The timber used came from the island. The roofs, however, were imported from Brazil, the flooring from Yorkshire, and the furniture from Bali.
The service is nothing short of spectacular. There’s a team of sixty staff ready to take care of your every whims. You don’t have to lift a finger. Cook, butler, chamber maid, personal laundress, etc, are available at your behest. Food and champagne is always available, and you can have them anytime you want. There’s no limit as to what you can consume.
At the Main Beach, unleash the daredevil in you. There’s a team waiting to take you to your next adventure. Your options include parasailing, kite surfing, and water skiing. There’s also a 32-meter catamaran available for charter cruise and a three-man submarine that can take 30 meters deep into the water. Those who prefer more relaxed activities, such as lounging on the sand, snorkeling, or lounging on a hammock can head to the palm-fringed Turtle Beach instead.
Beyond Necker Island, you’ll find hundreds more of private islands for rent around the world. There’s the Rainia Experience in the Maldives, which gives you your own island-lagoon complete with staff and yacht. Another is Eustatia Island, a 30-acre reef-enclosed island in the British Virgin Islands. Here, you’ll find a fleet of charter yachts and boats available at your disposal. Rates are much cheaper than Necker Island’s — $52,000 – $87,000 per week, depending on the season of the year.
Vladi Private Islands, a Germany-based island travel agency, has a list of over 150 islands available for rent. You can contact a travel agency to arrange an island travel for you, or you can directly contact the staff of the island you have in mind for details.