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  • Writer's pictureJessie Ladipo

Get Stranded in Paradise in These Private Island Resorts

Updated: Apr 6, 2021

Talk about that #bucketlist! What could be more romantic than being lost with your sweetheart in paradise? There's no better way to celebrate your wedding than by jetting off to a remote private island resort that exists only to indulge all of your fantasies. Don't worry that you will get bored! No matter how secluded the island is, you won't be completely cut off from the outside world. All of the resorts have internet access, so you can still check in back home. Ready to discover your private island oasis? Here are private island resorts that allow you to get stranded in paradise.

This private villa sits on a speck of brilliant white sand, fringed by some of Belize's most exquisite coral reefs; honeymooners are whisked to the island by helicopter. You will reside in splendid isolation until you summon a staff member from the nearby island to prepare a gourmet meal, discreet housekeeping, or a rejuvenating massage. A boat is on standby to take you to obscure coral reefs, scenic tours of the surrounding lagoons, and transport them to excursions on Belize's mainland.

Opened in 2019, the Waldorf Astoria is a newbie in the Maldives private island scene. Still, it has made a splash in the over-the-top barefoot luxury realm. The resort delivers extraordinary amounts of privacy and luxury, and this property boasts an impressive ten dining venues. You'll find fine treetop dining if you need to unwind — head over to the candlelit spa Starlight Ocean Massage.

Marlon Brando spent three decades preserving a remote atoll in French Polynesia and creating his island paradise. This lovely eco-resort is the very definition of luxurious isolation. You will arrive via private plane from Tahiti to get lost up in one of the stunning beachfront villas, all equipped with plunge pools, bikes for exploring the island, and private yards edging a three-mile-wide lagoon.

Just a stone's throw from the more substantial Koh Rong Island and a 35-minute boat ride from Cambodia's mainland, Song Saa offers an intimate atmosphere to explore the remarkable landscape. The property embodies a respectful relationship with the land; villas are from recycled timber and driftwood. You will be far from your cares at the perfect island escape.

Set on a small island right outside Grace Bay Beach, COMO Parrot Cay offers a peaceful ultra-luxury experience focusing on relaxing and rejuvenation. Spa enthusiasts flock from worldwide for the indulgent pampering treatments offered at the spa. Parrot Cay delivers the very best of Caribbean style and luxury in ostensibly effortless fashion.

Sir Richard Branson's private isle, Necker Island, will delight wildlife fans thanks to the fascinating fauna transported to the island. While strolling through the verdant vegetation, you may meet giant tortoises, wide-eyed lemurs, and flocks of coral-pink flamingos. The island's centerpiece is the Great House, where you can gather to drink adult beverages on the picturesque wrap-around terrace or in the rooftop Jacuzzi.

A mere 25-minute seaplane flight from the airport in Male lies the spectacular Kandulho resort. You will find a clear, colorful reef and stunning villas. The resort is breathtaking — the overwater bungalows, dining options, and recreational activities support contemporary luxury with the island's picturesque natural setting.

Suppose you can only encounter the Great Barrier Reef one way, experience from Lizard Island — a luxurious secluded getaway for those seeking a unique look at this natural wonder. Highlights of the resort include private picnics on the beach and the option to obtain health and lifestyle assessments. Its position makes the island a popular stop for divers.

Reputations don't get much better than Malaysia's Pangkor Laut Resort, winner of multiple TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards. A real-life paradise, the resort offers lovely overwater villas, a beachfront infinity pool, private beaches, and a full-service spa village — all inside the rainforest. The entire island spans 300 acres; the resort takes up only a tiny piece of it — allowing nature to thrive.

You don't have to fly to Asia or the South Pacific, or the Maldives to experience a heavenly private island. Montenegro has long been one of Europe's best-kept secrets. Travel lovers and the jet-set adore the country's sun-kissed shores. Aman preserved the island's rich history, which dates back to the 15th century, and added a spa, three pools, and a yoga pavilion. The island connects to the mainland's lovely villages via a pink sand beach, where anglers bring in their catch of the day.

Flying halfway around the globe isn't necessary for finding a decadent private island resort—Jumby Bay is two miles off Antigua's coast! It offers exclusivity and luxury that keeps its A-listers coming back over and over again. The open-air spa is quite extraordinary—offering treatments with herbs straight from the island's garden to cutting-edge skincare products from Tata Harper.

An intimate island retreat lying within 115 acres of pristine tropical forest, Petit St. Vincent is a romantic, peaceful escape from the daily grind. A lack of TVs, phones, and Wi-Fi will force you to unplug, allowing you the opportunity to appreciate the serene natural environment. Your villa will either be on the beach or nestled within densely forested hillsides.

William and Kate chose this elite Seychelles island for their honeymoon, so you know it has to be incredible! The entire island only has eleven villas ranging from nearly 5,000 to 8,000 square feet; the villas include a plunge pool, dining pergola, outdoor deck, electric golf cart, and bicycles. You could spend your entire stay without seeing anyone else.

Couples use to apply to visit Laucala, which speaks to its exclusivity and devotion to protecting its particular kind of magic. The resort occupies and acts as its self-sufficient community, with livestock and herb gardens and a local sourcing policy. Each of the 25 ocean-facing villas has a private beach or park and pool. The 3,460-acre island has plenty of secret nooks and crannies, allowing for lots of alone time.

Don't overlook Madagascar if you're searching for barefoot luxury. The scenery is unspoiled that it genuinely feels like another planet. Walk through the jungle, and you're likely to encounter everything from lemurs, chameleons, and hundreds of colorful and lively birds.

Miavana delivers a secluded, intensely luxurious resort that doesn't feel like anyplace else on the planet. Journeying to Madagascar is long, but trust me—Miavana provides a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon, and then some!

It doesn't get more luxurious than honeymooning at a resort on a private island. Off-the-grid tropical locations, overwater bungalows, hidden European gems, you can find seclusion, relaxation, and romance. So get stranded in paradise at one of these private island resorts.

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