With the cold weather setting in, those of us who get the itch to travel start to dream of warm, tropical locales….pina coladas on a lounge chair by a pool overlooking a beach sounds divine right about now. So to give you a little inspiration for any potential snow bird travel planning, here are just a handful of amazing private and semi-private island getaways.
Amanpulo sits on its own private island in the Sulu Sea. Pamalican Island is part of the Quiniluban Group of Cuyo Islands, south of Manila. The resort is small, with only 40 casitas, both hillside and beachfront, offering a good variety of activities including sailing, cruises, fishing, tennis, diving, cycling and getting pampered at the full salon and spa. There are also several restaurants, bars and a private clubhouse for events.
The most luxurious accommodations of Amanpulo are the private villas, starting at 4500 sq ft, featuring a private swimming pool, separate bedrooms, living and dining pavilions, outdoor lounge and a kitchen. The villas offer catering to your every desire, with a private chef, butler, and a buggy to explore the island.
The Anantara Bazaruto resort is set on its own private island off the coast of Mozambique with 44 luxury beach villas. While the resort is family friendly, there are separate pools for adults and families, a particularly nice feature for those looking for absolute relaxation. Activities offered by the resort include scuba diving, fishing, windsurfing, water skiing, wake boarding, boating, cooking classes, beach grills, tennis, volleyball, golf, spa treatments, and turtle, whale and dolphin watching excursions.
The most luxurious accommodations are the Anantara Pool Villa, which boasts over 3,000 sq ft of luxury in two bedrooms of luxe privacy. The villa offers a private plunge pool and Jacuzzi, and a private terrace with secluded ocean views.
Touted as pure Arabian luxury, the Banana Island Resort is a perfect combination of convenient access to urban activities and an oasis of relaxation. The vacation starts with a bang as guests enter either by luxury yacht ferry or personally conveyed helicopter. The resort has 141 rooms, suites and villas.
Aside from the easy access to Doha shopping, dining and nightlife, the Banana Island Resort also offers an incomparable variety of diversions. With a giant pool, surfing pool, children’s pool with slides, spa treatments, Turkish bath, tennis, golf, movie theater, scuba diving, water sports, indoor botanical gardens, beach volleyball, a library, bowling alley and nine resort dining options, you will have plenty of options for entertainment.
The pool villas offer the best luxury, with your own private pool and sundeck with loungers. The resort offers villas with up to three all en-suite bedrooms, either on the beach or over the water. The over water villas are the ultimate luxury experience, with personal pools, large outdoor dining spaces, outdoor showers in the en-suite bathrooms, a separate living area, and outdoor sunbed lounges.
For a more secluded island getaway, Cocoa Island by COMO in the Maldives is a luxurious option, with only 33 overwater suites over crystal blue water. The resort offers completely tailored experiences through customised cruises to neighbouring islands and beaches, private dinners at secluded locations, yoga, diving, snorkeling, family adventure excursions, spa treatments, indoor and outdoor pools, and beautiful wedding and event spaces.
The COMO villas are the best accommodation options, each accessible via private jetty. These 3200 sq ft two-bedroom overwater villas have private sundecks with loungers, outdoor showers, and personalized butlers to cater to your every need.
For even more luxury and privacy, you can rent out your very own 74-acre island in the British Virgin Islands. Meant for large gatherings, the island offers a 10-bedroom main house with three separate Balinese houses for a total of 14 bedrooms. A staff of 31 members pamper guests who can enjoy indoor/outdoor dining, snooker table, tennis, swimming pool with waterfall and swim up bar, Jacuzzi, sailing, water skiing, wind surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing.
For a smaller crowd, Motu Teta offers your own private island with a three-bedroom main villa and a two-bedroom guest bungalow. The island is nine acres and offers unspoiled beach relaxation, snorkeling, wind-surfing, kiting, canoe paddling, fishing, lobster hunting, scuba diving, and your own private chef and staff.
For the ultimate Maldivian luxury, Naladhu offers only 20 villas and houses for a truly exclusive island getaway. You can’t go wrong with any choice of accommodations as each is lavishly outfitted with sumptuous textiles, its own private pool, gorgeous views and private butler service to ensure you are fully pampered.
The two bedroom pool residence offers 6400 sq ft with a large private pool, sundeck and rain shower. The resort also offers two restaurants, pool, spa treatments, a private yacht for cruises and sister island trips, guided meditation, yoga, tennis, cooking classes, and water sports.