Wanderlust: The World’s Most Luxurious Private Island Resorts


These private island resorts epitomise luxury and exclusivity. Expect white sand, azure water and the utmost in world-class service. Here are a few of the best…

The world’s best private island resorts


The private island of Tagomago is one of the most exclusive and intimate hideaways in the Mediterranean, located off the North coast of Ibiza. With just one sensational five-bedroom villa located in the centre of the island, guests get a completely unique and totally private destination experience. The villa also boasts an outdoor jacuzzi, fitness area, steam room and sauna. The perfect base for a long weekend or longer stay in Ibiza, the 148-acre island is surrounded by clear turquoise waters and is a home to a historic lighthouse.

Rates start from £12,400 per person per night based on 10 people sharing. The price includes return private jet travel from London to Ibiza, private ground transfers to/from Tagomago, all food and house alcohol, use of the private Mangusta yacht for one day, lunch at El Chiringuito, VIP night at Pacha and private yoga teacher.  tagomago-island.com


Located on the volcanic island of Malolo, Six Senses Fiji is set amidst crystal waters, pale ivory sands and thick tropical forest. The resort is located in a magnificent secluded bay and is comprised of 24 spacious pool villas and 60 residential villas. Also featuring a state of the art gym, Club House, Kid’s Club, spa and 650m stretch of stunning private beach, the resort is ideal for ocean enthusiasts looking for their own tropical paradise but with all the comforts and amenities of home.

Rates in a Hideaway Pool Villa (one bedroom) start from approx. £718 – per night, B&B.  This rate also includes 25% government tax, non-motorised water sports, GEM (Guest Experience Maker) services, select daily activities per the weekly activity schedule, complimentary ice cream and complimentary Kid’s Club. sixsenses.com


Bawah Reserve is a stunning eco-resort with just 35 beautifully designed suites and bungalows. It sits in the Riau Archipelago, Indonesia, located between Malaysia and Borneo. Guests can get out and explore the 13 beaches and two lagoons of Bawah Reserve. Activities include paddle boarding, snorkelling, kayaking, sailing, diving and boat excursions. Visitors can unwind in the resort’s wellness centre with an outdoor yoga class, a treatment in the spa, or an al fresco film under the stars.

Rates at Bawah Reserve start from $1,780 USD per night in a Garden Suite for two people on a full board basis including round-trip transfers from Singapore, unlimited daily spa treatments, laundry, in-room minibar and a host of land and water-based activities. For more information visit bawahreserve.com


Milaidhoo Island Maldives is one of the most sought-after and luxurious private island resorts in the Maldives. Water babies can opt for the breath taking 380sqm Ocean Residence – an incredibly spacious and elegantly but authentically designed, thatched-roof villa, on stilts with unparalleled views of the Indian Ocean. Guests of the Milaidhoo Residences receive a number of benefits during their stay, including a dedicated, 24-hour butler, Champagne on arrival, a dedicated chef to personalise all meals, a pop-up cinema experience on the deck of their villa and a private, half-day boat excursion.

The starting price for a Beach Residence is US $3,710 per night and $4,693 per night for an Ocean Residence, on a half board basis and including and taxes. milaidhoo.com


Nestled on a curve of golden sand on the island of Con So is 50 private pool villas and reflecting the essence of a traditional fishing village. Protected by lush, forest-clad mountains on a mile-long stretch of sand, each private pool villa is designed to reflect the breathtaking natural surroundings.  From the Vietnamese food to our unique spa offering four indoor treatment rooms, one Thai therapy room, three outdoor treatment salas; and a range of watersports on offer, from sunset cruises to fantastic scuba diving. Scott Dunn offers seven nights at Six Senses Con Dao, Vietnam from £2,450 per person. This is based on a couple sharing on a B&B basis and includes return flights and private airport transfers. www.scottdunn.com or call 020 8682 5060.


The Legian Bali is one of the island’s most iconic and best-loved hotels thanks to its unparalleled elevated location on one of Bali’s best beaches The Legian Seminyak. The hotel has 14 private pool villas and 67 suites. All suites directly face the sea, offering guests the chance to enjoy the views from the privacy of their own rooms as well as by the hotel’s iconic three-tiered infinity pool. The spa features four double and two single beachfront spa treatment rooms, warm plunge whirlpool, refreshing cold plunge pool, spacious sauna and steam rooms, manicure and pedicure lounges, a spa boutique and fully equipped gym.

For more information please visit: lhm-hotels.com


The Taj Exotica Resort and Spa has taken great care to construct a 72-villa world-class resort inspired by the pitch-roof stilted huts inhabited by the indigenous Jawara tribe. It sits within 46 acres of jungle, forests and mangroves, and does all it can to preserve the fragile eco-system of the island. Guests can explore the jungle with the in-house naturalist who works closely with the local NGOS and authorities towards the preservation of the marine life and the natural environment.

Rates at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans start from approx. £280 GBP per night. Flights to Port Blair in the Andamans are available from core cities across India including Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi and Bangalore. tajhotels.com


Dolphins swim along the seashell-dappled shores of Six Senses Laamu, a private island resort in the beautiful southern Laamu Atoll. An exclusive palm-fringed paradise with 96 sustainable villa accommodations set over the lagoon and on the island. Guests can snorkel in Laamu’s coral rich house reef among Oriental Sweetlips, parrotfish and even green turtles. By night, talented chefs from East and West prepare delicious dishes, prepared using produce grown in the island’s organic gardens.

Rates at Six Senses Laamu start from approx. £634 per night plus service and tax in a Lagoon Water Villa plus service and tax sixsenses.com


Baros Maldives is one of the very best for couples, surrounded by tropical greenery and an exquisite house reef just 15 meters from the shore. There are 45 Beachside and 30 Water private villas to choose from, many with private pools and each complete with a villa host to cater to guests’ every possible requirement. Baros has direct access to 30 of the world best diving spots, and there is nowhere more secluded and calming than the spectacular underwater world of the Maldives; marvel at the likes of manta and eagle rays, turtles and sharks and adventure-seeking pairs can even embark on fascinating ‘Fluo Night Dives’.

Rates at Baros Maldives start from approx. £464 per night in a Deluxe Villa on a B&B basis, excluding taxes. For more information please visit baros.com 


A haven of serenity, the Six Senses resort occupies just one third of the island’s land total, and includes 30 villas and 17 private residences, with the rest of the island left to the bounteous nature and wildlife. From active hikes in the spectacular Coco de Mer Valley, to twilight climbs to Sunset Point, cycle trips along La Digue, and guided tours of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vallée de Mai, there are options to suit travellers of all energy levels and ages.

Rates from approx. £1,212 per night in a one-bedroom Hideaway Pool Villa, B&B, inclusive of tax and service. sixsenses.com

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