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While there are more island getaways and resorts than can be counted, having a private island at your disposal is (naturally) one of the most decadent and undeniably exclusive experience in existence. Remote, uncharted, unfettered and in many instances, inaccessible, these natural wonders can be the ultimate way to reset in style. Going off the grid has great implications for mental and physical well-being; and whether you’re seeking a villa or suite–or an entire island all to yourself–these are the very best private islands on which to unwind, rejuvenate and explore.
Take a note from Proust, who notably said, "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." On your very own retreat, you are bound to see dazzling flora and fauna (much of which is unique to these islands' isolated ecosystems) and taste and feel vibrant community cultures. Here, the top ten private islands on Earth–and where to find them.
2. The Brando: French Polynesia
The Brando is truly worlds away–set on the otherworldly private island of Tetiaroa–and a must for those seeking incredible flora and fauna in a secluded, authentic Polynesian setting. This stunning resort plays host to manta rays, sea turtles, exotic birds, tropical fish and each of its exclusive villas are positioned on heavenly white sand beaches. The ideal union of relaxation and exploration, check out the surrounding wildlife and lush setting by cycle, kayak, snorkel, paddle board, take a dip in Mermaid Bay or lounge at the beach and pool. Expect unforgettable sunsets, best spent in tree-top seating areas with cocktails, for unparalleled views across palm canopies.
All The Brando’s villas are incredible and spacious (the ‘smallest’ being 1,033 square feet) and designed to enhance the serenity of the island’s natural surroundings. The Brando’s ethos is inspiring: offer out of this world, authentic luxury and soul-enriching experiences in an environmentally sustainable and culturally rich way. The Brando’s commitment to preserving and protecting the wondrous beauty and biodiversity of Tetiaroa expands to Polynesian culture itself, with its unique hospitality and traditions taking center stage at this magnificent spot. This is the ultimate private island, from feasting on fresh fruits grown in the island’s orchards, enjoying shellfish prepared by a Michelin-starred chef, or indulging in a native spa treatment high up in the treescape, it will be hard to leave this slice of heaven. Expert Tip: Fly in by private air charter.
Rates from $3,066 per villa per night. Book here.