7 Private Islands

7 Luxurious Private Island Getaways

Jaw-Dropping Luxury Island Vacations

By Kwin Mosby

Couples are always on the lookout for the next big trip. Maybe you’re considering an exotic destination wedding or jetting off to some island paradise for your honeymoon. Or maybe you just need a low-key private location to unplug and spend some quality time with your significant other.

A Protravel luxury travel agent can to help you out with your search. Here are 10 luxurious island vacations that couples should add to their travel bucket list. Go ahead and splurge…these private island getaway experiences are worth it!

1. Necker Island, British Virgin Islands

Escape to an island owned by billionaire Sir Richard Branson, located a 30-minute boat ride northeast of Tortola. This 74-acres of pure paradise is a perfect destination for couples who want to book a room for their honeymoon or anyone who wants to book the whole island for a getaway or destination wedding. The island comfortably sleeps 22 adults, with the option to accommodate up to 16 additional guests on neighboring Moskito Island in Beach Villa and Mangrove Villa. And there’s no shortage of things to do on the luxury getaway, including a relaxing cruise around the British Virgin Islands, a dip in the Baths (series of caves on Virgin Gorda), or visit Anegada Island to experience one of the most beautiful beaches in the BVI. And couples can arrange fun theme parties, including a Beach Party, UV Night, Casino Night or Disco Fever, where guests can bring their own costumes or borrow from Necker’s collection of funky hats, glasses and accessories. Although the island did not escape the effects of the 2017 hurricane season, the resort will welcome back its first guests to the Great House in early October 2018, with further accommodations to reopen in 2019.

Necker Island
Necker Island: Plan a luxury vacation to this island paradise located northeast of Tortola.

2. Vatuvara Islands, Fiji

Kaibu, an 800-acre island, and its three neighboring islands in Fiji were bought by Oakley founder James Jannard in 2009. But the aforementioned island is home to Vatuvara Private Islands Resort. Couples can choose one of the three secluded and expansive seaside villas with their own private beach access, an infinity-edge pool and a personal masseuse. The Saku Villa and Vatu Villa have a private massage straw hut on their decks, while the Delana Villa has a dedicated massage room and an additional Jacuzzi bath. Dine at the full-service, farm-to-table restaurants Jim’s Bar & Grill and Valhalla Restaurant; hike to an ancient Fijian Village; take a four-day scuba diving course for your Open Water Certification; or enjoy a golfing on a four-hole course, putting green with a club pavilion for shade, a shower and cool drinks. And if you want some alone time… couples can arrange a private island picnic, where staff will drop you off on an uninhabited island with a cooler and other beach gear to spend the day snorkeling or just relaxing. It’s the perfect post-nuptial excursion. Contact one of Protravel’s Fiji experts to arrange this incredible experience.

3. Aeolian Islands, Italy

This entire archipelago has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and Filicudi – located 50 miles north of Sicily – is the perfect place for couples who love nature, hiking, volcanoes and archaeology. Consider a stay at the family-owned Hotel La Canna, an oasis of peace and quietness. Grab a homemade Italian meal for two at the hotel’s restaurant where every meal is made with local ingredients and the catch of the day. Or take a short walk down the cobblestone street to enjoy a meal at Villa La Rosa, owned by chef Adelaide Rando. Adventure travelers can explore the other islands, including Salina, Stromboli, Panarea and Lipari.

Aeolian Islands
Aeolian Islands: Make Filicudi your home base, and arrange a sailing excursion to explore nearby islands, including Lipari, Salina and Stromboli.

4. Chapwani Private Island, Tanzania

Welcome to this little island surrounded by a beautiful coral reef and immersed in crystal blue waters. Only 12 acres, this private island is located northwest of Zanzibar, which is just a 15-minute boat ride away. For a couple of romantic castaways looking to break away from the stress of everyday life, this is the ideal getaway for you. Birdwatching, canoeing, deep sea fishing, sunset cruising and scuba diving are just a few activities to keep an antsy couple busy. Book an excursion to experience more, including a visit to nearby Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its history and architecture reflecting Swahili culture with Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements. And if you’ve always wanted to go on a private safari in East Africa, you’re perfectly located to add that on before or after. Contact one of Protravel’s Africa experts to make this dream trip of a lifetime come true!

Chapwani Island:
Chapwani Island: Unwind and relax on this beautiful island located northwest of Zanzibar City, Tanzania.

5. Gladden Private Island, Belize

You can’t get more secluded than heading to an island that boasts that it’s “the world’s most private island resort.” Located in the heart of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve, Gladden sits in a swirl of turquoise and aquamarine lagoons with coral and white sand beaches. The island is home to your own private sanctuary, a casually elegant villa designed for just one couple, but with the all-inclusive service of a luxury resort. Enjoy your privacy while the staff reside in a smaller island behind Gladden. This island is so remote that couples will need to take a 40-50-minute speedboat ride from Placencia, which is included in your stay. Guests can also arrange for a helicopter ride from Belize City to Gladden for $1800 one way or stay more than seven days and get a helicopter ride for free! And what about food? It’s up to you! Guests can customize the menu to suit their tastes or leave it up to chef Colleen Leube to whip up traditional Belizian cuisine. The world is literally in the palm of your hands at this luxurious resort. Let one of Protravel’s Belize experts book your journey.

Gladden Private Island
Gladden Private Island: This unbelievable getaway includes your own personal island with a villa designed for just one couple, and the resort's staff only an island away.

6. Voavah, Maldives

Escape to the Four Seasons Resort at Landaa Giraavaru Maldives. Yes, this is a place where you’d expect to see celebs or at least couples with matching designer luggage, but this luxury resort is a very holistically centered and spiritual retreat. Although there’s a bohemian vibe, you never lose the feeling that you’re in upscale accommodations that include an overwater villa and seven bedrooms set across five acres. And there’s no shortage of things to do here. Take a yacht to spot manta rays and turtles, or arrange a picnic lunch with your significant other on Baathala – Voavah’s own private island. And because the resort is located on the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, couples get to explore marine life in one of the world’s best places for snorkeling. End your day with a massage or spa treatment with the soothing sounds of a crystal-singing-bowl experience at the resort’s spa. Trust us… you’ll be glad you did! Enjoy additional exclusive VIP amenities when you book with a Protravel Maldives specialist.

Voavah Maldives
Voavah: Rejuvenate your spirit at the Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Maldives, where their upscale accommodations is just the start of your unforgettable dream vacay.

7. Eriska, Scotland

There are dozens of scattered islets located near the Scottish Highlands. Mile-long Torsa Island, off Oban, has a farmhouse and colony of red deer. And on the motorboat ride over, couples may be lucky enough to see dolphins and seals in their natural habitat. For a luxury getaway for couples, venture to the Isle of Eriska with its Downton demeanor and Michelin-anointed restaurant. Stay at the Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island. Pretty much like most resorts, they have special accommodations for honeymooners or couples looking for a venue for their destination wedding. For more privacy, consider staying beyond the main house in one of six Hilltop Reserves or Arnott’s House. Enjoy Afternoon Tea on the deck and a delicious 3-course dinner in the main restaurant. From visiting a Ben Nevis Whiskey Distillery to an excursion to learn about the history of Loch Ness to visiting nearby castles to guided tours to explore Scotland’s wildlife – couples won’t have a shortage of things to do and see here. Contact one of Protravel’s Scotland experts to learn more.

Eriska
Eriska: Consider staying on the island at the Isle of Eriska, a hotel that features a Michelin-star restaurant and day-excursion options, including a historical tour of Loch Ness.