10 Private Island Hotels To Add to Your Bucket List

by Lauren Dana

10 Private Island Hotels To Add to Your Bucket List

by Lauren Dana

Seclusion, rest, and relaxation all await at these private island hotels. From a French Polynesian oasis to a Caribbean hideaway, read on for our top picks from around the world — all of which deserve a spot on your bucket list. Here are the 10 best private island hotels in the world.

Seclusion, rest, and relaxation all await at these private island hotels. From a French Polynesian oasis to a Caribbean hideaway, read on for our top picks from around the world — all of which deserve a spot on your bucket list. Here are the 10 best private island hotels in the world.

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Little Palm Island, FL / Courtesy of the property
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Kudadoo Private Island, Maldives

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island is located in the Lhaviyani Atoll (about 40 minutes by seaplane from Male International Airport). The private island-turned-luxury-hotel is best known for its stunning locale, minimalist-inspired architecture, and beachy-chic bungalows — each equipped with private patios and ladders that let you swim straight into the sea. 

Read more: Our Review of Kudadoo Maldives Private Island

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island is located in the Lhaviyani Atoll (about 40 minutes by seaplane from Male International Airport). The private island-turned-luxury-hotel is best known for its stunning locale, minimalist-inspired architecture, and beachy-chic bungalows — each equipped with private patios and ladders that let you swim straight into the sea. 

Read more: Our Review of Kudadoo Maldives Private Island

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Kudadoo Maldives Private Island

The property, which hosts guests 15 years and older, is especially popular among honeymooners and families with older children. Most of the on-site amenities are housed in the temple-like Retreat, where you’ll find high ceilings and candle-lit walkways. There's also a restaurant, spa (complete with a Himalayan salt chamber), a wine and cheese cellar, and a swimming pool. All activities, amenities, excursions, and meals are included.

The property, which hosts guests 15 years and older, is especially popular amongst honeymooners and families with older children. Most of the on-site amenities are housed in the temple-like Retreat, where you’ll find high ceilings and candle-lit walkways. There's also a restaurant, spa (complete with a Himalayan salt chamber), a wine and cheese cellar, and a swimming pool. All activities, amenities, excursions, and meals are included.

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Little Palm Island, Florida

Florida’s Little Palm Island reopened last spring following a two-year renovation. Rooms and suites have thatched roofs, colorful artwork, copper tubs, and four-poster beds. A handful of accommodations also feature private outdoor soaking tubs. The resort is only accessible via boat or seaplane, which adds an extra sense of seclusion.

Florida’s Little Palm Island reopened last spring following a two-year renovation. Rooms and suites have thatched roofs, colorful artwork, copper tubs, and four-poster beds. A handful of accommodations also feature private outdoor soaking tubs. The resort is only accessible via boat or seaplane, which adds an extra sense of seclusion.

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Little Palm Island, Florida

At Little Palm Island, travelers can choose from various on-site activities, including kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, paddleboarding, and snorkeling. Wellness enthusiasts will love Spa Terre, which utilizes a blend of ingredients like organic vanilla and sustainably sourced seaweed in treatments and services. Before you check-out, be sure to book a private beachfront dinner, where you can feast on seafood specialties while admiring the sunset. 

At Little Palm Island, travelers can choose from various on-site activities, including kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, paddleboarding, and snorkeling. Wellness enthusiasts will love Spa Terre, which utilizes a blend of ingredients like organic vanilla and sustainably sourced seaweed in treatments and services. Before you check-out, be sure to book a private beachfront dinner, where you can feast on seafood specialties while admiring the sunset.  

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The Brando, French Polynesia

Located on Tetiaroa Island in French Polynesia, The Brando — named after the isle’s original owner, Marlon Brando — features 35 one- to three-bedroom villas that range in size from 1,000 square feet to 2,648 square feet. While the property feels secluded, it's easily accessible from the mainland (about a 20-minute plane ride from Papeete, Tahiti). Accommodations offer soaking tubs, private pools, and outdoor lounging areas steps away from the beach.

Located on Tetiaroa Island in French Polynesia, The Brando — named after the isle’s original owner, Marlon Brando — features 35 one- to three-bedroom villas that range in size from 1,000 square feet to 2,648 square feet. While the property feels secluded, it's easily accessible from the mainland (about a 20-minute plane ride from Papeete, Tahiti). Accommodations offer soaking tubs, private pools, and outdoor lounging areas steps away from the beach.

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The Brando, French Polynesia

The Brando’s amenities are just as magnificent as its surroundings. Splurge on a treatment at Varua Te Ora Polynesian Spa, which is surrounded by 200 meters of lush flora and complete with a tea lounge and waterfall. There are also several drinking and dining options to choose from, a handful of which also have vegan-friendly menus. 

The Brando’s amenities are just as magnificent as its surroundings. Splurge on a treatment at Varua Te Ora Polynesian Spa, which is surrounded by 200 meters of lush flora and complete with a tea lounge and waterfall. There are also several drinking and dining options to choose from, a handful of which also have vegan-friendly menus. 

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Hayman Island Resort, Australia

Hayman Island is located off the coast of Queensland (about an hour plane ride from Hamilton Island). The destination is known for its abundance of undisturbed beaches — plus its 1,568-room namesake property. There are several different room categories to choose from, including family suites, pool villas, and standard rooms surrounded by gardens. No matter which accommodation you choose, expect sea views and upscale modern design elements. 

Hayman Island is located off the coast of Queensland (about an hour plane ride from Hamilton Island). The destination is known for its abundance of undisturbed beaches — plus its 1,568-room namesake property. There are several different room categories to choose from, including family suites, pool villas, and standard rooms surrounded by gardens. No matter which accommodation you choose, expect sea views and upscale modern design elements. 

 

 

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Hayman Island Resort, Australia

Perhaps the hotel's best amenity is the swimming pool area, which offers plenty of space to lounge out and overlooks the Pacific. Activities here are also abound: There's diving, paddle boarding, helicopter tours, yoga, and hiking, to name a few. When it comes time to refuel, head to one of the on-site restaurants, each of which offers exciting culinary programming (cuisines range from Mediterranean to Pan-Asian to contemporary Australian) paired with modern design accents — think tropical greenery, bright tilework, and blue-and-white-hued decor.

Perhaps the hotel's best amenity is the swimming pool area, which offers plenty of space to lounge out and overlooks the Pacific. Activities here are also abound: There's diving, paddle boarding, helicopter tours, yoga, and hiking, to name a few. When it comes time to refuel, head to one of the on-site restaurants, each of which offers exciting culinary programming (cuisines range from Mediterranean to Pan-Asian to contemporary Australian) paired with modern design accents — think tropical greenery, bright tilework, and blue-and-white-hued decor.

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Amanpulo, The Philippines

Amanpulo is located on Pelican Island in the Philippines (approximately a 70-minute plane ride from Manila). Guests can choose from an array of casita-style accommodations with private decks, vaulted timber ceilings, and soaking tubs. A handful of them are also equipped with private pools. One- to four-bedroom villas, which include private butler service, are also available for rent.

Amanpulo is located on Pelican Island in the Philippines (approximately a 70-minute plane ride from Manila). Guests can choose from an array of casita-style accommodations with private decks, vaulted timber ceilings, and soaking tubs. A handful of them are also equipped with private pools. One- to four-bedroom villas, which include private butler service, are also available for rent.

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Amanpulo, The Philippines

Whether you opt to soak up the sun on a private lounger, embark on a kite surfing excursion, go diving, or spot wildlife, Amanpulo offers plenty to see, do, and explore. Its spa is best known for its Filipino-inspired treatments, some of which utilize tropical ingredients like banana leaves or cold-press coconut oil. Foodies will especially appreciate the varied dining options, where meals are made with fruits and veggies harvested from the on-site garden. 

Whether you opt to soak up the sun on a private lounger, embark on a kite surfing excursion, go diving, or spot wildlife, Amanpulo offers plenty to see, do, and explore. Its spa is best known for its Filipino-inspired treatments, some of which utilize tropical ingredients like banana leaves or cold-press coconut oil. Foodies will especially appreciate the varied dining options, where meals are made with fruits and veggies harvested from the on-site garden. 

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COMO Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos

This 1,000-acre Turks and Caicos property spans over four miles of private beaches — so no need to worry about the crowds. Rooms here start at 618 square feet, each with four-poster beds, teak furnishings, and all-white walls. Alternatively, consider renting one of the expansive homes or villas, which offer up to 7,200 square feet of space. 

Read more: The World’s Best Secluded Beaches

This 1,000-acre Turks and Caicos property spans over four miles of private beaches — so no need to worry about the crowds. Rooms here start at 618 square feet, each with four-poster beds, teak furnishings, and all-white walls. Alternatively, consider renting one of the expansive homes or villas, which offer up to 7,200 square feet of space. 

 

Read more: The World’s Best Secluded Beaches

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Como Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos

At COMO Parrot Cay, guests can enjoy beachfront drinking and dining along with plenty of swimming and sunbathing opportunities. Book a massage at the COMO Shambhala Retreat (the on-site spa), which seeks inspiration in its tranquil surroundings, with an open-air yoga room, Japanese baths, and outdoor Jacuzzi garden. For added adventure, take advantage of the on-site paddleboarding, biking, hiking, diving, and snorkeling opportunities. 

At COMO Parrot Cay, guests can enjoy beachfront drinking and dining along with plenty of swimming and sunbathing opportunities. Book a massage at the COMO Shambhala Retreat (the on-site spa), which seeks inspiration in its tranquil surroundings, with an open-air yoga room, Japanese baths, and outdoor Jacuzzi garden. For added adventure, take advantage of the on-site paddleboarding, biking, hiking, diving, and snorkeling opportunities. 

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Necker Island, British Virgin Islands

Richard Branson's Necker Island reopened in February 2021 following an extensive renovation. Today, the private island spans 74 acres and is complete with extended pool and outdoor lounging areas — plus private pools and villas. Each room has an open-concept design plus beach-inspired touches like hammocks, colorful accents, and terraces. The island is accessible via boat, private jet, or helicopter from Virgin Tortola, Virgin Gorda, or St. Thomas.

Richard Branson's Necker Island reopened in February 2021 following an extensive renovation. Today, the private island spans 74 acres and is complete with extended pool and outdoor lounging areas — plus private pools and villas. Each room has an open-concept design plus beach-inspired touches like hammocks, colorful accents, and terraces. The island is accessible via boat, private jet, or helicopter from Virgin Tortola, Virgin Gorda, or St. Thomas.

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Necker Island, British Virgin Islands

Guests have the option to “buy out” the property, which can sleep up to 22. Active guests will appreciate the property’s watersports programming, including sailing, wakeboarding, paddleboarding, and kayaking. On land, guests can play tennis, practice yoga, spot wildlife, or take a dip in one of two oceanfront infinity pools. No stay is complete without a meal at the floating sushi bar, which serves up fresh sushi and sashimi plated in mini "boats" floated your way via the pool. 

Guests have the option to “buy out” the property, which can sleep up to 22. Active guests will appreciate the property’s watersports programming, including sailing, wakeboarding, paddleboarding, and kayaking. On land, guests can play tennis, practice yoga, spot wildlife, or take a dip in one of two oceanfront infinity pools. No stay is complete without a meal at the floating sushi bar, which serves up fresh sushi and sashimi plated in mini "boats" floated your way via the pool. 

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Thanda Island, Tanzania

Thanda Island is located just 16 miles off the coast of Tanzania. The property is one of the world’s most exclusive private island hotels, with just one villa and two traditional Tanzanian Bandas (beachfront chalets). Each accommodation is outfitted with tall chandeliers, indoor fish tanks, and comfy outdoor seating overlooking the beach. To get here, guests must fly into mainland Tanzania before embarking on a helicopter ride (about 45 minutes) or boat ride (approximately 30 minutes). 

Thanda Island is located just 16 miles off the coast of Tanzania. The property is one of the world’s most exclusive private island hotels, with just one villa and two traditional Tanzanian Bandas (beachfront chalets). Each accommodation is outfitted with tall chandeliers, indoor fish tanks, and comfy outdoor seating overlooking the beach. To get here, guests must fly into mainland Tanzania before embarking on a helicopter ride (about 45 minutes) or boat ride (approximately 30 minutes). 

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Thanda Island, Tanzania

The on-site spa offers massages, body treatments, and facials, as well as meditation, yoga, and reiki. Popular activities include snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, and wildlife spotting. (The island is surrounded by coral reefs, which attract marine life like whale sharks and sea turtles, to name a few.) After you work up an appetite, make your own pizza, feast on seafood delicacies, or savor traditional Swahili dishes. 

The on-site spa offers massages, body treatments, and facials, as well as meditation, yoga, and reiki. Popular activities include snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, and wildlife spotting. (The island is surrounded by coral reefs, which attract marine life like whale sharks and sea turtles, to name a few.) After you work up an appetite, make your own pizza, feast on seafood delicacies, or savor traditional Swahili dishes. 

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North Island, Seychelles

Located in the Seychelles, North Island is about a 15-minute plane ride from Seychelles International Airport. The 11-villa property is surrounded by palm trees, granite peaks, and acres of untouched beaches as far as the eye can see. Accommodations are spacious at nearly 5,000 square feet, meaning there's plenty of room to lounge around and relax. Design touches include intricate woodwork and furnishings, comfortable sitting areas complete with plush sofas, pastel-hued color palettes, and deep-soaking tubs.

Located in the Seychelles, North Island is about a 15-minute plane ride from Seychelles International Airport. The 11-villa property is surrounded by palm trees, granite peaks, and acres of untouched beaches as far as the eye can see. Accommodations are spacious at nearly 5,000 square feet, meaning there's plenty of room to lounge around and relax. Design touches include intricate woodwork and furnishings, comfortable sitting areas complete with plush sofas, pastel-hued color palettes, and deep-soaking tubs.

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North Island, Seychelles

When you’re not exploring the island via boat or bike, head to the spa for a Balinese-inspired massage, 24K-gold facial, or an essential oil-infused clay body wrap. Culinary enthusiasts will appreciate the two on-site dining venues, which offer menus designed by Michelin Starred Chef Akira Back. Here, you can expect everything from tapas to barbecue to pasta (the squid ink linguini is a beloved staple). 

When you’re not exploring the island via boat or bike, head to the spa for a Balinese-inspired massage, 24K-gold facial, or an essential oil-infused clay body wrap. Culinary enthusiasts will appreciate the two on-site dining venues, which offer menus designed by Michelin Starred Chef Akira Back. Here, you can expect everything from tapas to barbecue to pasta (the squid ink linguini is a beloved staple). 

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The Sagamore, New York

The Sagamore is located on a private 70-acre island near Lake George, NY. The lakefront all-inclusive property dates back to the 19th century and is best known for its Victorian-era architecture (most notably, its eye-catching, well-maintained facade). Unlike the other private island resorts featured, this one is easily — and conveniently — accessible by car. Additionally, each of the 137 rooms and suites have marble-accented bathrooms, wooden furnishings, and patterned wallpapers and decor. 

 

Read more: America’s Best All-Inclusive Resorts

The Sagamore is located on a private 70-acre island near Lake George, NY. The lakefront all-inclusive property dates back to the 19th century and is best known for its Victorian-era architecture (most notably, its eye-catching, well-maintained facade). Unlike the other private island resorts featured, this one is easily — and conveniently — accessible by car. Additionally, each of the 137 rooms and suites have marble-accented bathrooms, wooden furnishings, and patterned wallpapers and decor. 

Read more: America’s Best All-Inclusive Resorts

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The Sagamore, New York

In terms of activities, it's nearly impossible to be bored here. On-site amenities include an 18-hole golf course, seven bars and restaurants, and a spa. Other highlights include a 95,000-gallon outdoor swimming pool, a 10,000-square-foot recreation center, and plenty of fishing, swimming, and boating opportunities. 

In terms of activities, it's nearly impossible to be bored here. On-site amenities include an 18-hole golf course, seven bars and restaurants, and a spa. Other highlights include a 95,000-gallon outdoor swimming pool, a 10,000-square-foot recreation center, and plenty of fishing, swimming, and boating opportunities. 

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