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Private Islands Inc

Private Islands Inc

No man is an island, according to John Donne. But he obviously never spent a week living the high-life on his own private island, did he?

Soaking up the sun on an empty beach, miles from civilisation, Donne might have written something a bit different. Blissfully secluded and ridiculously stylish, private island retreats have become the domain of sophisticated travellers around the globe.

From Florida to Fiji, the most luxurious resorts are nestled between swaying palms, perched on limestone cliffs and rising among the coral reefs of deserted islands. An entire vista of rolling waves, unexplored forests and smooth stretches of sand are yours to enjoy in absolute privacy – except for a waiter or two serving up mouth-watering cocktails and exotic cuisine. It’s a picture-perfect vision of paradise for lovers of serene getaways, peaceful retreats and romantic escapes, and we’ve picked a few of the worlds best that are bound to awaken the traveller in you…

Jonathon Island: The Narragansett Emerald

Private Islands Inc

Private Islands Inc

Oysters for breakfast, sunrise on the porch and days spent navigating gentle sun-warmed waves. This is Jonathon Island - a dazzling emerald of lush green woods and wildflowers, dropped alongside Rhode Island’s Narragansett. The island’s only villa is a chocolate-box Whitehouse with a tropical twist and an American flag to boot. It’s neat, white-boxed windows look down onto tall green bushes which melt into sandy beaches giving way to the sea. Here, the explorers among you can unleash your inner Robinson Crusoe as you beat an untrodden path through the island’s dense foliage, or scour the shores for striped bass, steamer clams and blue crabs. Meanwhile, you dreamers can bask in the last rays of a golden sunset on the villa’s private deck, or listen to the lapping of the waves as you leave footprints behind you in the sand. With the villa also boasting a screened porch and a 360-degree view of the sea, unspoilt, uninterrupted pleasure has never seemed so close. But if you do bemoan the lack of company, never fear - this villa sleeps up to six people and shares its shores with the Rhode Island towns of Narragansett and South Kingstown, where there are plenty of restaurants and you won’t have to catch your own dinner!

The Rania Experience: Pampered in Paradise

Private Islands Inc

Private Islands Inc

Close your eyes and picture the most luxurious and tropical version of paradise you possibly can, and your pretty close to the Rania Experience. Floating in the turquoise waters of the Faafu Atoll region of the Maldives, the island - which once belonged to a sheik from Dubai - provides an incomparably modern experience. The stunning lagoons and soft, white sands have had a 21st century overhaul to include cutting-edge satellite navigation systems, plasma screen televisions and a home-theatre system. Here, paradise comes with a Majesty 86 Gulf craft speed cruiser and a personal butler who can be summoned using your mobile phone. Choice is key on this island, with the option to sleep between crisp linen sheets on a wooden-furnished yacht, or in a traditional open-air beach villa, complete with thatched roofs and white-cushioned sofa swings.

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