Have you ever dreamed about spending your holiday visiting and enjoying a luxurious private paradise? The trend of visiting remote, secluded locations is on the rise as decades of tourism take their toll on the more popular tourist destinations. More and more travelers now want to get off the beaten (and oftentimes, crowded path.) There’s an element of truly discovering an area by visiting somewhere that is totally raw and not jaded by the everyday traveler – it is there that one can experience the rich flavors of a culture.
Private islands can be found all around the world, providing very different, yet always authentic experiences for travelers who want to go that step further into new and unknown territories. My personal favorites happen to be not too far from home…the white sand beaches and turquoise waters of the Caribbean. These five idyllic islands are only reachable via private jet. Top jet charter company Air Partner is the best choice when flying private. When flying on one of their beautiful planes, the vacation starts before you even land.
If you’re looking to have the the beach (and the plane) all to yourself, here are six options that will have you wishing you never have to come back.
Location: Saba is a five square mile island located in the northeastern Caribbean Sea, 28 miles southwest of its international hub, the island of St. Maarten.
– One main road known as “The Road”
– Known as “The Unspoiled Queen” due to the protection of its unique ecosystem
– Since it is not a reef island, it does not have the sandy beaches most notable in the Caribbean, but rather mostly cliff faces and rocky shores.
– Attracts tourists for the diverse and vibrant ecosystem and the unique diving experience (pinnacle diving and wall diving)
– You’ll find no franchises here. Small eclectic bars and restaurants will infuse your nightlife after you’ve hiked a mountain rainforest trail, dove a world-acclaimed dive site or just lazed by a pool with a good book.
Location: Near the northern end of the Lesser Antilles archipelago, about 350 km east-southeast of Puerto Rico and 80 km west of Antigua
– It’s a small island in the Caribbean Sea that forms part of the inner arc of the Leeward Islands chain of the West Indies.
– The current name Nevis was derived from a Spanish name Nuestra Señora de las Nieves by a process of abbreviation and Anglicisation. The Spanish name means Our Lady of the Snows.
– A five star hotel (The Four Seasons Resort Nevis, West Indies), four exclusive restored plantation inns, and several smaller hotels, are currently in operation.
Location: Village in Grenada, located on the island’s south coast, to the southeast of the capital, St. George’s.
– Spread over 80 lush acres with six sandy beaches and sweeping views of the Atlantic and Caribbean oceans, Calivigny is renowned to be one of the most exquisite and exclusive vacation spots in the world.
– Two Balinese and French Colonial-inspired residences and three custom designed luxury cottages provide accommodation for up to 50 guests.
– You get the island to yourself while staying here.
Population: 200 staff – 1 Resident, Sir Richard Branson
Location: Necker Island is located in the British Virgin Islands to the north of Virgin Gorda, one of the country’s larger islands.
– Necker Island is Sir Richard Branson’s home and favorite hideaway.
– He first purchased the island in 1978 and it opened as a luxury retreat available for private hire in 1984.
– Accommodation on Necker Island is split between the six Bali Houses, each of which has one bedroom plus the Great House which has eight bedrooms and a spacious Master Suite. Necker Island can sleep up to 30 adults and there is also a bunkroom in the Great House which can accommodate up to six children.
Population: Total population is about 31,500, of whom 23,769 live on Providenciales in the Caicos Islands.
Location: TCI for short, are a British Overseas Territory consisting of the larger Caicos Islands and smaller Turks Islands, two groups of tropical islands in the Lucayan Archipelago, part of the larger Antilles island grouping.
– The Turks and Caicos Islands lie southeast of Mayaguana in the Bahamas island chain and north of the island of Hispaniola.
– There is currently development underway to construct a small, exclusive community with yacht harbor and airport on a small portion of the West Caicos
– At least two attempts have been made to purchase the entire island. Once by Rafael Leonidas Trujillo (a Dominican dictator) and in 1972, an oil company tried to purchase the island to build a refinery, and built an airstrip. The deal was not made, but the airstrip remains to this day.
– A Ritz Carlton is currently being built on the island.