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Private Islands for Romantic Retreats

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Is there anything more romantic than escaping to your own private sanctuary? With a backdrop of white-sand beaches, stunning sunsets, and luxury accommodation, you and your plus-one will feel like the only two people in the world at these romantic retreats. Embrace the private island life all over the world, from a lake in East African to tip of the Great Barrier Reef. Read on to discover the perfect paradise for you and your special someone—then book those flights.
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Brother Island, El Nido, Philippines
For the price of a San Francisco hotel room, you can lock in a stay at a seven-bedroom, two-bath property on Brother Island, a speck of a white-sand isle located 10 minutes by boat from the nearest village (Ligad) and two hours from El Nido in...
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Av. Vereador Benedito Adelino, 3185 - Praia Grande, Angra dos Reis - RJ, 23900-000, Brazil
Two hours from Rio de Janeiro, off the coast of Angra Dos Reis, Ilha Grande makes for a spacious retreat for two or an epic group vacation. The private island’s six-bedroom house comes with kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, plus a staff...
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Laucala Island, Fiji
Expect no less than over-the-top extravagance at Laucala, a resort island in Fiji with its own rental submarine. Bring friends: The island has 25 villas spread out over 4.6 square miles, with a rain forest, beaches, cliffs, a lagoon, and one of...
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Quilalea Island Quirimbas Archipelago Cabo Delgado, Mozambique
An adventurous redefinition of a beach destination, far-flung Mozambique is an East African paradise. The country's Quirimbas Archipelago is especially remote, and Azura Quilalea Private Island even more so with only nine luxury villas. Its 86...
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Nunue, Bora Bora, Vaitape 98730, French Polynesia
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Half of the overwater villas at Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort are on the main island. The other half stretch out from a private island inside Bora Bora’s ephemeral lagoon. Because of the secluded nature of the latter and staggering vantage...
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Rangali Island, Rangali 20077, Maldives
Located on two private islands, the resort is just the right size. You can be alone in your villa or mingle with other guests. There’s excellent food and wine at seven restaurants, one of which is undersea—enclosed in glass. Naturally, the seafood...
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Let's start by saying, this picture is just one residence, not the whole hotel. This is rock star living, with a huge sunken tub in the open air overlooking the ocean, gorgeous design, delicious cuisine, and impeccable service. You arrive by...
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The San Blas Islands in the Caribbean waters of Panama are a remote archipelago consisting of more than 300 islands, all with white-sand beaches, swaying palms, and clear turquoise waters. Fewer than 50 of the islands are inhabited by the Kuna...
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What an incredible place. A private island with 25 villas, and all-inclusive! I felt like we were alone on holiday... until mealtime, which was fantastic. I want to go back to this little slice of heaven in the Indian Ocean.
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Lissenung has been in operation since 1996, and is run by Dietmar and Ange Amon—certified PADI instructors, welcoming hosts, and lovers of all things PNG. From Lissenung, it’s possible to visit well-preserved WWII wreck sites, sea cliffs,...
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Lake Tanganyika
Tom Lithgow invites guests to his 130-acre island on Lake Tanganyika. Thirteen thatched-roof bungalows guarantee privacy; scuba gear and helicopter trips to Kalambo Falls guarantee fun.
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Lankanfushi Island, North Malé Atoll, Republic of Maldives, Maldives
The largest overwater bungalow in the world, Gili Lankanfushi’s 18,300-square-foot, four-bedroom structure on a private reserve in the Maldives, has a customizable wine list, private spa, in-villa cinema, waterslide, natural coral pool, and...
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Parrot Cay Turks and Caicos Islands, TKCA 1ZZ, Turks & Caicos Islands
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Some 35 minutes by boat from Providenciales, sitting all alone on a 1,000-acre island with three miles of white-sand beach, Parrot Cay attracts a seriously moneyed clientele who care, more than anything, about its exclusivity and its spa. Parrot...
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Ko Kut, Ko Kut District, Trat 23000, Thailand
Set amid the lush tropical rain forest and white sandy beaches of the remote Thai island of Kood, at the east shore of the Gulf of Thailand (historically known as the Gulf of Siam), Soneva Kiri defines intelligent luxury. Guests from abroad are...
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Pamalican Island, Sulu Archipelago, Agutaya, Palawan, Philippines
Occupying its own island in the Cyuo Archipelago—where members of the animal kingdom outnumber humans by some comical order of magnitude—Amanpulo is the consummate artist’s escape. Adding to the resort’s castaway cred is...
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Makunufushi, South Malé Atoll 20109, Maldives
Each of the Como resort’s 33 over-water bungalows has a private terrace that lets guests jump straight into the lagoon and snorkel amidst colorful fish and coral. Some of the larger suites are built in the shape of dhoni boats, the traditional...
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Lizard Island, Cairns QLD 4871, Australia
Lizard Island, which sits at the northern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, is a ruggedly beautiful island in the clear blue ocean where you will feel truly secluded from the rest of the world. Pack a delicious gourmet picnic and escape to your own...
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Benguerra Island<br />Mozambique, Mozambique
On Benguerra Island in the Bazaruto Archipelago, Azura is made up of 16 white-walled villas with pitched thatch roofs. Each villa has an unobstructed view that extends from the sand out to the sea. In the evening, recline on a wicker chair with a...
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Belize
Cayo Espanto is one of those fantasy vacation spots, the kind that one might think exists only in daydreams. But this private island actually is the stuff of dreams, with powdery sand and private beaches lapped by the clear Caribbean waters,...
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Koh Ouen Private Island, Koh Rong Archipelago, Near Sihanoukville, Cambodia
A mojito-making station, sunken bathtubs, and a private chef are just three of the perks on offer at Song Saa’s Royal Villa in Koh Rong, Cambodia. The two-bedroom overwater bungalow is located on the resort’s private island, where...
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Technically part of Tahaa in French Polynesia, Vahine Private Island Resort is an escape from reality. The hotel features three beach bungalows, three self-contained beach suites and three overwater bungalows, all with beach views and designed...
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Coconut Boat, Pasikuda 30410, Sri Lanka
An oil massage and herbal bath is just the treatment to complement a stay at the wonderful Maalu Maalu beach resort in Passikudah, on Sri Lanka's eastern coast. The resort's qualified ayurvedic doctor prescribed the herbal mix, as well as the...