Private Islands for Romantic Retreats
Collected by Maggie Fuller, AFAR Staff
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.
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...
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...
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...
Nunue, Bora Bora, Vaitape 98730, French Polynesia
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...
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...
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...
Parrot Cay Turks and Caicos Islands, TKCA 1ZZ, Turks & Caicos Islands
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...