13 May 2016
Escaping to a secluded island paradise is what most people dream of. From powder-soft, platinum sands, lapped by crystal clear, turquoise waters, to luxurious hotels with fantastic food and the finest service. Doesn’t sound bad does it? Below are some our favourite island hideaways that offer the utmost in luxury. If these aren’t on your bucket list then you need to reconsider…
Song Saa Private Island
Cambodia’s premier luxury resort lies only 35 minutes from Sihanoukville on an almost untouched island. Whether you choose to take a walk through the rainforest, watch the array of dazzling marine life or relax in your private villa, a visit to Song Saa will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
One of Richard Branson’s homes, Necker Island is his favourite hideaway and it isn’t hard to see why. Situated in the British Virgin Islands, the island embodies the philosophy of barefoot luxury in a setting that is as exclusive as it gets. The unspoiled scenery is beautiful and the island can be hired exclusively for parties of up to 34, including access to Temple House, Sir Branson’s own private home.
Off the West coast of Malaysia lies the tropical island retreat of Pangkor Laut, accessible only by boat from the resorts private jetty on the mainland. Tranquil and exotic, the island has played host to several famous faces including the opera singer Pavarotti, who loved it so much that the islands top villa is named after him. No visit to Pangkor Laut would be complete without a trip to their spa village, a unique retreat that extols the healing cultures of the region, combining physical, spiritual health and wellbeing.
Motu Tane is a tiny three-acre island in French Polynesia. Mostly covered in tropical forest, the island has some of the most stunning views we have ever seen. The guest suites are beautifully designed and exclusive rental of the island includes use of a 36ft boat which can be used to explore the local islands. All meals are prepared by your own private chef, who can provide anything from a simple beach barbecue to a Tahitian feast. What more could you ask for?
Part of the highly exclusive Aman group, Amanpulo is a small island in the Sulu Sea in the Philippines. The tropical paradise is the epitome of luxury and each of the 40 casitas comes with a private buggy that can be used to explore the island to your hearts content. The island itself is fully ringed by white sand beaches that enclose the unspoilt tropical wilderness inland, creating the perfect island retreat.