5 Luxury Private Islands You Can Own Around the World

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Everyone always dreams of owning their own private island — a slice of pure, unspoilt, one hundred percent secluded tropical paradise. From the Bahamas to Fiji and even right off the coast of the United States, these private islands can be yours for the taking — at a hefty price, of course.

Bonefish Cay, Bahamas

Located in the stunning archipelago of the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas, this exclusive first class island features five buildings totalling 15,000 sq. ft., constructed of fine materials and completely hurricane-proof. The island is littered with white-sand beaches, nature trails that wind the perimeter of the island, and a treasure trove of local flora, fauna and wildlife for bird, turtles and dolphin sightings. Don’t miss one of the best activities: deep sea fishing in the cobalt blue waters.

The Main Lodge features 5,000-sq.-ft. of living space, along with a panoramic 360-degree view of the island and the Atlantic Ocean. Entertain your guests with a professional chef-designed kitchen including a 28-ft. maple bar, indoor dining with seating for 14, and an expansive patio for al fresco dining. Three other bungalows come fully furnished, with the island accommodating 14 guests altogether with two sets of staff. As an added bonus, new owners will be given the island’s motor boats, jet skis, wave runners, scuba gear and more.

Reach Bonefish Cay via seaplane or helicopter landings on the eastern side of the island. There are daily international flights from Floria to the airports in Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay, where you can find supermarkets, banks, hardware stores and more.

Priced at US$7,000,000 (approx. HK$54,409,880). Visit here for more info.

Emerald Coast, Porto Cervo, Italy

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a hideaway more secluded than this luxurious private island located in Porto Cervo, Italy. It’s easy to live la bella vita in this heavenly paradise, spanning a total of four hectares and surrounded by the azure sea, pristine white-sand beaches, hidden coves for swimming, juniper gardens and granite sculptures.

Spend your days lounging around the magnificent property which encompasses a variety of dwellings covering 650 square metres, staring with the 24-sq.-mtr. main abode with three double bedrooms and three en suite bathrooms, living area, dining room, kitchen, and terraces for outdoor entertaining. Set sail on the waters from the neighbouring quay with your own private yacht, then come back to a fantastic home-cooked meal to enjoy on the lengthy pier.

Price upon request. Visit here for more info.

Mai Island, Fiji

Arrive via a short boat ride from Labasa town (accessibly via daily flights from Nadi International Airport) and step onto this exclusive private island escape with fully-furnished residences. Primed for honeymooners, the tropical paradise is surrounded by soft sandy beaches, lush forest, and the aquamarine waters that Fiji is famous for. Days can be spent taking long, leisurely walks through the gardens, lush with coconut and papaya trees, pineapples and exotic flora.

Take a pair of binoculars to view the panoply of wildlife including indigenous island parrots in brilliant shades of blues and greens. Pick the local sweet peppers, then take a dip in the fresh water springs where colourful Koi fish swim. A deep water anchorage on the eastern side of the island is available for docking large yachts, from which you can go boating, snorkelling, diving and jet skiing to explore the archipelago’s wonders.

Price upon request. Visit here for more info.

Potato Island, Thimble Islands, Connecticut

States-side residents looking for their own private retreat close to home should look no further than this beautiful island right off the East Coast. A brief two-minute boat ride from the shores of Stony Creek, Connecticut, this spectacular private island is for those seeking ultimate privacy not too far from home. The island features a 3,781-sq.-ft. residence encompassing four bedrooms (two are suites), three and a half baths, kitchen, living room, and a heated granite pool and Jacuzzi.

Days can be spent sipping drinks on the spacious porch with 360-degree water views, or strolling on the well-manicured grounds including a private deep water dock. Owners can take their boat right to the mainland and back for daily excursions, or spend the afternoon snorkelling in crystal blue waters and jet-skiing. The island is located 85 miles to New York City and 135 miles to Boston, with available parking space arrangements in Stony Creek for easy access.

Priced at US$4,900,000 (approx. HK$38,085,250). Visit here for more info.

Bird Cay, Berry Islands, Bahamas

With an 8,000-sq.-ft. residence encompassing four bedrooms and three bathrooms, this private island is a picture of beauty and tranquillity, ideal for a secluded tropical escape in the heart of the Berry Islands, Bahamas. A picture of unspoilt beauty, the 250-acre tropical island is accessible via a 30-minute flight from Nassau. The island is surrounded by sand banks, with proximity to the Great Bahama Bank and the Tongue of the Ocean for fishing, sailing and scuba-diving options.

For a quick escape, Chub Cay lies just west of Bird Cay; from there, you can visit the picturesque marina, private resort club, world-class restaurants and more. Back on your base in Bird Cay, while away the days walking the sandy beaches with the crystalline waters lapping at your feet, exploring the numerous trails through fragrant citrus and coconut groves, and reading under the swaying tropical palms. New owners can also choose to build a golf course in their own tailor-made paradise.

Priced at US$26,000,000 (approx. HK$202,093,793). Visit here for more info.

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Leslie Yeh