Life Travel Slice of paradise: 13 private islands you can rent

Slice of paradise: 13 private islands you can rent

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It’s happened to all of us. You’re trying to enjoy that elusive Sunday sleep-in when a neighbour’s leaf blower starts up, a distant dog starts barking or a nearby pool party sends children’s screams straight into your bedroom.

If you’re at your wit’s end, the answer could be a private island. Seriously.

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It may seem extravagant, but there are isolated private estates available to rent around the world from a mere $340 a night.

Here are the top 13 picks from travel recommendation site, TripAdvisor. Start planning.

Villa L’Ilot – Mauritius, Africa

Located 1,931 kilometres off the coast of Africa, this luxury villa offers four bedrooms and a large terrace that boasts panoramic views of the turquoise Roches Noires lagoon.

Parts of the property are open-air, allowing guests to enjoy beautiful island scenery from the comfort of the couch or a chaise lounge perched in the sand.

TripAdvisor travellers say: “What a place! Absolutely stunning and unique location.”

Price: From $623 per night.

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Skye Scalpay – Isle of Skye, Scotland

Just a short trip from the Isle of Skye, located in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, this quaint cottage comfortably sleeps four and offers a secluded coastal escape.

This luxury vacation rental was recently renovated and comes with a cosy wood-burning stove, cotton linens and more.

TripAdvisor travellers say: “The cottage was immaculate, modern and cosy. The island really is a paradise; a real get-away from everything.”

Price: From $1,628 per night.

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Devil’s Elbow Cottage – Bluffton, South Carolina

Located on a 150-acre island within the gates of Colleton River Plantation, this cottage is nestled among massive oak trees overlooking the water of the Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge.

The comfortable cottage comes with cathedral ceilings and large windows allowing guests to enjoy magnificent views.

TripAdvisor travellers say: “The cottage is lovely, classy, clean and very comfortable.”

Price: From $342 per night.

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French Louie Caye – Stann Creek, Belize

Sheltered behind the Belize Barrier Reef, this private two-acre island is available for your exclusive use. The beautiful private island offers a picture-perfect sandy beach and is surrounded by some of the finest coral reef in the area.

The rental includes a caretaker who will cater to your needs, including catching and cooking fresh seafood for dinner, as well as kayak and snorkelling tours.

TripAdvisor travellers say: “A beautiful well maintained island surrounded by reef.”

Price: From $520 per night.

French Louie

Cayo Espanto – Ambergris Caye, Belize

Situated on an idyllic island 4.8 kilometres from San Pedro, this nine-bedroom property overlooks the cerulean surf and white sand beaches.

Once there, you can cool down in the plunge pool, enjoy a day on the beach or take part in activities including snorkelling and scuba diving.

TripAdvisor travellers say: “No five star resort comes close to our experience at Cayo Espanto.”

Price: From $18,479 per night.

Cayo Espanto

East Sister Rock Island – Florida Keys

Located just over a kilometre off of the Atlantic shores of Marathon in the Florida Keys, this private island boasts a pristine vacation rental home that comes with more than 5,000 square-feet of living space, including a spacious veranda, boat dock, helicopter launch pad, swimming pool, and a 25-foot boat to get back and forth to the mainland.

TripAdvisor travellers say: “Nothing else like it.”

Price: From $1,369 per night.

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Spectacle Island – Bar Harbor, Maine

Off the coast of Bar Harbor in Downeast Maine, travellers can enjoy a tranquil stay on Spectacle Island.

This six-acre private oasis offers sweeping ocean views and guests can use the 16-foot sailboat or kayaks to explore the New England scenery.

TripAdvisor travellers say: “It’s hard to describe just how perfect Spectacle Island is if you are looking for the combination of northern outdoor adventure, the sea, great food, comfort, relaxation and superb hosts.”

Price: from $2,053 per night.

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Royal Belize – Belize Caye, Belize

This luxurious private island offers three magnificent villas. Located in the World Heritage Marine Reserve near central Belize, this opulent property will not disappoint.

Amenities include a personal chef, an outdoor bedroom and expansive windows where guests can capture the impressive views.

TripAdvisor travellers say: “This is a once in a lifetime lovely, relaxing, fun and pleasant place to vacation.”

Price: From $7,118 per night.

Royal Belize

Cherry Island Luxury Estate – Rosseau, Ontario

This multi-million dollar cottage boasts six bedrooms, six bathrooms and lavish amenities both indoors and out.

Price: From $12,451 per week.


Little Whale Cay – Berry Islands, Bahamas

About 160 kilometres southeast of Fort Lauderdale, Little Whale Cay hosts guests in three luxury villas that can accommodate up to 12 people.

Situated on 93 acres, this remarkable property boasts an infinity pool with coastal views, ornate furnishings, a gym, tennis court, blossoming gardens, private white sand beaches and even its own airstrip.

Price: From $12,661 per night.

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Fafarua Lodge – Tikehau, French Polynesia

A majestic island getaway in the Tuamotu Archipelago, Fafarua Lodge is what you’d see on a postcard: shimmering azure waters, rings of coral reef, white beaches and coconut palms.

You’ll enjoy an all-inclusive vacation, with full catering provided by the home’s staff.

TripAdvisor travellers say: “Breathtaking scenery and a huge and extraordinary lagoon.”

Price: From $1,458 per night.

© Ben Thouard / Sea&Co : Aerial shot  / Tuamotu / french Polynesia

Isle East Indies – Java, Indonesia

“A different getaway,” raves one previous guest. At first arrival in Jakarta you’ll be whisked away by the host’s 60-foot yacht as you head towards your secluded island escape in the Java Sea.

The serenity is Isle East Indies’ biggest draw, with stunning views day and night and open-air rooms throughout the multiple rental bungalows.

TripAdvisor travellers say:  “Perfectly shaded by the trees; I can’t think of a better place to spend a relaxed afternoon curled up with a book.”

Price: From $2,772 per night.

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Aubrey Island – Gananoque, Ontario

Situated within the beautiful Thousand Islands National Park, this private island is home to two separate rental cottages. Experience breathtaking views and an abundance of outdoor activities like swimming, hiking, kayaking and fishing.

TripAdvisor travellers say: “Little Aubrey is by far the best cottage I have ever been to. The sceneries are amazing, there’s lots to see and lots to experience.”

Price: From $409 per night.

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