Private islands are usually reserved for the rich and famous, but there are a number of them around the world where you can actually spend the night -- although to do so on most, you still have to have some serious cash. Whether it's a tiny resort or a standalone estate property for a single booking, these are the top spots to make you truly feel away from it all.
1. Wilderness Collection's North Island, Seychelles
There's a reason royalty and celebrities alike stay at this property. Guests of the 11 hidden villas on the private island enjoy farm-to-table dining at every meal, holistic spa treatments, and beachfront accommodations. Although it's intimate, there's enough room to roam around here and get that sense of adventure. From mountain biking through the cool forest trails to snorkeling or diving in the warm seas, there's plenty to do to pass the time. The island also has a library, helipad, activity center, spa, and gym. Of course, paradise comes at a price; rates start around $3,280 per person, per night.
2. andBeyond Mnemba Island, Tanzania
While you won't get the entire island to yourself at Mnemba, it will still feel like a private getaway as the property can only hold up to 20 guests at a time. You could spend your whole time on this Indian Ocean island in your private beachfront hut and never see another soul if you want. Indulge in massages, waterfront dinners, and snorkeling to pass the time before heading back to reality. Rates begin at $1,155 per person per night.
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3. Cocoa Island by COMO, Maldives
To say you're away from it all here is an understatement. Surrounded by nothing but crystal blue waters, this five-star resort in situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean, a 45-minute boat ride from the airport. As you would expect from your very own private island, you'll be waited on hand and foot as you lounge in your overwater villa, of which there are only 33. Rates start at $1,000 a night.
4. Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar
Every one of the 25 villas here has stunning views of the azure blue water and is surrounded by tropical greenery to ensure total privacy. You'll get that Robinson Crusoe experience of no TVs, phones, or shoes -- but with all the luxuries of a five-star resort. Spend your days scuba diving, walking on the beach, or relaxing as you get a one-of-a-kind spa treatment, with the sound of the ocean as your musical accompaniment. Rates start at $550 a night.
5. Nikoi Island, Indonesia
Six expats initially purchased this private islandjust off the coast of nearby tourist-destination Bintan Island for personal use. But, after building a small village and hiring a staff, it made sense for them to open a hotel. Though they've added amenities like a pool, restaurant, and bar, the owners have stayed true to the laid-back vibe that first attracted them. There's no air conditioning, the bedrooms are linked by elevated walkways, and bare feet are always welcome. Rates start around $263 a night.
6. Cayo Espanto, Belize
Seven villas dot the shore of this secluded Caribbean island and are situated so you never have to see another guest for the duration of your stay. Jump into the crystal blue waters from your personal dock, take a dip in your private plunge pool, and enjoy an individual butler to take care of your every need. So you'll feel even more like a king (or queen!), the resort actually sends you a pre-arrival questionnaire to create a bespoke menu for your stay. Rates start at $1,853 a night.
7. Sanctuary Cap Cana, Dominican Republic
Although the main hotel isn't on an island, this adults-only resort offers a two-bedroom, two-level Castle Island Suite set on its own private island with butler service, three swimming pools, and oceanic views of the Caribbean. And if being secluded is starting to wear on you, there's always ping-pong, dance lessons, and cocktail classes on the main land. Rates begin at $1,250 per night per couple, or guests can opt to stay in a room in the main hotel for less.
8. Outrigger Konotta, Maldives
It's a 30-minute journey in a luxury yacht from Kaadedhdhoo Airport just to get to this tiny little island that's barely visible on a map. Once there, guests stay in one of the property's 53 villas surrounded by turquoise waters and a well-formed reef where sightings of turtles, eagle rays, and dolphins are the norm. Whether you want to dine beachfront or jump into the waters to see the animal life first hand, the staff is ready to take care of your every request. Rates start at $765 a night.
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9. Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
Live like a legit billionaire on this island that Richard Branson calls home (at least one of his homes). Luckily, the entrepreneur is willing to share a slice of paradise by renting out the property. Guests can just book individual rooms for stays of seven nights during what he calls "Celebration Weeks" for $30,000 a couple, or you can reserve the whole island for $2,300 per person per night. The steep bill includes luxury accommodations, all meals, a dedicated staff of 100, two pools, two hot tubs, tennis courts, water sports, and one night of a DJ spinning.
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10. The Lodge at Little St. Simons, Georgia
Accessible only by boat, this private barrier island just off the coast of Georgia is the quintessential Southern getaway. With 10,000 acres of maritime forests and marshlands and seven miles of beaches, this spot is a nature-lover's dream. No more than 32 overnight guests are allowed at a time, so you'll be able to wander freely or kick back on your front porch under the moss-draped trees. Rates start at $400 a night.