5 Private Island Holidays
5 Private Island Holidays
Song Saa Private Island
Destination:Cambodia’s most celebrated luxury resort is hidden from the world in Koh Rong Archipelago, 45 minutes by speedboat from Sihanoukville. With a total commitment to sustainability and giving back to the community through a non profit foundation, the resort is built from reclaimed timber ad every aspect of the design has a low impact on the environment. There are 24 villas all with private pools and you can choose from an overwater or jungle setting.
Experience: If you can drag yourself away from your villa, there’s a kaleidoscope of colour waiting to be explored underwater on a snorkelling or diving excursion. Sea kayaking is also a great way to check out this pristine part of the world. On land, hiking in the rainforest is a beautiful way to interact with the environment and you might also like to take a lesson in Khmer cooking or attend a Buddhist ceremony. And then there’s always the spa for total relaxation and those lazy days when you don’t want to move too far.
X Factor: Booking the whole island is perfect for a special occasion or just plain fun. Kids are well catered for with meals and activities like forest treasure hunts, hanging out with the locals and naturally the underwater world.
Fregate Island Private
Destination: Claimed by many to be ‘the best beach on the planet’, you need to go to this piece of paradise in the Seychelles to make up your own mind. As part of the Oetker Collection, each of the 19 villas is the ultimate in style and elegance with infinity pools and some with a private chef and butler.
Experience: Conservation is at the heart of Fregate Island Private and whether you are a novice to snorkeler or a Jacques Cousteau, exploring the marine environment is an absolute must do. There’s also sailing, fishing, windsurfing, water skiing, hiking and a ‘kids’ club’ for children between ages 3-12.
X Factor: The island is home to around 2,000 Giant Aldabra Tortoises (yes the really big ones) that roam around looking wise and ancient yet super cute. You might also catch a glimpse of the critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle hatchlings as the Seychelles is one of the few places they come to shore to nest.
JW Marriott Venice Resort
Destination: Private islands don’t have to be ‘deserted’. Enjoy everything Venice offers and then escape by gondola to the 266 roomed resort on Isola delle Rose island. The palatial building was designed by architect Matteo Thun and offer a range of accommodation styles from honeymoon to family suites.
Experience: There’s a selection of pools, including one for families and the fitness centre and spa are world class. But most of your days will probably be spent exploring the beauty of Venice knowing you can return to your own private sanctuary. Don’t miss the roof top bar with stunning views over the park and lagoon.
X Factor: The Sapori Cooking Academy will have you cooking up an Italian storm in the kitchen. The emphasis is on Venetian cuisine and you can choose the 6 hour Authentic Venice program or 2 hour afternoon classes.
COMO – Parrot Cay
Destination: Surrounded by 40 other small cays, Parrot Cay is the jewel in the crown of the Turks and Caicos archipelago in the Caribbean. Each of the 72 villas is understated elegance at its best – minimalist with whitewashed walls, four post beds draped with white voile and soft furnishings. If you really want to get away from it all – The Lucky House is a massive 600 sq m of indoor and outdoor spaces set on 1.6 acres of beachfront with complete personalised butler service.
Experience: There’s excellent diving nearby in North Caicos and reef fishing is also a great activity. A gentle guided kayak tour through the Bonny Creek waterway is a must do especially for birders as this is a rare opportunity to access this rich ecosystem. There’s also a jogging trail and for something completely relaxing head out on the nightly sunset cruise.
X Factor: COMO resorts have a reputation for outstanding spa and wellbeing programs and Parrot Cay is no exception. Holistic, Asian inspired treatments in a superb setting and tailor made programs to suit your health goals.
Velaa Private Island
Destination: This is a total Robinson Crusoe experience – being a castaway in the Maldives. But what a place to be stranded on a desert island. Accessible only by boat, seaplane or helicopter Velaa sits on Noonu Atoll around 45 mins (by seaplane) from Male. Based on ‘Polite Luxury’ the 43 private villas are exquisitely decorated with all the trimmings to make dreams into reality. Each villa has a private pool and 17 are overwater.
Experience: You could be here for weeks and never tire of the range of activities. There’s the Velaa Golf Academy to brush up your stroke on a short nine tee course, the Dive Centre will sort out your underwater adventures and the Water Sports Centre has a range of ‘toys’ including jet skis, paddle boards, parasailing, kite surfing, sailboats. And then there’s the tennis court, squash court, table tennis, rock climbing wall, beach volleyball and football pitch. Or you may choose to do absolutely nothing but relax by the pool, be pampered in the spa (don’t miss the ‘snow’ room) or take a cruise at sunset. The Lha Velaa (Little Turtle) Kids’ club is a brilliant set up (because it was designed by the 7 year old daughter of the owner) and offers programs to suit different age groups and baby sitting is available.
X Factor: When it comes to dining, Velaa is a gastronomical paradise. With several restaurants to choose from (or in villa dining) each unique setting serves innovative dishes prepared by the finest chefs using the best ingredients sourced across the globe. And for wine lovers don’t miss the largest wine and champagne collection housed in a 20 metre tower.