Yes, You Really Can Rent a Private Island
If you want a seriously private vacation, look no further than Airbnb.
Published Jun 7, 2017 5:30 AM
Looking to get away from it all? Consider a private island. If you think these exclusive destinations are reserved for the rich and famous, think again. You, too, can rent your own personal paradise. Sounds almost too good to be true, but we assure you these Airbnb listing are very real. And for those looking to unwind and unplug, a tranquil retreat—sans noisy neighbors and everyday distractions—is paradise found. Ready to escape it all? From Fiji to Florida, your private island oasis awaits.
Bird Island – Placencia, Belize
For $495 a night, you can rent this waterfront oasis off the coast of Belize. Bird Island is brimming with aquatic adventure—from snorkeling to swimming to kayaking. FYI, when it comes to private islands, planning ahead pays off. It’s booked through 2018.
Wadigi Island Villa – Malolo, Fiji
Vacation like an A-lister! Wadigi Island Villa boasts five star amenities and an equally luxurious price tag ($2,600). However, this Instagram-worthy retreat promises a priceless experience. Catch some rays by the infinity pool, stroll along the white sand beaches, unwind with a pampering massage, enjoy gourmet meals and fine wines and, at the end of the evening, retire to one of thee immaculately-appointed, spacious, luxury suites.
Private Island – Sunshine Coast, British Columbia
The problem: Tech overload. The solution: A few nights of digital detox at this eco-retreat off the Sunshine Coast. The nightly rate ($420) includes a boat cruise from Egmont, breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodations (tent cabin or yurt) for six guests, composting toilets and locally-made biodegradable soaps.
Crescent Island – Sanibel, Florida
Crescent Island offers both privacy and accessibility. This four-acre oasis is complete with a three-story Old Florida Style home, private beach, and spectacular views of San Carlos Bay. If you’re lucky, you might spot a dolphin or manatee. And with its prime location on a direct Intracoastal Waterway, it’s just minutes from Boca Grande Pass, the tarpon fishing capital of the world, and a half hour from Matlacha, a vibrant fishing village with shops and restaurants.
Tahiti Island – Granada, Nicaragua
Round up 10 of your closest pals, and book a weekend away at Tahiti Island. This lush tropical paradise comes complete with a recently remodeled bungalow with all the comforts of home (cable, A/C, and hot water) and pool. Prep gourmet meals in the fully equipped kitchen, and enjoy them al fresco on the terrace.
Brother Island – El Nido, Philippines
Brother Island is beachfront bliss. The nightly rate ($312) includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner (booze is extra), transportation to/from the airport, snorkeling gear, kayaks, and a full staff, including a caretaker, housekeeper, chef, captain, helper, and host—who can book island hopping tours, fishing expeditions, and beachfront massages for an additional cost.
Laurel Island – East Hampton, Connecticut
Looking for a location for your next work retreat or family reunion? Located on a peaceful lake in Connecticut, Laurel Island combines New England charm and convenience. The property features five private cottages (that accommodate up to 36 people), a large main lodge for group gatherings, a covered deck, plenty of outdoor space, and equipment for recreational activities—like canoeing, kayaking, volleyball, badminton, and bocce ball—so you can take advantage of the lake and land.
Mar y Cielo – San Bernardo Islands, Colombia
Mar y Cielo is a vibrant, waterfront paradise. The colorful paint job—akin to the transparent turquoise waters—enhances the Colombian charm. Ideal for activity-oriented groups, this boho bungalow is replete with three bedrooms, a wrap-around deck with 360-degrees views, and gear for water sports. Adventure-seekers can enjoy paddle boarding, kite surfing and water skiing.
AshKay Island – Manchester, Michigan
Calling all nature lovers! AshKay Island is an idyllic destination. Start your morning with a cup of coffee on the deck, overlooking the private lake. After a full day fishing, swimming, hiking, and exploring eight tree-lined acres, return to your cabin for a laid-back evening of food, friends, and family. And, of course, no rustic retreat would be complete without a campfire and s’mores.
Urraca Private Island – Popa Island, Panama
Urraca is a mangrove island, meaning there’s no land. Wooden paths connect the five eco-bungalows, which are surrounded by turquoise waters and diverse marine life. This picturesque property marries the exclusivity of a private rental and the amenities of a resort. Meal plans, transportation, and excursions—like spelunking, ziplining, and spearfishing—are available for an additional fee. And your only neighbors? Twelve monkeys and a nocturnal kinkajou.