Located just over the U.S. border in New Brunswick’s Head Harbour Passage lies an affordable island bursting with natural beauty that’s beloved by its current owners and majestic creatures of the air and sea alike – and soon, perhaps, you as well. Casco Bay Island lies just off the coast of Campobello Island, a longtime favorite of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and family. A bridge bearing Roosevelt’s name connects Campobello to Lubec, Maine, the easternmost tip of the United States
Sunsets are extra special along Florida’s west coast: fiery blazes of orange and pink that seem to take all your cares along with them as they vanish into the Gulf of Mexico. Little Bokeelia Island – located halfway between Sarasota and Naples, where Charlotte Harbor meets Pine Island Sound – not only provides a secluded front-row seat for these sky spectaculars, it also delivers luxurious tropical style and inspiring history dating back to 15th-century Calusa Indian settlements. The 104-acre private island’s centerpiece is a 1920s Spanish-style manor house built by chemical engineer Charles Burgess – inventor of the dry-cell battery – and meticulously restored, upgraded, and expanded under its current ownership.
Few places on Earth can rival the beauty gifted to a small group of islands known as The Exumas, home to world-renowned celebrities such as The Aga Khan, Johnny Depp, David Copperfield and Tim McGraw. To gaze upon this artist’s palette of colors is truly to encounter paradise. Pristine white sand beaches, shimmering turquoise waters, endless horizons and diamond studded sapphire night skies….all viewed from the privacy of your own 681 acre island
Resting in the azure waters of the South Pacific Ocean, among the Society Islands of French Polynesia, the small island of Tahaa has become known for its vanilla and pearls. But tucked along Tahaa’s northern tip is a 23-acre paradise also well worth acclaim. Vahine Island delivers an extremely private and personalized resort experience unlike any other. With only nine bungalows, it offers sanctuary in the middle of one of the most beautiful lagoons in French Polynesia. Elegant accommodations are enhanced by delicious cuisine, a stately coconut grove set on an impeccable lawn, white-sand beaches, and dedicated, friendly staff.
Surge Narrows, a small passage between Vancouver Island and the mainland, offers full protection from the open ocean and superb views across the British Columbia seascape and mountains. Nestled into this stunning terrain are the Discovery Islands, and at their heart, you’ll make a worthwhile find to call your own. Sturt Island is an 85.6-acre private island offering the ultimate in luxury and comfort in an unspoiled setting. Its three residences use natural materials throughout and are set among expansive decks and gardens. Keeping the environmental footprint small was important to the current owners; the dwellings were developed with this in mind, making Sturt Island the ideal property for independent and self-sufficient living
Launched in late 2008 by New Zealand’s esteemed Alloy Yachts, Mondango is an auxiliary sailing yacht built for extensive blue-water cruising. Finished to exceptionally high standards, this stylish yacht is capable of fast and comfortable ocean passages. A circular design theme unifies this beautifully-fashioned yacht. Its exquisite exterior design is by Dubois Architects, the New York City based, award-winning architecture and design firm
The more than 100 islands of French Polynesia are renowned for their postcard-perfect lagoons – and one of the most remarkable places to experience this aquatic tapestry of emerald and sapphire is Bora Bora, a 45-minute flight from Tahiti’s Papeete International Airport. On this volcanic island, where overwater bungalows are an art form, the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa has put its definitive signature on South Seas escapes. A 10-minute private boat ride from Bora Bora’s largest town, Vaitape, transports guests to the resort, which is set in a landscape so vibrant the colors seem otherworldly. The white-sand beach sparkles like snow against a luminous blue lagoon dotted with thatched-roof bungalows. These 1,022-square-foot overwater villas have balconies for taking in the scenery above sea level and glass-paneled floors for an intimate look at the teeming marine life below: parrotfish, angelfish, southern stingrays, blacktip reef sharks, sea urchins, and butterflyfish call the lagoon home
At the heart of the Bahamas lies the Exumas archipelago, 365 cays and islands that represent the country at its most naturally beautiful. It’s a special place where footprint-free beaches are the norm, palm trees far outnumber people, and celebrities frolic in ultra-exclusive hideaways. Within this tropical fantasyland sits Over Yonder Cay, a privately owned, full-service resort island 70 miles south of Nassau that has taken celebration of the Exumas’ secluded allure to new heights.
By Yvonne Gordon Surrounded by cliffs, forests, and beaches, with more than 1,200 miles of shoreline and 30,000 islands, Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada is an ideal place to own a private island. Sometimes referred to as the sixth Great Lake, Georgian Bay is part of larger Lake Huron. The bay is known for its windswept pines, towering cliffs, endless beaches, and crystal clear–blue water, with plenty of activities for the outdoor enthusiast or nature lover and a plethora of exclusive, private hideaways
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