The internet is buzzing with news that high-end fashion designer Giorgio Armani recently purchased Skorpios one of the world’s most beautiful and expensive private islands. In closing the deal, said to be worth about $190 million according to reports in the European press, the designer faced stiff competition from rival bidders including Bill Gates, Roman Abramovich and Madonna. Located in the Ionian Sea off the Western coast of Greece, the island formerly belonged to famed Greek shipping billionaire Aristotle Onassis and was the site of his wedding to Jackie Kennedy. It was sold to Armani by his granddaughter and heiress, Athina Onassis Roussel. There is a lavish villa on the island known as the Pink House which Onassis built for Jackie, along with tennis courts and plush gardens, though most of the island remains undeveloped and pristinely beautiful
Everyone knows that luxury living is synonmous with private islands. Therefore it comes as no surprise that two of the worlds leading luxury lifestyle magazines have joined forces to promote their high-end brands. In a joint press release they note that this strategic partnership brings together the best for affluent consumers looking to live the good life in paradise and sellers and owners across the globe
There are plenty of islands coming on the market in Panama right now and many of them present both excellent value and development opportunities. One of my favorite islands is Isla Buena Vista.
The Montreal Gazette recently took an different perspective to island vacations that is rarely seen in mainstream journalism. In the article the author along with his family explores affordable private island rentals, and I mean really affordable island rentals. Here is what they had to say: The dream of a private island paradise vacation seems impossibly remote, a whim reserved for the annoyingly wealthy blessed with too much leisure time. But it turns out the dream can be yours for $22 a night, just a two-and-a-half-hour drive and a short paddle from Montreal. Early this summer, my wife, sons Matthew, 6, and Owen, 4, paddled to a small island we had all to ourselves for the weekend at the Saranac Lake Islands Public Campground in New York state. It’s one of the few camping sites in this part of the continent that is water access only – you need a boat to get to its 87 camping spots. The author adds Many of the islands are large and have two to five campsites spread far apart.
Paddle to an Island of Your Own