Feuds, Secrecy and Private Islands

The cast list and plot twists were almost too bizarre to be true: an octogenarian billionaire; an eccentric dandy who peed in her flowerbeds and took gifts worth almost a billion euros; politicians who came to dinner and left with envelopes of cash; and a disgruntled butler who hid a tape-recorder in the drawing room. The family feud that has torn apart one of France’s richest dynasties officially ended this week when the Bettencourts, heirs to the L’Oréal cosmetics empire, signed a surprise truce between warring mother and daughter. But France is still reeling from what the spat has revealed about the nation. Among the revelations which you can read about in the Guardian is that the uber rich family as well as the secret ownership of Arros, a private island in the Seychelles, which appeared to have been promised to Banier the man at the centre of the family feud.

Feuds, Secrecy and Private Islands

Living the Private Island Dream on the Great Barrier Reef

By Aefa Mullholland South African couple, Wayne Rumble and Laureth Craggs bought Pumpkin Island in Australia’s Keppel Islands in 2003. Drawn to the area by the surrounding waters’ fantastic fishing and the desire to have a tropical hideaway for family get-togethers, they fell head over heels when they first saw this pristine private island in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Today, Wayne and Laureth still live on the idyllic island and their charming resort — perhaps the ultimate home business — offers five comfortable beach cottages at the ocean’s edge. Cottages are self-contained and eco-friendly, powered by wind and sun. Each has its own private bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and large deck with BBQ and sunset views.

Living the Private Island Dream on the Great Barrier Reef

Kakula Island: Paradise in Vanuatu

Much like Fiji, Bali and Bora Bora, Vanuatu exudes images of white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and warm tropical breezes.  If you are interested in owning a piece of property in this coveted location Kakula island presents an enormous opportunity.  Basking in the gleaming waters of the Pacific, just off the north coast of the Vanuatu capital, Afate, Kakula island is one of its brightest stars. Situated 15 minutes from the mainland and only 50 minutes drive from Vanuatu’s international airport, Kakula offers over one and a quarter miles of private white sand beach, lush foliage and crystal clear waters.

Kakula Island: Paradise in Vanuatu

Paradise on a Budget

Affordable private island rentals may be less luxurious than some of their five star rivals. But the sense of privacy and tranquility that they exude is just the same as discovered by Lauren Viera a journalist with the Montreal Gazette. here is what she had to say. after a day or so, the fantasy becomes reality: You’re on an island all your own, the days and nights and sand and sea are all yours, and there’s no one to feel beholden to — not even the family of pelicans guarding the wooden dock in the turquoise water. This is life on Sandy Cay, one of two unbelievably affordable private islands for rent off the coast of Utila, itself a tiny island less than 32 kilometres from mainland Honduras

Paradise on a Budget

Medio Island, Philippines

The Philippines hasn’t historically been a hot island market. However this doesn’t mean there isn’t tremendous opportunity in the island rich nation. One of the newest islands to come on the market is Medio Island a 99 acre island in Northern Samar. Medio Island is one of the three islands owned by the heirs of the late Martin Palacio of Northern Samar, Philippines

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Luxurious Environmentally Friendly Resorts

Traveling environmentally friendly no longer means camping in a forest with a compostable toilet, not that there is anything wrong with that. These days there are literally limitless opportunities for the island adventurer looking for luxury without negatively impacting the environment. Fiji is the latest local to hop of the environmentally friendly resort bandwagon. New for 2010 is Laucala an ultra-exclusive, luxurious private island resort in the waters of Vanua Levu in the North East of Fiji. Owned by Dietrick Mateschitz, the swiss owner of Red Bull, Laucala is the perfect island escape for those who are seeking total privacy.

Luxurious Environmentally Friendly Resorts

A Journey to Jumby Bay

Recently  Karen Schaler a journalist with the Huffington Post the exclusive private islands resort located just two miles off the coast of Antigua. Jumby Bay’s low key lifestyle attracted celebrities like Hilary Swank, Paul McCartney and Mariah Carey. Here is what the author had to say. A  big part of Jumby Bay’s charm is the friendly staff that goes out of its way to make you feel at home

A Journey to Jumby Bay