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.
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
I’m from a big island originally – Ireland – and there are about 150 islands within 15 miles of my house. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to have an island of my own. Back in the day, I loved the program “Robinson Crusoe,” which was made by Germans and dubbed into English; I watched that religiously, because I loved the idea of really simple living and having that kind of privacy. About five years ago, I went to visit a friend who has an island in the Bahamas that is part of the Exumas
A modern looking luxury hotel made up of spaceship discs that recall Star Trek’s set has started to be built partially underwater in the Maldives. The Polish developers of the Water Discus Hotel received the green light last week by the National Ministry of Tourism to begin construction off the island of Kuredhivary, where the unique underwater project will be built along the crystal waters and amazing coral reefs. Renderings of the Water Discus Hotel in the Maldives The two-part structure gives the guests options to see a side of the Maldives that is usually hidden below the expansive waters. Those who strive to see the underwater lifestyle of tropical fish and magnetic coral and others that prefer aerial views of their lush, blue skied surroundings will be pleased in this ambitious new project. The blue prints are extremely impressive: suspended up to seven meters above water on five pillars, the upper deck will house the hotel restaurant, a spa, a rooftop seawater pool, a tropical garden, as well as a helicopter landing pad.
A large bay located in Ontario’s portion of Lake Huron, the Georgian Bay spans approximately 15000 square kilometers, and is famously known for its spectacular cottage community. Private Islands has the pleasure of representing a wide selection of islands within this area.
‘Here a scene of indescribable sublimity burst upon us. Before us lay the waters of Lake Champlain, a sheet of unruffled glass, stretching some ninety miles to the south, widening and straitening as rocks and cliffs projected in the most fantastic shapes into the channel. On each side is a thick and uninhabited wilderness, now rising up into mountains, now falling into glens, while a noble background is presented toward the east by the Green Mountains, whose summits appear even to pierce the clouds. On the west mountains still more gigantic in loftiness, pride and dignity. I cannot by any powers of language do justice to such a scene.’ – R.G.