For those who love natural beauty, fun in the sun, and a healthy dose of solitude, becoming the caretaker of a private island could be a dream come true. But how do you break into this niche career- and start a whole new lifestyle? As the caretaker of a private island tucked away in the Exumas chain of the Bahamas, James Ralston* has a job most people could only dream of. A former boat captain and an avid sailor, he’s used to solitude and enjoys the seclusion of island life. And of course, the perfect weather and amazing water sports that come with spending your days in a Bahamian paradise.
A set of small scattered islands, so linear in formation that early European explorers referred to them as “the birds”, the Grenadines are a diverse and beautiful part of the lesser-travelled Caribbean. Stretching across the sea in a long chain from the sleepy country of Grenada up to elegant St. Vincent, the Grenadines offer authentic island life without domination by the mega-hotels and large cruise ports that have become commonplace in many of the surrounding nations. From remote reefs and charming colonial villages to one of the most renowned celebrity holiday destinations, experiencing these unique isles inevitably leaves visitors with a new perspective of what the Caribbean has to offer. The southernmost point of the chain, the country of Grenada is known as The Spice Isle, from its long history as a source of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, first as a French and then British colony
A sleepy coral atoll home to just a single village, Ahe Atoll is an off-the-beaten track part of one of the world’s most gorgeous island nations. Located at the northern tip of the Tuamotu Archipelago, the little atoll forms a closed ring with a clear lagoon in the centre, accessible by just a single entry point for ships. And sailors have always been fond of this outlying archipelago, including the famous French navigator and author Bernard Moitessier. An icon among sailors, he came across Ahe on one of his many South Pacific voyages, and was so struck by the abundant beauty and peaceful way of life that he stayed for years
One of the most glamorous occasions on the London society calendar, the Macmillan Christmas Celebrity Stocking Auction is a unique charitable event that Private Islands Inc. is proud to be participating in for the second year. Held on Dec. 2nd by the fantastic Macmillan Cancer Support organization, the auction raises much-needed funds for medical and care support for people living with cancer
The idea of a brilliant visionary secluding himself on a private island is an old one, from Doctor Moreau’s tropical isle of genetic mishaps, to the secret lair of James Bond’s arch nemesis Dr. No. But few would argue that inventor Dean Kamen qualifies as an evil super villain. Holder of more than 150 patents including the Segway, Kamen is a pioneer not only in the field of eco-friendly transportation, but is also the engineer of invaluable medical and robotic devices like prosthetic limbs and mobility chairs