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
Welcome to the Spring/Summer ’13 edition of Private Islands Magazine. I grew up in a place very different from the islands of Fiji, in the smog-filled, crime-driven, concrete valley of South Central Los Angeles. As a boy living in L.A., I dreamed not only of having my own home, but of having a magical place that all of my family and friends could come – a place with warm waters, sunny skies, and exuberant smiles. In my early 20s, I set out on a quest to see the greatest islands in the world, from the Seychelles to Bora Bora. Eventually, I found home in the amazing culture of Fiji, where time is told by the beat of the lali drum, and where laughter is the dominant sound that fills the air, outside the soothing lull of crashing waves
LoAnn Halden No destination on the planet is more closely associated with luxury than the Maldives, and for good reason. Its landscape seems as if it burst from the sea floor ready-made for exclusive resorts: More than 1,000 coral islands rest contentedly atop an underwater mountain range in the middle of the Indian Ocean, basking in year-round sun and caressed by otherworldly azure seas. The surrounding reefs teem with tropical fish only a few fin kicks off the islands’ white-sand beaches
By David M. Brown After landing at the airport on Busuanga Island in northernmost Palawan province, you can reach magical Dumunpalit Island in about an hour, depending on the trades, by a spider boat or smaller banca piloted by the local Filipinos. As if knowing you’re en route somewhere special, dolphins often frolic, arc and dive beside you in the turquoise waters. The approximately 75-acre red marble and volcanic-rock island, surrounded by coral reefs, is in the Mindoro Strait connecting the South China Sea to the Sulu Sea, about a 40-minute flight southeast of Manila. Dumunpalit is a last frontier of the Philippines, a timeless land of awe, wonder, sea and stars