When considering the classic definition of a hideaway, it’s hard to come up with a better example than Petit St. Vincent. Renowned worldwide for the pristine seclusion it affords its guests, this verdant island floats serenely 40 miles south of St. Vincent in the Grenadines.
Returning from the legendary fall of Troy, Jason and Ulysses both heard the sirenic call of Isola Li Galli — an archipelago of five islands, 1.5 miles off Italy’s Amalfi Coast and 3.5 miles southwest of Positano. Isola Li Galli was believed to be the home of the Sirens, mythological women with the bodies of birds (“li galli”: “the roosters” in Italian) and beautiful human heads, whose haunting music lured sailors to their deaths on the rock cliffs.
When you first see pictures of this pristine private island, you will find it hard to believe the colours. Like a handcrafted piece of fine jewellery, unbelievably the island features emerald, topaz, ruby, rose and smoky quartz, all set in water that alternates aquamarine, turquoise and deepest sapphire. Ile de la Baie Bertrand is ideally positioned at the south end of 31-Mile Lake, the most desirable lake in Gatineau, Quebec, only 90 minutes from Ottawa Airport. The owner is now employed overseas and pressure of work makes it impractical for the family to spend time at the island, although torn about losing their haven in La Belle Province.
Recent changes in Maldivian law mean that foreigners can now own property in the stunning Maldives archipelago. The new Viceroy Maldives Resort is pre-selling 12 of its superlative Deluxe Beach Villas on the private island of Vagaru — offering discerning travellers an opportunity to combine exclusive lifestyle enhancement with significant investment income. Operated by Los Angeles-based Viceroy Hotel Group, the resort is scheduled to open in January 2012. Set on 17 idyllic acres of Vagaru Island, in the Shaviyani Atoll, Viceroy Maldives is just less than an hour north by seaplane from the capital Male. Developed as a joint venture between Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Development Company and EoN Resorts with interior designs by Toronto’s Yabu Pushelberg, Viceroy Maldives Resort comprises 61 bungalows — 32 over the water and 29 Beach Villas, of which 12 have been reserved for private sale.
Nestled in the world-famed but untamed Patagonia region of Chile’s rugged south, Savage Jungle (Jungla Salvaje in Spanish) is an incredibly unique property and one that its current owner searched for some two years and 30 countries before finally finding. A man on a mission searching for a needle in a haystack; said owner had keenly wanted to discover a locale that might allow construction of a top-end luxury resort icon as spectacular as Frank Lloyd Wright’s tour de force, Fallingwater, in southwestern Pennsylvania.
People looking for the ultimate exclusivity and privacy in Fiji don’t even have to leave Wakaya Island. Following a sales trend seen in other high-end private island resorts like Kamalame Cay in the Bahamas, it’s now possible to purchase your own private estate on Wakaya. Rai Ki Wai (aptly translating to “View Over the Sea”) is a private 47-acre estate of freehold land on Wakaya Island. It is one of the most beautiful homes in the South Pacific with 20,000 square feet of living space and 200-degree views of the ocean. This unique and spectacular estate property comes with seven suites and nine baths spread among the Main House Pavilion, the Master Bedroom Pavilion, Guest Pavilion with two guest suites, and three detached bures
Only a handful of islands can make truly regal claims; King’s Island in Denmark is one of those very rare islands. Commissioned by Danish King Christian IX in 1890, this massive 180,000 square foot masterpiece consists of 200 rooms, contains over two and a half miles of hallways and required more than two and a half million tons of solid Bornholm granite to complete. Known to the Danes as Middelgrundsfortet, King`s Island holds the distinction of being the world`s largest artificial island not connected to the mainland. Less than 15 minutes from Copenhagen, King’s Island can easily be reached by water but also features a fully functioning helipad. The island is situated in Øresund, between Copenhagen and the Swedish city of Malmö, just two miles to the northeast of the entrance to Copenhagen Harbor
Hailed as “the best island destination in East and Southeast Asia” by National Geographic Traveler, as “one of the world’s Top 10 best scuba dive sites” by Forbes Traveler Magazine, and as “the next property hotspot” by Islands Magazine, there is quite a buzz about the Philippines’ Palawan Archipelago. The archipelago is located in the South China Sea and spans over 300 miles. Palawan consists of 1,780 islands, measures 4,208 acres and offers a coastline that stretches more than 1,250 miles
The perfect family island, just a 90-minute drive north from Ottawa, Half Crown Island sits on pristine Thirty-One Mile Lake. Surrounded by the stunning lake country and towering evergreens of western Quebec’s Gatineau Hills, the glacier-formed lake has points that are over 200 feet deep and its clear waters make for wonderful summer swimming. Half Crown’s current owners started visiting in 1979 and rented until 1993. When their predecessors got older and decided to sell, these summer tenants immediately snapped up the 3.86-acre lake isle and now spend up to five months of the year there
The West Coast of BC offers a landscape like no other; vast sun- and sea-bleached trunks of Douglas fir lie tumbled on sandy beaches, orcas surface on the Sound, eagles soar over centuries-old fir, Pacific dogwood, towering arbutus, lodgepole pine and yellow cedar. In the midst of all this majesty sits the peninsula island that separates Five Coves from Zorro Bay — off the grid, yet five minutes from the nearest liquor store. It’s the perfect West Coast wilderness island. Five Coves in British Columbia’s stunning Howe Sound — North America’s southernmost fjord — offers splendid isolation, just minutes from Vancouver. Facing south, verdant islands dot the Sound