Creating a Private Island Paradise

Image – Conrad Rangali, Per Aquum Most designers spend their days creating office blocks, shopping malls, and suburban wastelands – not so for Carl Ettensperger of C&C Studio, the man who pioneered some of the world’s most striking tropical private island resorts, including Maldivian oases like Huvafen Fushi and the spectacular Conrad Rangali Resort. In his illustrious career, he’s also been the driving creative force behind international resort projects for Mandarin Oriental, Hyatt Regency, and now the eagerly anticipated Dellis Cay, soon to be home to the Caribbean’s most stylish residence and resort development. We spoke with him to get his unique perspective on just what it takes to make private island resorts such unforgettable, luxurious places for guests. Image – Huvafen Fushi, Per Aquum PRIVATE ISLANDS: What initially attracted you to resort design – did you start off doing something more traditional, or was it always your ambition? ETTENSPERGER: I actually started doing resorts very early in my career, starting with Golf & Spa related resorts in Palm Springs California, the restoration of the Hotel del Cornado in San Diego, and moved on to doing resorts in the Arizona desert as well as Hawaii.

Creating a Private Island Paradise

Desroches Island, Seychelles

The advent of civilization usually disturbs the allure and simplicity of paradise. To procure ultimate luxury there usually has to be sacrifice. It is a rare occasion when an untouched island sanctuary in becomes available as an idyllic getaway and unique investment opportunity. Such is the pleasure of Desroches… paradise casino en ligne francais partouche found. Located close to the Seychelles capital Mahé, Desroches Island is part of the Amirantes Archipelago – some of the most pristine islands in the world.

Desroches Island, Seychelles

The Best View in the British Virgin Islands

There are few places in the world that can only be described as pure luxury – welcome to Buck Island, one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful private island estates. As part of the gorgeous British Virgin Islands, this 43-acre isle encircled by sparkling beaches rests in the calm waters of the Sir Frances Drake Channel, which has long been a renowned area for lovers of boating and fishing. Indeed, the BVI has few competitors when it comes to water activities of any kind – gentle trade winds and peaceful waters have made it one of the world’s premier sailing destinations, and unlike in many parts of the Caribbean, sailors can island-hop without worries of constantly having to clear Customs. And breathtaking scenery like its high, emerald green hillsides, unusual rock formations like at Virgin Gorda, and miles of powder sand beaches all provide the perfect environment to enjoy them in. With its own marina, Buck Island is a perfect example of the BVI’s elegant, yet sporty charms – completed in 2006, the estate’s spectacular modern villa perches atop the island’s southern cliff, affording 360 degree views of the surrounding seas and neighbouring islands.

The Best View in the British Virgin Islands