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Renting a private island is a unique opportunity for you to spend time away with the people you love this Valentine’s day. It is also the most romantic gesture to offer your loved one an island of their own, for a decadent week away from reality, and you don’t have to be a billionaire to afford the luxury. Whether you want to go all out or keep to a minimum, one of these top 10 private islands for rent are sure to catch your interest.
Choini Cay ($21,000 nightly) | 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms
This ultra-luxurious resort is 100 percent solar-powered, and includes six private white sand beaches. A private villa is set within three Balinese-inspired structures, connected by thatch-covered walkways lined with candlelit lanterns. Located in its own separate structure, the master suite includes a king bed, a sitting area, a large open shower, an oversize tub and an outdoor Jacuzzi. In the third Balinese structure, a wraparound porch encircles the island's four large guest suites.
Gladden Private Island ($3,000 + per night) | 2 bedrooms, 2 baths
This single luxury villa is perfect for one couple (there is a second master suite if you have friends). Housing for staff is on a smaller island hidden from sight, with staff available at a moment’s notice. The chef, manager and concierge are a two-minute boat ride away when signaled. This is the most romantic of all the island options, and truly private, but needs to be booked over a year in advance because it is so popular.
Japao Private Island ($4,000+ per night) | 5 bedrooms, 5 baths
This 6.1-acre tropical island features its own private beach, swimming pool, hot tub and 7,000 square feet of living space. The island is rented exclusively to one group at a time (2 to 8 guests), providing the ultimate in privacy for couples, families and small groups. A 30-minute helicopter ride gets you directly to the island.
Necker Island ($87,500 per night) | 20 beds, 20 baths
Sir Richard Branson’s private island, is fully restored post hurricane, and can be booked exclusively year-round. The perfect opportunity for you and 21 friends and family. The island comfortably sleeps 30 guests in 15 rooms; made up of 11 in the Great House. Add you can rent additional space on Branson’s nearby Moskito Island for an additional 16 guests.
Vomo Island ($39,000 per night) | 32 rooms including 4 villas accommodate 90 people.
A luxury private island escape, this privately owned 225-acre property is at the top of the Mamanuca Islands group and only a 15 minute helicopter or seaplane ride from Fiji’s main international airport. Featuring stunning beach villas, hillside villas and a main 4 bedroom residence, as well as a 4 bedroom royal villa, this property is perfect for multiple couples seeking a romantic escape.
Calivigny ($132,000 per night) | 25 bedrooms, 25 bathrooms
Spread over 80 green acres with 2 sandy beaches and dramatic views of the Atlantic and Caribbean oceans, this island is only 5 minutes by boat from Grenada. Your own private island resort experience includes 10 suites in the main mansion, nine bedrooms in a second mansion, and three two-bedroom cottages. Guests also get the exclusive use of a 173-foot Perini Navi sailing yacht, or one of the 12 other boats.
Villa on Dunbar Rock ($50,000 per week) | Once a private villa
The property rises from the sea-level white sand beach, and is 7 miles east of Roatan. Accommodations include 9 Ocean Front Rooms and 2 Suites, all with private waterfront balconies. The 15,000 square foot property is spread across 4 floors with a maximum of 22 guests. There is also a PADI 5 Star Dive Center that operates two custom dive boats: the 45’ Freedom and 40’ Endeavor each with the capacity for up to 20 divers.
Voavah Private Island ($46,000 per night) | 7 bedrooms, 7 baths
Located in the Baa Atoll, the first Four Seasons exclusive use island is the ultimate hideaway with all of the amenities of staying at the hotel. With a 2 bedroom over water villa, guests will also find a 3 bedroom beach villa, 2 Mezzanine Suites, a 2 bedroom staff apartment and 2 Voavah Summer Cabins, all accommodating up to 22 guests. The island is offered with a luxury yacht named Voavah Summer.
North Island | Ten Beachfront villas and one North Island villa
Prince William and Kate Middleton used this island for their private honeymoon that is nicknamed “The Island of Love.” This private island in the Seychelles has also played honeymoon host to George and Amal Clooney. The property recently joined the Marriott's Luxury Collection as the brand's first private island destination. The exclusive eco-tourism resort is accessible only by helicopter and was a former coconut plantation.
Thanda Private Island | 9 beds, 9 baths
Thanda Island is the perfect choice to experience your very own private paradise island. Thanda Island is located in the Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve, between the mainland of Tanzania and Mafia Island. There is a luxury villa with 5 suites as well as two Tanzanian Beach Chalets with 2 suites.