Privacy and seclusion have never been higher on a luxury traveler’s hitlist.
Air Charter Service, the world’s leading private air charter broker, has seen a 41% increase in inquiries for private jet charter since pre-pandemic times (2019), and hotels are capitalizing on demand for exclusive-use experiences and luxurious buyouts.
From the world’s only exclusive-hire island in a protected marine reserve to one of the Maldives’ most sustainable resorts, see below some of the globe’s most extravagant and chic buyout options to inspire those looking for 5-star isolation.
The World’s Only Exclusive-Use Private Marine Reserve
Thanda Island, Tanzania
An eight-hectare emerald and ivory jewel floating carelessly in the Indian Ocean, Thanda Island is the world’s only exclusive-hire island set within a protected marine reserve. Just 16 miles off mainland Tanzania, or 30-minutes away via the new private helicopter transfer, the private island retreat promises the bucket list trip of a lifetime. Rub shoulders with whale sharks and visit the island’s coral nursery, feast on decadent meals prepared with locally sourced ingredients by the resident chef or sail to Mafia island to discover local culture and take part in community projects: Thanda Island offers an immersive journey through the rich culture, wonderful nature and warm humanity of East Africa when at the same time providing all elements of a luxury, once-in-a-lifetime vacation.
Accommodating up to 18 guests split between the solar-powered main villa, which offers five suites, an extensive dining area, an outdoor patio, infinity pool and air-conditioned gym and the two entirely renovated bandas, a glamorous take on the traditional Tanzania beach homes. Guests can dine as often as they’d like, enjoy spa treatments, access the extensive boathouse, the yoga pavilion, tennis and volleyball courts, as well as use the super yacht and the helicopter for overnight excursions at no extra cost.
A buy-out of Thanda Island costs $45,000 / £33,000 per night. Minimum stay is 5 nights. The rate includes domestic transfers, use of the 82-foot M/Y Sea Leopard, all meals and drinks, unlimited spa treatments, all water activities, Yoga, volleyball, tennis, laundry, local VAT, conservation Levy and Marine Park Levy.
The Island of Limitless Possibilities: Your Own, Exclusive Paradise
Velaa Private Island, Maldives
Nestled within the constellation of islands that form the Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, Velaa Private Island is arguably one of the most private and luxury islands in the world. Head and shoulders above the rest, the ultra-luxe Velaa Private Island is truly the pinnacle of privacy, offering almost limitless possibilities for things to do, including having the island and all its facilities entirely to yourself, including private access to the below:
- NEW for 2021: Velaahas added a new padel tennis court, the ultimate KRASH Predator jet-ski and a limited-edition watercraft to their collection of high-tech water toys for 2021. Velaa is also working with an array of visiting wellness practitioners this year and next will be Buan Thienarrom, Director of Sukkasart of Healing Arts who will offer integrative bodywork, sound healing and mind training workshops to guests.
- Their own private semi-submarine to see some of the most amazing wildlife the Maldives has to offer
- Private beach spectacles with celebrity singers
- Water hoverboards/ & jet packs
- Sleep pods in the spa (pictured above)
- Private yacht for sunset cruises, dinners and diving expeditions
Service is of utmost priority at Velaa with the island having a guest to staff ratio of 1:8, including dedicated butlers for every room. The island’s team pride themself on being able to fulfil any guest request – no matter how big or small. Each of the island’s expansive beach and water villas can be booked separately but, as long as you book for at least four nights, private takeover of the island is also available. Along with its pristine white beaches and tropical forests, guests will have their pick of infinity pools, a choice of five restaurants (and an incredible wine cellar), a full-service spa, nine-hole golf course, kid’s club and a whole ocean of crystal-clear water to enjoy.
The buyout rate for Velaa Private Island starts from $1,000,000 (Approx. £802,675) per night, with a minimum booking of 4 nights. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.velaaprivateisland.com.
Your Secret Water Island
Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi
Home to the largest lagoon in the Maldives, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is perched on the Shaviyani Atoll – dubbed the ‘secret water island’ by the locals due to its secluded location. For a completely private experience, groups can take the whole of the island for themselves, offering access to the 120 villas, which range from luxurious overwater lodgings to safari-style tented villas in the heart of the island’s verdant jungle. Dedicated to preserving the natural environment, guests can join the resident marine biologist to snorkel the 9km house reef, explore the Coralarium – an underwater art gallery and coral regeneration project – swim with turtles or plant their own coral. Back on land, dine in the island’s gastronomic restaurants, enjoy a cocktail on beachfront Onu Onu Bar or relax in the Willow Stream Spa.
Island buyout includes seaplane transfers, accommodation and full board F&B.
The World’s Most Luxurious Private Residences
COMO Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos
One of the Caribbean’s most exclusive rental villas is The Sanctuary at COMO Parrot Cay; a sprawling three-bed, 9,000 sq ft main house and two, 4,000 sq ft four-bed guest villas, which can be rented altogether for the upmost privacy - sleeping up to 21 guests. Set on 10.5 acres and with private beach access, each villa within The Sanctuary has its own infinity pool, sun-soaked decking area and access to COMO butler service. Exuding peace and quiet, warm woods and white linens blend with cool limestone interiors and one-of-a-kind antiques collected by Donna Karen, the creative mind behind the signature interiors.
Famed amongst the rich and famous for its luxurious private villas and residences – Bruce Willis and wife Emma Heming Willis owned a residence there, and Donna Karen, Keith Richards and Justin Bieber are known to frequent it beaches – COMO Parrot Cay is the pinnacle of Caribbean luxury. The award-winning Turks and Caicos resort is set on its own private island with 1,000 unspoilt acres and mile-long beach, hidden coves and vibrant reefs. Residences benefit from discreet COMO butler service, on hand 24/7 to arrange private yoga or personal training sessions with internationally-accredited trainers, in-room dining experiences or in-room spa therapies by the resort’s holistic wellness sanctuary, COMO Shambhala Retreat.
Rates at The Sanctuary are available upon request. To book and for further information visit https://www.comohotels.com/en/parrotcay/residences/sanctuary