6 Private Island Hotels We Are Dying To Stay At

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By Amelia Mularz

What do David Copperfield, Johnny Depp, and Tyler Perry have in common? Although a Madea magic show sounds compelling, the answer is actually more Jack Sparrow-esque. All three of the celebs own private islands. And while it’s unlikely that they’ll have you over for a mai tai any time soon, the boutique hotel experts at Mr & Mrs Smith — the luxury travel website and booking service — know exactly where you can find an unspoiled retreat of your own. Here are six of their favorite private-island resorts, complete with butlers, personalized menus, celeb-worthy villas, and, in one case, a couple thousand tortoises. Take that, Tyler Perry!

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Song Saa Private Island, Koh Rong Islands, Cambodia
Remember that dreamy scene in The Beach when Leonardo DiCaprio’s character swims in bioluminescent waters with his new French lover? Glowing seas similar to those exist off Song Saa Private Island (minus the movie’s drug lords and cultish community, of course).
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This eco-luxe resort is just a half-hour boat ride from Cambodia’s backpacker hangout of Sihanoukville. The hotel can arrange for a speedboat to whisk you out to sea for a nighttime splash in the sparkling waters. After that, you can head back to the island for a stargazing session before dozing off in your overwater villa.
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Fregate Island Private, Seychelles
Twenty-two hundred large tortoises can’t be wrong: Fregate Island Private is a tranquil forest oasis in the Indian Ocean. The giant Aldabra tortoises roam freely on the island, as do more than 100 different species of tropical birds.

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Visitors of the human variety can roam among 17 villas — each with its own infinity pool and Jacuzzi — two communal pools, seven beaches, and a spa. Even meals here are in sync with nature. Dine on the beach, in a tropical garden, or make like one of the birds and eat on a treehouse perch high up in one of the island’s oldest and largest banyan trees.

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Parrot Cay By Como, Turks & Caicos Islands
You don’t have to fly halfway across the globe to reach private-island nirvana. From Miami, it’s less than two hours to Providenciales International Airport in Turks & Caicos.
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From there, a chauffeur from Parrot Cay will drive you the 15 minutes to Leeward Marina, where you’ll catch a boat for the 35-minute trip to the hotel. Altogether, you’re looking at a three-hour trip…sound familiar?

But unlike Gilligan and his buddies, you’ll have access to a mile-long beach, an infinity pool, a yoga pavilion, a Pilates hut, and a spa. The Skipper would’ve loved a Pilates hut.

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Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
At Lizard Island, ask which way to the beach? (biceps flexed or not — you decide), and you’ll be met with another question: which one? That’s because this white-sand paradise, which sits directly on the Great Barrier Reef, has 24 private beaches.

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You could bask on three different beaches every day for a week and still not build a sandcastle in the same place twice. Because this is a reefside resort, there’s ample opportunity for scuba diving, including the world-famous Cod Hole — a site known for its gargantuan but friendly Potato Cod fish.

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Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives
Among Gili Lankanfushi’s 45 villas, there are seven standalone Crusoe Residences — a nod to the literary world’s favorite island vagabond. These souped-up sanctuaries come with private motorized boats or a pontoon shuttle (how else will you make it to the island’s lagoon bar?), as well as rooftop terraces, overwater sundecks, and mini wine cellars.
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But the best part about this resort is that every villa on the property gets its own Mr. Friday, a butler named after Robinson Crusoe’s loyal pal. Thank God the hotel didn’t go with Cast Away-themed Wilson volleyballs instead.
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Cayo Espanto, San Pedro, Belize
Picture it: You’re on a desert island where the only thing to eat is New York strip steak, lobster, and chocolate soufflé. That is, assuming you like New York strip steak, lobster, and chocolate soufflé, of course.
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At Cayo Espanto, the seven-villa hideaway three miles off the Belizean coast, your culinary wish is the hotel’s command. Before you arrive, the hotel will send a food-focused questionnaire, which the chef then translates into a bespoke daily menu during your stay. As for where you eat, that’s also up to you. Dine on the beach, or on the deck of your villa, right next to your private infinity plunge pool.

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