Let's face it, the allures of big city life can easily wear off. The stark glass, hard edges of towering skyscrapers, and packed subways can get the best of anyone, especially with the temptation of a luxurious stay on a remote island far, far away. With turquoise waters lapping at crisp white sand and tropical palms swaying in the breeze, these islands are a favorite among the rich, famous and fabulous — and something everyone should experience at least once in their life.
Mnerba - Indian Ocean
Set on a private island off the northeastern tip of Zanzibar, Mnemba offers guests the chance to get away from the skyscrapers and city mania. With 10 romantic beachside lodges, every vista looks like a shot straight out of a honeymoon brochure. If you're traveling with your significant other, we’d suggested renting one of the beachside lodges. Each has its own veranda overlooking the sea, giving you and your main squeeze a front row seat to the picture-perfect sunset. The island was voted one of the top three most romantic islands in the world by Condé Nast and it's been ranked as one of the most visually stunning remote islands in the world, too. Newlyweds, old flames, or those in need of a little alone time would be hard pressed to find a more picturesque spot than the white sand beaches and the coral reefs (full of giant turtles, ghost crabs, and tropical fish) to rekindle their romance.
Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort - Antigua
Just two miles off the coast of Antigua on a 300-acre private island, Jumby Bay is accessible only by boat. With no people in sight, this spectacular hideaway comprises of no more than 40 guest room and suites. In fact, the only sound that should wake you in the middle is the pounding of the waves. The resort’s 250 local staff members all return to the mainland every night, leaving just a sprinkling of staff, homeowners, and guests to enjoy the island and its quiet oasis.
Tetiaroa, The Brando - Tahiti
Fit for royalty and a playground for the rich and famous, this eco-friendly, ultra-luxurious resort in Tahiti is a delicate atoll with a rich history and strong spirit. As the name suggests, the island was named by the great Marlon Brando, who was captivated with French Polynesia back in 1962 when scouting the islands for his movie, Mutiny on the Bounty. As fate would have it, he fell in love with the Tahitian beauty and purchased his own section of paradise—Tetiaroa, which he named for his third wife. The Brando resort came later and was developed with the actor's vision. From solar panels to generators fueled by coconut oil, it's good for both the environment and your soul.
North Island, Seychelles
Blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, North Island is one of the most exclusive island hideaways in the world. Located in the Seychelles, there are only 11 opulent handcrafted villas overlooking the fabulous turquoise waters and the pristine, powder-white sands. We could go on and talk about its sensational beauty, but we’ll just tell you this: the resort was the locale of the honeymoon of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. Who could say no to that?
This island has it all: a lagoon that couldn’t be bluer and silky white sand underfoot that will make you feel as if you're walking on a cloud. The facilities include shimmering swimming pools, beautifully manicured gardens, an on-site spa, water-sports center, a yoga pavilion, and a restaurant offering lip-smacking good Thai food. For lack of a better word, we think it’s perfect.