Seven Of The Best Remote Island Getaways
After a couple of years of limited travel, what greater luxury than a remote island resort.
For a family reunion or a much-needed get-away for couples, from the Maldives to Antigua, we take a look at seven of the best remote island getaways around the world.
Soneva Fushi, Maldives
The godfather of desert island luxury Maldivian resorts, Soneva Fushi has launched the Soneva Soul Spa, which will integrate ancient wellness rituals with science and technology. Using evidence-based assessments and diagnostic technologies, Soneva has launched several programmes to support wellbeing themes, including sleep, digestive health, recovery from musculoskeletal pain and ageing better.
Kisawa Sanctuary, Mozambique
Kisawa Sanctuary, opened in 2021, is surrounded by 300 hectares of beach and coastal forest on Benguerra Island, Mozambique. It comprises 22 bungalows across 12 residences, some cove-side and others sheltering in the dunes, the vision of NJF Design. Artisans from Benguerra and neighbouring islands comprised 80 percent of the workforce building the resort, using Mozambican weaving, thatching and carpentry with local timber, the local vernacular, and non-cement-based surface cladding.
Elang Island, Bawah Reserve, Indonesia
Originally designed to be the owner’s holiday home, Elang Private Residence is part of Bawah Reserve, one of Indonesia’s most off-grid resorts. For remote luxury, look no further than this secluded, untouched island, covered in native trees, surrounded by a turquoise coral lagoon, available for exclusive takeover bookings.
Time and Tide Miavana, Madagascar
Private island hideaway Miavana is located on the largest of five islands in a remote archipelago off the north-eastern coast of Madagascar, accessible only by an exhilarating helicopter ride over mountains, forests of baobabs and shipwrecks in the Indian Ocean. It took four years to create, which included planting 100,000 indigenous trees and using only natural and recycled materials in the building of these 14 luxury villas, dotted along a pristine beach.
Como Laucala, Fiji
A private island experience like no other, COMO Laucala is located in the waters of Melanesia, in Fiji. The 25 residences all enjoy private pools on palm fringed beaches, above lagoons and atop hills wrapped in jungle. Each tropical residence is designed in harmony with Fiji’s extraordinary natural heritage, and a wide range of activities are available, including scuba diving, sailing, surf and even a David McLay Kidd-designed 18-hole championship golf course.
Nihi Sumba, Indonesia
Nihi Sumba is an intimate island retreat of 28 villas overlooking 2.5km of pristine beach on a little-known island, an hour’s flight from Bali. Nihi was born out of a vision to protect and preserve Sumba’s unique culture and empower local communities through The Sumba Foundation. Activities include the best sport fishing in Indonesia, hiking through beautiful landscapes to dramatic waterfalls, ancient villages and butterfly trails, and stand-up paddling down the Wanukaka River.
Jumby Bay Island, Antigua and Barbuda
Set in one of the most beautiful, untouched locations in the world, Jumby Bay Island is a private island in Antigua and Barbuda. Ringed with coral reefs and reachable only by boat, with no cars in sight, this private isle of white-powdered beaches and winding bicycle paths is a one-of-a-kind hideaway in the Caribbean. The 300-acre secluded island features 28 suites, 14 luxury villas and 22 private residences, each one just steps away from pristine white beaches.
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