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Top 5: Private island resorts

Claim your personal patch of paradise — off-limits to all but a few other guests and a clutch of staff — with our island guide

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Aerial view of The Brando resort on the private island of Teti’aroa, Tahiti.

Aerial view of The Brando resort on Teti’aroa, Tahiti.

01 Teti’aroa, Tahiti
Marlon Brando had the right idea — while scouting for film locations, he stumbled upon the Tahitian atoll of Teti’aroa and later stumped up the cash to buy it: his own plot of privacy away from those pesky paps. From July, it’s an exclusive eco-enclave with 35 plush timber villas. thebrando.com

 

The peninsula villa on Laucala Island, Fiji.

The Peninsula villa on Laucala Island, Fiji.

02 Laucala Island, Fiji
Owned by Austrian Red Bull magnate Dietrich Mateschitz, this 25-villa sanctuary is open to bookings when he’s jetting off elsewhere. Swish food menus come courtesy of Australian star chef Anthony Healy, while a PADI dive centre will help you explore the cool blue. Elle Macpherson is such a fan, she hired the island in its entirety for her wedding. laucala.com

 

Swimming pool at the villa on Isla Tagomago, Spain.

The swimming pool at the villa on Isla Tagomago, Spain.

03 Isla Tagomago, Spain
If you’re in need of a discreet crash pad away from the heavy-going hedonism of nearby Ibiza, this idyll of wild pine trees and rocky cliffs is just the place. There’s only one pad to stay here, and that’s the ritzy five-room villa with a BBQ terrace, Bang & Olufsen sound system, pool and beach bar — and an army of staff, of course. island-tagomago.com

 

Aerial view of Hayman Island Resort, Australia.

Aerial view of Hayman Island Resort, Australia.

04 Hayman Island, Australia
This lavish resort in the Whitsundays is reopening in July following a £30 million revamp. Great news for those who prefer a touch of glamour on their island escape — think marble floors and crisp white beds rather than rustic chic. A highlight? The slick spa with treatment beds overlooking the Great Barrier Reef. hayman.oneandonlyresorts.com

 

Beach house on Musha Cay, Bahamas.

Beach house on Musha Cay, Bahamas.

05 Musha Cay, Bahamas
For a daily fee of £22,000, this unspoiled chain of 11 cays can be yours. Fill your days shoulder-to-shell with turtles, snooze in hammocks on balmy beaches, or sharpen your tennis serve, before bedding down in one of five colonial-stye villas sitting among the waving palms. mushacay.com


Published in the Jul/Aug 2014 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)