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Our Top Private Island Escapes

The events of 2020, combined with winter closing in around us has fuelled our lust for escape to a far-away, paradisal island. Pelorus have curated a collection of private island escapes to inspire your next adventure.

Milaidhoo Island, Maldives

An emerald drop of paradise in the heart of Baa Atoll, this boutique luxury resort effortlessly combines nature and elegance for an unparalleled experience in idyllic surroundings. Switch off and indulge in the serene settings which encompass you and your magical villas, suspended over an azure lagoon and connected by whitewashed wooden paths.

Milaidhoo Island is blessed with a fantastic underwater world and a coral reef teeming with a vibrant aquatic life. With uninterrupted panoramic vistas of the azure lagoon from your villa and being located in a UNESCO biosphere reserve, the possibilities for wondrous snorkelling, diving and dolphin spotting are endless. Or for total relaxation, immerse yourself into the tranquil serenity of the environment at the resort spa. Enjoy beautifully prepared produce, hand-picked and caught that day, alongside perfectly paired wines, as you dine barefoot under a blanket of stars suspended over the Indian Ocean.

Isla Secas Resort, Panama

Jet off to Panama for some well-deserved sun soaking on the unspoilt atolls of Isla Secas. Bask in the sun whilst indulging in tropical delights and perhaps, a luxury spa treatment. Shower beneath the stars and rejuvenate after a day of exploration under your private thatched cabana whilst sipping on sundowners as the sun dips below the horizon, expelling a dreamy mesh of orange and red hues.

This eco-resort boasts unrivalled access to a vibrant underwater world, where giant manta rays, bottle-nose dolphins and sea turtles reside. Delve into the warm waters on your own unforgettable marine safari, boasting an underwater world of 750 species of tropical fish, you will not be disappointed. Panama is home to two different populations of humpback whales which migrate to the Gulf of Chiriqui during the early months of the year, a truly special experience to witness. If intrigued by the idea of this, Panama is also home to a UNESCO-designated protected marine area of Coiba National Marine Park, where you can learn more about this vital ecosystem.

& Beyond Mnemba Island, Tanzania

With the ethos to take care of the Land, Wildlife and the People, &Beyond Mnemba Island is 1.5 kilometres of blissful barefoot luxury, where swathes of pristine palm fringed beaches give way to thriving coral-rich shallows.

Home to a mesmerising display of aquatic life and the island’s own Padi Dive Centre, an underwater excursion here will not disappoint. Or for a more relaxing escape, the island’s serene atmosphere makes this the ideal setting for a spot of yoga in the exclusivity of your own stretch of beachfront. As the sun sinks below the distant horizon, painting a myriad of colours across the infinite sky, relax with a private candlelit meal on the beach. As well as a diverse and prolific marine life, Mnemba Island is home to one of the scarcest land animals on the planet, the Ader’s duiker. One of the only places left to observe these animals in the wild, this is a truly unique experience. With sweeping vistas of Zanzibar Island, we can arrange cultural trips to the neighbouring tropical island, to feed your intrigue.

The Brando, French Polynesia

If it is seclusion and carefree bliss you seek, this luxury resort is a dreamy choice. A Tahitian gem, Tetiaroa is an idyllic island home to the boho-chic resort of The Brando. The resort has incorporated island décor into the design, making this an elegant escape with opportunity to live the alfresco castaway life with all the modern luxuries. 

Secluded and surrounded by a pristine lagoon, you will have access to abundant underwater wildlife, exotic birds and rare biodiversity. If it is relaxation and rejuvenation you seek, the Varua Te Ora Polynesian Spa offers plenty of pampering and beauty rituals in a harmonious environment with the natural surroundings.

Cayo Espanto, Belize

Trade the winter chill for total bliss in Belize. A peaceful paradise just off the coast of Belize, Cayo Espanto is one of the many islands of the world’s second largest barrier reef systems. Emerge from your private bubble each day to explore the exuberant underwater paradise from kayak or beneath the surface with a diving expert, home to an abundance of exotic fish. Or for some culture, venture out to the fascinating ancient sites of Altun Ha and Lamanai.

This boutique resort is a tropical oasis featuring understated, pastel-painted villas dotted amongst the palm trees. With the utmost privacy, it is just you and a view over the azure waters which gently lap the sand. A handful of different sizes, these elegant hideaways are perfect for a romantic escape. Available for a full island buyout, this could be the total seclusion you have been looking for.

Fregate Island, Seychelles

Fregate Island promises a unique oasis of tropical bliss where exotic creatures seemingly plucked from the Galapagos roam the island. The island boasts world-class conservation and is a sanctuary to more than 1,000 Tropical Birds, 3,000 Giant Aldabra Tortoises and the endangered Hawksbill Turtles. Enjoy a first sighting of your tropical paradise as you arrive in style.  Your exclusive helicopter transfer to the island offers a tantalising glimpse of what your luxury hideaway has in store.

With the choice of seven entirely private beaches you can be guaranteed privacy. Flip the “Beach Occupied” sign and be welcomed by a full cooler box and towels laid out for your arrival, with the exquisitely attentive staff on call for anything you wish. Dip below the surface of the water to unearth a vibrant aquatic life along the opulent reef and dine on flavoursome delicacies amongst the canopy in a tree house dining experience. To appeal to the eco-conscious guest, Fregate boasts a flourishing sustainability programme; 80% of the food comes from the island and their expansive gardens, including a hydroponics house growing over 50 types of fruits and vegetables, and a sizeable nursery growing rare and near-extinct species.

Calala Island, Nicaragua

Blanketed with tropical vegetation and fringed with white sandy beaches, the Pearl Cays are a drop of paradise in the heart of Nicaragua. Picture a deserted island featuring shaded hammocks strung between two palms, thatched cabanas and welcoming smiles from the local staff who look after you. Calala is an ultra-exclusive island, home to just four beach front suites.

A stay on this island will guarantee you a few sightings of some of the last remaining Hawksbill turtles, of which Calala Island and the surrounding Pearl Cays are nesting sites for these endangered species. Discover the vibrant aquatic life which inhabit Calala’s shallows before retreating to your villa for sundowners, with uninterrupted views of the sun dipping below the horizon. Enjoy a world-class menu of Caribbean catch of the day and organic, island-grown produce, before falling asleep to the lapping of tropical waters which surround Nicaragua’s Pearl Cays.


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