You don’t have to strike it mega-rich to have access to an amazing private island—but it helps
For some of us, a “private island” means pristine, golden beaches without another soul in sight and a lavish cabana where you’ll sleep to the sound of ocean waves. But private islands don’t have to be just for the ultra-elite. From far-flung luxury hideouts to more affordable, easy-to-reach cottages, here are six private islands you can rent for the night.
1. Miavana, Madagascar
Miavana Island (Courtesy Miavana) Located on Nosy Ankao, off the northeast coast of Madagascar, the five-star resort of Miavana opened this June. Dubbed a luxury eco-resort, the place runs on solar power and was built with sustainable materials like thatch and grass. The resort is made up of 14 oceanfront villas, a communal square, and an infinity pool on the edge of the Indian Ocean. Your nightly rate—starting at $2,500—includes meals, butler service, and guided outings like kite surfing, snorkeling through shipwrecks, and whale watching.
2. Lanai, Hawaii
Caves of lava tubes on Lanai, Maui One of the most pristine and secluded of the Hawaiian Islands, Lanai is a 90,000-acre private island purchased in 2012 by Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle. In 2016, Four Seasons Resort Lanai reopened after a massive renovation, offering views of a marine sanctuary to go with extravagant accommodations. Rooms start at $1,075 a night. Out of your budget? Try the 11-room Hotel Lanai , a historic inn in the old pineapple plantation town of Lanai City, where rooms start at $186 a night and include breakfast. While on Lanai, you can hike to secluded beaches, snorkel among spinner dolphins, or mountain bike rugged red-dirt roads.
3. Cuckolds, Maine
Cuckolds Island Lighthouse (Courtesy Janet Reingold & Philip) The Inn at Cuckolds is a two-room establishment inside a restored 19th-century lighthouse, about 15 minutes by boat from the town of Southport, Maine. Breakfasts and afternoon tea are included in your stay. You can book the east- or west-facing suite for $500 per night, or get the whole island to yourself for a loftier rate (whole-island rentals start at $1,450). By day, take a sail or kayak tour of Boothbay Harbor.
4. Kokomo Island, Fiji
Kokomo Island (Courtesy Kokomo) This new luxury resort opened in March on a private island owned by Australian billionaire Lang Walker. Located among Fiji’s Kadavu Island Group, Kokomo Island is a 140-acre tropical haven with white-sand beaches and lush rainforests, accessed via seaplane or helicopter from Fiji’s mainland. You’ll snorkel and dive through the Great Astrolabe Reef, the fourth largest in the world, trek through the rainforest, and sleep in private beachfront villas with infinity pools overlooking the ocean. It’s pricey—starting at $1,995 a night—but your rates include all meals, plus butler and nanny services. […]