Nothing gives the same air of exclusivity as jetting off to your very own private island resort. It’s here that you’ll discover the true meaning of the ultimate island ‘getaway’, where the worries and stresses of fast-paced, modern living melt into the ground, leaving you to focus on the exquisite tranquil surroundings that epitomize island life. Let go and submerge yourself into the lavish, and most importantly – private – settings of these transcendent island retreats that feature the very best Asia has to offer with pristine shores, vast azure oceans that stretch out as far as the eye can see and lush, tropical greenery.
Song Saa Private Island Resort, Cambodia
The luxury, private island resort of Song Saa is located in Cambodia’s unspoilt archipelago of Koh Rong. Spanning two islands, the resort is connected by a charming wooden footbridge, which crosses over a stretch of turquoise-blue waters, teeming with exotic marine life. Demonstrating a commitment to preserving the natural environment and local culture, the resort’s management team is involved in a meticulous conservation programme – a theme that is evident throughout the 27 suites and well-appointed facilities. The rooms are a high-quality blend of timber beams, thatched roofs and polished marble walls and feature their own private infinity pool. This is eco-luxe at its absolute best, with decadent interiors designed with unique and artistic recycling. All the villas are built from sustainable materials indigenous to Cambodia, and are set either on the pristine waters of the Gulf of Thailand or perched amongst the verdant trees of the soaring rainforest. Four-poster beds, Moroccan lanterns and lavish finishes make for decadent living where it has never been so glamorous to be green.
Amanpulo Resort, Pamalican, Philippines
Amanpulo Resort is located on the tropical island of Pamalican in the Sulu Sea, enclosed by a gentle hillside and 3 miles of pristine beaches. The name Amanpulo is translated as ‘peace island,’ a theme very much reflected in the tranquil living and serene surroundings of this natural island sanctuary. A private plane whisks guests away from Manila, landing just an hour later on the resort’s very own airstrip and as soon as you touch down, you will have entered a surreal world of tropical paradise and exquisite luxury. The private casitas are located either on the beach, amongst the treetops or perched on the hillside, offering spectacular views over the crystal clear Sulu Sea. Inside, guests will discover contemporary finishings with traditional Filipino touches set in large, spacious surroundings and expansive bathroom. Everything is provided for an idyllic private island getaway, from the resort’s ample swimming pool and indulgent spa to its first-class restaurants and shopping boutiques. The icing on the cake – each suite comes complete with its own buggy, allowing guests to explore the island at their leisure.
Huvafen Fushi, Maldives
The private island resort of Huvafen Fushi seems to have it all – pristine white sands, turquoise waters, exclusivity and luxurious accommodation all on its own private and peaceful island in the Maldives. Under the management of the luxury brand Per Aquum Resorts and Spa, the resort comes complete with an underwater spa – the very first of its kind – which offers visionary treatments in its own Eden under the waves. This destination is all about the water; each room comes with its own infinity pool, spectacularly lit up after dark, reflecting the starry night sky in the ocean waves, the ocean bungalows have a glass floor in the living area for watching the marine life and there are opportunities to have your own Michelin-star dining experience wherever you wish, whether it’s next to a coral reef or on your own private deck. Each room boasts its own plunge pool, while the interiors are made ultra-modern by features like a Bose sound system and plasma TV. Guests will be chaperoned by their own ‘Thankuru’ butler service during their stay, for pure escapism in this Indian Ocean heaven.
Amanwana, Moyo Island, Indonesia
Amanwana resort, on the secluded island of Moyo, offers a hideaway retreat on a beach in a secluded cove overlooking the Flores sea. Here, guests can experience the riches of tropical life; the resort is set in a nature reserve rich with biodiversity, including birds, monkeys and the indigenous rusa deer as well as cascading waterfalls and hidden coves. This destination boasts one of the best snorkelling and dive locales in Indonesia and the marine life has been preserved in a spectacular way, so expect a vast array of vibrant sea life and pristine coral reefs. Guests will have the opportunity to stay in their own spacious tent – one of only 20 – with contemporary finishes – from solid wood flooring, large glass windows, to a soft canvas roof, and are elegantly styled to make for a boutique retreat. All tents are hidden within the jungle’s lush canopy and offer views of either ocean or jungle. Guests wanting to spend as much time as possible outdoors during their stay will find the resort’s spa the perfect setting for private relaxation, shaded by delicious date, fig and wild-tamarind trees and hidden by stone walls for privacy.
Taprobane Island, Sri Lanka
This private island retreat offers the epitome of island living. Visitors can access the island by wading through the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean or enviably on elephant back, or even sedan chair. It is very much regarded as the “isle of dreams” and embodies all the perks of private island living, including spectacular panoramic views, ultimate seclusion and luxury living quarters. The resort consists of one octagonal mansion with terrazzo flooring and high wooden ceilings. Each of its five bedrooms comes with an en-suite bathroom, sea views and comfortable living in light and spacious surrounds. Nestled as it is within a tropical garden sprinkled with a vast array of exotic plants, guests will discover a variety of serene and private sanctuaries. Crowning the resort is a large infinity pool that appears to seamlessly blend in with the Indian Ocean; shaded by swaying palm trees, this is the perfect spot to spend a relaxing afternoon. Colonial furniture takes guests back in time, while hints of color are dotted throughout the rooms to reflect the vivid sapphire blues from the sky and sea outside. To top it all off, a team of five staff are always on-hand to cater for guests’ every need.