It’s the ultimate property dream: building a completely unique home on your own private island. A place where you can walk out of the house, straight onto the beach – a paradise in the sun. Exclusive, secluded and surrounded by nature, owning a bespoke residence on a private island could improve your quality of life and be a place of retreat from the bustle of modern life.
With help from Private Islands Online, here is our list of the world’s most luxurious private islands…and yes, they’re all for sale.
Pristine Powell Cay
This undeveloped Caribbean paradise lies about 3 miles north-east of Great Abaco island and is not just stunning, but also an extremely attractive prospect. Part of the island is owned by the crown and is being transformed into a nature reserve, meaning Pristine Powell Cay is the ideal spot for lovers of the great outdoors to create their dream home or an exclusive, luxury retreat. Crystal clear Atlantic waters, white sandy beaches and lush greenery surround you, and Coopers Town on the mainland is just a short boat ride away for shopping and for when you need a break from island life.
It’s perhaps fitting that this whale-shaped Thai island has become a favourite destination for local fishermen. Known for its cultured pearl farms, coconut tree-covered terrain and extraordinary coast, Rangyai is a jewel in the Andaman Sea. Situated close to Phuket, it is the largest island currently for sale in the area. Nearby Phuket and Coconut Island mean the area is popular with tourists, so there is great opportunity for the owner to develop it and take full advantage of the passing trade. Plus, at 110 acres, your own, bespoke Superhouse could be constructed away from the action.
If a palm tree-fringed desert island is what you’ve always fantasised about, Tinabian could be a dream come true. So remote is this Philippine paradise that you’ll struggle to find it on the map; it offers total off-grid seclusion. Located in the Malampaya Sound, 90 minutes’ boat journey away from the towns of El Nido and Taytay, the island boasts lush, green landscape and shallow, inviting waters. If you’re looking for privacy and a destination that ticks all of the boxes, this is surely it.
Île De Caille
With half a mile of white sandy beachfront, volcanic knolls and a sprinkling of small bays, Île de Caille offers a stunning natural landscape and the privacy that you crave. Situated three miles from Grenada, the tropical islet is ready for development, with electricity and running water already established. There’s also an airstrip and four uninhabited villas – making it more than simply the convenient option.
To the west of mainland Thailand and just south of the popular holiday destination Koh Samui, is an island so beautiful, it might make you weep. At just 9.4 acres in size, Koh Mudsum (sometimes written as Koh Madsum), brings together all the elements of your ideal getaway: great beaches, clear waters and a warm climate. In addition, the shape of the island means that there is shallow, sandy beach for swimming on one side, and deeper water on the other side – perfect for mooring your own yacht. The island can only be reached by long boat from Koh Samui and while a handful of tour operators offer day trips to the isle, it remains undeveloped except for a pearl farm at the southern end.
Nestled among the British Virgin Islands, is St John – a small isle consisting of protected national parkland and a lot of natural beauty. On this island are several parcels of land for sale, including those in Saba Bay. The land comprises 19 acres of ‘prime waterfront’ land, and has already been connected by roads and with the necessary utilities, so it’s all but ready for you to build on – whether it’s one home for you or several villas for guests.
Dao Island is situated in the Busuanga Biosphere, part of the Philippines’ Palawan archipelago. An area of outstanding natural beauty, it’s the only Palawan island which is suitable for development and remains uninhabited except for a caretaker. Dao features a long, sandy beach, several small coves, coconuts palms, a coral reef, rainforest and a fresh water source. It’s featured in various films and TV programmes, and has been hailed ‘the best island destination in East and Southeast Asia’ by National Geographic Traveler Magazine.
Described as ‘the only island of its kind for sale within the Gulf of Thailand’, Koh Taenai is a prime opportunity for developers; perfect for a prestigious private residence. Located just outside Koh Pha Ngan, it comprises jungle-covered hills, coral reefs and a powder-soft, white sandy beach. Koh Taenai epitomises a luxurious, exotic desert island – where else would you want to build your home?
Dreamy sunset walks along the gorgeous coast could be a daily occurance on the Calaguas Paradise Island Beach Resort in the Philippine province of Camarines Norte. Despite the name, the seven hectares for sale are non-developed and include a magnificent beach with invitingly warm water. The whole island is 120 hectares, so it’s a good option for those who want a tropical utopia that’s not a million miles from other people.
Rising out of the South China Sea like something from a film, is Dumunpalit Island. The red marble and volcanic island is surrounded by beautiful coral reefs and white sand. This stunning place to the west of mainland Philippines is simply magical. Known also as Turtle Island, a site has been cleared specially for the construction of the new owner’s home – wells provide drinking water and thoughtfully-planted trees supply the island with a bounty of tropical fruit. Offering total privacy, this island could be the heavenly home you’ve been searching for.
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