Nikoi Island, Indonesia
Image 1 of 19
You won’t need to pack shoes for your stay on this 15-hectare island. Only 85 kilometres from Singapore, it’s all about barefoot luxury. Sustainability is a key focus here and consequently the paths between the 15 grass-roofed beach houses are sculpted from sand, as is the floor in the main dining room. The island – which has three bars, two pools, a solid stretch of sandy beach and 10 hectares of jungle to explore – can be privately booked for up to 60 guests.
The Brando, French Polynesia
Image 2 of 19
North of Tahiti, The Brando sits on one of the many islets of the Tetiaro atoll and used to belong to Hollywood legend Marlon Brando. Request to buy out all of the resort’s 35 plunge-pool equipped villas and the entire atoll will be exclusively yours to access.
Dolphin Island Private Island, Fiji
Image 3 of 19
Dolphin Island is only available as a private rental so you’ll always get the entire place to yourself. Popular for wedding parties, Dolphin Island has a main bure and a number of guest bures, as well as the rustic yet luxurious Hilltop Sleep-out.
Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
Image 4 of 19
Aman’s understated yet opulent Sveti Stefan resort lies on an island a stone’s throw from a beach south of Milocer. Once a medieval village, the stone buildings have been refurbished to hold 50 guest suites and cottages. Staff will tailor experiences to suit your party should you buy out the island.
Denis Private Island, Seychelles
Image 5 of 19
Take over this speck in the northern Indian Ocean and you’ll have free rein of 25 freestanding cottages by the beach. They might appear modest but they’re decked out for maximum relaxation, with open-air bathrooms and outdoor lounging areas.
Lizard Island, Australia
Image 6 of 19
There are 40 villas on the resort on Lizard Island, located in the Great Barrier Reef National Park. If you and your guests can abandon the comfort of your plush accommodations, you can explore 24 beaches, as well as stunning reefs and tropical wilderness.
Cempedak Private Island, Indonesia
Image 7 of 19
Recline on the white cotton sheets of your king-sized bed, on the upper floor of your two-storey, grass-roofed, beachside bamboo villa and let the ocean breeze drift by. While there is wifi available on Cempedak Private Island, there are no televisions, phones or computers and, really, when you can walk from your private plunge pool to the beach in moments, do you really need it? Instead, spend your days sailing, snorkelling, paddleboarding, windsurfing, playing volleyball, kayaking or indulging in a spa treatment. It’s a 2.5-hour ferry journey from Singapore’s Tanah Merah ferry terminal and can host up to 40 guests.
&Beyond Mnemba Island, Tanzania
Image 8 of 19
The resort on this islet in the Zanzibar Archipelago houses up to 20 guests and is a diver’s dream with an on-site dive school and a reef accessible directly from the island, plus boats to take guests further afield for underwater adventures.
Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort, Mozambique
Image 9 of 19
The Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort has just 12 beachfront villas, all with private pools, and children are only catered for if you rent the island exclusively. Experience the incredible views, enjoy spa treatments, swim, cruise or dive in the surrounding waters.
Fregate Island Private, Seychelles
Image 10 of 19
There are 16 private pool residences, some with direct access to the beach, and the Banyan Tree Estate, which sleeps six, on Fregate Island Private resort. Every property comes with a buggy so guests can explore the island and its seven beaches. The catch? You’ll have to share it with more than 2000 Aldabra giant tortoises.
Ariara Island, Philippines
Image 11 of 19
This privately owned island is a helicopter ride away from Manila and doesn’t have a resort so much as a collection of inviting thatch-roof buildings with villas and communal areas designed to host up to 18 guests. There’s a lodge with a lounge and dining area, plus an infinity pool and 30 attentive staff.
Royal Davui Island, Fiji
Image 12 of 19
This small resort on an islet just south of the main Fijian island of Viti Levu has 16 villas. It’s perfect if you want ultimate privacy – buy out the whole island and they’ll set up a no-fly zone at your request.
Petit St Vincent Private Island, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Image 13 of 19
On this little Caribbean island there are 22 one- and two-bedroom properties and there’s no wi-fi or telephones to distract you from the view. Bring along up to 55 of your nearest and dearest and take advantage of the two restaurants and bars, spa and wine cellar.
Laucala Island, Fiji
Image 14 of 19
The northern coast of Laucala Island is dotted with 25 villas, including a sprawling hilltop estate complete with a pool, a residence perched on a rocky peninsula and the ubiquitous– and, in this case, oversized – overwater bungalow. Book the island and you can invite up to 71 other people to join you.
Image 15 of 19
Hop on a private plane from Manila to reach Amanpulo, a secluded resort on Pamalican Island in the Sulu Sea. Forty-two upscale bungalows and 16 opulent villas set in lush greenery and on pristine white-sand beaches await you and your party.
Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia
Image 16 of 19
The eco-conscious Song Saa Private Island resort on Koh Ouen has 24 gorgeously appointed pool villas plus excellent restaurants and plenty of indulgent spa treatments. The resort works with the Song Saa Foundation to maintain the island’s environment and support the local community.
Image 17 of 19
You need to be prepared to go all out to take W Maldives up on their Extreme Island Takeover. You and your friends can sprawl out over all 78 rooms, have access to unlimited food and house drinks at all six dining venues and get as many spa treatments as you want.
Como Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos
Image 18 of 19
On this beautiful Caribbean island, off the west coast of North Caicos, you’ll find Como Parrot Cay, where accommodation ranges from simple rooms with ocean views to a five-bedroom villa complete with butler service. How many friends can you bring? Up to 120, who will no doubt need little convincing.