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The 10 Most Romantic Private Islands To Rent For Valentine’s Day

The 10 Most Romantic Private Islands To Rent For Valentine’s Day

Gladden Private Island in Belize

Gladden Private Island

My first private island experience happened totally by accident. Flying low over the Caribbean in a helicopter, I noticed an isolated island with a massive pagoda-style mansion and other villas under construction on a rocky bluff. The pilot took us closer for a better look and took photos of the property from all angles. I learned it was Sir Richard Branson’s new Moskito Island, and my fascination with living on private islands began.

Richard Branson’s Moskito Island in BVI available for private rentals

Jim Dobson

Billionaires and celebrities around the world have purchased these trophy properties and then put them on the market for private rentals. Among them, Richard Branson, who also has Necker Island in the BVI, Leonardo DiCaprio owns Blackadore Cay in Belize, David Copperfield has Musha Cay in the Bahamas, Tyler Perry has White Bay Cay in the Bahamas, and Francis Ford Coppola has three islands in Central America.

It is a unique opportunity for families and couples to rent a private island all to yourself, and you don’t have to be a billionaire to afford the luxury. It is also the most romantic gesture for Valentine’s Day to offer your loved one an island of their own, permanently or for a decadent week away from a hectic life.

Here are my top 10 picks for the best private islands for rent with the help of Chris Krolow, founder of Private Islands Inc. Chris has not only created a fantastic network of the best island brokers, but he is also the executive producer and host of HGTV’s hit series “Island Hunters” and the publisher of Private Islands Magazine. 

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Choini Cay in the Bahamas

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BAHAMAS

Choini Cay ($21,000 nightly)

5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms

This ultra-luxurious resort is 100 percent solar-powered, and includes six private white sand beaches. A private villa is set within three Balinese-inspired structures, connected by thatch-covered walkways lined with candlelit lanterns. Located in its own separate structure, the master suite includes a king bed, a sitting area, a large open shower, an oversize tub and an outdoor Jacuzzi. In the third Balinese structure, a wraparound porch encircles the island’s four large guest suites.

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Gladden Private Island in Belize

Gladden

BELIZE

Gladden Private Island ($3,000 + per night)

2 bedrooms, 2 baths

This single luxury villa is perfect for one couple (there is a second master suite if you have friends). Housing for staff is on a smaller island hidden from sight, with staff available at a moment’s notice. The chef, manager and concierge are a two-minute boat ride away when signaled. This is the most romantic of all the island options, and truly private.

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Japao Private Island

Japao Private Island

BRAZIL

Japao Private Island ($4,000+ per night)

5 bedrooms, 5 baths

This 6.1-acre tropical island features its own private beach, swimming pool, hot tub and 7,000 square feet of living space. The island is rented exclusively to one group at a time (2 to 8 guests), providing the ultimate in privacy for couples, families and small groups. A 30-minute helicopter ride gets you directly to the island.

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Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands

Necker Island

BVI

Necker Island ($87,500 per night)

20 b, 20 baths

Sir Richard Branson’s private island, is fully restored post hurricane, and can be booked exclusively year-round. The perfect opportunity for you and 21 friends and family. The island comfortably sleeps 30 guests in 15 rooms; made up of 11 in the Great House. Add you can rent additional space on Branson’s nearby Moskito Island for an additional 16 guests.

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Vomo Island in Fiji

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FIJI

Vomo Island ($39,000 per night)

32 rooms including 4 villas accommodate 90 people.

A luxury private island escape, this privately owned 225-acre property is at the top of the Mamanuca Islands group and only a 15 minute helicopter or seaplane ride from Fiji’s main international airport. Featuring stunning beach villas, hillside villas and a main 4 bedroom residence, as well as a 4 bedroom royal villa, this property is perfect for multiple couples seeking a romantic escape.

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Calivigny Island in Grenada

Calivigny Island

GRENADA

Calivigny ($132,000 per night)

25 bedrooms, 25 bathrooms

Spread over 80 green acres with 2 sandy beaches and dramatic views of the Atlantic and Caribbean oceans, this island is only 5 minutes by boat from Grenada. Your own private island resort experience includes 10 suites in the main mansion, nine bedrooms in a second mansion, and three two-bedroom cottages. Guests also get the exclusive use of a 173-foot Perini Navi sailing yacht, or one of the 12 other boats.

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Dunbar Rock Villa in Honduras

Dunbar Rock

HONDURAS

Villa on Dunbar Rock ($50,000 per week)

Once a private villa, the property rises from the sea-level white sand beach, and is 7 miles east of Roatan. Accommodations include 9 Ocean Front Rooms and 2 Suites, all with private waterfront balconies. The 15,000 square foot property is spread across 4 floors with a maximum of 22 guests. There is also a PADI 5 Star Dive Center that operates two custom dive boats: the 45’ Freedom and 40’ Endeavor each with the capacity for up to 20 divers.

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Voavah Island in Maldives

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MALDIVES

Voavah Private Island ($46,000 per night)

7 bedrooms, 7 baths

Located in the Baa Atoll, the first Four Seasons exclusive use island is the ultimate hideaway with all of the amenities of staying at the hotel. With a 2 bedroom over water villa, guests will also find a 3 bedroom beach villa, 2 Mezzanine Suites, a 2 bedroom staff apartment and 2 Voavah Summer Cabins, all accommodating up to 22 guests. The island is offered with a luxury yacht named Voavah Summer.

North Island in Seychelles

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SEYCHELLES

North Island

Ten Beachfront villas and one North Island villa

Prince William and Kate Middleton used this island for their private honeymoon that is nicknamed “The Island of Love.” This private island in the Seychelles has also played honeymoon host to George and Amal Clooney. The property recently joined the Marriott’s Luxury Collection as the brand’s first private island destination. The exclusive eco-tourism resort is accessible only by helicopter and was a former coconut plantation.

TANZANIA

Thanda Private Island

9 b, 9 baths

Thanda Island is the perfect choice to experience your very own private paradise island. Thanda Island is located in the Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve, between the mainland of Tanzania and Mafia Island. There is a luxury villa with 5 suites as well as two Tanzanian Beach Chalets with 2 suites.

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Thanda Island

Thanda Island

The following private islands are currently among the most expensive properties in the world listed for sale by my friends at Vladi Private Islands. Founder Farhad Vladi says, “The luxury of a private island consists of the freedom to escape into solitude and to return from it at any time – therefore, even the smallest island with a simple log cabin is of immense value to its owner.”

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Pumpkin Key in Florida

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FLORIDA

Pumpkin Key ($95 million)

10 minutes by helicopter from Miami, includes one main home with three bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms, and a 20-slip marina able to accommodate a mega-yacht.

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Blue Island in Exuma Cays

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BAHAMAS

Blue Island ($125 million)

This 700-acre private island is the largest property available in the Bahamas and the only one in the entire Caribbean that has its own private jet landing strip. There is currently an existing Main House, and Staff House.

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Halls Pond Cay in Bahamas

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Halls Pond Cay ($75 million)

This 460-acre island is just 60 miles from Nassau, and features twelve pristine powder white beaches. The island includes a heli-pad and a sea-plane ramp, as well as enough space to construct your own private airstrip. There is a natural deep water access channel with ample room for even larger yachts (a true rarity within the Exumas Island Chain).

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Cave Cay in Bahamas

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Cave Cay ($60 million)

This island offers 222-acres including a deep-water harbor and marina with floating cement dock system and 35 dock slips. There is a 2,800 ft. private airstrip making this the perfect private island. The main house is perfectly finished, and the staff housing and service areas are complete.

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Big Darby Island in Bahamas

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Big Darby Island ($38 million)

This 554-acre island includes over 14 beaches and its own 7,000 sf “castle”. ”

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Bird Cay in Bahamas

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Bird Cay ($26 million)

250 acres 30 minutes by air from Nassau. The island is well protected on all sides by neighboring islands and sand banks.

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Kanacea Island in Fiji

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FIJI

Kanacea Island ($26 million)

This 3,065 acre island was used during the American Civil War as a cotton plantation, and then later as a coconut plantation and a cattle ranch. There are currently several plantation buildings, staff quarters and a nascent infrastructure system to be developed further. The size of the island can accommodate a large tourist development making it a hot investment possibility.

GREECE

Ionian Island ($50 million)

With 1,100 acres, this large island in the Ionian Sea is located between the islands of Ithaka and Lafkada. Featuring dramatic cliffs, it’s natural blue green waters, sand and pebble beaches, and sea caves. The island currently has a house and a church and there are goats frequently tended to by a shepherd.

NEW ZEALAND

Pakatoa Island ($26 million)

With 60 acres, the island is located in the Waitemata Harbour Pakatoa. The island was originally developed as a resort destination in the 1950s and now offers the opportunity to redevelop. Accommodation on the island consists of 24 beach side cabins and 38 two-three bedroom units.