Not all of us can afford to rent out an entire private island in the Caribbean, or even an ocean villa in the Maldives, but it’s fun to dream. With the most picturesque tropical views of crystal-clear blue-green waters and white sand beaches imaginable, these 12 luxurious island resorts don’t come cheap, but their oversized tubs, infinity pools and hammocks suspended over the sea are capable of making you feel more relaxed with photos alone.
Musha Cay, The Bahamas
Among the priciest resorts in the world, David Copperfield’s Musha Cay in The Bahamas is only accessible to those with millions in the bank. It’s $37,000 per night, with a four-night minimum, for up to 12 people. But at that price, the island is all yours – so if you’ve got the cash, it’s worth it. There are five plantation-style villas and The Landings, the main building holding the restaurant and clubhouse. Beach barbecues, jet skis, banana boats, tennis courts and a pool table that once belonged to Harry Houdini are just a few of the activities offered.
Maafushivaru Hotel, Maldives
Choose from a spacious pool villa or a cozier ocean villa at the stunning Maafushivaru Hotel in the Maldives. Each little getaway is perched above crystal-clear waters, with a serene white sand beach within easy walking distance. Rooms start at $2,600 per night – per person.
Laucala Island, Fiji
The all-inclusive Laucala Island resort is located on the largest private island in the Southern hemisphere, just off the coast of the Fijian island of Taveuni; it was once the private island of Malcolm Forbes and is now owned by the head of Red Bull. It features 25 bungalows, each with its own private pool and oversized outdoor stone or wooden bathtub. Coming with a group? Rent the Hilltop Residence, which has six bedrooms, three baths and a 360-degree view of paradise.
Coco Palm Bodu Hithi Resort, Maldives
Locate on a private island in the Maldives, the Coco Palm Bodu Hithi Hotel boasts eight restaurants, a spa with yoga and tai chi classes, and 100 guest units. Elevated wooden walkways lead from one section of the resort to another, and infinity pools jut out over the deeper blue of the sea water.
Hayman Hotel, Australia
The incredible Hayman Hotel has its own artificial barrier island creating a private cove-like pool area. Nearly all the guest rooms overlook this massive aquatic playground and the sea beyond it, which is just a stone’s throw from the legendary Great Barrier Reef.