5 private islands to rent in Asia
Who needs a villa when you can get an island?
Song Saa, Cambodia
Australian couple Melita and Rory Hunter bought these twin islands from a Cambodian village chief and hired their inhabitants to create a luxurious property on the Gulf of Thailand. From Phnom Penh airport, you can either drive down or fly to Sihanoukville, from where a speedboat will take you to your private island.
Though the 27 jungle, overwater and royal villas can be booked individually, you can also rent the entire island if you’re travelling as a group. All food and drink (including house wines, beers and spirits); use of Song Saa’s sailing boats, kayaks and snorkeling gear; and guided jungle tours are included in your package.
Cost: Entire island from $20,000 (Rs13,40,000) upwards. Website
Taprobane Island, Sri Lanka
In the 1920s, Frenchman Count de Mauny-Talvande discovered this 2.5-acre island and built a mansion on it. Since then, this retreat has hosted royalty, state leaders, and artists of repute. Today, it has been converted into a private resort with five en-suite bathrooms, various communal spaces, verandahs, tropical gardens and an infinity pool.
This gorgeous piece of rock is located just off the shore of Welligama Bay, which is 4½ hours from Colombo airport. For those in a hurry, the resort will also organise helicopter transfers. When you do arrive, the five dedicated staff members will have amazing Sri Lankan food ready and waiting for you.
Cost: Entire island from $1,000 (Rs66,000) depending on the season. Website
Pulau Pangkil Kecil, Indonesia
For a “survivors with maids and butlers” experience, head to this private island. Accommodation here is in the form of driftwood palaces, tree houses and gazebos, all built in an eco-friendly manner, without compromising on comfort in any way.
Packages include all meals, speedboat transfers, snorkelling and kayak equipment. The islands can accommodate between 10 and 30 guests and have over 20 staff members at your disposal. Getting in is easy: the islands are easily accessible from Bintan via Singapore, and Indonesia offers visa on arrival if you’re Indian.
Cost: From SGD2,800 (Rs1,32,000) per night for up to 10 people, depending on the season. Website
Ariara Island, Philippines
This island, with its powder soft beaches, clear water and tropical scenery, sits nearly 250km southwest of Manila. Your private piece of paradise stretches over 125 acres and comes with a set of luxurious but eco-friendly cottages, which can host up to 18 guests.
The 30-member staff will look after all your needs. The package includes all meals, use of watersport equipment such as the Hobie Cat, speedboats and jet-skis, and return transfers from the nearest airport.
Cost: From $4,290 (Rs2,86,000), depending on the number of guests. Website
Coco Privé, Maldives
Your experience at one of the most exclusive properties in the Maldives begins with a stylish arrival on a luxury yacht. The island’s sole master residence and five additional luxury villas can host a small party of 12. The mansions designed by award-winning architect Guz Wilkinson spare no expense.
The package includes all meals and beverages (including alcohol), a personal host, private chef, daily massage, watersports and special requests such as sandbank picnics and sleeping under the stars.
Cost: From $8,000 (Rs5,32,000). Website
Written by Jasreen Mayal Khanna / cntraveller.in