If you thought that hiring your own private island was solely the pursuit of the rich and famous then think again. We've teamed up with TripAdvisor to search out the best private islands around the world.
Did you get an attack of jealousy when you saw that business tycoon Richard Branson's tropical private island resort, Necker Island was open for hire again to those with very deep pockets? With entire islands available for as little as £112 per night, even the budget-conscious can live like a rockstar.
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Private islands for hire! Holiday ideas for all budgets
This island is perfect for a large group, as it sleeps up to 18 comfortably. A sandy path winds through a forest of palm trees through the centre of this tiny four-acre island, which boats seven ocean front villas, all available for exclusive hire and offering spectacular views. Guests can relax in the comfort of their plunge pools, enjoy a day on the beach or take part in the excellent activities on offer – snorkelling, scuba diving, massages and more. Renting the entire Cayo Espanto starts from £9,060 per night.
On a 150 acre private island within the gates of Colleton River Plantation, this cottage sits on one of the prettiest sites in the Hilton Head area. The Devil's Elbow Cottage is nestled among ancient Live Oak trees overlooking the marshes and waters of the Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge. Built in 1992 and recently updated, the cottage sits adjacent to the main house. They are the only houses on the island. Prices start from £148 per night.
Just a quarter of a mile off the Atlantic shore of Marathon in the Florida Key, this private island has more than 5,000 square feet of living space, including a 2,700 square foot veranda, boat dock, helicopter launch pad, a pool and your own 25ft Skiff boat to get back and forth to the mainland. From £671 per night. East Sister Rock Island
Sheltered behind the Belize Barrier Reef in Southern Belize, this two-acre island offers a beautiful coral sand beach and is surrounded by some of the finest coral reef in the area. French Louie Caye offers a caretaker who will cater to your needs, including catching and cooking fresh seafood for dinner, as well as kayak and snorkelling and tours. From £112 per night.
Little Whale Cay, a private island in the Bahamas, hosts guests in its three luxury villas, sleeping up to 12 people. With a sea-view infinity pool, gym, tennis court, private airstrip and more, this luxurious island makes for a truly spectacular holiday. From £7,047 per night.
This luxurious private island houses guests in three luxury villas. The Royal Belize is located in a World Heritage Marine Reserve near in Central Belize. Highlights of the island include a personal chef, an outdoor bedroom, vast windows from which to enjoy the views, modern décor and more. From £1,980 per night.
Keepers Cottage, Scalpay Island, is just a short trip from the Isle of Skye. The property sleeps six and offers a secluded escape to this beautiful Scottish island teaming with wildlife. Activities include trout fishing in the fresh water lochs, crabbing, bird watching and more. The property has recently been completely refurbished and offers views to Applecross and the Kyle of Lochalsh. From £757 per week.
This six-acre private island Maine's Frenchman Bay boasts sweeping ocean views. Watch the sun rise over the Schoodic peninsula and set over Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. Hire includes the use of a 16ft sailboat for cruising about the bay as well as kayaks. The island provides total privacy, but there's a captain and a host nearby who can help with anything you need during your stay, including organising and lobsterbakes on the beach. From £805 per night. Spectacle island.
Villa Lilot is a mini paradise. Four bedrooms and a large terrace all give direct views onto the turquoise lagoon, and parts of the property are open-air, giving guests the ability to enjoy their beautiful private island views from the comfort of a sofa. The island is reached via a long jetty from the main land by car and the villa comes complete with a housemaid and cook, with optional wine and champagne deliveries. From £448 per night.