If you've ever dreamed of owning your own private island, now is your chance: Isola di Mal Ventre, a few miles off the north east coat of Sardinia, has just gone on the the market for a mere €1.5 million.
The 200 acre Mediterranean island comes complete with white sand beaches, coves of pure quartz, beautiful flora and fauna, crystal clear waters and a watering well.
There are no buildings, but the sellers believe that the foundations of a previous shepherd's dwelling on the island, which has been inhabited on and off since the Roman times, could be incorporated in the design of a modern villa. According to a local architect, it's perfectly primed for a low rise eco style villa which would create one of the most unique properties in the Mediterranean. It may also be possible to construct a jetty from which trips to the mainland could be made by boat.
Barely 130 miles from the fashionable resort of Porto Cervo (pictured below), where even a modest house could set you back over €10 million, the island is a bit of a bargain, no?
Interested? Visit www.debutesq.com to find out more. But if you want to carry on dreaming, here are a few photos of beautiful private islands to peruse.
Hire your own private island
Private island off coast of Sardinia goes up for sale
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.
Private island off coast of Sardinia goes up for sale
Desroches Island in the Indian Ocean is the perfect place for complete isolation and to de-stress on an exotic island. Its remoteness means there's no mobile phone signal and the only sounds you'll hear are the ones provided by Mother Nature! The paradise island is located 230km from Mahe in the Seychelles and can be reached by plane or yacht. Desroches is concealed beneath the shade of coconut palms and vegetation, with various beach retreats to sleep in. Stay in one of the Beach Villas, which have their own private gardens and swimming pools.
For the experience of a lifetime visit one of the most isolated islands of the world, Jana Mayen, which is Norwegian territory and lies 600km from Iceland. Although tourists visiting the island are extremely rare, Hurtigruten's The Climate Voyage visits the remote island with the MS Fram ship on a tour starting from Iceland and ending in Svalbard with discussions about shore landings and climate change on the way. From £2,360 for an eight-day voyage.
With acres of botanical gardens, secluded beaches dotted along the 32km of diverse coastline and a relaxed pace of life, you'll want to pack your bag and head to Norfolk Island for a holiday. The island is located 1,412km east of mainland Australia with a population of 2,300 and plenty to do on a laidback break. Fishing, surfing, horse riding and cycling are just a few of the activities available and when it comes to eating, there's fresh food from the sea and land, plus pretty cottages, apartments and hotels on the island to stay in. The island may be far from mainland Australia but there's shopping, wining and dining and a great social scene to enjoy, with galleries and markets to visit too.
Located 1,500 miles off the coast of Cape Town and part of the British Overseas Territory is the island of Saint Helena, which is 47 square miles in size and has a population of over 4,000 with just 2,000 tourists visiting per year. Saint Helena boasts stunning natural beauty and is steeped in history while best known as the place of Napoleon's exile. The only access to the island is by sea and it's made up of rocky terrain and forest with the national park Diana's Peak as its highest point. The RMS St Helena passenger ship visits several ports of call including Saint Helena, Ascension Island and Cape Town. A 10-day voyage costs £2,121 per person.
As Canada's most northerly island, you can imagine that Ellesmere is pretty cold. It is part of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and is one of the world's largest islands, where North America’s most northern community, Grise Fiord is located. Ellesmere is home to the Quttinirpaaq National Park, which covers most of the island, the huge Lake Hazen and plenty of glaciers and ice! The population of the 75,767 square-mile island is just 146 and some of the wildlife you may see in the national park includes rare Peary caribou, musk oxen or arctic wolves. Hiking, climbing and skiing are a few of the activities available in the national park.
Located off the northwest tip of the island of New Guinea in Indonesia, the Raja Ampat archipelago is mostly uninhabited and purely stunning. The archipelago is only accessible by boat and comprises of over 1,500 small islands and the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo. The islands are incredibly remote and almost undisturbed by humans, while best known for their amazing marine life with one of the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world making them a haven for scuba divers, kayakers and snorkelers. Get there on the 34-metre Tiger Blue yacht, which will take you through the islands to see the dramatic landscapes, coastlines and wonderful wildlife of the Raja Ampat Islands.
The privately-owned island of Petit St Vincent, known locally as PSV, is located on the most southern tip of the Grenadines offering guests an escape from modern day stresses and has just 22 private cottages spread over 113 acres of rolling hills. Here you can enjoy all-out luxury and complete disconnection from the outside world - there are no TVs, phones or internet in the cottages. The cottages do, however, have wooden sundecks and sunken living rooms - perfect for relaxing and not caring about your emails! Around the island there's two miles of white sand beaches, meditating yoga sessions in a pavilion looking out over Concha Bay, as well as scuba diving to explore the coral reefs and hiking to the summit of the island to discover the orchids and banyan trees. Could an island escape get any better than this?
If you want an island getaway that's far away from everything, tranquil and undeveloped, head to the gorgeous Gambier archipelago, which lies over 1,600km southeast of Tahiti in French Polynesia and stay on the largest island Mangareva. There is one flight from Tahiti a week and a local boat meets passengers at the airport. Once on the island, you can explore the main village of Rikitea with its cathedral that has an altar adorned with pearls, see the ruins of Rikitea, which include a convent, a number of watchtowers, a jail and a court, and hike to Mt Duff to see the stunning views of the pearl-rich lagoons of Mangareva.
The island of Tristan da Cunha, part of British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic Ocean, has just 261 people residing on it and is an active volcano boasting rare wildlife including rockhopper penguins and the Yellow-nosed Albatross. The island is located 1,750 miles from South Africa and can only be reached by sea, on once-yearly sea crossings or on a fishing vessel from Cape Town. It's part of the Tristan da Cunha group of islands, which includes Saint Helena Island and is the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world. On Tristan da Cunha you'll find B&B accommodation, a museum, post office where there are ladies that make great cakes and coffee, plus the world's most remote golf course. Don't leave the island without trying the high quality crayfish, buying a novelty penguin knitted by local women and browsing its famous collectable stamps.
One of the world's most mysterious places, Easter Island, is also one of most remote inhabited islands with just over 5,000 people residing on it and located in the south-eastern Pacific Ocean 3,510km west of Chile. Easter Island's Polynesian name is Rapa Nui and it is famous for its 887 eerie-looking monolithic statues, moai, which were created by the early Rapanui people and scattered around the island. The island is surrounded by the world's most transparent waters and has three extinct volcanoes. Explora offers trips to Easter Island where you can stay at the beautiful Posada de Mike Rapu lodge on a hill in the centre of the island and choose from 15 different walking or cycling treks.