10 Luxurious Vacations on Earth
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5 – Mantangi Private Island Resort, Fiji – Matangi Private Island Resort is a 240 acre private island located in the northern part of the Fiji islands. The family owned and operated resort boasts white sand beaches in a tropical paradise setting. It was voted one of the “Top 10 Private Islands” in Islands magazine. The resort offers 10 traditionally designed cottages and 3 unique treehouses. Each unit comes with all the high-end amenities you’d find at a luxury resort, including outdoor lava rock stone showers. Activities at the resort include snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, and spa services. The resort also offers weekly cultural activities, including a village tour, Kava tasting, coconut show, medicine show, cooking demonstration, Sulu tying demonstration, and a traditional dance demonstration.
4 – Villa Corallina, Tahiti – Villa Corallina is located on a small island of Tahiti. The vibrant green island stands out in the crystal-clear turquoise waters that surround it. Villa Corallina is unique in that it only offers a single villa for rent. It offers maximum seclusion. There are no roads on the island, only coconut groves, white coral sand beaches, and nature. The 3,000 square foot villa can accommodate up to 5 guests at a time. It is built out of local exotic woods in a traditional Tahitian style. The main house includes a bedroom, office, fully equipped kitchen, entertainment and dining areas, and spectacular views overlooking the lagoon. The separate master suite includes ocean views and an outdoor over-ocean terrace. Booking range from $430 to $650 dollars per night, which is a small price to pay for your own island.
3 – Guana Island, British Virgin Islands – Guana Island is located between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean on an 850 acre private island in the British Virgin Islands chain. The 20 room all-inclusive resort is one of the few man made items on the island. The owners encourage their guests to unplug and relax (although they do offer WiFi). Meal times are on a set schedule and include four course dinners by candlelight, served on one of two terraces overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The restaurant menu fuses Mediterranean and Asian flavors, with a Caribbean influence. The island also includes seven beaches, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, and croquet. Bookings run $720 per night for a sea view room, to $6,500 per night for the 3 bedroom Jost House Villa.
2 – Fregate Island Resort, Seychelles – If you want a luxurious vacation spot that combines tranquility with conservation, Fregate Island Resort in the Seychelles Islands might be just what you are looking for. The resort boasts 16 beautifully crafted residences, each with their own private pool, 7 beaches, a separate estate on a secluded peninsula, a private harbor & yacht club, diving center, a historic chapel for wedding celebrations, and a natural outdoor Kids Club “Castaway” playground. The island is also home to over 2,200 free-roaming Giant Aldabra Tortoises, hundreds of Hawksbill Turtles, the endangered Seychelles Magpie Robin, over 100 species of birds, and a rehabilitated indigenous forest. And for the ultimate in privacy, security, and seclusion, guests are able to rent the whole island at a time. Bookings range from $5,700 per night for a private pool residence, to over $20,000 per night for the Banyan Hill Estate.
1 – Musha Cay, The Bahamas – Musha Cay is located in the Islands of Copperfield Bay in the Bahamas. The island includes over 700 acres of lush natural beauty. The resort can accommodate up to 24 guests and only book to one party at a time, so you control the guest list. Accommodations consist of 5 tropical style guest houses, each with private beach and wrap-around mahogany decks. The grandest of these is Highview, a ten thousand square foot mansion that sits on the highest point of the island, offering 360 degree views of the island. The resort also boasts 40 pristine beaches, and even a “drive-in” theater. Dinners are served by torchlight or moonlight only, and take place Oceanside, in the 2,200 square foot Balinese Beach Pavilion. Island bookings start at $39,000 per day, for up to 12 people, with a four night minimum.