Superyachts offer privacy in abundance, but this precious commodity is much more elusive on land. The answer? The private island. By their very nature, islands are the embodiment of exclusivity. When the only guests are you, your family and friends, and you can circumnavigate your domain entirely on foot, seclusion takes on a whole new meaning. Superyacht Life shortlists three – very diverse – private islands for the most sophisticated of castaways

Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll

It’s no secret that the Four Seasons does luxury like few others, but with their Private Island, which opened late last year in the Maldives, they’ve somehow managed to take things to the next level. Again. Situated on the world’s only exclusive-use UNESCO hideaway located in a World Biosphere Reserve, the island is just a 40-minute seaplane transfer from Malé, or a 20-minute speedboat ride from the Four Seasons Resort at Landaa Giraavaru. At the heart of the island lies a sprawling, two-storey Beach House looking out over the infinity pool and beach beyond. This open-plan, homey social hub is where up to 22 guests can come to eat, drink, chat and play. Some will remain in the main house to sleep; others can retreat to one of the further villas, which sit a short walk away. There are no restaurants on the island per say, so the culinary experience is entirely tailored to guests' wishes and customised by on-site chefs, meal by meal – from fresh sashimi to beach barbecues. The Ocean of Consciousness Spa, which sits at the end of a jetty in its own glass-bottomed, over-water villa – is an absolute triumph and a 19m yacht, Voavah Summer, should you need it, is also on hand for island hops, snorkelling trips and fishing.

Tagomago, Ibiza

Private islands usually conjure up images far further afield than the Mediterranean. Not anymore. For those searching for complete privacy in European waters, Ibiza's Tagomago is as exclusive as they come. One of the few private islands in Spain, this 148-acre hideaway is conveniently located less than a kilometre from Ibiza and just half an hour by boat from the beaches of Formentera. The island has its own private nature reserve and bird sanctuary, as well as a 20th-century lighthouse, beautiful walking trails and a jetty with private mooring. Accommodation lies in the enormous mansion at the island’s centre. Inside, there are five en suite double rooms, the obligatory expansive outdoor terraces and pool, along with a Jacuzzi, fitness area and sauna. Stunning panoramic views are a given – and, should you wish to arrive by air instead of by sea, helicopter landings are welcomed.

Pulau Joyo, Indonesia

Hong Kong-based superyacht owner Antony Marden owns this pristine tropical island, so it is perhaps unsurprising that he’s got the recipe just right for the discerning yachting crowd. Located in Indonesia's Riau Archipelago, it is consequently blessed with pristine, powder sand beaches and gin-clear waters, all within easy reach of Singapore. The entire island can be hired for up to 45 people, with accommodation in one of the five 'palaces', which are constructed entirely from salvaged driftwood, or one of the two larger reconstructed Javanese joglos. The island would make for an ideal family escape (in fact, Marden initially bought the island as a holiday home for his own family), with endless options for child-friendly activities like snorkelling, kayaking or paddle boarding. By night, the grown-ups can enjoy some downtime, sipping cocktails under the stars before sitting down for dinner, tiki torches flickering. Three meals a day are included in the price and guests can expect dishes with authentic Indonesian flavour: fresh fish straight from the ocean, spicy curries, peanut satays or colourful barbecues. The choice is yours.
Dominique Afacan
Dominique Afacan
Dominique writes about all things luxury for, Condé Nast Traveller, Boat International and many more. Since joining the superyachting world, she's raced at the St Barths Bucket, kissed the America's Cup in Bermuda and taken a polar plunge in Antarctica.