Top 10 private island escapes
Petit St. Vincent, Caribbean
<p>Robinson Crusoe eat your heart out. This island oasis in the Caribbean is the perfect place for some just-the-two-of-you time. There's no fighting for sunbeds or queuing at the buffet here, you'll feel like an A-lister as you realise the 115 acres of tropical forest and talcum powder beaches are all yours! <br /><br /><strong>Go there</strong><br />Seven nights in a One Bedroom Cottage at <a href="http://www.petitstvincent.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Petit St. Vincent</a> from £2999pp incl. daily breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as non-alcoholic drinks and all flights and transfers, <em></em><a href="http://www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk" target="_blank" title="turquoise" rel="nofollow"><em>turquoiseholidays.co.uk</em></a></p>
Sindabezi Island, Zambia
<p>With only five open-sided thatched cottages <a href="http://www.tongabezi.com/sindabezi.php" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Sindabezi Island</a> is an idyllic eco camp on its own private isle on the Zambezi River, so you're more likely to bump into a baboon than another honeymooner. If the tranquillity gets too much, head to the nearby roaring waters of Victoria Falls where you can get an adrenaline rush in the form of bungee jumping, white water rafting and gorge swings. After all that activity, relax back on your private terrace watching the real life version of <em>The Lion King</em> unfold in the National Park. </p> <p><strong>Go there </strong><br />From £350 per person per night all-inclusive, <a href="http://www.theluxurysafaricompany.com/" rel="nofollow">theluxurysafaricompany.com</a>, 01666880111.</p>
Wadigi Private Island, Fiji
You don't have to be Richard Branson to have your own slice of paradise, so forget Necker Island and get yourself to <a href="http://www.wadigi.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Wadigi Private Island</a> where you'll have personal chefs to cater to your every whim and a butler on hand when you need yet another cocktail on the beach. When you're not being pampered billionaire-style you can float around in the turquoise lagoon and stroll hand in hand along the pristine beach.<br /><br /><strong>Go there<br /></strong>Three nights from £2650pp based on two sharing, incl. exclusive use of the three-acre island, all meals and beverages, private staff, use of kayaks, windsurfers, surfboards, snorkelling equipment, wakeboards, water-skiing and longboats with a boat captain and return helicopter transfers from Nadi. International flights are additional, <em><a href="http://www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk" target="_blank" title="turquoise" rel="nofollow">turquoiseholidays.co.uk</a>,</em> 01494 678 400.
Isle of Eriska, Scotland
Private islands don't have to be baked in sun to be honeymoon-worthy. We love the romance of escaping to the wilds of Scotland to an exclusive isle complete with a stunning manor house, sumptuous spa, friendly badgers that come to tea, a golf course and the finest local cuisine. Once on the island there's no reason to leave unless, of course, you fancy chartering a private yacht to take you out to sea. <br /><br /><strong>Go there</strong><br />From £185pp per night, incl. breakfast, dinner, morning coffee, afternoon tea and exclusive use of the leisure facilities and VAT, <em><a href="http://www.eriska-hotel.co.uk" target="_blank" title="eriska" rel="nofollow">eriska-hotel.co.uk</a></em>.
Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island, Jamaica
<strong></strong>An all-inclusive private island? Where do we sign up? Complete seclusion doesn't have to break the bank. At Sandals Royal Caribbean you can have the best of both worlds; the extensive amenities of a lively resort on the main island – eight restaurants, a super-size spa, unlimited water sports – and an offshore island retreat for romantic beach strolls, a cosy cabana for two and tasty Caribbean fare. <br /><br /><strong>Go there<br /></strong>Seven nights on a Luxury Included® all-inclusive basis from £1715pp saving £615 per person for travel between 1st September – 30 November 2013. Return flights and resort transfers are included, <em><a href="http://www.sandals.co.uk/" rel="nofollow">sandals.co.uk</a></em>
andBeyond Mnemba Island Lodge, Tanzania
It's all very well living out your desert island fantasies but a girl's gotta have some luxury on honeymoon too. Step in <a href="http://www.andbeyond.com/journey/africa/where-to-go/tanzania/destinations/zanzibar/accommodation/beyond-mnemba-island/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">andBeyond Mnemba Island Lodge</a> where secluded meets swish in heavenly style. Kick off your shoes as soon as you step ashore (you won't be needing them for a while) and let your private butler show you to your beachside banda, one of only 10 villas on the island. When you're not sipping cocktails and sunning yourself on the unspoilt beaches you can be at one with the wildlife – watch green turtles hatching in February and March, try and get a snap of the oh-so-cute suni antelope and Aders' duiker as they prance through the forest or whip out your binoculars to catch sight of humpback whales on the horizon. <br /><br /><strong>Go there<br /></strong>Seven nights from £3180pp in low season based on two people sharing a banda, on a fully inclusive basis, incl. Kenya Airways international flights, domestic flights, air taxes and transfers, <em><a href="http://www.scottdunn.com" target="_blank" title="scott dunn" rel="nofollow">scottdunn.com</a></em>, 020 8682 5070.
<p><em></em>If staying on the remote and glamorous Maldivian Island, The Beach House Iruveli, with its 83 luxury villas doesn't feel secluded enough for you then book an overnight stay on the neighbouring uninhabited Govvafushi. Just the two of you, an open-air shower, a cosy villa and a romantic champagne picnic on the beach sounds like a recipe for honeymoon heaven. <br /><br /><strong>Go there</strong><br />Tropic Breeze offers seven nights for the price of five at the Beach House Iruveli from £2295pp based on two people sharing a Deluxe Beach Villa on a B&B basis, incl. flights from Gatwick with BA and island transfers. Based on departure date of 30 July 2014, <a href="http://www.tropicbreeze.com/" rel="nofollow">tropicbreeze.com</a>, 01752 880 880.</p> <p><em>Morning Castaway Escape and Sunset Castaway start from US$275pp, the Iruveli Full Day Castaway starts from US$450pp and for the more adventurous, the Sunset Overnight Castaway starts from US$550pp (maximum two people).</em></p> <p> </p>
Rosewood Jumby Bay, Antigua
Just two miles off the coast of Antigua this is the ultimate fly-and-flop private island so you can get straight into the serious business of sunbathing, spa-ing and sipping champagne without any of the tiring transfers and jet lag. The deserted beaches are some of the best in the Caribbean, too, and the good news is you only have to share them with the Hawskbill turtles. <strong><br /><br />Go there<br /></strong>Rosewood Jumby Bay from £630 per night,<em> </em><em><a href="http://www.jumbybayresort.com/" rel="nofollow">jumbybayresort.com</a></em>
Fregate Island, Seychelles
Take a walk on the wild side on this exclusive island where you can get lost on a different nature trail everyday, sunbathe surrounded by Aldabra Giant tortoise and enjoy second-to-none service at the Creole restaurant in the 18th-century Plantation House. And with only 16 villas, all with private pools sharing seven beaches and two square kilometres of tropical forests (the same size as Monaco), you really will feel like you own the place! <br /><br /><strong>Go there<br /></strong>Daily all-inclusive rates from €1463 for a Private Pool Residence (rates incl. all meals anywhere on the island, soft beverages, house wines, local beers, as well as personal laundry, island buggy, non-motorised watersports and guided nature walks), <a href="http://www.fregate.com/" rel="nofollow">fregate.com</a><strong><br /><br /></strong>
Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos
This private island is less <em>Castaway</em> and more <em>James Bond </em>so you'll have to share the private beach and turquoise waters with the likes of Bruce Willis, who has a holiday home here (not exactly a honeymoon hardship!). If the wedmin has taken its toll then this is the island for you – there's complimentary yoga and pilates, a never-ending treatment menu, an entire garden given over to Jacuzzis and heavenly-sounding Japanese baths. <strong><br /><br />Go there </strong><br />Seven nights incl. flights from £2449pp, <em><a href="http://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/destinations/turks-and-caicos" target="_blank" title="ba" rel="nofollow">ba.com/turksandcaicos</a></em>
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