The travel experts at Mr and Mrs Smith have scoured the seas to bring you this list of seven luxury private-island boutique hotels where there is no work and all play.
Dolphin Island, Fiji Islands, Fiji
For a real rockstar retreat, escape to Dolphin Island boutique hotel, perched on a petite isle just north of Fiji's main island, Viti Levu. Gather your party friends at the gorgeous Main Bure Pavillion and be treated to wonderful food and hospitality care by Fijian host Dawn Simpson. With tropical-modern interiors by stylist Virginia Fisher, it boasts four elegant Guest Bures (wood-and-straw huts) and a geometric infinity pool overlooking the beach and sea. You and your guests will be amply entertained on this 14-acres of private island playground, with aquatic adventures such as top-notch diving, snorkelling and sailing to boot.
Smith extra: A Fijian cultural evening of song and dance with a traditional feast on your last day of visit.
Song Saa Private Island, Koh Rong Islands, Cambodia
Song Saa Private Island hotel in the Koh Rong Islands is an eco-luxe escape spread over two untouched pristine islands, with thatched stone villas spotted among the jungle canopy lying above the dazzling sea. The villas are accompanied by ocean views and private pools, making it truly a sanctuary. Kayak around the mangroves or take a snorkelling tour to explore the tropical reefs, seahorses and rainbow-hued fish of Song Saa. When night falls, take a dip in the bioluminescene sea with the glittering amoebas reflecting the starry sky.
Smith extra: A 60-minute spa treatment each.
Soneva Fushi, Maldives
Dotting the powder-white beaches of a private island in the Maldives, boutique hotel Soneva Fushi’s eco-chic villas are indulging for both the old and young. Each villa has its private butler to look after guests’ every need. While all villas have a slice of secluded stretch of white-sand beach, some even come with private seawater pools. The island also has four snorkelling access points with manta rays and turtles regularly sighted on the house reef. Spend the evening outdoors at By the Bar, with its large cushions and wooden furniture on the sand, or at the beach restaurant and open-air cinema under the stars.
Smith extra: One dinner (at Nine or By the Beach) and a cookie-making class for the kids.
Ponta dos Ganchos, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Ponta dos Ganchos is an adults-only private paradise on a secluded stretch of Southern Brazil with 25 bungalows surrounded by turquoise waters and dazzling white beaches. This relaxed rainforest retreat is on its own peninsula and home to thousands of oysters. There’s plenty of facilities to keep you busy—water activities, a well-stocked games room, a cinema with a collection of 300 films, a fully-equipped gym and a restorative spa. Take in the vivid hues of the sunset as you dine on local dishes of Santa Catarina, prepared with freshly-caught seafood and local Brazilian ingredients, and sample the delicious contents of the 200-label wine cellar.
Smith extra: A bottle of sparkling wine on your arrival.
Amanwana, Moyo Island, Indonesia
Amanwana, meaning “peaceful forest”, is on Moyo Island—a pristine nature and marine reserve off the east coast of Bali. There’s 20 secluded, standalone elegant tents, so depending on your preference, choose from the green scenes of the Jungle Tents or the serene sea views of the Ocean Tents. Enjoy striking views of the turquoise Flores Sea, a prime spot for beach-basking, diving and snorkelling far from the madding crowd. A private beach barbecue or campfire dinner with tables can be set up on the sand, with a personal chef and butler on hand.
Smith extra: A 60-minute massage for each guest.
Amanpulo, Pamalican Island, Philippines
Amanpulo boutique hotel sits on remote, reef-fringed Pamalican Island, with snow-white beaches, crystal-clear turquoise seas, pristine diving and endless watersports such as sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. Inspired by native bahay kubo dwellings, all rooms offer a seamless transition between indoors and outdoors with rustic island styling. The Amanpulo Spa is indulgent— it uses local island herbs and plants, while food is locally sourced, with organic and homegrown produce where possible.
Smith extra: An Amanpulo massage for two.
Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Located on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef and rimmed with coral reefs, Lizard Island is an idyllic retreat with 24 (yes, 24) ivory-white beaches to bask on. For the adventurous ocean goers, aquatic activities—diving, fishing and snorkelling—are at the doorstep. Otherwise, indulge in the signature spa treatments, have private picnics, or be treated to all three meals of the day packed with carefully curated dishes with nothing less than fine ingredients.
Smith extra: A bottle of sparkling wine.
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