If you've ever spent time on a remote, exotic island, you're already luckier than millions of other people in the world. But if you want to take things up a notch, imagine having that picture-perfect paradise all to yourself. Private islands are out there, and it's more than possible for you to rent them. We've selected a range from all over the world, so all you need to do is grab your friends, bae, and whoever else, and split the cost. Trust us, it will make for the trip of a lifetime.
Tip of the Tail Villa, St. Martin
Getting its name from its whereabouts, the Tip of the Tail Villa is located in the beautiful Turtle Tail area of Turks and Caicos. While the island itself is home to powdery white sand, a sparkling turquoise lagoon, and a mangrove forest, it's the gorgeous accommodation that you'll get to really call home during your stay. Expect tons of outdoor living space, a yoga deck, pool, sun beds, a beach bar, and even an outdoor fire pit for those warm nights under the starry sky. With nearly 500 feet of oceanfront space, the five separate bedrooms can sleep up to 16 people, with huge queen and king-sized beds, rain showers, walk-in closets and private balconies for each. Available for as little as $3,000 USD a night (this is an entire island, remember) that breaks down to less than $200 per person. Yeah, that just happened.
Chumbe Island Resort, Tanzania
The beautiful African island known as Chumbe Island Resort is actually a huge nature reserve just eight miles off the coast of Zanzibar. With plenty of outdoor activities for you to take part in, you can spend your days walking through the forest, snorkelling on the reef, or napping in a hammock with the ocean gently lapping at your feet. The best part? Everything non-alcoholic is included in the price, whether it's snacks, tours, boat transfers, or anything else you might possibly need. After a day out in the African sun, you can retreat to your brilliantly-designed bungalow, where privacy is matched with the freedom of living in the open. At a rate of $250 USD per person per night in low season (or $270 in high season) where else can you get the best of both worlds?
Toberua Island, Fiji
This eye-catching little gem in the South Pacific has been deemed by many as a slice of heaven on earth. Just a tiny dot off the eastern coast of Fiji, Toberua Island offers the perfect combination of climates — just enough sun, but with a skin-cooling breeze that keeps you comfortable. The entire island can be rented with a five-night minimum, and varies between $3,000 and $10,000 per night. Fully serviced by staff, it's the perfect place for a big event like a wedding, reunion, or even just a kick-ass birthday party. With 15 different bungalows tracing the waters edge, grab your closest (and likely richest) friends and settle in for the weekend.
Motu Tetaraire, Tahiti
For a smaller get-together, Motu Tetaraire beckons from the Atoll of Rangiroa, Tahiti. Accommodating a mere six guests at a time, the 9-acre island ranges between $1,621 and $3241 USD per night, and is home to lush coral reefs, white sand beaches, and swaying palms that shade you from the sun. You can spend your time here snorkelling, sailing, or eating the most decadent food provided by your own personal chef. Yeah, all you do is tell them what you'd like and when — consider it the ultimate in room service. For those seeking a little more adventure on the intimate island, the small Rangiroa Lagoon is bathing suit optional. Do with that what you will.
Vamizi Island, Mozambique
If you thought the Maldives were nice, you'll fall head over heels for Vamizi Island. A slender strip of coral just off Mozambique's northern coast, the hideaway is sometimes called the 'new Maldives', and it's easier to get to than you'd think. Immersed in the Indian Ocean, it's close enough to the mainland to be sheltered from extreme weather, but far enough to feel like you're worlds away. With plenty of conservation efforts happening in and around this piece of paradise, it's here that you can experience some of the best diving in the world, along with deep sea fishing, whale watching expeditions, and sunset cruises. Rates range from $5,000 - $10,000 USD per night, depending on your accommodation needs.
Little Palm Island, Florida
The Florida Keys may be home to many amazing places, but Little Palm Island tops them all. Only accessible by seaplane or boat, this tiny island has been one of the best-kept secrets of celebrities and even US presidents, and is totally off-the-grid in terms of techonology (yes, that means no wifi). Consider this island the most romantic option — you can spend your days snorkeling on the reef, lounging in the sparkling afternoon sun, soaking up the benefits of the spa, or you know, in bed. There's even a gorgeous outdoor shower and private hot tub, should you want to heat things up. Rates depend on which offer you select, so check out Little Palm Island's website for more details.