50 Romantic Hotels: Private Islands
Published: May 2009
Secluded Retreats |
City Lights |
Into the Wilderness |
Along the Shore |
Best Values |
Urban Classics |
Country Grandeur |
Beachfront Property |
Rustic Lodges |
Inns and Country Houses |
Overwater Bungalows |
Lodge at Little St. Simons, Georgia
At full capacity, the five guest cottages hold only 30 people, but you can easily be out of sight in any of the vast natural enclaves created by waterways, marshes, and forests. Or just squirrel away in your guest room, where the sound of crickets—and the quiet—will lull you into a sublime state of paradise. 888/733-5774 or 912/638-7472; www.littlestsimonsisland.com; doubles from $500, all-inclusive.
Peter Island, British Virgin Islands
Elopers are common at this resort, and no wonder: the staff organizes everything before your arrival, leaving nothing for you to do but say, "I do." If marriage isn't in the cards, a couple can still take advantage of the countless coves, accessible only by sea. Boatmen will drop you off with just a picnic basket and your imagination. Peter Island, B.V.I.; 800/346-4451 or 770/476-9988; doubles from $685.
Wakaya Club, Fiji
Wakaya was an uninhabited 2,200-acre outer island in the Fiji Islands when Canadian entrepreneur David Gilmour spied it in 1971. Now it's easily one of the most exclusive and pampering resorts in the world. Even Bill Gates thought enough of Wakaya's privacy and 12-to-1 staff-to-guest ratio to honeymoon here. Wakaya, Fiji; 800/828-3454 or 679/448-128; www.wakaya.com; doubles from $1,475, all-inclusive.
Mnemba Island, Zanzibar
Ten bandas (cottages woven from palm fronds) dot the white coral sand of the tiny atoll. Couples dine under a full moon at a table set in the sea; other nights it's on pillows outside their banda. It's the closest two people can get to being shipwrecked, with no need for rescue. Zanzibar; 27-11/809-4300; www.ccafrica.com; doubles from $1,100.