A new trend in private living is the creation of self-sufficient, ultraexclusive environments in places of rare isolated beauty. To understand, look no further than Hampton Island Preserve (912-880-8888, hamptonisland.com), a 4,000-acre community thirty-five miles south of Savannah, Georgia. The club's eventual 400 members (initiation deposit: $150,000) need never leave due to a staggering array of amenities, including twenty-four-hour concierge and dining services, the use of two seaplanes and a horse-drawn surrey. There's also a full-service spa, an eighty-four-foot yacht, deep sea fishing, an equestrian center and quail, duck and pheasant hunting. One hundred and sixty-three home sites—between one and a hundred acres, most with water views—are available, ranging in price from $600,000 to $3 million.
The golf is elegant (the first nine holes of the Love Golf Design course open in October, the other nine next spring) and the food is gourmet—and, of course, island-grown.