If we had all the money in the world, buying a private island will definitely be on our to-do list. We’d leave the glass and concrete of the fast-paced city life far behind for a beach escapade of verdant greenery, crystal clear water, and white, white sand.
Hey, a girl can dream.
Okay, we might not be able to own one, but there are more than a handful of private islands getaways within the 4-hour radius of Singapore you can check out. You could book out the entire island if you’re early enough; otherwise, most of these islands are exclusive enough for that privacy you need for total R&R.
Fresh Water Infinity pool at Telunas Private Island
Situated off the coast of Sugi Island in Indonesia, accommodation on Telunas Private Island is offered in the form of spacious overwater Sea Villas, from which you’ll be able to admire the sweeping panaromic views of the majestic Sugi Island, as well as enjoy massages and basic spa treatments on your very own veranda. With activities such as swimming in resort’s fresh water infinity pool, star gazing on a clear, light pollution-free night, and Indonesian cooking classes, we’re sure a visit to Telunas will leave you rejuvenated.
Prices are from $200/night at the Telunas Private Island Resort Sea Villa.
Over Water Villa at Song Saa
Meet Song Saa: Cambodia’s first luxury island resort, which is just a 35-minute boat ride away from the port of Sihanoukville. Choose from refined Over-Water, Jungle, and Ocean View villas that are built with sustainable materials and a deep reverence for nature – so you know your island getaway won’t hurt the island’s pristine environment. Song Saa would the ideal destination for anyone with natural affinities with the open sea – you can snorkel the local reefs that surround the resort’s two islands, and even hire a boat out to the archipelago on the nearby Koh Rong for a laid-back picnic by the turquoise seafront.
Average daily rate is from USD$900++ per person per night.
An island off the coast of Pulau Bintan, Pulau Pangkil is, unfortunately, only available for rental as an island. So you can expect your getaway on Palau Pangkil to be free and easy, be it relaxing in your driftwood palace, swimming in the freshwater pool, or playing volleyball on the sun-kissed beach. Deep tissue massages are available, and day trips out to various islands can be scheduled for those who yearn for adventure. Either way, we’re sure a vacation on a hired private island will be one you’ll never forget.
Prices are from S$6,900 for a 3 Day/2 Night weekend for up to 10 pax.
The coast of Ariara Island
Another island that’s only available as a whole, the team at Ariara Island is serious about taking care of the environment and preserving it, going to great lengths such as planting hardwood trees in line with local government environment policy and educating locals in the ways of sustainable fishing. As one of the Calamian Islands north of Palawan, Phillipines, this means that Ariara is one of the few areas in the region that still remain unspoiled and untouched by man. It’s also great for those who wish experience life under the sea – you can go diving in Ariara’s surrounding warm, crystal clear waters, which are abundant in marine creatures. And if you’re lucky; you might just spot docile dugongs that inhabit these coastal waters.
Prices per person per night are from USD$715++ for a group of 6 – 8 guests on a one week trip.
Imagine thriving coconut groves, the softest white sand beaches, and the tropical breeze in your hair – and you’ve got the private island paradise of Batu Batu. A trip to Batu Batu will allow you a taste of Singapore’s rustic fishing village days; the resort is styled similarly to an old Malay kampong, with its infrastructure constructed by local carpenters using traditional techniques. Once you’ve settled in, you’ll be able to be one with nature in a variety of outdoor activities, such as diving and snorkeling at nearby reefs, or embarking on your very own kayaking adventure. What’s more, Batu Batu’s policy of using all the profits generated by these activities to fund the island’s environmental projects truly proves to us the resort’s dedication to sustainable tourism.
Rates per person are from RM 750++/night (excluding 3 meal plan).
The view from Nikoi Island
Just 50 miles from Singapore, Nikoi is proud to stand as ‘private island’ rather than a luxurious resort. What drew island owners Andrew Dixon and Peter Timmer to Nikoi was Nikoi was their search for an alternative form of accommodation, as Andrew’s visit to Asia 15 odd years ago left him disenchanted with the limited holiday accommodation, which would consist of either filthy inns or austere, opulent hotels. During the duo’s exploration of Singapore’s surrounding islands, they chanced upon Nikoi and all its natural forms in pristine, untouched glory. Today, Nikoi is a perfect location to visit to achieve a sense of escapism, as you can easily forget the stress of the modern world as you explore the lush, cooling rainforests and natural rock formations that still remain intact across two-thirds of the island.
Rates start from $375/night per person for a 1 bedroom beach house
Aerial View of Pulau Joyo
While many other private island resorts strive for some sense of glamour, it’s all about those chill beach vibes on this little Indonesian island. At Pulau Joyo, you can enjoy luxury and privacy from one of the 8 beach villas scattered across the island, which overlook the wide, picturesque expanse of cerulean sea. Besides typical island activities such as canoeing and snorkeling, guests can also unwind while taking advantage of the resort’s 140-foot charter yacht The Hang Tuah to head out to sea for a chill afternoon of swimming, snorkeling, or picnicking at the scenic, undisturbed sandbacks nearby.
Rates are from SGD 350++ per adult per night
Ever fancied a vacation where you can try your hand at exciting new water-based activities? Then it’s high time to head to Amanpulo. Built on the Pamalican Island in Palawan, Phillipines, the Amanpulo resort evokes an air of solitude – though you don’t have to worry about having to find transport to this remote location on your own, as each guest is greeted in Manila, before flying to the island by chartered plane and landing in Amanpulo’s own airstrip. Surrounded by magnificent stretches of the Sulu Sea, Amanpulo is the perfect destination for cruising, fishing, sailing, and island hopping. With 8 dive sites that provide access to calm seas and deeper waters, you can even pick up introductory PADI Diving Courses or put the certificates you already have to good use!
Rates per person are from USD$880++/night (inclusive of taxes and fees).
Six Senses Con Dao
Elephant Mountain by night at Six Senses
The first five-star resort in Vietnam’s archipelago islands, Six Senses Con Dao is the best of both worlds when it comes to living in luxury and breath-taking views of nature. Protected for decades as a national and marine park, one can expect to embark on enriching expeditions like trekking trips to Con Dao’s secret spots, night dives to catch sight of the island’s nocturnal marine life, and tours that give you a taste of local island life. And you don’t have to worry about disrupting the island’s natural habitats, as Six Senses Con Dao has been recognised as one of the world’s top eco-lodges by National Geographic Traveler for their dedication in improving their ecological and carbon footprints.
Rates are from $428/night per person
Located on the Island of Moyo, east of Bali, Amanwana is protected nature and marine reserve. Set on a beach in a secluded cove with luxury tents for accommodation, this is definitely one for nature lovers. Explore the depths of the Flores Sea with one of the resort’s diving sessions to one of the many nearby diving sites, or head on the coastal cliff mountain bike trail for some unforgettable views of the coastline. Don’t be surprised when you spot the rusa deer wandering into the resort, as there’s also a deer sanctuary for these indigenous creatures on the island.
Standard daily fare per person is from USD$1270/night (including taxes and fees)
Prices are subject to change.
Header image courtesy of Amapulo Resorts.
Thumbnail image courtesy of Pulau Joyo.