Mr & Mrs Smith: Private island getaways
Even if you’re not as minted as Richard Branson you can still live out your castaway fantasies. Boutique travel experts Mr & Mrs Smith take you island hopping to some of the world’s most exclusive escapes, from an eco-minded hideaway off the coast of Cambodia to a glam stay in the Seychelles.
Song Saa Private Island, Koh Rong Islands, Cambodia
Since opening early this year, Song Saa Private Island has become a fixture on style seekers’ radars around the world. Spread over two untouched isles in the Gulf of Thailand, 20 kilometres from Cambodian party hub Sihanoukville, this eco-luxe escape offers a choice of 27 pool villas, hidden in the jungle or perched above the sea. If money is no object, plump for the Royal Villa, a lavish overwater affair with two bedrooms, generous living spaces, a jetty and use of your own boat. A dreamy day spa, chic champagne bar, and meals from a chef who’s cooked for the likes of David Beckham and the King of Spain, guarantee off-the-chart indulgence.
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Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos
Make like an A-lister and book a stay on Caicos Island hot spot Parrot Cay. Sitting pretty in the Caribbean, on what was once a wild, uninhabited isle, this whitewashed wellness retreat is now a favourite among models and movie stars. Glamorous lodgings include celebrity-owned, butler-serviced estates, and the hotel’s no-less-luxurious resort room, where net-draped four-poster beds and Balinese-style furniture are the essence of laid-back cool. An award-winning day spa, poolside cocktails and a stretch of unspoilt beach up the star power of this seductive retreat.
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Anantara Kihavah Villas, Maldives
Blissful Baa Atoll is the stuff of desert-island dreams: palm-dotted sands, piercing blue seas and a team of butlers itching to cater to your every whim. At the isle’s sole property, Anantara Kihavah Villas, you can take your pick of 78 abodes, each with ocean-ogling beds and mosaic-tiled pools. Hovering above the house reef, the Overwater Pool Villas are the top pick, featuring see-through floor panels, hammock-strung terraces and blush-inducing glass-bottomed tubs. The aquatic action doesn’t end there, with a restaurant and wine cellar three metres below the waves and the Maldives’ longest swimming pool positioned inches from the sea.
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Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
When one beach just won’t do, idyllic Lizard Island beckons. Home to 24 dazzling, deserted coves, this laid-back escape on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef promises romance and relaxation in spades. Spectacular diving, snorkelling and fishing are right on your doorstep, and catamarans, kayaks and motorised dinghies are provided free, so there’s nothing to stop you setting course for your own private dive site or people-free patch of sand. At the hotel, distractions are deliberately kept to a minimum: suites are TV- and internet-free (you can get your tech fix in the communal lounge), and there’s no mobile phone coverage, so all that’s left to do is switch off and chill out.
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Frégate Island Private, Seychelles
Lolling in the Indian Ocean, four degrees south of the equator, this petite granite isle is a verdant paradise, with lush gardens, talcum-soft sands and gently lapping seas. Traditional mahogany villas come with infinity pools and Jacuzzis at the foot of a winding staircase, and a golf buggy for zipping around the island. As there are never more than 40 guests staying here, you won’t have to fight for a sun-bed, but if it’s total seclusion you seek, two of the beaches can be exclusively yours by simply turning a sign to ‘beach occupied’.
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Vomo Island Resort, Fiji
Fiji is home to a swath of exclusive hideaways among its cluster of more than 320 islands. Located in the easy-to-reach Mamanucas, Vomo Island Resort seduces with its sleek, mod-Fijian styling, relaxed dining and feel-good green ethos (it’s home to a Hawksbill turtle sanctuary). There’s also a second mini islet, Vomo Lailai, just two minutes away by boat – staff can drop you off with a picnic basket and a bottle of champagne for a few hours, then once it’s time to return to the fold, use the two-way radio for a boat pick-up or simply swim back to shore.
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Cayo Espanto, San Pedro, Belize
Five kilometres out to sea from the Belizean coastal city of San Pedro, Cayo Espanto is the ultimate in barefoot luxury. Dotted among palm trees, the seven bright and breezy wooden villas boast plunge pools, hammocks and a dedicated ‘houseman’, who’s on hand to give you whatever you want, whenever you want it. Everything from your taste in music to preferred meals is covered off in a pre-arrival questionnaire, ensuring a truly bespoke experience. If you can drag yourself away from your sun-deck or sumptuous ocean-view bed, scuba diving, waterskiing and kayaking beckon.
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