Luxury Island Resorts
Looking for something extra special? At The Luxury Editor we are constantly seeking out the best of the best in travel experiences, but sometimes it’s good to just leave all the stresses and worries behind and relax…and where better than on your own private island resort? Forget overcrowded beaches and fighting for sun-loungers, these luxury island resorts are the best way to get your slice of paradise and some much-needed peace.
Little Palm Island
Heritage: Little Palm Island & Resort is owned and operated by Noble House resorts. Their philosophy focuses on “location, distinction and soul” and operate a number of unique venues – their hotels are never one size fits all. Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is a private island paradise located just off the Florida Keys coastline. It’s remote and only accessible by sea-plane or boat. A popular destination for US presidents and celebrities, the island has a strict no phones and no TVs rule, meaning total seclusion from the outside world. The island is 5 ½ acres of tropical plants, palm trees and sandy beaches and only allows over 16s to stay. The resort is made up on 30 spacious oceanfront suites in 15 thatched roof bungalows decorated in an island-chic style.
Expertise: The resort offers guests all they could want including a pool, multiple beaches, a boutique, The Great Room (a glorified games room come library come lobby), a marina, a bar, a spa, a fitness centre, and a restaurant serving fresh seasonal food. If you are sailing around the Florida Keys, the island is the perfect place to dock for a couple of days of relaxation. Each bungalow has its own private deck or stretch of sand with lounge chairs and a hammock and the island is resplendent with tropical plants, palm trees and mangroves making for a truly verdant paradise. The staff are highly trained as a must – getting guests to and from the island can be a logistical nightmare. The concierge will personally transport you to your luxury bungalow and tips are included in charge so no need to worry about that when you arrive! For total relaxation the on-island spa boasts an indulgent treatment menu including massages, body scrubs and a wooden Japanese soaking tub. The Lagoon-style pool in the centre of island is great for an idyllic morning dip and for those more adventurous, kayaks and paddleboards are available on beach and fishing and diving charters are available most days!
Mission: Little Palm Island aims to offer you a slice of paradise. The only distractions here are the outdoors and each other. Enjoy a Robinson Crusoe-esque island and leave all your everyday worries at home. Little Palm Island can offer exclusivity, seclusion and luxury like no other, for a truly rejuvenating vacation.
Best for: Romantic getaways and honeymoons.
Laucala Island Fiji
Heritage: 12 square kilometers of tropical rain-forests, white sandy beaches, beautiful mangroves and seas brimming with interesting marine life make up Laucala Island, a private paradise in the South Pacific offering unparalleled luxury and seclusion.Owned and operated by Leading Hotels of the World, guests can expect the highest standards of quality and distinctiveness at Laucala island. Established in 1928, LHW have had an eight-decade commitment to providing unforgettable travel experiences. At Laucala Island no expense has been spared to create this 25-villa resort offering an opulent tropical retreat set amidst the heart of unspoilt natural beauty.
Expertise: On Laucala you can live out all your tropical island fantasies. Choose from a very different and distinct villas whatever your tastes; eleven plantation villas sit amongst the coconut groves on a private beach, four sit atop the Nawi Mountain amongst lucious rainforest and boasting jaw-dropping ocean views, seven Seagrass villas sit along a white sandy beach as close to the ocean as you can get, the peninsula villa enjoys its own outcrop and crescent bay, the Overwater villa overlooks an emerald lagoon, whilst the Hilltop Estate sits at the highest point of the island with perhaps the best outlooks on the island archipelago. Laucala Island has ensured every taste and want is catered for and the island is not short on facilities either. The resort has a collection of five restaurants and bars varying from beachside barbeques to fine dining. Activities on Laucala are varied and range from relaxing Fijian therapies at the spa to adventurous pursuits in the azure ocean. Guests can partake in a whole host of diversions including rainforest walking tours, golf on the 18-hole course,farm visits, horseback riding and snorkeling around the amazing reefs!
Mission: Only the world’s most distinguished properties are chosen as a Leading Hotels of the World property, ensuring the brands highest standards are constantly upheld. The Laucala Island resort in particular aims for style and sustainability to sit in perfect harmony. The villas feature lots of natural fibres and woods used in their design, taking inspiration from the local surroundings, whilst organic produce used in the restaurants and spices used in the spa are grown on island farms. Laucala has tapped into the island’s natural bounty whilst protecting it and enabling guests leave with a genuine insight into Fijian culture. The construction of all the resort areas were ensured to be completely compatible with the island ecology ensuring the ultimate luxury experience whilst protecting the environment.
Best for: Those looking for a sustainable element to their island getaway.
Heritage: Aman resorts are known the world over for their incredible settings, seclusion, and top notch luxury. Their friendly and personalised service means they are recognised as one of the top luxury resort brands on the globe. The Amanpulo estate in the Philippines is no exception to this. This stunning boutique beach resort is nestled on the peaceful Pamalican Island and offers guests the chance to get back to basics without forgoing those stylish and luxurious extras. The resort is made up of 40 beautiful beach-front casitas and chic villas amongst the verdant tropical landscape. The island itself is just five kilometers long meaning it often feels like it’s just you and the ocean. As with all Aman resorts, location is key and this place will stun you with it’s natural beauty.
Expertise: Aman resorts are known for their style as well as location and the traditional architecture of the Amanpulo casitas and villas blends seamlessly with the natural environment surrounding them..
Inspired by native bahay kubo dwellings, rooms are timber framed and offer rustic island styling with luxe touches, a winning combination of opulence and simplicity. The resort enjoys it’s very own diving school where guests can appreciate the stunning reef fringing the islands coast. There is also a varied selection of water sports on offer for those who enjoy more action. The laidback island life of Amanpulo is maybe best characterised in their floating bar. Guests can enjoy the 30-metre Bougainvillia bordered swimming pool or relax on a nearby sun bed in the three open-air salsas.
Mission: Aman resorts put wellness and relaxation at the forefront of everything they do. Prepare to unplug and de-stress at this exclusive escape. Amanpulo balances exploration and relaxation with style and sophistication.The island delivers on the fantasy of getting away from it all and the spa and wellness treatments on offer ensure total rejuvenation. There is also an important focus on eco-tourism here. Tnhe resort is heavily involved in turtle conservation, all food is locally sourced, most of the staff are local and the Amanpulo supports local communities through the Andres Soriano Foundations.
Best for: Wellness retreats, Total de-stressing vacation.