If you have ever daydreamed about having a beach all to yourself, then perhaps you would like a stay on a private island resort. In fact, there are several amazing such resorts scattered across the Caribbean. While you will have to make a serious investment in both costs and in travel time, if you decide to visit on of these seven fine private island resorts, you will not be disappointed. Are you ready for highly personalized service and exclusive access to some of the most amazing beaches in the world?
1. Parrot Cay Resort (Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos) – Known as a hot spot for celebrities and wealthy executives, the Parrot Cay Resort is a very exclusive and very pricy. Asian-inspired oceanfront villas can be found along the island coastline. Suite and villa interiors are sparsely—albeit richly—furnished with a mix of cool-white interiors, Indonesian décor, and four-poster beds. You should expect only the best amenities at this fantastic establishment. Each of the villas includes heated lap pools, hot tubs, and butler service. The massive Como Shambhala Spa comes with specialist Indonesian and Balinese therapists. (www.parrotcay.como.bz)
2. Raffles Resort Canouan Island (Canouan, St. Vincent) – Most of the accommodations for this exclusive retreat are included in the 60 villa-style units that are scattered across 300 acres of the 1,200-acre resort. Visitors to the resort can also chose from some private villas that are situated on the 900-foot hillside, adjacent to the golf course. Each room is spacious and filled with great amenities and fabulous views. There is the Galleria Complex, which includes a reception hall, two restaurants, lounges, boutiques, a modern health club, a hair salon, meeting rooms, and a golf pro shop to go with the Trump International Golf Club just outside. Perhaps, you want to do a gambling at the European-style Trump Club Privée casino then follow by dining at the La Varenne French restaurant, which includes a ballroom. (www.canouan.raffles.com)
3. Peter Island Resort (Peter Island, British Virgin Islands) – At this resort, you can expect total pampering, but you’ll have to pay big money to enjoy the lush accommodates of this luxury resort. If you want to while away your days at the beach, enjoy a morning at the spa, stroll the lushly planted grounds, and relax over dinner with other like-minded guests—and you have the money to afford the steep rates—this is a good place to do it. For more active types, there are tennis courts and water sports galore. Peter Island is a half-hour ferry ride from Tortola, but once you arrive, you’re in another world. The rooms are gorgeous, with thoughtful touches like showers with a view. Three villas sit above the hotel rooms. (www.peterisland.com)
4. Meridian Club (Pine Cay, Turks & Caicos) – Now, if you prefer less opulence and more simplicity, this private island resort may be more to your liking. The entire island of Pine Cay has no telephones, no television, and best of all no traffic. It has maintained this reputation for changeless simplicity since it was opened in the 1970s. The Meridian Club sports quaint beachfront cottages and interestingly enough what could be considered the smallest airport in the world (it’s really a just a gazebo). The 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) stretch of beach is generally deserted. Rather than roads, you can traipse across this island retreat on nature trails or take bike instead. The resort is more like a quite community. Regular guests include stressed out executives, retired couples, and newlyweds. Children are allowed only in June and July. (www.meridianclub.com)
5. Guana Island Resort (Guana Island, British Virgin Islands) – This tiny resort is great for those who love the outdoors with plenty of gentle hillside paths to walk, as well as great snorkeling opportunities among the reefs. Guests can choose from six separate beaches. The rooms are simply furnished. The environment is great for socialized or just simply finding a quiet corner to read a book or take a nap. Groups have the option to rent the entire 15-room resort for bigger gatherings of friends and families. (www.guana.com)
6. Cotton House (Mustique, St. Vincent) – Mustique’s luxury hotel has an interesting history. The main structure was cotton warehouse in the 18th-century. Today the posh resort includes oceanfront rooms and suites with private walks that lea down to the beach. The hotel has four richly furnished ocean-view suites as well as three poolside cottages with sunken baths. You may enjoy evenings on the terraces staring out at the ocean. Guests can also enjoy sunset cruises or get a little pampering at the spa. (www.cottonhouse.net)
7. Palm Island Resort (Palm Island, St. Vincent) – The Palm Island Resort is the perfect getaway spot for a romantic rendezvous, a honeymoon, or a holiday adventure. Here you can enjoy five white-sand beaches or slip into the beautiful blue waters to enjoy swimming and water sports. Guests may also trek across the grounds on nature trails. The unforgettable Casuarina Beach stretches across the entire western side of the island. There are various styles of room to choose from depending on your situation; beachfront cottage, rooms with garden views, plantation suite for larger groups, or beachfront island loft on stilts. (www.palmislandresortgrenadines.com)