In our DealMaker Holiday Dreams series, we’re going beyond the usual gift ideas. Way beyond. We’re not even talking luxury here – we’re talking bigger than luxury, bigger than lavish. We’re talking about the absolute best things in the world that money can buy. Last week we looked at a billion-dollar yacht and a $500 million private jet. This week we wanted to talk about the most expensive vacations in the world, but since we’re going big, we thought “What’s bigger than vacation?”
Here’s the answer: private islands. For the select few DealMakers who can skip the resort and buy the whole place, this post will provide a lot of enticing options. Every single one of these is currently for sale and ready to buy. Want to know what unrestrained vacation luxury looks like? Look no further.
Buck Island, US Virgin Islands ($30M)
Sitting along Sir Francis Drake Channel in the US Virgin Islands, Buck Island would have made a lavish home even for the famous privateer himself. Its 43 acres include several beautiful sand beaches, varying terrains, a coral reef, multiple swimming pools, and a grand residence that sleeps 20 people. You could bring your friends, fill the house, and never bother leaving again.
Oyster Island, Vanatu ($2.5M)
An isolated part of the South Pacific Republic of Vanuatu – long known as a yachting destination of the rich and adventurous – Oyster Island boasts a massive 65 acres of breathtaking tropical landscapes combined with modern amenities. It comes pre loaded with a working, luxurious resort, perfect for starting a business or simply entertaining. Your kingdom, your choice. Oh, and of course the oysters, growing in the island’s rocky surroundings, would be all yours too.
Pumpkin Key, Florida Keys ($110M)
If you’re anything like us, you’re often thinking, “Where can I find an island within a quick helicopter ride of Miami?” Finally, here’s the answer: Pumpkin Key, part of the Florida Keys archipelago. The tennis courts near the island’s main home double as a helipad for easy access to the mainland. Imagine dinner in Miami and a nightcap on your own beach with hardly a travel break. For budding real estate tycoons, there are ocean-front lots waiting for development. The right buyer could turn this into one of the hottest properties in the world.
The Duke Group Archipelago, Australia ($10M)
Why even limit yourself to just one island? The Duke Group Archipelago located off the northeast coast of Australia features three separate islands, ranging from a massive 300 acres to a mind boggling 2500 acres. It includes a 600-metre airstrip for access to the continent and three residences, with government approval already in place to build more. The rustic islands are populated with assorted wildlife like cattle and deer. Owning an island is one thing, but with the Duke Island Archipelago, you’d basically have your own small country.
Spectabilis Island, Bahamas ($62M)
For island hunters who want to start with a clean slate, Scepatabilis Island is just about the grandest and most potential-filled one out there. Hidden away in the Exuma Cays, 230 miles from Miami, this largely undeveloped island is waiting for someone to transform it according to their own vision. It boasts a dozen white sand beaches and it’s surrounded by crystal clear water deep enough to accommodate deep hull yachts. A popular region among the rich and famous, your island neighbours would include Johnny Depp, Tyler Perry, Eddie Murphy, and the amazing Nicholas Cage.
Johnny’s Cay, Bahamas ($5.9M)
If Spectabilis Island sounds like too much work, Jonny’s Cay is a perfect ready-to-go option. It includes a four-bedroom villa with all the modern amenities, plus a large sheltered bay for docking boats. Its 4.46 acres offer enough space to spread out without worrying about the upkeep and maintenance of a bigger property. Just float up in your boat and get straight to relaxing.
Katafanga Island, Fiji ($25M)
Nothing says “tropical getaway” like your very own island on the opposite side of the world, right? Katafanga Island is as far away you can get, but it also has everything you need: white sand beaches, a long dock for accommodating luxury yachts, and a system of rustic roads connecting all its parts. Currently there’s a luxury resort under development, and with the right buyer, this could be the next South Pacific hot spot.
All listings available at Private Islands Online.