The Handbook
The Handbook

Get daydreaming, here’s The Handbook’s top ten picks of the most unbelievable luxury island escapes. From stargazing in the middle of the ocean to villas where jumping into the sea straight from your bed is the only way you’ll be getting to breakfast.

Castaway Island

A Tropical Hideout

This Fiji island resort is an award-winning iconic private island escape embodying the heart and soul of the South Pacific. The island’s 174 acres are covered in rich tropical rainforest, surrounded by white sand beaches, vibrant coral reefs and azure waters.

Where: Fiji

Fregate Island

She sells Seychelles

Set across a series of cliffs on a private island of stunning natural beauty and designed to complement its surroundings there are sixteen Private Pool Residences, complete with secluded infinity-edge pool, Jacuzzi and private butler service, where your only ‘neighbours’ are rare birds.

Where: Seychelles

Haymen Island

Barefoot Luxury

Hayman Island is a private island resort in the heart of the Whitsundays. The nearest island to the Great Barrier Reef, it’s ideal for nature based activities. Featuring 160 guest rooms, suites, villas and penthouses across three main accommodation wings, Hayman Island creates the ultimate barefoot luxury.

Where: Queensland


Cerulean Escape

Cerulean sky and turquoise sea merge at Amanpulo, a whisper-quiet private island retreat in the Philippines. Part of the Cuyo Archipelago, northeast of Palawan Island. With views to Manamoc Island, the restaurants serve simply prepared cuisine made from ingredients grown in the luxury resort’s gardens.

Where: Philippines

Necker Island

Branson's Baby

One of the more famous islands on the list for reasons we don’t even need to explain, Necker Island is available for private hire all year round. There is no end of things to do on the island and whether you want to be in, on, or by the water there is an activity tailored for you. As the days comes to a close you’ll be swapping the beach for the dance floor, as Necker is known for its truly outrageous parties.

Where: British Virgin Islands


Sweet Simplicity

AndBeyond Mnemba Island Lodge is an extremely high quality beach lodge set on a private island off Zanzibar. It is renowned for its superb relaxed hosting and barefoot luxury. The very simple build and structures allow guests to feel close and a part of its beautiful surroundings.

Where: Zanzibar

Soneva Jani

Water Villas

Soneva Jani encompasses a collection of Water Villas and Island Sanctuaries set within a lagoon of crystal clear waters, fringed by pristine beaches and blanketed in lush tropical greenery. As if the place wasn’t magical enough why not experience a night under the stars at the first overwater observatory in the Maldives. Learn about the secrets of the night sky with Soneva Jani’s very own Astronomer.

Where: Maldives

Four Seasons Private Island, Voahva

Peace And Quiet

A truly private escape, this little gem is owned by the Four Seasons, so you can expect first class service to shine through in every aspect of this resort. At Voavah, there are no neighbours, no prying eyes and no limits. It is just you and your private yacht.

Where: Maldives

Isles of Scilly

The Closest Castaway

Nestling just 35 miles off the coast of Cornwall, these islands are like nowhere else in England. Outstandingly beautiful, uncrowded and unspoilt, they seem like a world apart from everyday life, yet they are in touching distance of home. Azure waters and lush greenery; a castaway escape right on our doorstep.

Where: Cornwall

Quirimbas National Park - Mozambique

Azura Quilalea Private Island

Away With Robinson Crusoe

An untouched paradise with award winning luxury. The perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life, with a relaxed and understated ‘Robinson Crusoe’ castaway style that belies the comforts and experiences on offer. Snorkel the island’s shores, dive from the main beach, kayak the mangroves or relax in a hammock beneath the giant baobabs on the island.

Where: Mozambique