Planning your next vacation? Maybe it's time to consider booking your very own secluded, pristine island. The price tags for some might be steep, but others are surprisingly affordable! Read on to find your ideal accommodations.
Number of People You'd Need to Make it Around $500 a Night: 7
Vitals: Guests at the Tahitian island of Motu Teta have an endless array of activity options, including kayaking, lobstering, wakeboarding, and more. The residences have been constructed in classic Tahitian style, with rich hardwood floors, open beams, and wooden-shuttered windows that welcome the breeze from the South Pacific.
Ideal Day Trip: Explore the coral reefs surrounding Rangiora; you might just find an oyster that produces black pearls—a.k.a. "the Tahitian pearl."
Number of People You'd Need to Make it Around $50 a Night: 9
Vitals: Located off the northern tip of Palawan Island in the Philippines, this private island can accommodate up to 10 guests. Spend your days enjoying the white-sand beach that covers one third of the entire island, or explore the small rainforest occupied by birds, geckos, and ancient banyan trees.
Ideal Day Trip: Snorkel around Malapascua Island, where searching for Thresher sharks is the main attraction.
Number of People You'd Need to Make it Around $250 a Night: 8
Vitals: One of the Keppel Islands of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, the adorably named Pumpkin Island accommodates up to 34 guests. The self-catered beach cottages are all eco-friendly, using wind and sun power. In season, you'll find dolphins, turtles, and whales off the island's beaches; guests can also fish, snorkel, kayak, or harvest oysters.
Ideal Day Trip: Visit the nearby town of Yeppoon to take that obligatory picture with a koala.
Number of People You'd Need to Make it Around $250 a Night: 10
Vitals: Want two beaches all to yourself? Your dream can come true on Wadigi Island, where $2,600 per night buys you exclusive rights to its beaches—and its two private chefs, boat, and boat captain, should you want to go island-hopping in the nearby Fijian islands.
Ideal Day Trip: A boat trip around Malolo Island (which sits on 2,000 acres of volcanic land!).
Number of People You'd Need to Make it Around $600 a Night: 10
Vitals: Located in the Seychelles, this 62-acre island offers four air-conditioned villas and a large pavilion where your own private chef cooks your evening meals, using local fish and fresh produce and herbs grown right on Cousine.
Ideal Day Trip: Stop by the larger, granitic Cousin Island composed primarily of granite rock—you may catch a glimpse of the giant tortoises that inhabit the island.
Number of People You'd Need to Make it Around $250 a Night: 7
Vitals: The itty-bitty Taprobane Island, located off Sri Lanka's southern coast, features a sprawling home as its centerpiece: an octagonal house with five bedrooms, all with sea views. Swim in the ocean or in the infinity pool, and cool off in the two-acre garden surrounded by palms, hibiscus, bougainvillea, orchids, and much more.
Ideal Day Trip: Stop by the neighboring Weligama village to shop for its famous hand-crafted lace.