The way A-listers and the ultra-wealthy vacation is quite different than that of the 99% percent. The ultimate trend amongst the rich and powerful is to fly across half the globe with their service personnel to a private island somewhere around the Equator for utmost privacy and exclusivity.
Parrot Cay is a popular private island resort in Turks and Caicos and a personal favourite of models and businessmen.
The laid-back Caribbean ambiance is achieved through a serene atmosphere of whitewashed villas, pristine beaches, infinity pools and luxury accommodation. It is preferred for its calm, tranquil allure and the complete privacy it offers guests. There are plenty of activities for entertainment and they include windsurfing, tennis and kayaking.
Villa rentals start from £1,755 per night and can be booked at www.comohotels.com/parrotcay. Guests can choose from the two Balinese inspired villas, which have a total of 1,564-square-feet of staff living quarters.
Another popular private island is Ariara in the Philippines. With just four beach cottages and two villas the resort has a maximum capacity of 18 guests and 35 staff personnel to cater to their every whim. It is the epitome of serenity and tranquillity with no paparazzi or large tourist groups in sight. Prices start from £2,155 per person for a week or £3,245 per person, including all meals and yacht transfers. Bookings can be made at www.ariaraisland.com.
Pulau Joyo in Indonesia is a charming private island. It’s smaller than other popular destinations and features stilted pavilions made from driftwood for an authentic Indonesian feel. Ornately carved indigenous art and a laid-back, natural design make for a rustic ambiance to enjoy. There is plenty to do with ocean exploring, outdoor dining and more. Prices during low season can go down to $525 per night and bookings can be made at www.pulau-joyo.com.