Ever fantasized what it would be like to be stranded on an unknown island, with every luxury you could possibly want with you?
You can easily transform this dream into reality by jetting to one of these 6 private island resorts in Asia. Warning: you might not ever return home after living it up Modern-Robinson-Crusoe-style!
Cempedak Island, Indonesia
The newly opened sister property of well-known island paradise Nikoi lives well up to its expectations, reflecting equally the owner’s passion for the outdoors, nature, food and wine. Embraced by white sandy beaches and covered with a lush tropical rain forest, the private pool villas of the luxury boutique island resort blend in harmoniously with the natural surroundings.
Feel like completely cut off from the hectic outside world when escaping to the thoughtfully designed, uber-stylish bamboo-structured villas each with mesmerizing ocean views and private pools. Prepare for being spoilt with the most delicious cuisine whilst living it up and slowing down with your partner in crime.
The 17 hectare private island is a mere 91km from Singapore with a short travel time of 2,5 hours from Tanah Merah ferry terminal or 1 hour travel time from Bintan airport.
✓ Adult-only policy
✓ Barefoot luxury
✓ The Island Foundation supports surrounding local communities
Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia
Cambodia’s first luxury private island resort, Song Saa, is spread across two untouched islands in the warm sapphire waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The term “barefoot luxury” must have been invented for this slice of paradise: as soon as you step foot on this island with its white sandy beaches, we promise all your troubles will be forgotten!
Set your adventurous soul free by exploring the surrounding untouched tropical jungle and by observing the fascinating underwater world beneath your villa. Created only with sustainable materials, each interior of Song Saa’s villas from its luxurious marble walls to exotic Moroccan lanterns, perfectly complements the natural world it rests in.
✓ Daily flight 50-minute flight from Siem Reap Airport to Sikhanoukville Port or get picked up at Phnom Penh Airport for a 4-hour scenic drive to to Sikhanoukville Port where the resort’s own luxury speed boat awaits.
✓ Private pools and ocean views in all private villas
✓ Spa and wellness sanctuaries positioned in the rainforest and along the shore
Amanpulo, Palawan, Philippines
Part of the Cuyo Archipelago northeast of Palawan Island lies the ultimate island paradise getaway of Amanpulo. This award-winning island retreat is surrounded by the finest white sand and clearest ocean waters stretching eternally in all shades of light turquoise to deep blue. Lose yourself in exploring the seven square kilometres of pristine coral reef surrounding the island just 300 metres off the beach with conditions suitable for absolute beginners to experienced divers.
Each property on the island is so secluded that you won’t even witness another soul, allowing for a truly private experience. At the same time, Amanpulo has all the luxury amenities of any Aman property, whilst been carefully embellished with local touches. You’ll have to pinch yourself the whole time at Amanpulo: is this a dream or is this real-life?
✓ Arrive in Amanpulo private planes from Manila
✓ Secluded luxury beachfront villas and secluded hillside Casitas
✓ Awarded Conde Nast Traveller Reader’s Travel Awards 2013
Amanwana, Moyo Island, Indonesia
Hop on a plane from Bali for your complete getaway experience at Amanwana, the only resort on the magnificent Moyo Island. A feast for the eyes with its lush green jungle and clear blue waters, Amanwana utilizes the best of its surroundings. Choose between a jungle tent or ocean tent to stay in, think #glamping the Asian way – all tents come with air conditioning and hardwood floors. Don’t be alarmed if a macaque monkey or rusa deer makes a morning appearance outside your large windows, if anything, that calls for an Instagram photo opportunity!
In case you get the island fever and need a getaway from your getaway, you have the unique option to embark the resort’s own Amandira, a two-masted sailing ship which has been traditionally handcrafted and launched in 2015. It will cruise you through the breathtaking nature of Komodo National Park and Raja Ampat islands in the glistening Indonesian waters. The 15 crew members will make sure no wish will be left unfulfilled – whether it may be a masseur for your shoulders after a long day of trekking or mouthwatering cocktails on the expansive foredeck. You don’t have to miss out on the vibrant underwater world either, simply obtain your PADI diving certification on board!
✓ Short plane ride away from Denpasar Airport, Bali
✓ Open-air Jungle Cove spa
✓ Resort-own cruise vessels
Nihiwatu, Sumba Island, Indonesia
Have you always wanted to feel like a modern Robinson Crusoe – adventurous yet sophisticated? Leave the crowds in Bali behind and enter your very own island paradise: Nihiwatu. 12 hand-built luxury suites offering an undisturbed view of the beach and sea can be found nestled among the island’s untouched rainforest.
Immerse in the island’s rich, unspoiled culture, warmly welcomed by the locals, and lose yourself in the countless once-in-a-lifetime experiences in this “edge of wildness”: surf one of Indonesia’s best waves, paddle down the Wanukaka river through remote villages and explore the island’s unspoilt nature on the back of a horse.
✓ One-hour plane ride from Denpasar Airport, Bali
✓ Voted as #1 Hotel in the World by Travel + Leisure Magazine
✓ Sustainable farming: vegetables are grown on the island, meat from their own farm and fish freshly caught from the sea
Dedon Island, Philippines
Set in a palm-fringed island in Philippines, Dedon Island is a boutique luxury retreat with emphasis on outdoor activities and sustainable living. But wait, there’s so much more behind this place than just an island resort! It comes down to the man behind the creation of Dedon Island, Bobby Dekeyser who considers himself part Filipino with his connection to the island state. The inspirational entrepreneur and adventurer has been through rough times in his life, however is one to always stay optimistic with his drive to give back to the local community and economy in Cebu with his Dekeyser & Friends Foundation.
Dedon Island isn’t just an Instagrammable private island, but also a eco-friendly place to relax and enjoy the ultimate luxury of spending time outdoors with the people you love! Do more and worry less with their all-inclusive philosophy – from soothing spa treatments to island activities like surfing, snorkelling, stand-up paddling and many more exciting options to explore breathtaking Philippines!
✓ Catch a direct flight from Cebu International Airport to reach Dedon Island
✓ Nine large and stylish villas furnished with local materials exclusively for Dedon Island
✓ A wide range of organic produce is grown in their kitchen garden
Huma Island, Philippines
There’s no doubt that this private island resort located in Busuanga, Palawan, is heaven on earth with its breathtaking views and serene surroundings! Nestled in a remote area, The Huma Island Resort & Spa is also famed for its array of colorful marine species and mysterious sunken wrecks of old warships and planes underwater.
Feel the free island spirit the moment you enter the tropical villas with a contemporary high-ceiling design. You can choose your own private paradise getaway to be spent either with direct beach access or in an overwater-villa – we know life can be tough! Embark on one of the countless excursions the resort is offering: spend a romantic lunch at Pass Island – a tiny, white-sand spot only a 30-minute boat ride away, cool down in the freshwater lagoon at Concepcion Falls, or visit Philippine’s only hot springs, Maquinit.
✓ Arrive either directly via private sea plane from Manila Bay or via commercial flight to Busuanga Airport followed by a journey to the port and a 30-minute boat ride
✓ Indulge in the finest Asian, Italian and Lebanese cuisine
✓ Get bendy in the overwater-bungalow yoga lessons
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