Private beach resorts we all need to go to right now
Over the last few months how many times has your mind drifted off to private beach resorts with pristine soft white sand spanning as far as you can see along secluded crescent beaches – with no one else but you and your loved ones for miles around? Be honest, it’s more than once isn’t it? Yeh, us too.
The lure of disappearing to an exotic far-flung island in the middle of tropical nowhere is pretty strong right now. And maybe it’s time to stop resisting, pack that travel bag and head to one of the world’s secret wonders where you can rest, be inspired and recapture yourself.
We know just the place…
We’re not sure whether it comes from the shadows of explorers of old, discovering unimagineably beautiful shores for the first time – or whether its the jaw-dropping images of luxury overwater villas hovering picturesquely above shimmering turquoise waters doing the rounds on instagram, but the appeal of a near-deserted island has never been so strong.
We’ve scoured the four corners of the globe to find the best private beach resorts where you can escape it all – no, really escape it all. The Wild Bay Collection is a celebration of the most amazing and unique places to stay in the world – and these are some of the jewels in the crown.
For a private beach resort to make it onto this list there’s a number of factors we’ve taken into account, and a few absolute must-haves.
Firstly, we’re looking for ultimate seclusion. Private beach resorts that really are…well, private. Yes, you may bump into another guest at the same resort, but probably not and only if you go looking for some company. Every private beach resort on this list offers a luxury beach getaway like no other, and if you want to keep to yourself and truly escape it all, you can. And that’s not to say that there’s nothing but you and the beach Castaway-style, far from it. Each resort has world-class service, cuisine and activities. These places really are the best of the best – and they’re practically all yours.
Where was the best private beach resort you’ve ever stayed at? How did it compare to those on our list? Tell us about your experiences and let’s raise the profile of the places that are truly unforgettable.
For more beautiful beaches take a look at the best beaches in Anguilla and browse our full collection of spectacular beaches and coastlines.
Wild Bay Co is as much a celebration of the people who make these incredible experiences possible, as it is a celebration of the luxury resorts and hotels themselves. If you’ve stayed somewhere outstanding that deserves recognition for its exceptional attention to detail as well as its stunning setting then contact us and let us know.
I read countless reviews and write-ups about Cayo and felt like I knew exactly what to expect, and knew it would be a great spot. Let me tell you, it far exceeded all of my expectations. This is the most special place we have EVER been and I think it will be hard to find a place that can beat it.
Located three miles off the coast of San Pedro in Belize, Cayo Espanto is a private Caribbean island resort which has perfectly combined the feel of being marooned on your own deserted tropical island – while simultaneously catering to your every whim.
Celebrity guests include Tiger Woods, Robert de Niro, Harrison Ford, Chelsea Clinton, and Leonardo di Caprio.
World-class luxury, private villas and the Caribbean sea
Award-winning chefs, dedicated staff just for you but only when you need them, private plunge pools, docks and beaches, stylish and elegant accommodation – Cayo Espanto is all about pampered relaxation, privacy and service. You can easily go your entire stay without seeing another guest.
Cayo Espanto is one of the ultimate private beach resorts in the world, and an ideal honeymoon or celebration destination. In all likelihood once you’ve arrived on the island that adventure in itself will probably keep your wanderlust more than sated, so you can relax and enjoy your surroundings, indulge in the exquisite food prepared fresh daily and just for you based on your tastes and preferences, and just simply be. I mean, why wouldn’t you? You’re in paradise.
And if you do want to explore the area, above and below the water, as you’d expect there’s help at hand to make your dreams a reality.
Snorkelling, beach al fresco dining where your guide will cook the “catch of the day” before your eyes, and trips to mainland Belize to uncover Mayan secrets are all at hand. Cayo Espanto isn’t just one of the best private beach resorts in the world – it’s one of the most magical places in existence.
Stunning water, impressive space, delicious food and discrete yet super-attentive service. What more can one ask?! RR’s villas are well spaced over 12 distinct beaches, with direct beach access – and we felt like we were on our own island, usually the only ones in the water and lost in time in our hammock.
One&Only Reethi Rah
A trip to the Maldives isn’t a vacation – it’s a reset. A chance to switch off from the rest of the world completely, and tune into paradise. One&Only Reethi Rah facilitates that experience perfectly.
Iconic water villas, swaying palms – and no less than 12 pristine blindingly-white sand beaches and six kilometres of exquisite shoreline to explore. This is a private beach resort supreme.
Land of blue lagoons and soft white sands
Of all the places on earth the Maldives, formerly known as ‘King Island’, is the one place you know you’re guaranteed to be able to feel blissfully alone. The perfect antidote to hectic modern life, a break from the hustle and a way to disconnect from the plethora of technology that often overwhelms more than it aids.
Explore on foot or by bike, marvel at the spectacular natural beauty all around you, and just breathe.
One&Only Reethi Rah is a magical escape from it all; elegant sleek accommodation, eight outstanding restaurants, beautiful views wherever you cast your eyes and an abundance of tropical activities such as pedal boats, windsurfing and jet skis, floodlit tennis courts and even a FIFA approved professional synthetic grass football field.
Mostly though you’re just going to want to drift away on the island and forget you were ever anywhere else.
The most stunning Cartagena beaches to visit
Cartagena is known as Colombia’s jewel. And while it’s the country’s most popular city for tourists, don’t let that put you off. The city’s colourful colonial architecture and world-class restaurants might be it’s draw, but its uniqueness comes from the amazing beaches that are right on the city’s edge – and just a short drive or boat ride away.
Paradise found: the best beaches in Anguilla
A lot of people still aren’t entirely sure where Anguilla is – and that’s part of its beauty. There are few better destinations in the world for that castaway in paradise feeling, and even fewer with beaches as sublime, if any.
Stunning beachfront luxury hotels in Boracay
The beaches in Boracay, a small island in the Philippines, have been described as the best in Asia. Soft brilliantly white sand, azure blue water, surrounded by lush tropical paradise. So, it’s no surprise some of the best luxury hotels and resorts have been built along its shores.