- The Hamptons
- Las Vegas
- Los Angeles
- New York
- Orange County
- Palm Beach
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- Silicon Valley
- Washington, D.C.
Alex Markoff | Photo: Courtesy of Ina Island | January 17, 2014
Devoid of modern-day mayhem, marked by serene seclusion and boasting seriously sumptuous digs, these private island retreats are some of the most exclusive residences for sale in the world.
Subtle Islands, Canada
THE RUNDOWN Think private islands, and you’re not likely to ponder the Great White North, but this British Columbia retreat defies convention. Sprawling across two isles linked by a sandbar, the Subtle Islands complex is shrouded by towering pines and unspoiled woodlands. Explore the grounds to find two tree houses and a 13,600-square-foot main house, constructed in Craftsman style in 2008. And did we mention the airplane hangar? Just in case you don’t quite have your sea legs yet.
THE STATS 17 bedrooms, main residence, boathouse, converted barn, and staff quarters on 85 acres
THE LAST WORD Subtle Islands is staffed and available on a turnkey basis. This all-encompassing opportunity is as surprising as it is luxurious. (There’s nothing subtle about it.)
CONTACT Mark Lester at Jones Lang LaSalle, 604.998.6130
Ina Island, New York
THE RUNDOWN These days, New York getaways consist mostly of weekend retreats to the Hamptons and the Catskills. But once upon a time, the Thousand Islands region of the Saint Lawrence River enticed Manhattan elite with stately Victorian manors and unrivaled scenery. Ina Island is a testament to both. The circa-1905 home boasts a wraparound porch to savor summer views and six fireplaces for winter. Eighteen bedrooms and 14 baths give the property maximum bed-and-breakfast potential, though you’ll want to keep this gem all to yourself at first sight of the private cove and manicured grounds.
THE STATS 18 bedrooms, 14 baths, 7,688 square feet on 2 acres
THE LAST WORD The rustic wilds of the Saint Lawrence River contrast perfectly with the stately attributes of this magnificent estate.
Now’s your chance to become part of the Thousand Islands legacy.
CONTACT Vladi Private Islands, vladi-private-islands.de
Georges Island, Honduras
THE RUNDOWN Located off the coast of vibrant Central America, Georges Island boasts a certified runway, but that’s just to get you there. Upon touchdown, an idyllic wonderland awaits. An expansive villa, glistening beaches, a rock pool and mangrove-covered canals make up this immense oasis. After a long day of luxuriating, find yourself on the hammock terrace. (Things could be worse.)
THE STATS Four bedrooms, four baths, and indoor and outdoor showers on 29 acres
THE LAST WORD Likely named for a king, Georges Island lives up to its namesake.
CONTACT Trista Rullan at Hilton & Hyland, 310.858.5476
Little Bokeelia Island, Florida
THE RUNDOWN Fort Myers may be some 50 miles away from Little Bokeelia, but the island is a destination in and of itself. Developed in the 1920s for inventor Charles Burgess, the island features an expansive Spanish villa, guest and caretaker residences, a swimming pool, koi pond, lagoon and 3.5 miles of private beaches. Docks, a tennis court and a gathering pavilion add room for activity—should the surrounding 100 acres be insufficient for your explorations.
THE STATS Four bedrooms and four and a half baths on 100 acres
THE LAST WORD Follow in the footsteps of Ponce de León and Thomas Edison, whose own visits to this striking paradise add a dash of history.
CONTACT Klaus Lang, Michael Saunders & Company, 941.383.7591
Sandy Cay, Bahamas
THE RUNDOWN As simple as its name implies, Sandy Cay is anything but mundane. Amid the Bahamas’ Abaco Islands, Sandy Cay features a main house, three satellite properties and its own harbor—yes, a harbor—with five boats. You’ll need them to explore the Sea of Abaco and surrounding isles. Some might call it a marine reserve. Now’s your chance to call it the front yard.
THE STATS Six bedrooms, six baths, 9,500 square feet on 8 acres
THE LAST WORD Connect through Miami International Airport, and then hop on a 45-minute flight to Marsh Harbour Airport, the gateway to the Abacos. For those looking for tranquility and accessibility, Sandy Cay fits the bill.
CONTACT George Damianos at Sotheby’s International Realty, 242.424.9699