Great Exuma, Bahamas—Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazines
Not ready to commit to buying a private Bahamian island, as Johnny Depp and Nicolas Cage have done? The 78-villa Grand Isle Resort & Spa, nestled on Great Exuma’s picturesque Emerald Bay, offers an ideal intermediate: The chance to call a slice of Caribbean paradise your own, made effortless (and lucrative) by expert hotel and property management services. Choose among five villa styles, ranging from one to four bedrooms and 1,200 to 5,000 square feet in size, each elegantly appointed to embody a refined, yet very comfortable island vibe. Equipped with chef-caliber kitchens, marble-laden baths and top technology, these exquisite seaside homes make the perfect base for frequent sun-splashed escapes (about an hour by jet from Miami), complete with access to Greg Norman golf, an on-site spa sanctuary and all the activities and sites that make the idyllic Exumas so unique, from swimming with nurse sharks and friendly wild pigs to diving legendary shipwrecks. The newly renovated Palapa Grill, complemented by comprehensive in-villa dining, is your go-to for fresh, local cuisine (starting price ranges from $490,000 to $2,990,000 a villa; rentals from $350 to $3,000 a night).