Private Island Escapes: Top 10

By Lauren Jade Hill

This story originally appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of Elite Traveler.

Hidden in the world’s most blissful archipelagos, these exclusive-use private island retreats promise beguiling beauty and unparalleled seclusion.

The Inn at Cuckolds Lighthouse


Positioned on one of the two rocky Cuckolds Islands off the Maine coast, this lighthouse played an integral maritime role for many years after it was completed in the early 1900s. And now, having been renovated in 2013, the historic lighthouse is a luxury inn and private island retreat. Featuring just two suites—the East Suite and West Suite—the inn provides an intimate hideaway with elegant furnishings, marble bathrooms and sea views from each window. Whitewashed oak floors, wall paneling, plush fabrics and mahogany furnishings run throughout the entire space, with a wood-burning fireplace that makes the kitchen the heart of the home and wooden decks that provide the perfect place for sunset views. The cuisine here makes the most of local produce—the highlight is the innkeepers’ traditional Maine island lobster bake, served with fine wine and champagne. Private cruises give guests the chance to explore this coastline more while seeking out its sheltered coves.

Exclusive island rental from $3,500 for two nights. Contact Heather Graham and Mark Zinkiewicz, inn keepers,, +1 855 212 5252,