By Alix O’Neill
This story originally appeared in the January/February 2017 issue of Elite Traveler.
Luxurious island living should encompass thoughtful design, the finest luxurious comforts and unparalleled ocean views. Our pick of villas showcases some of the best experiences the region has to offer.
Guana Island, British Virgin Islands
The ultimate Caribbean retreat, Guana is a fully private paradise that can cater for up to 32 guests. Directly adjacent to BVI’s Tortola, the 800-acre island offers an abundance of white sandy beaches and hiking trails. As well as 15 cottages and one villa, there’s a Great House, where three delicious meals a day are served by a personal chef. Most of the accommodations include a plunge pool and private terrace. For those keen to socialize, beach barbecues and movie nights can be arranged, but with seven beaches to choose from, guests can also enjoy uninterrupted downtime.
Special amenities Catamarans, kayaks, pedal boats, sailboats, fishing, tennis court, snorkeling, croquet and table tennis.
Size from 350 sq ft upwards
Number of bedrooms 16
Weekly rate From $183,000
Contact Lisa Abbott, villa specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org, isleblue.co
Ynys Marn, The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, The Bahamas
Take a helicopter flight over Ynys Marn (Welsh for island view) and it’s all green and blue as far as the eye can see. Verdant tropical vegetation surrounds this 7,000 sq ft estate, which looks out onto white sands and turquoise waters. Accommodating up to 10 people and complete with a large, fully equipped kitchen, the property is well suited to families or groups. Indoor and outdoor areas merge seamlessly throughout – each of the top-floor bedrooms open onto a covered veranda with magnificent views of Winding Bay. Guests can use the resort’s luxury spa and fitness center, as well as join in the sunrise workouts on the beach.
Special amenities A pool, hot tub and steam room. Guests also have access to The Abaco Club’s amenities, including water sports, golf, fishing, boating and tennis.
Size 7,000 sq ft
Number of bedrooms Six
Weekly rate $70,000 per week
Contact Portia Jonsson, revenue manager, +1 242 577 4166, email@example.com, theabacoclub.com