This Valentine’s Day, skip the usual flowers, chocolate and oversized stuffed teddy bears and opt for a romantic getaway. And we’re not just talking a hotel with heart-shaped beds, we’re talking staying on your own private island. These five, from Venice to the British Virgin Islands, are all available for rent through Vladi Private Islands.
Eustatia Island – British Virgin Islands
Four villas were built strategically on Eustatia Island to take advantage of the varied landscapes. Villa Far Niente is perched on the island’s peak, with a gourmet kitchen, an outdoor terrace and an infinity pool with a view. The Hilltop Estate is on the west side of the island, overlooking Prickly Pear Island National Park, while two Beach Houses are set directly on the main beach. Guests get full access to the island’s fleet of boats (plus watersports coaches) to go snorkeling, wakeboarding, kitesurfing or sailing. Prices available on request.
Isola Santa Cristina – Venice, Italy
The Floating City is known for its major romance factor, but it’s also known for its tourist crowds. Escape the masses and stay on your own private island in the Venetian Lagoon. A 30-minute boat ride from Piazza San Marco, Isola Santa Cristina boasts an eight-bedroom house that can accommodate up to 16 guests, along with a private pool. The rental is exclusive, so you’ll be the only guests on the island. Prices start from 25,000 EUR per week.
Fregate Island – Seychelles
Fregate Island is one of the most remote and secluded islands in the Seychelles. Choose from one of 16 villas, each with a large infinity pool, a hot tub and a private terrace to take in the surroundings. Gather for meals at the Plantation House, or have your private butler arrange a romantic dinner on the beach, in the tree house or on your villa’s private terrace. Prices start from $3,700 USD per villa per night.
Song Saa – Cambodia
After seeing the sights at Siem Reap and Angkor Wat, retreat to Song Saa, a boutique private-island resort, for some romantic downtime. 27 villas (overwater bungalows, ocean view or jungle) feature plunge pools, oversized tubs and private decks with daybeds. Dedicated “experience ambassadors” can book a couple’s massage at the spa, or arrange a beach picnic on Koh Rong island. Prices start from $1,590 USD per night.
Belle Island – Upstate New York, United States
Located in the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence Seaway near the U.S.-Canadian border, cozy retreat Belle Island offers five bedrooms, a full kitchen and a hot tub. The master suite also looks out over Boldt Castle, a popular attraction on its own heart-shaped island. Take a cruise through Millionaire’s Row, book a guided tour of historic Singer Castle or play a round of golf at the Alexandria Bay Municipal Golf Course. Prices start from $1,400 USD per night.