Act like a Celeb, Rent your own Island!
Renting a private island
Ever dream about vacationing like a celebrity on your very own private island? Do you picture yourself with toes in the sand, listening to the palm trees sway and gazing at a blue sea? Well, believe it or not, renting a private island can happen -- and it's not just for celebrities and millionaires.
There are private islands available to rent in all shapes and sizes. Depending on your budget, islands can range from rustic and untouched-by-the-world to glamorous and all-inclusive. We've chosen five private islands to explore, ranging from family-style vacations to more private extravagance. All are readily available; it's just up to what you desire.
The rustic rental
Where: Enedrik Island, Marshall Islands, Oceania.
Cost: From $499 per week May to October, $999 November to April.
How to get there: Fly to the Majuro airport, and then take a 75-minute boat ride to the island.
Size: 14 acres.
Guests: The cabin can accommodate up to eight people, and the island can be booked for one group at a time.
Amenities: Rustic, rustic, rustic! There is a cabin for use on the island, water for washing and a conventional flushing toilet -- but otherwise, all supplies must be purchased and brought onto the island. This is truly a return to nature in its purest form. If that excites you, then imagine the peace, tranquility and adventure of being alone on your own island for an entire week. You can even bring your tent if you'd prefer to sleep under the stars.
Unique features offered: Inexpensive and offering complete privacy, Enedrik Island is a real adventure vacation. It includes a private lagoon for snorkeling and views for breathtaking sunsets. It's a perfect fit for the outdoor-loving naturalist.
Where: The Rania Experience, Maldives.
Cost: From $66,500 per week.
How to get there: Fly into the Maldives airport, where you'll be met and escorted to a private charter seaplane for the 35-minute flight to your vacation island.
Guests: The island can accommodate up to 12 guests and can be booked for one group at a time.
Amenities: The main "One Rania" suite consists of a master bedroom and two guest rooms. There are also three beach villas available, each with a king-size bed. The private island employs a full team, including your own personal chef who will create whatever you want to eat, whenever you wish. Unlimited drinks, spa treatments, snorkeling, diving and speed boat cruising are all included in the price. But the most spectacular amenity is the 86-foot Gulf Craft luxury speed cruiser.
Unique features offered: Featured in "The World's Most Extravagant Island Rentals" by Private Islands Magazine, this island provides a truly extravagant vacation. The crew attends to your every need, from captaining yachts to instructing private diving classes. Even with the 25 or so staff members, there's still plenty of privacy.
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