Everyone dreams of that island getaway. What better way to make the best of the year's long weekends than finding your own slice of paradise? We've mapped out three idyllic spots for that private island escapade — and you don't have to go very far to check in.
Telunas Private Island | Indonesia
Imagine 15 sea villas fanned out against the shore with the picturesque charm of an idyllic seaside village. This exclusive property is nestled against the beautiful terrain of Sugi Island, a mere three-hour ferry journey from Singapore. Each villa comes with a private balcony, perfect for sun salutations or lazy afternoons with a good book. Delectable Indonesian fare can be had at the resort, but if you're hankering for a taste of local cuisine, the staff can arrange for you to have lunch at a nearby village. You can even get a taste of rustic islander life with some traditional fishing, either from a boat or from the comfort of your own balcony.
Pangkor Laut Resort | Malaysia
A secluded island off the West coast of Malaysia, Pangkor Laut is a privately owned island that offers quiet bays and pristine beaches. At Pangkor Laut Resort, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, you can opt to stay in one of the sea villas that stand elegantly above water on stilts. Only a fraction of the island has been developed into the resort's property and the island's foliage is a perfect backdrop for both relaxation and exploration. If you grow restless from an afternoon of lazing on the beach, there's the option of kayaking, snorkeling, jungle trekking, and even island-hopping by yacht. When the day is done, call for the private dining experience set against the backdrop of Emerald Bay. There, dinner is served with a little help from your butler.
Nikoi Island | Indonesia
Desiring to provide a holiday option that was neither too opulent nor rustic, the owners of Nikoi Island found a way to capture the best of both worlds by bringing comfort and class to an authentic island experience. We love how a mere 2.5 hour ferry ride can whisk us from Singapore to paradise. Handcrafted beach houses combine lush interiors and traditional Indonesian architecture in a way that gives this treasure trove of an island that extra bit of character. With sweeping views of the South China Sea, one can easily check-in just to luxuriate in the natural beauty of the island. Spectacular coral reefs mean that snorkeling and diving is a treat here. Seeking total seclusion? The resort can arrange to ferry you along with a well-stocked picnic basket to a deserted island nearby.