New private islands to open in 2017

Komoko Island Resort, Fiji

Kokomo will open in Fiji with 21 spacious beachside pool villas, as well as a limited collection of five-bedroom hilltop private residences.

Kokomo is set on a 135-acre private island – one of 10 small tropical islands set in Kadavu’s incomparable Astrolabe Reef. Guests arrive via the island’s private floatplane or helicopter and enjoy all-inclusive stays with luxury accommodations in traditional Fijian bures, gourmet cuisine, spa experience and a variety of activities and water sports, including scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming with manta rays and more.

Kokomo Island is remote in comparison to Fiji’s mainstream tourism and rewards guests with luxurious privacy in surroundings that can only be described as absolute paradise, offering spectacular scenery and a glimpse of authentic Fijian culture. From $2600.

Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Seychelles

Once they open next year, these three- and four-bedroom villas on Félicité in the Seychelles are where you’ll want to put up the family. While adults zen out in the spa’s rock pool and hammocks that swing over the sea, kids can play pirate in a two-story tree house and go on treasure hunts. And when you’re ready to bond, your butler can make a family swim with sea turtles happen, too.

Félicité is a private island and the fifth largest in the island nation of the Seychelles. Its prime location outside of the cyclone belt offers perpetual summer. The resort, which occupies one third of the total land, is set on the island’s north side facing La Digue, Praslin, Curieuse, Petit Soeur, Grande Soeur, Coco and Marianne Islands.

Created with the renowned Six Senses flair, the resort in Seychelles is a very personal destination that embraces nature while offering every creature comfort. Its 30 pool villas offer an oasis of serenity encircled by the Indian Ocean.

Bawah Private Island, Indonesia

Opening in 2017 Bawah Private Island is regarded as one of the hottest places to watch for the near future. Located just 150 nautical miles north east of Singapore, and easily accessible via private seaplane, this untouched beauty of 6 islands will open a whole new destination for discerning travelers.

A playground of over 300 hectares, 3 crystal blue lagoons, 13 powder white beaches, lush jungle canopy for trekking and more importantly a philosophy of environmental and conservation policies, Bawah Island is a project of love to integrate people with nature and will set the benchmark for future destinations around the region.

Taking the route that “less means more”, Bawah Private Island will only accept a maximum of 70 guest at any one time. With 35 Safari Tented Villas the accommodation gives you the privacy of your own space but also invites you to enjoy the nature that surrounds Bawah Island. From 3 Garden Villas that embrace you in green flora, to 21 Beach Villas overlooking the lagoons and 11 Water Villas that catch unbelievable sunrise and sunset.

Bringing back the inner child in all of us when we were not afraid to explore anything around us, when curiosity was the theme of the day and sharing moments with our loved ones was the most important thing in life, Bawah Private Island calls out to you to be that child again… From $2500 for two.

Thanda Island, Tanzania

Set to welcome its first guests in April, Thanda Island is set on the coast of Tanzania may be an exclusive-use private island but tellingly its owners refer to it instead as a private marine reserve. Justification for the title comes from what surrounds the eight-hectare island. Encircled by a coral reef, Thanda Island stands in the middle of a migratory route used by whale sharks (who can be seen in these waters from October to February) and enjoys occasional visits from endangered dugongs. Of the five species of marine turtles that swim in Tanzania, two – green and hawksbill – nest on the island itself.

It has taken the owners ten years to discover and develop this remarkably uncommon destination as a very special, totally private island getaway that we now invite you to experience. Thanda Island is a tropical island with a single luxurious villa in the Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Tanzania.

Situated in its own marine reserve, you can bathe in blue heaven with the gentlest giant of the ocean, the whale shark, and watch sea turtles nesting. Here, you can rest, rejuvenate, enjoy adventure sports and explore your pristine playground, where shades of turquoise infuse your days and tropical spices your nights.

Thanda’s owners, the Swedish philanthropists and entrepreneurs Christin and Dan Olofsson, already run South Africa’s Thanda Game Reserve and have been mindful of their responsibility to ensure this natural habitat remains as unspoiled as possible. Solar-powered and off-grid, the island has as part of its development also been planted with indigenous vegetation and bushes in an effort to replenish local flora; as a long-term project, management are additionally committing to educating local youth about sustainability issues and partnering with the Tanzanian Marine Parks and local NGO Sea Sense on a range of marine conservation and education programmes in the region.

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