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My Own Private Island: Australia's Wilson Island

March 4, 2011 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen will be taking us on a guided tour of the globe’s most exclusive, luxurious, over-the-top vacation retreats in our new Private Islands Series. We’ll venture from the Bahamas to Fiji, from Africa’s crystalline Lake Tanganyika to the emerald waters of Cambodia, and everywhere in between. That is, everywhere you can be ruler of your own little island.

All good things must come to an end, and so it is with our exclusive series on Private Islands. We’ll be headed back to our usual coverage of run-of-the-mill hotels, but before we do, we’re casting away to a tiny coral cay on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef called Wilson Island.

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My Own Private Island: Cambodia's Song Saa Sweethearts

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  Site Where: Cambodia
March 3, 2011 at 2:06 PM | by | Comment (1)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen will be taking us on a guided tour of the globe’s most exclusive, luxurious, over-the-top vacation retreats in our new Private Islands Series. We’ll venture from the Bahamas to Fiji, from Africa’s crystalline Lake Tanganyika to the emerald waters of Cambodia, and everywhere in between. That is, everywhere you can be ruler of your own little island.

Last month we told you about a resort in Cambodia's jungle hinterlands in our Glamping Series, but since this week we're heading to the tiny country's undiscovered islands for a preview of the next exclusive resort in our series on Private Islands. Song Saa started construction last March, and won't be open until November, but that doesn't mean we can't tell you all about it and stoke your wanderlust with a few choice photos.

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My Own Private Island: Tanzania's Lupita Island

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  Site Where: Tanzania
March 2, 2011 at 10:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen will be taking us on a guided tour of the globe’s most exclusive, luxurious, over-the-top vacation retreats in our new Private Islands Series. We’ll venture from the Bahamas to Fiji, from Africa’s crystalline Lake Tanganyika to the emerald waters of Cambodia, and everywhere in between. That is, everywhere you can be ruler of your own little island.

Today we travel to the pristine waters of Tanzania’s Lake Tanganyika, where we find the tiny jewel of Lupita Island, a glamping lodge run by Firelight Expeditions as part of its safari packages.

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My Own Private Island: Fijian Fun on Laucala Island

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  Site Where: Fiji
March 1, 2011 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen will be taking us on a guided tour of the globe’s most exclusive, luxurious, over-the-top vacation retreats in our new Private Islands Series. We’ll venture from the Bahamas to Fiji, from Africa’s crystalline Lake Tanganyika to the emerald waters of Cambodia, and everywhere in between. That is, everywhere you can be ruler of your own little island.

Our next island isn’t actually an island you can rent out completely—unless you wanted to spend your entire trust fund, and those of your extended social network—but we thought to include it since, to even get an invitation to visit, you have to fill out an application and be accepted. It is, however, a private island owned by a single person…upon which there’s a gorgeous, ultra-exclusive resort.

We’re talking about Laucala Island, just off the coast of the Fijian island of Taveuni. Yes, this is pretty much at the end of the earth, so it’s a rarefied environment with a rarefied clientele into which we imagine seamlessly insinuating ourselves. Fun fact: it’s also the largest private island in the southern hemisphere, but that doesn’t mean sacrificing privacy and discretion during a stay here.

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My Own Private Island: David Copperfield's Musha Cay, the Bahamas

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  Site Where: Bahamas
February 28, 2011 at 3:01 PM | by | Comments (2)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen will be taking us on a guided tour of the globe’s most exclusive, luxurious, over-the-top vacation retreats in our new Private Islands Series. We’ll venture from the Bahamas to Fiji, from Africa’s crystalline Lake Tanganyika to the emerald waters of Cambodia, and everywhere in between. That is, everywhere you can be ruler of your own little island.

Obviously we’re hotel folk at heart. We love checking out everything from the latest trends to how they’re stocking the minibars to the most fashionable uniforms, but even we have our antisocial moments…and in those moments, our minds drift to the various paradises of sumptuous solitude that we’ve come across in our reading: private vacation islands you can have to yourself. So come along with us as we sail from cays to atolls, and jet from secluded sandbars to isolated islets in our week-long series on Private Islands.

We begin our week with one of the most fabulous private islands in the world, and it’s actually close to home in the sandy atolls of the Bahamas on the private playground of no less an illustrious illusionist than David Copperfield! It’s called Musha Cay, and is in the secluded Exuma chain of islands, about 85 miles southeast of Nassau.

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More Members-Only Clubs For Miami: ONE Bal Harbour's New Beach Club

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  Site Where: 10295 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33154
August 11, 2010 at 2:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Watch out, Soho Beach House, you're not the only new members-only club to hit the Miami hotel scene this fall. ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa is also getting into the exclusivity game with the debut of its Beach Club in early November.

While membership applications for Soho House properties are (ahem) always subject to scrutiny, membership at ONE Bal Harbour's Beach Club will be by invitation only, with 500 fabulous and famous folks getting the nod. Need to know what company you'd be keeping as you wait for that invite to hit your mailbox? Charter members include Stephen Dorff, Harry Morton, hair god Oscar Blandi and designer India Hicks.

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Casa del Mar in Santa Monica Now Offering a Private Membership

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  Site Where: 1910 Oceanfront Walk [map], Santa Monica, CA, United States, 90405
July 15, 2010 at 10:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

How close you are to the beach at Casa del Mar.

Looks like The Standard NYC isn't the only hotel interested in going "private." The Hotel Casa del Mar, a luxury beachfront hotel in Santa Monica, has just announced their own private club membership that gives guests year-round access to the pool and fitness center, along with spa discounts and priority seating at the hotel lounge and restaurant, as well as one-time "benefits" such as a one-night stay in the Penthouse, breakfast in bed for two and several spa treatments. Total cost per year? Just $2,500.

Here's the complete breakdown of what you get:

One-Time Benefits
· One night, Penthouse stay
· Breakfast in Bed for two
· One 60 minute facial treatment
· Two 60 minute massages
· One 70 minute Thai Ritual
· Two personal trainer or yoga sessions
· One Moonview session of your choice (a half-day mind/body/spirit experience)

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The Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club Pool By the Numbers

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  Site Where: 1281 Channel Drive [map], Santa Barbara, CA, United States, 93108
July 17, 2009 at 4:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

Guests of the Four Seasons Biltmore Resort in Santa Barbara have a choice when it comes to pools: the "intimate" Resort Jungle Pool or the "legendary" Olympic-sized pool across the street at the private-membership Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club.

The spa, and fitness facilities here are open to club members and Four Seasons guests only. And with that kind of exclusivity, numbers matter.

Below, we've rounded up some interesting numbers regarding this exclusive pool area.

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