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The Newest Private Island Hotel Is A Corker (And An Anantara)

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  Site Where: Medjumbe Island, Mozambique
October 22, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Is it Robinson Crusoe’s island? A previously undiscovered atoll in some warm ocean we just found on Google Earth?

No, it’s better than either of those. It’s the brand new Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa. Just that island. Just that hotel.

The hotel and its 1km-long, 300m wide private island form part of the Quirimbas archipelago off Mozambique. That’s a 45 minute flight from Pemba for you and the inhabitants of the other 11 thatched villas on the island. (And if you’re wondering, there are 32 islands in the archipelago, along with coral reefs and an aquatic national park (think dolphins and turtles as well as neon fish.)

The villas have private hammocks and pools, even though they’re bang on the beach. The design is posh rustic – nicely understated. You won’t want to move from your private space, of course, but if you do, there’s also a main pool, bar, lounge bar, spa and restaurant.

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JW Marriott Venice Will Open In March With An Infinity Pool Overlooking San Marco

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  Site Where: Isola delle Rose, Venice, Italy, 30133
September 2, 2014 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

The last time we heard anything about the JW Marriott Venice, it was March 2013 and it had an expected opening date of this year.

It was not to be. But the good news is that it’s now expecting to open in March 2015 – and the website is taking reservations from 12 March.

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Langkawi's Rebak Island Gets A Rebrand From Taj to Vivanta By Taj

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  Site Where: Kuah Langkawi, Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia
June 17, 2014 at 9:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

When a decent hotel that was good quality and excellent value rebrands as an überluxury property, is that something to celebrate, or commiserate? That’s the question we’re pondering with the news that Taj has just rebranded its Rebak Island Resort as a Vivanta by Taj property.

Taj hotels are already really nice. Vivanta by Taj – of which this is the 29th – are super duper nice. And this one certainly has potential – it’s set on its own 390-acre island 4km off Langkawi proper with its own mini beach. The journey to the Langkawi ‘mainland’, on the hotel’s private launch, is a languid 15 minutes.

Our problem is that it feels like really posh hotels are everywhere in Malaysia (the Datai is just round the corner on the mainland, after all), and we don’t really need another one. In fact, when HotelChatter stayed before, we loved it for its “luxury on a budget” feel: it had the amenities of a seriously top hotel (private island, excellent service) but kept prices affordable by not being ridiculously luxurious. Rooms were relatively simple, and the resort was reasonably priced. We’d be sad to see that go.

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Fiji's Tokoriki Island Resort Is Little Slice of Paradise

March 25, 2013 at 11:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

Go with us as we escape on a private island about 75 miles off the coast of mainland Fiji that will make the shoulders of even the highest strung relax just a bit. We're talking about Tokoriki Island Resort in the outer surroundings of the Mamanuca Islands--where it takes a 90 minute catamaran ride and fishing boat transfer to reach. This boutique resort is the quintessential definition of Fiji-time because there is little to worry about since the only thing you might be late for is snorkeling.

One very important feature of Tokoriki is the staff. Arriving on the island to a hearty BULA!, wooden bead lei and a traditional island song made us feel like we had truly arrived somewhere special. Bordering a personal concierge, we were escorted to our hut and shown around the grounds. Mysteriously, it made us feel familiar, as if we had been here before; that's what Fiji does!

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Sustainable Luxury At Song Saa Resort Island in Cambodia

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  Site Where: #108e1 Street 19, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
February 12, 2013 at 5:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

After a weekend of snow and cold, you might be looking for your escape to warmer temps and relaxing atmosphere. Imagine trading your snow shovel for a snorkel and boots for a bikini (or board shorts) and head to a private island off the coast of Cambodia. The ultra-luxury Song Saa Resort has your cure for not only winter doldrums, but year round stress.

Cambodia's first private island luxury resort will be setting the tone for resorts to come with their private villas perched over a marine reserve. Technically, it isn't a private island since it spans over 2 separate islands that are connected by a foot bridge, but it most definitely is private and luxurious.

Each of the 27 villas are inspired by Cambodian fishing villages, and the resort features beach-side, rainforest and over-water buildings. Unique in their own way, every one boasts thatch roofs, rough-hewn natural timbers and driftwood furnishings. Imagine waking to the gentle sound of the sea directly below your bed and soaking up the 360-degree views of the Gulf of Thailand. Yeah, this is paradise.

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Kate Winslet Saves Granny Branson as Necker Island Catches Fire

August 22, 2011 at 2:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

We used to think Sir Richard Branson was untouchable with his death-defying stunts, jet-setting lifestyle and nonstop partying but last night, Branson and his family narrowly escaped a dramatic fire at the Great House on his 74-acre personal paradise, Necker Island.

While family (including Branson's 90-year-old mum), friends (including Kate Winslet) and staff escaped unharmed, the Great House building suffered substantial damage and is according to Branson's blog still burning:

We had a tropical storm with winds up to 90mph. A big lightning storm came around 4am and hit the house. My son Sam and nephew Jack rushed to the house and helped get everyone out and many thanks to Kate Winslet for helping to carry my 90 year mum out of the main house to safety wondering when a Director was going to shout CUT!

The main house is destroyed and the fire is not yet completely out. My office was based in the house and I have lost thousands of photographs and my note books which is very sad. But all family and friends are well - which in the end is all that really matters.

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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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