This gorgeous island in Fiji has had a rich legacy indeed, with its ownership passing from publishing giant Malcolm Forbes to the co-founder of Red Bull, Dietrich Mateschitz, in 2003. The late Austrian business magnate developed it into one of the world’s largest private island resorts. Laucala, a COMO property, has 25 standalone villas, each a world of its own—some are perched atop green hills, some sit amidst lush rainforest, some are suspended over lagoons, and others have miles of beach right at their doorstep. Each residence’s interior reflects the island’s traditional Fijian style, accompanied by all the modern amenities and luxuries one could wish for.
The sheer variety of activities and experiences to be had at Laucala can rarely be found in a single island location—tours of the 240-acre farm on the island, horse-riding, and some of the finest hikes in the Pacific. Water sports like kayaking, surfing, and diving are a given; deep-sea game fishing is a particular attraction. The island also boasts an 18-hole golf course! Guests have the opportunity to immerse themselves in island culture and pick up new skills, such as cooking, and art and craft. The team at Laucala pride themselves on their farm-to-table approach and their focus on health, well-being and sustainability. And if you’re not already thoroughly relaxed by your stay, the spa makes use of the island’s natural resources and traditional Fijian techniques in its treatments and massages.
An exclusive buyout costs $220,000 (approx Rs1.8 crore) per night. Website
Eustatia Island owned by Larry Page, co-founder of Google
There aren’t official reports about who currently owns Eustatia Island. But it appears to be an open secret, both among the local islanders and mainstream media, that it belongs to Larry Page, co-founder of Google, who frequently jets off to hide away in the Caribbean. Eustatia is also part of the British Virgin Islands. Page got married on the neighbouring Necker Island, and Branson was his best man. Eustatia Island truly has ideal vacation weather, with summery sunshine and balmy breezes nearly all year round. The island’s four houses can accommodate up to 14 people, with each uniquely designed with the guests’ comfort in mind, from near-soundless fans to temperature-controlled mattresses.
Eustatia has superior water sports equipment and a wide range of activities, and resident instructors provide personalised training to guests. You can also take off on a cruising excursion to explore the island in all its glory. The diverse terrain and the breathtaking views from the summit of the island make for a rewarding hiking experience. When you’re tired of playing beach games and taking advantage of state-of-the-art fitness equipment, you can unwind with a massage right by the ocean. Eustatia’s impressive sustainability endeavours include, but are not limited to, being 100% solar-powered, recycling, rainwater harvesting, and responsible waste management. Eustatia is Greek for “good place to stay”, and it is clear that the island lives up to its name.
Prices to rent out Eustatia start at $35,000 (approx Rs28 lakh), with a three-night minimum. Website