Private islands are the type of thing that you regularly see on celebrity television shows like Cribs and well, Extreme Cribs. It might be Naomi Campbell’s exotic Jamaican hideaway, or it might be Leonardo DiCaprio’s luxury grotto in the Seychelles – it doesn’t matter. What does matter is what we’re taught to believe about private islands – that they’re rare and expensive and unattainable.
Fortunately, that’s not at all true. It might still cost a pretty penny to buy a private island but these days, hiring one isn’t an impossible feat. Did you know that there are several private islands in the UK? Do you know that here are several beautiful, indulgent private paradises that you can hire and enjoy exclusively for as long as you can afford to? It’s absolutely true. Some of them are natural formations and others have had a little man-made assistance. Some of them contain vast wildernesses that you can explore and get lost in and others are packed with luxury of a different kind – the kind that comes with hot oils, Jacuzzi baths and hot stone massages.
Osea Island is an exclusive private island located at the base of the Thames Estuary. It is surrounded by four miles of staggeringly beautiful coastline and is home to 5,000 years of British history. It’s fair to say that visitors don’t get bored easily during a stay at Osea Island. The island itself was recently used as the backdrop for the Daniel Radcliffe film The Women In Black, precisely because it has a dramatic coastal road that gets submerged by the ocean tide every four hours. There are, of course, water taxis and boats that can ferry visitors back and forth from the mainland to Osea Island but strictly speaking – the island is inaccessible for a large part of the day. You couldn’t get a more private environment than Osea Island, say the region’s caretakers. The manor house on the island can be rented out for private functions and visitors are welcome to book short stays in the various cottages and penthouses that line the coast.
Spitbank Fort is one of the most unique places in the UK, says Daily Mail journalist Steve Robson. It was built in 1861 by the Royal Commission and it served as a naval base until the end of WWI. It was declared surplus to requirements in 1962 and sold to the highest bidder in 2009. This sale was to benefit party animals, hen parties and playboys up and down the UK, as it has now been turned into a fully functioning coastal hotel and luxury resort. That’s right – you can hire a man-made, private island for the enjoyment of you and up to 18 lucky friends. Spitbank Fort has several beautifully designed bars and restaurants, recreation rooms, saunas, pools and deck areas. It even has its own contemporary fire pit designed to accommodate anybody who fancies watching the sunset over the ocean.
Inish Turk Beg
This area is located in Clew Bay, County Mayo. It is traditionally thought to be one of around 365 islands (or drumlins) in the bay but not all of these have been recorded, says CNTraveller.com. There’s a saying in this part of the world and it goes something like this – ‘There’s an island for every day of the year in Clew Bay.’ Some of these tiny little islets are home to regular inhabitants but they’re so small that these usually amount to only a hundred or so. Many of them aren’t inhabited at all but they are open to visitors. Inish Turk Beg is home to the playboy playground of Irish-Egyptian entrepreneur Nadim Sadek and it contains a farm, a whiskey distillery, tennis courts, infinity pools, Jacuzzis and football pitches. Visitors never go wanting on the island of Inish Turk Beg, that’s for sure.
Sumit Gupta loves to write about his experience while roaming around this World . He recommends Spitbank Fort for corporate events, luxury getaways and private functions. Sumit believes that team members bond brilliantly over cocktails and luxury treatments, rather than extreme activities or challenges.