Some of the best holidays are when you are far away from everything, surrounded just by nature and the people you love, then you can perfectly unwind, relax and recharge. And one of the best ways to do so would definitely be on a private island – who hasn’t wished for such holidays at least a couple of times by now? Private islands are often associated with immense wealth and we often think that only incredibly rich people can afford this type of holiday. However, such luxury doesn’t need to cost a lot – here we bring you five beautiful islands that are affordable to rent.
1. Bird Island, Belize
Off the southern coast of Belize, you can find an ideal spot for a romantic getaway or fun holiday with friends – surrounded by clear blue sea, Bird Island offers not only peace and quiet but also a range of activities, from snorkeling to fishing and kayaking. Not to be completely cut off from the world, the island includes Wi-Fi, so that, if you want to post pictures of this super-instagrammable place, you can do so without problems. Based on a group of six, the rates start from less than €100 per person, per night.
2. Coz Castel, France
Imagine renting a private island in France – it is totally possible! And this island comes with a little extra – it is accessible by car on a very low tide. Located in Brittany, on the Cotes-d’Armor, the island of Coz Castel is only 200 m away from the mainland and perfect if you want to have both privacy of an island as well as be able to freely move, travel around and explore the area. One week per month however, during ‘dead water’, it is accessible by car and foot throughout the whole day so make sure you check before booking. Coz Castel can host up to ten people and the rates during the summer start at €235 /night with a minimum of two-night stay.
3. Pločica, Croatia
Croatia, the country of a thousand islands, also offers a quite affordable one to rent with your family and friends. Situated between beautiful islands Korčula and Hvar, you can rent a home to a lighthouse built in 1887 which accommodates up to 14 people in two apartments. The perfect holiday in the midst of the crystal Adriatic Sea ranges from €90 to €1,000/night, depending on the season.
4. Isola Falconera
This private island is located in the Venetian lagoon, next to Cavallino-Treporti and just a boat ride from Venice. Feeling like royalty, you can enjoy your privacy and the incredible nature surrounding you. The pink farmhouse can accommodate up to 16 people in six bedrooms and the rates start as low as €40/night per person, making it perfect for holidays or celebrations.
5. Båtholmen, Norway
If you are looking to reconnect with nature and for a bit of a Robinson type holiday, the island Båtholmen, located in Norway in the archipelago of Hvaler is the perfect place to visit. On this off-grid island you can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, from fishing to exploring the surroundings by boat. Be aware that there is no running water, you can fill canisters with drinking water at the local grocery store free of charge. The back-to nature experience starts from €55/night per person with a minimum stay of two nights.