There's nothing like relaxing on a tropical island, swimming through pristine waters, and letting the worries of the world fade away in the cool breeze. For most of us, island holiday life is very much a communal affair, with the vast majority of small islands owned by large resorts or shared by multiple citizens. There are lots of private islands dotted around the world, however, and a number of high profile owners who don't need to share with anyone at all. From Leonardo DiCaprio to Pamela Anderson, from the Bahamas to Dubai, let's take a look at some of the most famous private islands in the world.
Perhaps the most famous private island of
all is Necker Island, owned by Richard Branson and regularly enjoyed by a
number of high profile invited celebrity guests. This tropical paradise in
British Virgin has hosted Princess Diana and Nelson Mandela among other names,
and can accommodate up to 28 guests in a number of Balinese-themed houses.
Richard Branson was one of the first businessmen to buy into the island craze,
snapping up Necker in 1978 for the cheap price of US$180,000.
Many of the world's elite are attracted to
tropical locations, after all, who doesn't love clear blue waters and endless
sunshine. Ricky Martin owns an island near Angra dos Reis off the Brazilian
coast, Lenny Kravitz owns Eleutheta Archipelago in the Bahamas, and David
Copperfield bought Musha Cay in the Bahamas for a massive US$50 Million.
Leonardo DiCaprio also owns a small island in the Caribbean Sea, not far from
the beautiful Belize Barrier Reef. Unlike most of the names on this list,
however, tourists are welcome at Blackadore Cay, with Leonardo himself involved
in building one of the world's most exclusive eco-resorts.
The Bahamas is a major hot spot for
celebrities, with some famous names even becoming neighbours. For example,
Nicolas Cage owns Leaf Cay in the Bahamas, which is on the Exuma Archipelago
right next to Little Halls Pond Cay, which is owned by Johnny Depp. Julia
Roberts and Eddie Murphy also own islands in the Bahamas, as do Beyonce and Jay
Z, with the famous rapper gifting a small island to Bey for their wedding
anniversary. In one very surprising commercial partnership, pop star Shakira
and rock legend Roger Waters purchased a tropical island together with Spanish
singer Alejandro Sanz.
Not all the action takes place in the
Caribbean, however, with Segway boss Dean Kamen buying a much colder and
closer-to-home private island off the New York coast. North Dumpling Island
might not be a tropical paradise, but it does come with a mini replica of Stone
Henge and an eco-friendly wind turbine to harness the coastal breeze. Pamela
Anderson is another famous private island owner, with rock star Tommy Lee
purchasing 'Greece' for Pammy in Dubai's ambitious man-made archipelago of 300
islands manufactured in the shape of the world.