10 Airbnb private islands you can have all to yourself

A list of Airbnb’s best private island or isolated beachside accommodation options

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Most people dream of escaping the rat race. What greater escape could there be than marooning yourself on a desert island?

If you can’t commit to the Robinson Crusoe life full-time, it’s possible to cast yourself away for a shorter space of time. Airbnb is now offering stays on private islands and isolated, uninhabited stretches of coast in countries around the world.

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Australian islands

Swan Island

Swan Island from Airbnb

  • Location: Whitemark, Tasmania/Australia
  • The best way to get to Swan Island is via private plane. You’ll take off from Bridport in Tasmania and land 20 minutes later on a 590-acre island in the middle of the Banks Strait. You’ll stay in the single-story lighthouse keeper’s quarters, which has four bedrooms and room for up to six guests. You can spend your days exploring the headland, including the lighthouse, and unwinding on the footprint-free beaches.

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Elizabeth Island

Elizabeth Island from Airbnb

  • Location:Western Port, Victoria/Australia
  • You’ll find Elizabeth Island soaking in the waters of Western Port Bay, off the south coast of French Island. You’ll arrive here by boat, barge or helicopter and have the whole 65.5 acres of the place to yourself. The accommodation has three bedrooms and sleeps six people. A terrace runs around the property offering hammocks, loungers and views of the people-free sea.

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Outside of Australia

Maiton Private Island

Maiton Private Island from Airbnb

  • Location:Phuket, Thailand
  • A speed boat will bring you to Maiton Private Island from Ao Makham Bay in Phuket. The villa has room for four people in two bedrooms. It’s a plush place. Expect an infinity pool, freestanding baths, double basin sinks, rain showers and traditional Thai food served up to you at breakfast and dinner.

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Palawan Private Beach House

Palawan Private Beach House from Airbnb

  • Location:Coron, Palawan/Philippines
  • Palawan Private Beach House is located on a stretch of private beach in the province of Palawan. There’s room for 16 people here in 8 bedrooms. There’s an eco feel to the property. The four bathrooms have natural spring water showers and electricity comes from solar power. It’s the place to come if you want to drink cocktails from coconut shells and live without Wi-Fi during the daytime.

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Faathihutta Island

Faathihutta Island from Airbnb

  • Location:Faresmaathoda, Maldives
  • The accommodation at Faathihutta helps you get off the grid. There are three teepee-style tents here that sleep six people and electricity is from solar power. Breakfast is included in the cost of the stay and you can buy lunch and dinner on site as well. Activities include snorkelling, kayaking and fishing.

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Small Bamboo

Small Bamboo from Airbnb

  • Location:Coron, Palawan/Philippines
  • Small Bamboo is a cluster of bamboo huts raised above the beach in the Culion island chain in the west of the Philippines. There’s room for 14 guests across 7 bedrooms. Small Bamboo also features a sunset lounge, a reggae bar and dining areas. The food philosophy at the location is farm to kitchen, so you can expect locally caught seafood and homegrown vegetables and citrus fruits to feature on the menu.

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Castaway Island

Castaway Island from Airbnb

  • Location:Luganville, Sanma, Vanuatu
  • Castaway is home to a luxury bed and breakfast. Rooms come with king-sized canopy beds, dual sinks, freestanding baths and outdoor experience showers. The typical tropical activities are available here. You can also get a flavour of local life by having lunch with a family or visiting local cacao or coconut plantations.

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Ipil Waterfront

Ipil Waterfront from Airbnb

  • Location:El Nido, Palawan/Philippines
  • No roads lead to Ipil Waterfront. You can only get here via a 10-minute boat ride from El Nido town. The waterfront is home to a three-bedroom villa, and it has its own strip of vanilla-coloured sand. When you stay here, you can fill your days with island hopping trips, kayaking, sunset dinners and beach volleyball.

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Wadigi Island Villa

Wadigi Island Villa from Airbnb

  • Location:Malolo, Fiji
  • You’ll chopper in to Wadigi Island. The helicopter ride takes 10 minutes from Nadi International Airport. The three-bedroom villa on the island is a five-star villa, so you can expect to find things like a freestanding bath in the ensuite, luxury sun loungers and an infinity pool on site. Meals are included, too. Everyone who stays here has a personalised menu made for them complete with fine wines.

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Brother Island

Brother Island from Airbnb

  • Location:El Nido, Palawan/Philippines
  • Brother Island looks a bit like a yin and yang sign. One half is completely given over to forest and the other is a plateau of baking soda sand. The accommodation has room for 12 guests in 7 bedrooms. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included, so all you have to do with your time is decide when to hit the hammock and when to explore the snorkelling sites.

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