Tired of overcrowded tourist hotspots and craving a true exclusive escape? From remote private island resorts to luxury eco-lodges in the jungle, there are incredible exclusive destinations worldwide perfect for your next private paradise vacation.
This guide explores the top secluded and luxury travel spots across the globe that ensure privacy, exclusivity, and pure natural beauty without the hordes of tourists. Get ready for a vacation experience unlike any other at these exclusive hidden gem destinations you have to see to believe.
1. Laucala Island, Fiji
Situated in the stunning South Pacific with just 25 private luxury villas on the entire island, Laucala Island in Fiji tops the list of exclusive destinations. This ultra-private island getaway once belonged to Malcolm Forbes and encompasses 25sq miles of lush vegetation, pristine beaches and total privacy.
Arrive in resort’s private air terminal and access the island via private boat. Spend days lounging in your private pool, exploring the 12-mile coastline by bike, or learning ancient Fijian skills like coconut husking. This completely all-inclusive escape starts at $4,800 per night per couple.
2. Velaa Private Island, Maldives
The Maldives themselves are already an exclusive destination, and Velaa Private Island takes luxury to the next level. With just 43 private villas, this Indian Ocean oasis feels totally secluded. From the romantic water villas perched over turquoise lagoons to the massive private residences with slides from bedrooms straight into the sea, privacy and indulgence beckon.
Velaa Marine Discovery Centre, exceptional spa, fine dining, poolside Teppanyaki and personal butler service ensure relaxation and rejuvenation unlike anywhere else in the world. Rates start around $1,500 per night.
3. andBeyond Vira Vira, Chile
Tucked away in Chile’s breathtaking Lake District, andBeyond Vira Vira is a Relais & Châteaux ranch retreat spanning 3,000 acres. Just six luxurious cabins dotted throughout the grounds make this Patagonia escape feel like your own private countryside estate.
Spend days horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, observing condors or simply gazing at the spectacular views of the Andes Mountains reflecting off blue lakes. Then settle into your cabin’s private hot tub as the stars in the Dark Sky Reserve twinkle overhead. Rates for all-inclusive stays begin around $1,600 per night.
4. Cobblers Cove, Barbados
For the ultimate Caribbean villa getaway, Cobblers Cove beckons. This iconic Barbados resort offers just 40 luxurious suites within lush tropical gardens leading to a pristine sandy bay on the island’s tranquil west coast. The attentive staff provides pampering service rarely seen outside such intimate surrounds.
Lounge by your villa’s private plunge pool, indulge in afternoon tea or fine dining, tee off on the complimentary golf course, hit the spa and tennis courts, or relax over sunset cocktails. Nightly rates start around $700.
5. Azura Quilalea Private Island, Mozambique
Imagine having your own private beach villa on a remote island in the Indian Ocean. Azura Quilalea turns this daydream into reality with just nine oceanfront villas on a private Mozambique island. Expect rustic luxury touches like private infinity pools, open air showers and hammocks to lose hours in.
Spend sunny days snorkeling vibrant coral reefs, venturing out on dhow sailing excursions, getting beach massages or dining beachfront. The private airport and luxury yacht transfer ensure door-to-door seclusion. Rates start around $1,600 per night.
6. Islas Secas, Panama
For an exclusive tropical escape focused on nature immersion and adventure, head to Islas Secas off Panama’s Pacific Coast. This archipelago of 14 private islands hosts just 16 guests at a time for a fully personalized, active expedition.
Kayak through mangroves, hike mountain forests, fish, paddleboard, snorkel, observe wildlife and swing in hammocks on your own private beach. The island chefs craft tailored farm-and-sea-to-table meals nightly. Rates start at $995 per night, all inclusive.
7. Royal Malewane, South Africa
One of the most exclusive luxury safari lodges in all of Africa, Royal Malewane provides an ultra-private escape in South Africa’s Greater Kruger National Park. The painstaking attention to detail ensures an unforgettably plush safari experience unlike any other.
Reside in one of eight extravagant suites, unwind at the spa, lounge by the pool in the heart of bush country, embark on private game drives led by expert rangers and trackers, witness incredible wildlife up close, and soak in the at-home feeling of staff who call you by name. Nightly rates start around $1,650 per person.
8. Soneva Jani, Maldives
For overwater villa luxury in a tropical setting, few places rival Soneva Jani hidden away in the Maldives’ Noonu Atoll. This award-winning resort offers a collection of multi-bedroom water villas with private pools, slides into the lagoon and retractable ceilings for stargazing from bed.
Dine at outstanding restaurants, relax at the spa, visit the resident astronomer, indulge in movie nights under the stars, explore the blue lagoon by boat and revel in the personal butler service. Rates for overwater villas start around $2,200 per night.
9. Wolgan Valley Resort, Australia
For an exclusive countryside escape Down Under, check into Wolgan Valley Resort nestled between mountains and wildlife in Australia’s Greater Blue Mountains. Surrounded by a conservation reserve, this ultra-luxurious lodge provides all-inclusive access to a 4,000-acre slice of natural paradise.
Just 40 private villas make up this carbon-neutral property. Spend sunny Aussie days bushwalking, touring wildlife, riding horses, stargazing, touring the Blue Mountains, relaxing in your villa’s heated pool, and savoring gourmet cuisine starring local flavors. Rates start around $1,100 AUD per night.
10. Hotel Tresanton, Cornwall
On the subtropical Cornish coast, St. Mawes’ whitewashed fishing village harbors one of England’s most enchanting escapes: Hotel Tresanton. With just 30 rooms spread across a quaint seaside townhouse and beach cottages, exclusivity abounds at this Relais & Châteaux gem with exquisite views of Cornwall’s rugged coastline.
Linger over Cornish cream teas, feast on fresh locally-sourced cuisine, browse boutique shops, wander the seaside paths, unwind in your room’s soaking tub, charter boats for excursions and breathe in the salty sea breeze. Rates start around $550 GBP per night.
From private islands to secluded eco-lodges deep in nature, there are incredible exclusive travel experiences waiting across the globe if you know where to look. By avoiding crowded tourist centers and seeking out intimate escapes, true relaxation and adventure unfold, giving you a travel experience not just exclusive by name, but by nature.
Which of these exclusive destinations stands out to you for a future private paradise trip? Let me know in the comments!