8 private-island resorts you can book with points
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Travel will look a lot different in the coming months, with a bigger emphasis on privacy and exclusivity than ever. In addition to a rise in private jet demand, travelers are more inclined to stay a secluded property than before.
“Expensive” and “far-fetched” are typically the first phrases that come to mind when people think about staying on a private island. However, if you’re an avid TPG reader, you know that the world’s most luxurious travel experiences can often be booked for little out-of-pocket cash by redeeming points and miles you earn with the best travel credit cards. And fortunately, the same is true with booking stays at private island resorts.
Rather than list out every single points hotel located on a private island, we’ve curated a list of some of the best properties in different regions of the world. So, while the Maldives has a slew of amazing private island points hotels, we’ve only included one in this list. Not all of the properties listed have reopened yet and some may not be accessible to Americans due to local travel restrictions.
Points per night: 40,000 points or 35,000-45,000 Hyatt points starting in 2021 when peak and off-peak pricing begin.
Through its partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), Hyatt unlocked the ability to earn and use Hyatt points at hundreds of new hotels. Many of these properties are absolutely stunning.
For example, the Calala Island resort is located in the Caribbean off the coast of Nicaragua and is part of a group of islands known as the Pearl Cays. It’s so exclusive that it only has four beach-front suites and can only accommodate eight guests at a time. With room rates regularly topping $2,000 per night, this is an absolute steal with points.
Calala Island is an all-inclusive resort and even brands itself as “ultra-inclusive” because everything from food, drinks and activities to airport transfers to the island is included in the price. When you compare that to resorts in the Maldives, where you can spend $600+ per person on resort transfers (even on points stays), this easily earns the top spot for private island resorts.
You can read TPG’s full review of Calala Island here.
St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
Points per night: 70,000-100,000 Marriott points.
TPG founder and CEO Brian Kelly, along with TPG Editor-at-Large Zach Honig both consider the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort to be one of their favorite hotels in the world, and for good reason. The property is still relatively new, has breathtaking views and offers an endless amount of activities that will keep you entertained for as long as you’re there.
While 85,000 points for a standard award night may sound steep, keep in mind that room rates are regularly $1,500+ per night. The lowest-level awards book into overwater villas, so redemptions here can get you serious value for your points.
The Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa comes in a close second for properties in the Maldives and offers slightly better award redemption possibilities at 25,000 points per night. But the St. Regis took the crown in our hotel face-off.
There’s also the new Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, which some may even prefer over the St. Regis. It’s more expensive overall and much harder to find standard room award availability. A free night goes for 120,000 Hilton Honors points per night.
JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa
Points per night: 50,000-70,000 Marriott points.
The JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa is set on a private island called Isola delle Rose (Rose Island) off the coast of — you guessed it — Venice, Italy. The 40-acre island resort boasts 250 rooms, four restaurants, the city’s largest spa and an early 20th-century church.
The highlight of the property is not the century-old park or the on-site Sapori Cooking Academy, but the rooftop lounge and pool area that give you panoramic vistas as far as the eye can see. Guests have easy access to the heart of Venice thanks to a complimentary boat service to St. Mark’s Square.
Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island, Fiji
Points per night: 30,000-40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
Tokoriki Island is one of the 20 Mamanuca Islands — the closest group of islands to Nadi International Airport (NAN) and arguably the most picture-perfect. Guests visiting the Sheraton Resort & Spa on Tokoriki can expect white sand beaches and clear waters, perfect for diving and snorkeling. The island’s central location makes it easy to go “island-hopping” and explore everything that the Fijian islands have to offer. Since this is just a Marriott Category 5 property, you can use the annual 35k award night from these cards on all standard and off-peak dates:
Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina, Autograph Collection
Points per night: 70,000-100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
If you’d rather stay closer to home and still use your Marriott points on a private island getaway, consider redeeming them for a stay at the Scrub Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands. The private island is located just one mile offshore from Tortola Airport (EIS) and provides complimentary boat transportation from the mainland. The resort offers three private beaches, three pools, a full-service spa with ayurvedic treatments and a marina.
You can read TPG’s full review of Scrub Island here.
Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
Points per night: 40,000-60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points
While the Renaissance Aruba isn’t located on a private island, the property still gets a spot on this list because guests have exclusive access to the resort’s 40-acre private island. Renaissance Island is divided between an adult-only side and a family area. It features Aruba’s only private beach, along with chaise lounges, huts, hammocks and even flamingos. Couples can book a romantic overnight package on the island for an additional fee.
There are many nonstop options to get you to and from Aruba (AUA) from major cities across the U.S. — including JetBlue Mint service from Boston (BOS) and New York (JFK).
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa
Points per night: 20,000 Hyatt points or 17,000-23,000 points per night starting 2021.
Located in Bonita Springs, Florida, the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa is the closest resort on this list to home — and probably the cheapest. Resort guests have access to a private island and beach with hourly boat transportation. But this resort isn’t just for beach bumming — the property also features three acres of water attractions that include a lazy river, five waterslides and an adult pool.
You can read TPG’s full review of the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa here.
North Island Resort, Seychelles
Points per night: 368,000 Marriott points under “exception” pricing
The final property on this list joined the Marriott Bonvoy program as a Luxury Collection resort in Nov. 2019. However, don’t get too excited, as each night will set you back over 360k points — and that’s not including the 814 Euros you’d need to pay for a helicopter transfer each way.
In exchange for those points, you’ll enjoy a two-bedroom villa covering nearly 5,000 square feet. Your stay will also include complimentary breakfast, use of an island buggy, morning yoga and kids activities. With room rates that regularly cross $7,000 per night, this could be considered a great value — as long as you’re sitting on a massive stash of Marriott points.
There are many ways to earn Marriott points towards this stay, though the astronomical award rates likely put it out of reach for the majority of travelers.
The InterContinental Hayman Island Resort is part of the Whitsunday Islands and sits in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. You can book a night there for 70,000 IHG Rewards Club points. Another private island resort that didn’t make it onto this list but deserves a mention is Necker Island. But, you’ll need tons of points (or cash) to book it.
If you want to take your private island experience a step further, learn about the cheapest ways to fly private.
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Additional reporting by Summer Hull and Jason Stauffer.
Featured image of North Island Resort, Seychelles courtesy of the resort
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