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“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’ll know that the world’s most luxurious travel experiences can often be booked for little out-of-pocket cash by redeeming points and miles. 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 (and gave it the highest rank).
1. St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
Marriott Bonvoy Category 8 — from 85,000 Marriott points per night
TPG himself, 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 less than two years old, has breathtaking views and offers an endless amount of activities that’ll keep you entertained for as long as you’re there. While 85,000 points per night may sound steep, considering room rates are $1,500+ per night for most of the year and that the lowest-level awards book into overwater villas, redemptions here can get you serious value from your points.
The Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa came in a close second for properties in the Maldives, and offers slightly better award redemption possibilities (Category 7 with a Park Villa starting at 30k World of Hyatt points). But the St. Regis took the crown in our hotel face-off.
2. JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa
Marriott Bonvoy Category 6 — 50,000 points per night
The JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa is another relatively new property and is set on a private island called Isola delle Rosse (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.
3. Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island, Fiji
Marriott Category 5 — from 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night
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:
4. Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina, Autograph Collection
Marriott Bonvoy Category 8 — 85,000 points per night
If you’d rather stay closer to home and still use your Marriott points to stay on a private island, consider redeeming them for a stay at the Scrub Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands. The private island is located just 1 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. Here’s TPG‘s full review of Scrub Island.
5. Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
Marriott Bonovy Category 5 — 35,000 points per night
While guests of the Renaissance Aruba don’t actually get to sleep on a private island, the resort still gets a spot on this list because guests have exclusive access to Renaissance Island, the resort’s own 40-acre private island. The island is divided between an adult side and a family side, and features Aruba’s only private beach, along with chaise lounges, huts, hammocks and even flamingos. There are many nonstop options to get you to and from Aruba (AUA) from major cities across the US — including JetBlue Mint from Boston (BOS) and New York (JFK).
6. Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa
World of Hyatt Category 5 — 20,000 points per night
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. Check out TPG‘s full review of the property.
El Conquistador, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, was previously another option to consider. While the resort itself is on Puerto Rico, guests also have access to nearby Palomino Island for sunbathing, diving and snorkeling, watersports, horseback riding and more. Unfortunately, Hurricane Maria took its toll on this property. It’s currently under renovation and is not accepting reservations.
Another private island resort that didn’t make it onto this list but definitely deserves a mention is Necker Island. But, you don’t have to be a points (or cash) millionaire to relax on a private island — you need as few as 20,000 points per night.
Featured image of the St. Regis Maldives courtesy of the hotel
Additional reporting by Summer Hull.
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