Make it an island getaway at one (or more!) of these 12 remote luxury locales.
Whether its a tropical destination you are seeking or simply an opportunity to get off the grid and enjoy a remote paradise, Tribu offers curated experiences across countless island locations to suit all types of travelers. Here are a dozen of our top island getaways, spanning the globe and each offering a unique luxury island experience.
Principe Island, Principe & São Tomé, Africa
Situated off the west coast of Africa in the Gulf of Guinea, Principe is a small island among those that make up the country São Tomé & Principe. While carrying traits of West Africa and also influences of Portugal, Principe is home to Sundy Praia, a crossroads of rainforest, beach and pure turquoise ocean. Here, 15 tented villas accommodate a maximum of 48 guests at a time, with some villas offering their own private pools, creating a highly exclusive experience. The on-site bamboo dining area spotlights culinary creations made from local organic produce, while experiences span aquatic safari, boating, scuba diving, turtle and whale watching, and more.
Lord Howe Island, Australia
This tiny Australian island is located in the Tasman Sea, northeast of Sydney. Known for its sandy beaches, sweeping views and clear, coral-filled waters, Lord Howe Island is a destination for divers, beach-goers and birdwatchers, who will find many seabird colonies here, including masked boobies.
Here, Capella Lodge is the island’s boutique luxury accommodation, with stunning ocean and mountain views. Sophisticated and modern, the lodge provides world class cuisine, spa, golf and more, in the midst of the southernmost coral reef in the world — a destination for those looking to explore what lies underneath the pristine water’s surface and beyond.
Nosy Ankao, Madagascar
Located off the eastern coast of Madagascar, Nosy Ankao has a history as a location for seasonal fisherman as well as a destination among pirates skirting local police in Northern Madagascar. Here, Time + Tide Miavana is an eco luxury accommodation development focused on ensuring Nosy Ankao and the archipelago are protected.
From lemur treks to exploring the local coral reefs by scuba or snorkel, the camp is an exclusive home base for nature experiences, boating, kayaking, helicopter tours, or simply enjoying a spa day or two.
Song Saa, Cambodia
It doesn’t get more exclusive than the private island of Song Saa, a carefree paradise and intimate escape that is an ethical luxury resort in Cambodia. At Song Saa, each private villa is crafted from local materials adjacent to a pristine private beach, luxury spa, and preserved coral reef.
Visitors will enjoy the peaceful quiet here, fostering a deep connection with nature. For those looking to focus their experience, Song Saa offers a series of spa and wellness retreats centered around various themes from stillness and stress release to massage and yoga, nutrition, exercise, healing and more.
Moyo Island, Indonesia
A short jaunt from Bali, Moyo Island is among the islands of Indonesia and is a destination for those seeking an excursion that is remote and exclusive. The only resort on Moyo Island, Amanwana features a nature reserve with unparalleled scuba diving and sea life as well as pristine beaches, jungle waterfalls and nature experiences for all ages.
Here, just 20 luxury tents overlook the turquoise waters of the Flores Sea, providing exquisite views and access to the property’s spa sanctuary, luxury restaurant and dedicated family activities including a dive center, local cruises and customized adventures for every traveler.
Sumba Island, Indonesia
Nihi Sumba is an exclusive destination situated on Sumba Island east of Bali, offers a variety of accommodations to suit every traveler’s preference. From single villas to a group option to rent the entire five-villa estate, the options here are unique and luxurious: a three-bedroom treehouse estate, a surf villa, and custom combinations to suit families and groups.
Guests enjoy an array of dining experiences from the poolside to the waterfront sushi bar, as well as custom itineraries from yoga to spa treatments, surf lessons, retreats and more. The experiences here are crafted to create a completely custom experience for each visitor to this exclusive island destination.
Rangali Island, Maldives
This tropical nation in the Indian Ocean spans more than two dozen reefs and more than 1,000 coral islands. Known for its beaches, lagoons and reef excursions, the Maldives are home to the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island — a luxury resort located on the South Ari Atoll. The resort not only features a wide array of experiences, but it boasts the first and only underwater villa in the Maldives — The Muraka – which includes one bedroom above water, and one under water.
In the same vein, the first underwater restaurant, Ithaa, can also be found at Conrad Maldives Rangali. The property provides an exclusive destination for couples seeking a relaxing and romantic getaway (in full with over-water spa), as well as a family-friendly home base for exploring the vast array of islands and reefs — in full with 12 award-winning restaurants and bars, ocean activities, dives and more.
Mnemba Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania
The private island of Mnemba, less than a mile in circumference, is located off the northeastern tip of Zanzibar. A tropical and beautiful destination, it is home to &Beyond Mnemba Island, an exclusive resort, holding appeal for underwater enthusiasts, romantics, and travelers of all types. The property accommodates just 24 guests among 12 beachside bandas, who will find themselves snorkeling, swimming or kayaking by day, relaxing by night and enjoying a beachside spa treatment in between. Simple pleasures and pristine beaches define the experience at &Beyond Mnemba Island, a truly remote travel experience.
Malolo Island, Fiji
Far flung between the U.S. and Australia is Fiji, a remote chain of islands dotting the ocean and in its midst is the Likuliku Lagoon Resort. Catering to adults only and reserved exclusively for guests in-residence, this wilderness island retreat is the first and only resort in Fiji with authentic over-water bures, and designed with local culture and materials in mind, appearing as an ancient village in its hand-woven thatch and natural style and presenting the luxuries of modern day. Snorkel, fish or island-hop, or simply enjoy the world-class spa on the property; Likuliku Lagoon Resort exudes luxury in the most remote and exotic destination.
Desroches Island, Seychelles
An archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of Africa, The Seychelles are home to numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, and are known as a wildlife viewing destination with inhabitants such as the giant Aldabra tortoises.
Here, guests can settle in to Seychelles at Desroches Island, a Four Seasons Resort on the private island of Desroches. A variety of luxury accommodations offer options from private one-bedroom villas to multiple villas that can be serve a larger group of family at one time. Nine miles of white sand beaches on the private island provide a canvas for exploration and activity, including the ‘Desroches Drop’ — a world class dive site marked by its dramatic dropoff to deep Indian Ocean waters — and spectacular reefs waiting to be discovered.
Isla Palenque, Panama
“Palenque” is defined as refuge or sanctuary, and this 400-acre private island provides just that. The island and its surrounding waters are filled with marine life as well as land-based activities, including forest hikes and fishing. Roughly 5% of the island has been developed, meaning it is a quiet and secluded island destination, suited for families or groups, as well as individuals and couples.
Accommodations include villas perfect for families or groups of friends wanting to enjoy a remote and exclusive destination marked by untouched beaches, wilderness trails and barefoot-luxury beachfront casitas on the sand.
The province of Palawan is an archipelago in the Philippines, and is home to El Nido resorts. This group of four resorts spans four different island locales including Apulit Island, Miniloc Island, Lagen Island and Pangulasian Island — each with its own unique elements and qualities, featuring an array of luxury accommodations.
Sustainability is a focus here, as Palawan and its more than 1,700 islands maintain a high level of biodiversity. In fact, Palawan is known as “The Last Ecological Frontier of the Philippines”.
Visitors to the islands and resorts will enjoy crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches, and vast array of wildlife. Explore limestone cliffs and marine sanctuaries filled with exotic species, including five species of endangered sea turtles.
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