Sunday Chronicle high life 25 Aug 2019 Private Islands for ...

Private Islands for long-term getaways

Published Aug 25, 2019, 12:47 am IST
Updated Aug 25, 2019, 12:47 am IST
No one buys a private island looking for a faster pace.
Jewel Caye, Belize
 Jewel Caye, Belize

Jewel Caye, Belize
Price: In the range of $3 million to $5 million
Potato Island, Connecticut: 2 acres
Bedrooms: 8, plus staff quarters for 10

Set in the Caribbean 6.5 miles east of Belize’s Hopkins Village, the compound has a master house on each end of the island, with attached guest accommodations. Between them are staff quarters that sleep 10. The piéce de résistance is a floating “clubhouse” accessed by a 120-foot walkway. It has a kitchen, dining room, bar, and glass bottom, so guests can admire the coral reef below.


Potato Island, Connecticut

Potato IslandPotato Island

Price: $4.9 million
Size: 1 acre
Bedrooms: 4

Motukawaiti Island, New Zealand


Price: About $10.7 million
Size: 94 acres
Bedrooms: 5

Located in the Cavalli Islands, near the northern tip of New Zealand, Motukawaiti is the only one of the cluster left in private hands. The complex has a large contemporary house with an open-plan kitchen and living room, which is adjacent to two smaller studios with sleeping areas. The entire compound is powered by solar panels and a backup generator, and water is collected on roofs and stored.

Ilha da Josefa, Brazil

Price: 32 million reals ($8.1 million)
Size: 13.6 acres
Bedrooms: 8

Located in Angra dos Reis, a vacation area between Rio and São Paulo, the island compound comprises 16 buildings with a combined 21,000 square feet of space. Although there’s a helipad, the mainland is only a 10-minute boat ride away. With its proximity to the coast, power is supplied by underwater electrical lines.

Fort Morgan Cay, Honduras

Price: $19.5 million
Size: 32 acres
Bedrooms: 8, plus staff quarters for 12

The main house has eight bedrooms, each of which has an en suite bathroom. There are also facilities where a staff of up to 12 can stay. The island, Bloch says, is designed to sustain a comparatively large group. Its solar panels “work about 85 percent of the time—it depends on how many people are on the island,” he says.

— Bloomberg Businessweek