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Idyllic Airbnb private islands you can have all to yourself

A list of Airbnb’s best private islands or isolated beachside accommodation options.

Most people dream of escaping the rat race. What greater escape could there be than marooning yourself on a desert island?

If you can’t commit to the Robinson Crusoe life full-time, it’s possible to cast yourself away for a shorter space of time. Airbnb is now offering stays on private islands and isolated, uninhabited stretches of coast in countries around the world.

Airbnb private islands in New Zealand


Forsyth Island

Where is it? Forsyth Island, Marlborough, New Zealand

This slice of paradise can be found in New Zealand’s Marlborough region. The island boasts accommodation options with either hillside or coastal views, and guests can choose between the Lodge Te Paruparu or the Shorebeach Cottage, each fully-equipped with everything you need for a self-catered vacation. You’ll also have the freshest seafood and wines from local vineyards to enjoy. You can book a stay with Vladi Private Islands.


Slipper Island

Where is it? Slipper Island, Waikato, New Zealand

The Coromandel Peninsula is where Slipper Island calls home. Spend your time basking on your own private beach or making the most of the water with a choice of sporting activities. With space for up to 12 guests, there’s plenty of room for your entire party to stay throughout the lodge and the five separate chalets. The Island’s Maori heritage can also be explored, with some sites dating back to before European settlement. You can book a stay with Vladi Private Islands.

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Camp Island

Where is it? The Whitsunday Coast, Queensland

Located on the northern end of the Whitsunday Coast, Camp Island will have you watching the reds and oranges of the sun illuminate the sky every evening. The accommodation is right on the seaside and hosts four bedrooms. Each bedroom is fitted with luxe linens, has its own ensuite and private balcony. The island also comes with an in-ground pool, tennis courts and powered watercrafts upon request.

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Picnic Island

Where is it? Coles Bay, Tasmania

Nestled off the eastern coast of Tasmania, Picnic Island is the pinnacle of comfort. Spend your evenings wrapped by the suspended fireplace which overlooks the surrounding sea. You and nine other friends or family are able to stay across the five bedrooms. By the strike of dusk you’ll be able to see the local penguins and shearwaters return to the island. The space also features adequate dining space, outdoor lounge areas, decks and a kitchen.

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Bamboo Private Island near Coron

Small Bamboo

Where is it? Coron, Palawan, Philippines

Small Bamboo is a cluster of bamboo huts raised above the beach in the Culion island chain in the west of the Philippines. There’s room for 14 guests across 7 bedrooms. Small Bamboo also features a sunset lounge, a reggae bar and dining areas. The food philosophy at the location is farm to kitchen, so you can expect locally caught seafood and homegrown vegetables and citrus fruits to feature on the menu.

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Ipil Waterfront

Ipil Waterfront

Where is it? El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

No roads lead to Ipil Waterfront. You can only get there via a 10-minute boat ride from El Nido town. The waterfront is home to a three-bedroom villa and it has its own strip of vanilla-coloured sand. When you stay there, you can fill your days with island-hopping trips, kayaking, sunset dinners and beach volleyball.

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