5 stunning private Mediterranean islands to add to your charter
Published 27 July 2023
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An island-hopping superyacht charter delivers the best of both worlds – exotic beaches by day, seven-star luxury by night. But when it comes to dropping anchor at a Mediterranean island and factoring a few nights of land-based solitude into a luxury yacht charter itinerary, there are few private islands available to rent that rival these five stunning options...
Amalfi Island, Italy
What was once the home of Rudolf Nureyev is today a slice of private paradise on the Italian Riviera. Amalfi Island is one of a cluster of islets that face Capri, but it stands alone in its allure. The Roman fortress-like architecture that sits at the heart of the isle was refined in the 1920s by famed architect Le Corbusier, who transformed the formidable into an alluring terrace garden. With the interior furnishings by Nureyev lovingly maintained, the now privately run hotel accommodates 12 guests for weekly rentals in six seductive bedrooms.
Arrive by boat or helicopter and climb the cliff-carved steps to catch a glimpse of the surrounding Amalfi Islands. Drink in stunning views of Positano, before breaking bread al fresco on a choice of private terraces. Secret lagoons, hidden waterfalls and private bays abound. Enjoy all the glamour but none of the squeeze of Italy in the height of summer. Day-trip ashore to dine in the evenings. Arrive for boutique reservations at neighbouring Capri. Then return to the solitude with friends and family to swim in the clear waters of the Mediterranean.
Tagomago Island, Spain
Earning itself the tag as ‘Europe’s most exclusive private island’, Tagomago is a private isle with a difference. Just a few minutes by boat from the shores of Ibiza, it’s a haven of isolation surrounded by the shimmering Mediterranean. The only villa on the island invites 10 guests to sprawl, relax and indulge. White, glistening terraces reflect the high Spanish sun. A 17m pool is surrounded by double bed cabanas with billowing white linen. For those arriving by yacht, the island enjoys its own private jetty, mooring and private helicopter. For those arriving by plane, take to the seas aboard Tagomago’s choice of three boats, including a 33m Mangusta yacht.
Created by a leading interior designer, the villa’s interiors reflect a contemporary, sophisticated aesthetic. Lined by palms with each bedroom enjoying a spa-like en suite, sea views drip from every window. Underfloor heating and air conditioning enhance the experience throughout all four seasons. Enjoy a splash in the jacuzzi and an al fresco BBQ to the Balearic beats of an Ibizan soundtrack. For dinner, dine at one of Tagomago island’s two restaurants – La Paloma and Can Pau – before heading into the night to party at Pacha.
Zizanj Island, Croatia
The Dalmatian coastline is littered with craggy bays and dramatic limestone cliffs. On uninhabited Zizanj Island, it steps up a level. Home to a 47,500msq private olive orchard, which produces a premium brand of extra virgin olive oil each year, the island villa is available to rent. Equipped with a private beach, pool and views from its patios and surrounding terraces, guests relax in complete seclusion. Two private boat piers make yacht hopping the easiest and most appealing mode of travel. With diving and fishing included as top-rated activities, along with swimming and snorkelling in the crystal waters, every day brings something new. Located between Zadar and Split, the nearby shore excursions offer ancient ruins, heightened gastronomy and Roman architecture.
Baron Island, Spain
Picture a 220-hectare wildlife and nature reserve inside Spain’s Mar Menor within Al-Ándalus, and you’ve found Baron Island. Sitting off the coast of Murcia, in a protected bay, the island enjoys an eco-sensitive location awash with meticulously maintained buildings and outhouses, including hunting lodges, piers, boathouses and cottages. The island’s fleet of classic wooden boats are available to guests to reach a rich collection of beaches. For something more strenuous, climb the four volcanic peaks found inland that provide spectacular views.
Formerly a royal hunting estate and still privately owned, Baron Island remains largely undeveloped, which adds to its rustic appeal. Indigenous flora, including palmetto, mastic and olive trees, are strewn across the land, serving as an important resting point for migratory birds. The island also harbours a great diversity of sea birds, some of which are hard to spot in the rest of the Iberian Peninsula, such as the slender-billed gull. The surrounding salty waters of the Mar Menor offer up local prawns as a delicious delicacy, not to mention protected bays for letting life’s stresses float away. Here is where actress Ava Gardner holidayed and writer Benito Pérez Galdós walked the sandy shores.
Ilios Private Island, Greece
Combining the mythical legend and intrigue of an authentic Greek island with the watersports, fishing and on-the-water fun of a superyacht charter, Ilios Private Island has it all. Rugged in natural beauty, it forms part of the collection of Cycladic islands. Step from boat to pier and melt into the seductive surroundings. Multiple terraces, sun decks, patios, shaded terraces and a pergola are yours to make your own. Welcoming 20 guests in nine bedrooms, the island is an ideal base for families and groups of friends, yet also provides an irresistible venue for wellness retreats and sporting excursions.
The main villa is located on the beach, marrying traditional Cycladic architecture with modern furnishings and elegant décor. Large picture windows allow the sun to illuminate the master bedroom. In the grand master suite, which slopes off a corridor from the living room, spacious living areas, a grand cast iron bath and Cycladic wood-burning fireplace set the tone. Just a 40-minute tender ride from the Port of Rafina in Athens or a quick 15-minute hop by helicopter, cosmopolitan life is on your doorstep should you ever need it.
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