Jan 9, 2017
Boutique hotel experts and professional castaways Mr & Mrs Smith have washed up on many a shore to seek out the best hotels and resorts with private beaches. We asked Smith travel consultant Charlotte Heyman for her pick of secluded coastal stays.
Parrot Cay By Como, Turks and Caicos Islands
The Como hotel group picks the prettiest settings for their superlative spas and resorts. Parrot Cay by Como’s fine-feathered Turks & Caicos seat – a white-sand, turquoise-sea-ringed island – is a tropical treat. Effortless minimalist cool and an award-winning spa come as standard, alongside a mile of unspoilt and unforgettable beach. After watching the sunset from a secluded stretch of sand, lazing in the his ‘n‘ hers Jacuzzis or spotting the odd celebrity – Bruce Willis owns one of the island’s estates – you’ll consider cancelling that flight home. The resort’s easily accessed from both Providenciales and Grand Turk, but once you’re there it’s much harder to leave.
Royal Davui Island Resort, Fiji
This petite private island has a trio of ivory-white beaches to choose from, all lapped by pure-blue sea. If you’re slightly concerned that you’ll collide with another lovestruck couple – a highly unlikely event – book a champagne beach picnic on a deserted sandspit for uninterrupted snuggling on the shore. This casual and delightful adults-only sanctuary has high-octane fun too, with adrenaline-rush scuba action and waterfall treks.
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Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia
Staying at the Song Saa Private Island hotel is the stylish way to be green. Set on the Koh Rong Islands, this eco-conscious escape has an onsite team of marine biologists to help with a wealth of worthy conservation projects. The sizeable thatch-and-stone villas, dotted among the jungle canopy, each have private pools; opt for an overwater villa for glass floor panels and cooling sea breezes. Romance is near inescapable here, with private dinners, bioluminescent swims and stargazing sessions.