An overhead view of Gladden Island with the sunset in the background.
Gladden Island sits in the middle of Belize's Barrier Reef.
Photo Credit: Private Islands Inc.

Top 7 Dream Destinations for Renting an Island


What if there are just two of you? Gladden Island may be your heart’s delight. In the middle of Belize’s Barrier Reef, this jewel features a casually elegant villa with all the services of a full-on luxury resort with all-inclusive services. Your staff retreats to their own unseen smaller island waiting at your beck and call. There’s even room for two extra guests if you want to bring them. Gladden Island calls itself “the most private island in the world”. It lives up to that promise with a “privacy meter” that indicates that a member of your staff is on the main island for any reason.

An overhead view of Kanu Island surrounded by dark blue waters.Kanu Island is the perfect private island for larger families. Photo Credit: Private Islands Inc.

For larger groups friends and families, Kanu, also in Belize, may be more your style. The same developer who built Gladden Island, Private Islands CEO and his development partner, created this all-inclusive sanctuary. Just 15 minutes by boat from Placencia, on the mainland, the 2.5-acre island accommodates up 10 adults and 10 children. A Palm-thatched main house offers a living room, dining room, bar and kitchen. There’s even a large inground freshwater swimming pool with a swim up bar. And for private moments, you and your guests can retreat to one of five 1,000-meter square foot villas. Truly all-inclusive, its rate even includes up to four massages a day!

Palm trees on Japao Island.This is one of the most modern islands you can rent, with two master suites that open to a swimming pool. Photo Credit: Private Islands Inc.


Carnival in Rio may have been called off, but you can celebrate Brazil’s famous holiday at Japao, a quintessential Brazilian island. This 6-acre playground is located 105 miles west of Rio off the “Green Coast”. Dramatically modern, its villa has two master suites that open onto a swimming pool, sun deck and jacuzzi overlooking the blue green sea and your own private beach. You fly into Rio’s Galeao International Airport where you are met by your private concierge and whisked through customs, immigration and baggage collection. In about 20 minutes, you board your private helicopter for the 35 to 40 minute flight. You can even request a sweep around Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado. Talk about all-inclusive!

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