Best Private Island Getaways (IV)

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Best Private Island Getaways (IV)

For many travelers, their idea of a perfect vacation is a secluded spot away from the rest of the world. These vacationers prefer to be close to nature, isolation and utter relaxation. If this kind of destination appeals to you, we've picked out the best private island gateways. The following islands all have one thing in common: peace and quiet.


7. Best Private Island Gateways: Over Yonder Cay — The Bahamas

Located in the jewel of the Bahamas, the Exuma Chain, Over Yonder Cay is the newest addition to private island resorts. Just opened, the island is available to rent to one group at a time, so guests have the full run of the island and the complete attention of its staff. Guests can arrive by boat or the island's seaplane, and are accommodated in four luxurious villas. Yacht owners can take advantage of the deep-water marina, which accommodates vessels up to 150ft in length. The perfect spot for water lovers, the Exuma has unparalleled visibility for snorkeling and diving. If you prefer to stay above the water, take to the paddleboards, wakeboards, kayaks or kite-surfing gear. Anglers can visit some of the best fishing spots with the island's local guides. Experience the culinary team's five-star dining over an intimate beachside dinner or a family grill in the pavilion. Over Yonder Cay is perfect for a family vacation, an exotic wedding or a getaway with friends.


8. Best Private Island Gateways: Song Saa — Cambodia

People often travel to Cambodia to explore the magnificent Angkor temples and then travel to Thailand to relax at one of the famed Thai beaches. But off the coast of Cambodia, there is a hidden gem, offering white sand beaches, overwater bungalows, coral reef, jungle and luxury. Song Saa Private Island resort is a short flight and boat ride from the Angkor temples. The resort, called Song Saa, means The Sweethearts" in Khmer, as the resort is made of two islands connected by a walking bridge. The main island hosts over-water, ocean-view and jungle bungalows, as well as a few restaurants and a lounge. The over-water bungalows contain glass floors to allow you to view the coral reef and water life in the surrounding Archipelago. With only 27 bungalows there will never be crowds on the island. There are no other resorts on or at the neighboring beaches. When heading to Song Saa you are truly making a remote escape from the world.


9. Best Private Island Gateways: Pulau Ubin — Singapore

Pulau Ubin is the last village or "kampong" in Singapore. A visit here is like stepping back into the 1960s when things were much simpler. Located off Singapore's northeast coast, the best way to get there is to take a bumboat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal. The name Pulau Ubin means ''Granite Island" in Malay, which isn't surprising, considering the many abandoned stone quarries on the island. The best way to explore Pulau Ubin is to hire a bike, although it remains a great place for a quiet stroll. For a laid back break from the hustle and bustle of the city, visit the Celestial Resort nestled at the Southwest of Pulau Ubin Island. Hire a van or rent a bicycle for the short ride through the woods to get to the resort. One big attraction on the island is the intertidal flat at Chek Jawa, which boasts extremely rare ecosystems, animals and plants. You can also go on guided trips while on Pulau Ubin.

Most Expensive Places in the World

Everyone needs a place to stay. Billionaires seem to need more than one place, and buy residences in the most expensive locations around the world for very high prices. Here are the most expensive places in the world:


1. Paterson Hill, Singapore

It’s a residential area very nearby Orchard Street, wich is well known for its shops and restaurants. The most exquisite apartment here is the Marq. Its design was entirely made by Hermes.

Average price per square meter: $42.500.

Who lives here: Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, former Miss Singapore Rachel Kum.


2. Avenue Général de Gaulle, Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, France

Located on the Mediterranean Cote d’Azur, this exclusive peninsula is among the most expensive places in the world.  Avenue Général de Gaulle, in particular, has numerous seafront villas.

Average price per square meter: $79.000

Who lives here: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Paul Allen, Charlie Chaplin (before his death in 1977)


3. Avenue Princess Grace, Monaco

Every year during the Formula 1 Grand Prix, Monaco is crowded with billionaires, but numerous wealthy folks live here throughout the rest of the year. The street named after the Princess of Monaco is among the most expensive places in the world and in Monaco. Odeon Tour, a luxurious apartment of 167 square meters, is currently under construction, but it will be the main real estate attraction next year, when it will be completed.

Average price per square meter: $86,000.

Who lives here: Andrea Bocelli, Roger Moore, Lewis Hamilton, Helena Christensen.


4. Kensington Palace Gardens, London

Although the most prominent residents of the area are William and Kate, Kensington Palace Gardens is home to many embassies, including those of Russia and Japan. It‘s known as the "billionaires' street” for a clear reason.

Average price per square meter: $107,000.

Who lives here: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince George), Lakshmi Mittal, Roman Abramovich, Tamara Ecclestone.


5. Pollock's Path, The Peak, Hong Kong

Located at the top of a mountain and considered some sort of paradise for billionaires in Hong Kong, the most expensive street in the world has an amazing view from above the city. The real estate skyrocketing market in Hong Kong developed during 2011, when an apartment from the Sky High complex, numbers 10-19, was sold for 103 million dollars. Pollock's Path is the last and most exquisite entry on our most expensive places in the world list.

Average price per square meter: $120,000.

Who lives here: Stephen Chow, HSBC executives.