Travel Picks: Top 10 private-island escapes
LONDON (Reuters) - Owning your own idyllic island may be out of reach financially, but online boutique hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith (www.mrandmrssmith.com) have come up with 10 exotic locales where you can feel as though you're the king of your own small world. Reuters has not endorsed this list:
1. Romantic retreats
Matangi Private Island Resort, Fiji Islands, Fiji
Go all Robinson Crusoe with a hint of romance at Matangi Private Island Resort in Fiji where some of the 12 villas nestle in the tops of the trees (others hug the golden beach). Add a serene seaside spa and some dreamy diving and you have all the elements for a chic castaway stay. You definitely won't need to fend for yourself though: the kitchen crew can pack a picnic basket for the two of you to enjoy on heavenly Horseshoe Bay.
2. Eco indulgence
Song Saa Private Island, Koh Rong Islands, Cambodia
Australians Rory and Melita Hunter built Song Saa Private Island in Cambodia both to sustain the local community and provide important reef restoration and education programs. So far, so green. If you then imagine rustic bures with minimal luxury, you would be so, so wrong. Thatch and stone villas, all with private pools, are scattered over the water and in the jungle. And with just 27 on twin private isles, discretion is assured. Snorkel on the reef, have a seafood feast under the stars or let expert hands soothe you at Ila Spa Sanctuary.
3. Underwater adventure
Amanpulo, Pamalican Island, Philippines Continued...