By Siree Yaviraj
Jul 1, 2020
WITH CORONAVIRUS DRAMATICALLY changing the way we approach travel, these hotel buyout packages could be a deeper-pocketed traveler’s solution to taking a safer holiday. These offers allow ultimate privacy while making social distancing a whole lot easier, given the fact that you have the entire property yourself (and whichever lucky friends or family members you choose to tag along).
Since the Maldives is reopening this month, one could argue that a super-luxe escape to your own private island is exactly how you should reward yourself for making it out of lockdown alive. If you prefer your private islands with a tinge more green, you can also head to the Seychelles—or Yangon, if you miss the city bustle.
We would be more than okay with playing castaway on this private island resort, where 20 spacious sea-bordering villas come with its own private pool and personal butler. With a medley of watersport activities (from kiteboarding to sailing) all at your disposal plus access to Naladhu’s sister properties, Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort and Anantara Veli Maldives Resort, we’re going to bet you won’t miss the crowds at all. Rates start at US $35,000 per night with a minimum stay of three nights.
A one-night buyout of all 134 spacious villas and pavilions at Niyama Private Islands will cost you US $130,000, but have you ever had an underwater restaurant to yourself while dining on a personalized menu after a day snorkeling, surfing and spa-ing? Yeah, us either. If you’re struggling to think of enough friends to fill up all the villas, you can also opt to book just 30 of them for maximum 65 guests starting from US $40,000 per night.
P.S. The resort boasts one of the best kids clubs in the Maldives, so you won’t have to feel bad about excusing yourself from family time for that 120-minute spa treatment.
Accessible only by helicopter or yacht, Six Senses Zil Pasyon on Felicité Island, Seychelles is offering a week-long exclusive island experience from US $371,000. Up to 20 guests can settle into the resort’s mod-tropical villas and residences, which are surrounded by lush greenery and look out to panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. You’ll also be able to indulge in a variety of cool experiences, like Eat With Six Senses chef’s table, a guided snorkel tour around Koko Island Sanctuary, blue water fishing, a sunset cruise along with a sunset champagne tasting.
Do like George Orwell and make “the finest hostelry East of the Suez” your home for a month for rates starting at US $130,000. The Strand Yangon is offering guests an all-access pass to their 32 suites with 24-hour butler service and security, daily breakfast at The Strand Cafe, and weekly spa treatments. For what its worth, we can think of few places we’d rather self isolate than at the iconic hotel’s bar sipping with a Strand Sours and listening to jazz.