If you’re planning a tropical getaway with a large group, it may make sense to find a beach house to rent.
If you can afford the upgrade, however, a private island makes for an infinitely more luxurious vacation.
Our friends at vacation rental site HomeAway helped us curate a list of five private islands you can rent right now.
From a Bahamian island where you can dine on white sandy beaches to a cottage for two in the Virgin Islands, these islands beat an ordinary beach house any day.
Renting at $124,000 a night, Calivigny Island in Grenada has 25 suites and cottages that can accommodate up to 30 people.
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French-inspired furnishings fill the elaborate residences, and each of the 15 bedrooms is equipped with a king-sized bed.
There’s plenty of living space, like this room with a hot tub, plus an air-conditioned gym and a wine cellar.
Among the included staff services are a butler, maid, chef, and security. A little extra cash can get you firework displays, massage services, and access to a 173-foot yacht.
On your way outside, you’ll find a portable movie screen, jet skis, snorkel equipment, and a heated freshwater pool with its own swim-up bar. There are also private jogging trails and a 44-foot picnic boat that sleeps two.
Located in the Bahamas’ Exuma Cay islands, Musha Cay is a 150-acre luxurious private island that rents at $57,000 a night. The island is owned by world-famous illusionist David Copperfield, who reportedly paid $50 million for it in 2006.
There are five separate homes peppered around the property, which can accommodate up to 24 guests in total.
The listing describes the architectural style as English colonial with a tropical flair. High ceilings and mahogany wood terraces are common features.
You can’t possibly be bored here, with access to paddle boards, jet skis, bikes, tennis courts, beach-side daybeds, and a 28-foot Nautilus Rib Catamaran all included.
Plan a romantic evening and dine on the beach.
Seagrape Cottage, located at the tip of Little Thatch Island, is a romantic getaway for two. You’ll find it in the Virgin Islands’ picturesque Peter Bay.
The villa, seen here on the left edge of the photo, is priced at $914 per night. There’s a four-night minimum stay.
The one-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage has simple decorations and a terra cotta-tiled veranda.
In addition to the indoor kitchen, there’s an extra outdoor cooking area equipped with a full-sized barbecue, grill, and cooktop.
Spend your days kayaking, sailing, and lounging in the hammock. Afterwards, start the evening with dinner and wine on the dining deck.
Eco-friendly travelers will appreciate Florida’s Melody Key, which recently installed a state-of-the-art solar power system.
Starting at $1,250 a night with a six-night minimum, the four-bedroom villa can sleep up to 10 people. Each suite comes with its own private balcony.
Whip up a delicious meal in the gourmet kitchen, which has granite counter tops and stainless steel Viking appliances. An adjoining living room has gorgeous ocean views.
You can easily switch between swimming in the Atlantic Ocean and your heated pool.
Other notable amenities include on-site massage services, a private dock, and a rooftop observation deck ideal for sunrises and sunsets.
East Sister Rock Island is another Florida Keys gem priced at $6,500 a night.
It’s only a three-minute boat ride from the Atlantic shore, but feel free to fly in via helicopter if you’re feeling adventurous. Unfortunately, the helicopter is not included.
The Bahamian-style house sleeps six and has a 2,000-square-foot covered veranda.
Enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic from your deck, boat, or canoe.
Just make sure you’re back in time to enjoy the picturesque sunset.
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