Life can be hard. Who hasn’t had those days so trying that you wish you could just upend your life and elope to a tropical island? Well, in case the thought of sipping coconut water through a straw while lying on a remote beach is still on your mind, why not treat yourself to a week or two at one of the following private island escapes?

Your life will still be there when you get home, but taking some time to live lavishly and get pampered in a 5-star island resort might just make it that bit more manageable. After all, life is always better with a tan.

These private island resorts have everything you’d ever need for your dream escape from reality — stylish suites, impeccable service and, of course, an exotic island setting beyond your wildest daydreams…

  1. 1. The St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, Maldives
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This remote resort, reachable only by seaplane, is tucked away on a picturesque private island in the Maldives. A mix of contemporary design, local craftsmanship, and an appreciation for the natural environment, The St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort a destination quite unlike any other.

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  1. 2. Thanda Island, Tanzania
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Located off the coast of Africa, Thanda Island is without a doubt one of the world’s best private resorts. Ideal for animal lovers and adventurers, this private marine reserve offers guests the rare opportunity to get a glimpse of local wildlife – including whale sharks, turtles and dugongs – on a snorkelling safari, along with numerous other unique activities.

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  1. 3. The Brando, French Polynesia
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Once owned by iconic actor Marlon Brando (hence the name), this idyllic South Pacific resort consistently attracts the world’s most well-known faces to its emphasis on eco-friendly luxury and unrivalled service. Recent guests include Barack and Michelle Obama, while royal sister-in-law Pippa Middleton spent her 2017 honeymoon here.

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4. Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Seychelles

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Located on an eye-catching private island where huge granite rocks and coral-fringed beaches catch the eye, Six Senses Zil Pasyon is the eco-luxury jewel of Seychelles. On land, guests can stay in one of the resort’s stunning villas, while in the ocean they swim with the turtles under the year-round sun.

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  1. 5. COMO Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands
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Set on its own 1,000-acre private island – with a mile-long beach – Parrot Cay is one of the most exclusive resort islands in the Caribbean. Offering foot-in-the-sand luxury, all rooms, suites and beach villas are beautifully designed, while the resort provides guests access to holistic therapies, yoga, diving and world-class cuisine.

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