13 Secluded Island Spots for a Romantic Getaway
You'll feel like you're the only two people on Earth when you head to any one of these dreamy destinations.
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Swaying palm trees, your toes in the sand, the gentle splash of waves…and not another soul around to disrupt your island paradise. In our busy, bustling lives, a romantic escape like this may seem impossible—but perfect places for couples to hide out and reconnect do exist. Whether at a private island resort, a vacation bungalow all your own, or a secret spot on an otherwise popular isle, these destinations provide the height of privacy, allowing you to imagine you’re castaways on a deserted island. You just have to seek out these secret island escapes around the world.
Cat Island, Bahamas
The Bahamas aren’t all about Atlantis: As the country is made up of over 700 islands, 30 of which are inhabited, you’re bound to find that secret island spot for romance. Cat Island, one of the remote “Out Islands” and the birthplace of Sidney Poitier, offers some creature comforts while still allowing couples plenty of privacy. Relax on the white sands of Fernandez Bay, where your only company will be the other guests of the laid-back, 12-cottage Fernandez Bay Village. If you want even more privacy, take out bicycles, kayaks, or the resort’s 13-foot Boston Whaler and find a completely deserted beach down the coast—including one called, ahem, Skinny Dip Beach. Couples can also hike to the Hermitage, a medieval-style monastery built for solitude and the highest point in the Bahamas, at 206 feet above sea level. Discover more Caribbean islands that will help you beat the winter blues.
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
This tiny volcanic island off the coast of Brazil just may have some of the 50 best beaches in the world—and for the country of Rio de Janeiro, that is saying something. Best of all, because the number of tourists who visit the island is capped (70 percent is a national park and nature preserve), you’re sure to find a romantic spot to be alone. If you can brave the ladders down to Baia do Sancho, you’ll be rewarded with turquoise waters and white sands—the difficulty getting to it means you may have the beach all to yourself. And the uncrowded, pristine cove of Baia dos Porcos, accessible only by trail, has to be one of most romantic spots on Earth, where you’re sure to find your own private nook among the rocks.
Ratua Island, Vanuatu
This private island resort is worth going halfway around the world for. Set in the island nation of Vanuatu in the South Pacific, Ratua Island Resort has just 16 traditional-style villas and two luxury safari tents spread out over the property—ask for one farthest away from the main house (up to a 10 to 15-minute walk) so you and your love can be totally alone. You’ll wake up in bed to the sound of waves lapping just feet from your door. As the resort was built to be eco-friendly, nature surrounds you—you can explore the beauties of the island by kayaking to a secluded lagoon or inland to Ratua’s Blue Hole. Want to stay closer to home? Check out the most romantic hotels in every state.
Lark Caye, Belize
If you’re seeking the ultimate in romance, book the solar-powered home aptly named Private Heaven, on its own private island off the coast of Belize. You’ll never see another person, so you can focus completely on each other. Snorkel to the coral reef full of colorful fish right outside your door, kayak to the lagoon and mangroves, and spend evenings barbecuing and sipping drinks on the front porch while you watch the pelicans. You can book boat tours of the surrounding waters if you like, but there’s really no need to leave this little piece of paradise—in fact, you’ll probably both wish you never had to go home. Discover more private islands you can rent for less than $300 a night.
Treasure Beach, Jamaica
Remarkably, this gorgeous stretch of coastline in one of the most popular islands in the Caribbean has remained uncrowded, untouched—and inexpensive. Even the bohemian bungalows of Jakes, well-known among the “off-the-beaten-path” crowd, still offer couples tons of privacy; and the new 77 West offers just five cottages and the stunning beach at Billy’s Bay, which you’re likely to have all to yourself and your partner. Peaceful and quiet, this is a hidden corner of Jamaica romance seekers shouldn’t miss. Best of all, you can find availability at both resorts for under $200 a night. Find out about 13 other under-the-radar gems found in the Caribbean that will stoke your wanderlust.
Moofushi Island, The Maldives
In the Indian Ocean nation of Maldives, Constance Moofushi resort sits on its on little spit of land—the view from above shows how much of the island is literally just sand, so you’re guaranteed to find a spot to yourself. Plus, the resort’s over-water thatched bungalows provide a private view to the sea—some even offer a sunken bathtub on the deck and stairs right into the water. It’s the ultimate in castaway luxury. There are tons of activities on land and sea to enjoy, but why would you even need to leave your villa? The Maldives are one of the island paradises you’ll want to see before they disappear into the sea.
Far from the crowds of Waikiki or Maui, Lanai remains a haven for seekers of tranquility and romance. Hawaii’s unspoiled nature is on display throughout the smallest inhabited isles in the chain, and that means blissfully uncrowded beaches. For adventurous couples, hiking 45 minutes from the Four Seasons resort and the gorgeous Hulupoe Beach leads you to Puu Pehe, also called Sweetheart Rock, which rises from the sea past secret coves, tide pools, and a cliff-side trail. There’s a tragic love story associated with the rock, but no matter—the romance of the spot still inspires. While on Lanai, also visit what some call the best beach in all Hawaii, Polihua Beach. Best of all, you’ll likely be the only ones there, except for the sea turtles. Lanai is one of the 10 most romantic destinations in the United States.
Palm Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Accessible only by boat, this tiny island is home to Palm Island Resort, made up of 40 rooms and villas dotting the property, and a few private homes. It’s so small that couples can take one of the resort’s bikes to one of the island’s many beaches, which they can experience the ultimate in relaxation. Guests can even arrange for private picnics, as well as dinners on the beach. Go kayaking or take the Hobie Cat to a secret spot for snorkeling. Although you can connect with your fellow guests at the lively bar and restaurant in the evening if you choose, your days will be spent in romantic seclusion. Discover the 12 best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean.
Isla Bastimentos, Panama
Panama’s popularity as a vacation destination is gaining, but luckily this little isle just a quick boat ride from the bigger island of Bocas del Toro retains its secluded, natural beauty. Once at your eco-lodge of Los Secretos, you’ll feel like you’re in tree house fit for Robinson Caruso, with birds, tree frogs, and monkeys right outside your balcony overlooking the sea. Head down to the blissfully quiet beach from the resort, then hike the rainforests like jungle explorers, kayak the mangroves, or snorkel the coral gardens. You’ll find deserted beached abound on the island, including Wizard Beach and the very remote Polo Beach. You can also head to Red Frog Beach, but be careful: The creatures the beach is named after are poisonous. Lovebirds take note: these are the 15 most romantic cruises in the world.
Aran Islands, Ireland
Islands don’t just come in the tropical variety—they can be windswept, rugged, and romantic too. Such are the three Aran Islands off Ireland’s west coast, Inishmore, Inishmaan, and Inisheer, accessible only by ferry. Visiting the Aran Islands is like going back in time: Pedal bikes (there are hardly any cars here) along country lanes past old ruins and farmers with sheep or a horse and cart, to ancient forts perched on the cliffs. For more solitude on Inishmore head to the Black Fort instead of the more popular Dun Aengus. You may be the only people there, and staring out at the wild Atlantic, you may feel like you’re the only people on the planet. Just don’t get too close to the edge! Check out these stunning photos of Irish islands that’ll have you planning a trip this year.
Rodrigues Island, Mauritius
As if the small island country of Mauritius, west of Madagascar, wasn’t paradise enough, its tiny territory of Rodrigues is even more pristine. You and your loved one can walk miles of coastline and find secluded coves of crystalline water, such as the lovely Trou d’Argent, and never see anyone else (unless you count the random cow or goat). If you’re looking for WiFi and American television, this isn’t the island for you—but if you want to completely unplug and get away from it all, head to Rodrigues. Caverns, coral reefs, and lush rolling hills are all yours to explore as well. Couples can even get up close and personal with giant tortoises at the François Leguat Giant Tortoise and Cave Reserve. Get inspired to plan your next vacation by looking at these 52 hotel rooms with jaw-dropping views.
Pirate’s Bay, Tobago
Getting to Pirate’s Bay isn’t easy—you either have to walk down 100 steps or have a local fisherman take you by boat—but the reward is the solitude of this peaceful hideaway. Snorkel off the shore, relax under the trees, and pretend you’re in the Swiss Family Robinson movie, which was filmed on the island. Sunset provides an even more romantic setting, with the orange light twinkling off the water (it’s a great spot to propose or declare your love). Stay nearby at Blue Waters Inn, with just 38 rooms and bungalows on its own gorgeous stretch of sand. Another reason to grab your sweetie and go: Tobago is one of the least crowded islands in the Caribbean.
Even though the Mediterranean contains many islands, they’re so overrun with vacationing Europeans it’s hard to find one where you’re truly alone. Vis, off Croatia’s Dalmatian coast in the Adriatic Sea, comes close, though, and it’s hard to ignore the romantic allure of its clear blue water, sandy beaches, and rocky cliffs. Tiny inlets and coves cover the coastline; some of the most uncrowded beaches include Zaglav Beach and Bili Bok. Stiniva Beach, a little cove surrounded by high stone cliffs, is beautiful—but the word is out, so get there in the early morning if you want the place to yourself. Also, many of the beaches on Vis are “natural,” or nude, which can feel liberating when enjoyed with your partner. While visiting Vis, take a boat ride out to the Island Bisevo, a nearly uninhabited island with stunning, iridescent sea caves, grottos, and hidden beaches. Vis is only one of the 12 European islands you never thought to visit, but should.