In this age of mindfulness, we’re often urged to step away from the unrelenting glare of our screens, rid ourselves of distractions and learn to breathe with all the meditative focus of a sage. In other words, to empty the mind in order to fill it.
But while this might sound wonderful, it can be difficult to imagine yourself on a deserted island breathing in the sea air when you’re in a sticky office in the City armed only with a yoga mat and a brain brimful of deadlines.
Luckily, there are a handful of sacred places remaining on Earth where you can achieve a state of near total peace in genuine total seclusion. Just so long as you have a spare few million lying around.
For an untouched paradise: Bonefish Cay
Bonefish Cay is comprised of six unadulterated acres, set in one of the most beautiful areas of The Bahamas, the Middle Bight of Andros.
Surrounded by miles of bonefishing waters, the island also includes three small beaches, traditional island vegetation and the remnants of an old stone dock. Water depths of about three feet for many miles around are ideal for speed boat access.
For a luxurious escape: Gladden Island
A swirl of turquoise and aquamarine lagoons cradle Gladden, an island fringed with coral and white sand in the heart of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System. This island jewel harbors a totally private sanctuary, a casually elegant villa designed for just one couple, with the all-inclusive service of a luxury resort.
Rather less Robinson Crusoe than Bonefish Cay, this island stay comes complete with expert resident staff — ready to respond to any request at a moment’s notice. There are no other neighbours – it’s just you and the views.
For 55 acres of freedom: Big Fish Cay
Here’s your chance to start a whole new society, with over 50 acres to play with in the northern Bahamas, just 8.5 miles off the coast of Abaco — an area famous for sailing, fishing, snorkelling and diving. Big Fish Cay is suitable as either a commercial or private island development, and includes over 400 feet of secluded white sand beaches.
Big Fish Cay
For a slice of the Pacific Ocean: Katafanga Island
A rare opportunity to own one of the last freehold islands in the South Pacific paradise of Fiji. Katafanga Island, also known as the Blue Lagoon, is strategically encircled by a natural 5,000 acre turquoise blue lagoon, and breathtaking sugar white beaches.
It is one of the most developed islands in Fiji and the region and includes a runway, a ring road, a water reservoir, jetties and employee housing. 20 villas are currently under construction.
For living like an A-Lister: Musha Cay
Musha Cay ranks among the most luxurious private resort islands in the world, with more than 150 acres of sparkling white sugar-sand beaches, surrounded by crystal-clear turquoise waters.
The A-List experience will begin from the moment you take off, as you take the 40 minute flight from Miami by private jet to the 2,200-foot private runway on Musha Cay.
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