Located on an island off the coast of Abu Dhabi, Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island offers all of the luxuries that usually come with the UAE but without the megacity vibes. There are three different resorts on the island, each offering a distinct escape from the modern world. The island is a protected wildlife sanctuary with free-roaming animals, including the near-extinct Arabian Oryx (there are thought to be as few as 3,000 living in the wild).
You can ensure it is just you and the animals on the island with a full buyout of all three resorts. Alternatively, you can secure the exclusive use of one. These range from an iconic fortress-style hotel overlooking the Arabian Gulf to a wildlife adventure staying in rustic lodge luxury in the heart of the island to an all-villa sanctuary reminiscent of an Emirati fishing village overlooking mangroves and the Arabian Gulf. Renting out the entire island is priced from $89,000 while the three resorts range from $40,000 to $29,000 per night. To book, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back to the Maldives, where Anantara Kihavah offers a slice of Indian Ocean paradise. Situated within the Baa Atoll in a Unesco Biosphere Reserve teeming with rich marine life, Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas is an idyllic retreat. This is the perfect place to get up close and personal with the natural world. The resort offers a range of Signature Experiences such as diving with Manta Rays and stargazing with the Maldives’ most powerful overwater telescope.
A buyout includes all of the resort’s 80 spacious private pool sanctuaries, which come with their own villa host. All six bars and restaurants will be at your disposal along with a range of fitness and wellness facilities. The buyout package starts at $95,000 per night. To book, contact Paul Counihan email@example.com.
Sitting off the coast of Mozambique in the Indian Ocean, Medjumbe Island is a mere one kilometer long and 300 meters wide. For those unfamiliar with the metric system, trust us when we say it is tiny. Anantara has worked wonders with the limited space, building a collection of 12 luxurious beach pool villas accommodating up to 24 guests with enough space left over for a wide range of dining options. Intimate and private, the tropical landscape and blue waters provide some of the world’s most undiscovered scuba diving or snorkeling opportunities. For those preferring a less structured respite on this African island hideaway, days can be spent relaxing on the island’s white sandy beaches overlooking the ocean. The buyout package starts from $19,280 per night. To book, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.