Luxury Living Private islands

Luxury Living: Private islands

Five island escapes for would-be Robinson Crusoes, from a rocky hideaway just off the Maine Coast to an olive-grove-covered oasis in the blue Mediterranean  — all from Christie’s International Real Estate

Just 35 miles northwest of Nassau, Frozen and Alder Cays are two private islands comprising more than 83 acres, accessible by boat and seaplane. Each island is fringed with white-powder-sand beaches, hidden coves, and pristine reefs. Alder and Frozen Cay are both self-sufficient and offer luxury accommodation featuring a pool and a protected lagoon, marina, docks, generators and freshwater production facilities.

This 12.4-acre private island is an oasis of tranquillity replete with olive groves and pistachio and cypress trees, amd bordered by sandy beaches and turquoise waters. Once owned by an artist, the island has hosted royalty and celebrities ranging from the Beatles to Winston Churchill. The amenities include a main residence, staff house, beach bungalow, chapel, Venetian tower, roads and pathways, an independent water source, and several docks which allow easy access to the mainland.

Brazil’s Atlantic Forest is the majestic setting for this 32-acre private island in the bay of Angra dos Reis, on Rio de Janeiro’s southern coast. This sustainable tropical jewel offers 10,258 square feet of living space surrounded by gardens and lush vegetation. The main residence features a wine cellar, theatre, sauna, and a pool deck facing the sea. Three bungalows, all with sea-view balconies, include five en suite bedrooms. Rounding out the outstanding amenities are three power generators, a boat dock with ramp, and a helipad.

One of Long Island Sound's celebrated Thimble Islands, Potato Island commands a spectacular setting just off the coast of Connecticut. At the southern end of this one-acre private retreat is a beautifully restored circa-1912 main residence. A wraparound porch offers scenic views of the islands and the manicured gardens. A swimming pool, granite hot tub nestled into the rocks, and a private deepwater dock are among the outstanding amenities.

Ram Island covers five acres and is little more than a stone’s throw from Wheeler Bay on Maine’s St. George Peninsula. The island (also pictured top) has been beautifully developed and includes a four-bedroom main residence, scenic woods, walking trails, 1,700 feet of shorefront and a sheltered tidal dock. The property includes a Boston Whaler plus a deeded right-of-way for parking, summer boat storage, and dock access only 800 feet away on the mainland.