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15 of the best private islands for weddings and events

  • Inspiration
  • By Kirsty Martin
  • Published 06 July 2022
  • Revised 17 July 2023

What better way to avoid wedding crashers or unwelcome guests on your special day, than by booking an exclusive private-island retreat? There are some simply breath-taking resorts where absolute seclusion and privacy – not to mention unsurpassed luxury – are guaranteed. So, for an important event or perfect wedding day to remember, these are our top private-island venue recommendations.

1. Velaa Private Island, Maldives

If a tropical-island paradise in the Maldives would be your dream wedding setting, then look no further than Velaa Private Island. Think pure, unadulterated luxury in the most tranquil of settings, where crystal-clear, jade waters wash the white sands of this private-island sanctuary. World-class dining, a serene spa and kids’ club for younger guests combine to make this a superb hotel for all ages. And how does a personal butler attending to your every need sound?

If you’re tying the knot, Velaa Private Island offers a trio of wedding packages, or the option to custom-create your own. A basic ‘Kaiveni’ package includes a romantic in-villa breakfast and couples massage on or after your wedding day; bridal hair styling and flower bouquet; canapes and a private beach barbecue after the ceremony, a photoshoot and more.

Velaa Private Island, Maldives

2. JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa

The magic of your stay at this beautiful private-island resort in Venice begins with your arrival by water shuttle. Departing from iconic St Mark’s Square, you will leave the buzz of the city behind for the lush oasis that is JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa. Sip cocktails on the rooftop-pool terrace while enjoying breath-taking vistas of the city and Venetian Lagoon at this stunning five-star resort. With Michelin-starred restaurants, a lavish spa and kids’ club for little ones, you will want for nothing.

Arguably there are few more romantic settings for your nuptials than Venice. And this property’s captivating setting, with its historic church for the ceremony and magnificent backdrop, will only enhance the romance. The hotel’s wedding specialist can assist with every detail of your special day – from bridal beauty and floral arrangements, to even personalised gifts for your guests. With 12 event rooms and 1,124 m2 of function space, it provides a wonderful setting for corporate events, too.

JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa

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3. Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah

If you’re looking for the ultimate exclusive luxury retreat, then Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah will more than fit the bill. It has only three deluxe villas, so why not hire the entire resort and tailor everything to yours and your guests’ liking? From intimate in-villa dining to torch-lit banquets on the beach – this five-star private-island resort is dedicated to providing a bespoke service for its guests. By the way, this includes having a 62-foot yacht at your disposal, too.

With an island all to yourself, the possibilities are endless at this luxury hotel in the Maldives. Party with an exclusive group of friends; create a mini music festival or marry your beloved on the soft sands, with swaying palms and the twinkling Indian Ocean as your backdrop. Whatever your wish or whim, it will be taken care of at Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah.

Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah

4. Azura Quilalea Private Island, Mozambique

Arrive in style by private helicopter transfer from the airport if you choose, as a guest of Azura Quilalea Private Island, Mozambique. This stunning luxury resort in the Indian Ocean ensures privacy and exclusivity, with just nine villas nestled amid lush tropical greenery. Intimate beach picnics or candlelit dinners under the stars are just the beginning of the bespoke dining experience that this hotel offers. What’s more, a personal butler is on hand to attend to your every need.

You won’t find a more beautiful setting for a romantic holiday; be it a proposal, wedding, honeymoon or vow renewal. Why not hire the island for your exclusive use, to ensure that you, your family and friends can enjoy uninterrupted tranquillity and use of the island’s amenities without unwelcome guests?

Azura Quilalea Private Island, Mozambique

5. The Brando, French Polynesia

On the stunningly beautiful private island of Tetiaroa in French Polynesia, The Brando is truly something to behold. You won’t find a more idyllic setting for romantic escapes than this secluded gem surrounded by crystalline lagoon waters. The 35-villa luxury accommodation means plenty of room for everyone without overcrowding. Spend your days snorkelling among turtles and manta rays in the topaz ocean; luxuriate at the spa; or explore the lush terrain by bicycle.

Imagine proposing to your loved one, or toasting your honeymoon over Champagne and dinner for two on the beach at sunset. Exchanging your wedding vows on the soft sands with the sound of waves gently lapping the shores is another dream that will become reality at The Brando. All you have to do is tell the wedding specialist what you desire, and your wishes will be granted.

The Brando, French Polynesia

6. Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives

As luxurious Maldives escapes go, it doesn’t get better than at Gili Lankanfushi. This private-island retreat boasts 45 deluxe villas and ultra-spacious residences on stilts over the water. So whichever way you look, you will be spoiled with the most incredible views of sparkling, aquamarine ocean. Why not have your personal guest experience host bring you a cocktail as you recline in your hammock or private infinity pool? With exquisite fine-dining restaurants, a myriad of water sports and a world-class spa awaiting guests, an unforgettable stay is guaranteed.

If you’re looking to tie the knot, Gili Lankanfushi will ensure your special day is everything you dream of. Marry under a canopy of palms on soft white sands, with an endless expanse of turquoise waters beside you. Or choose to hold your nuptials in the wedding pavilion at sunset, and exchange vows against a sky bathed in breath-taking pink and gold hues. Celebrate with a private dhoni cruise and intimate Champagne dinner under the stars. Alternatively, dine with your family and friends on the beach or in organic garden surrounds. The choice is up to you.

Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives

7. COMO Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos Islands

Are you searching for a secluded Caribbean getaway for your wedding or event? Then look no further than COMO Parrot Cay, in Turks & Caicos. Miles of pristine golden sands lapped by sapphire waters are what you can expect at this fabulous private-island resort. Those incredible shoreline views can be enjoyed while dining al fresco at the hotel’s two top-notch restaurants. And the COMO Shambhala Retreat spa experience is simply not to be missed. Speaking of spas… treat yourself and your loved one to a rejuvenating couples’ massage on romantic breaks. 

Incredible wedding snaps are guaranteed if marrying on the COMO Parrot Cay’s golden shores. Afterwards, enjoy a wedding breakfast around the property’s beautiful pool, with expansive sea vistas to die for. The resort also boasts an array of meeting spaces and beach homes for business use, to make any corporate event special.

COMO Parrot Cay

8. Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island

As the only resort on this picturesque coral island, there is a distinctly exclusive feel to Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island. The perfect idyllic oasis for a couples’ retreat, honeymoon or wedding, it boasts a serene setting on miles of palm-fringed sandy beaches. Choose between an array of rustic villa, suite and residence accommodation; as well as enjoying superb dining and world-class bespoke spa treatments.

What could be more romantic than exchanging your vows on powdery soft sands, while rustling tropical greenery and whispering waves are the only other sounds to be heard? Just some of the inclusions in the hotel’s wedding package are floral arrangements, a one-tier cake, intimate beach dinner for two, and a bottle of Champagne. Wedding breakfasts for larger groups can be arranged at an additional cost.

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island

9. Niyama Private Islands Maldives

Set on two separate islands in the Maldives, each offering a different experience, Niyama Private Islands Maldives is truly something out of the ordinary. Where else can you find a ‘Play’ island dedicated to adventure, and a ‘Chill’ island devoted to relaxation? Choose what you want from your luxury Maldives holiday or go with the flow and mix and match; it’s entirely up to you. With a plethora of world-class dining options, a kids’ club and superlative spa too, what’s not to love?

For a blissful romantic holiday beyond words, book the hotel’s ‘Love Me, Spa Me and Spoil Me’ package. Clink Champagne glasses and enjoy a gourmet picnic on a secluded sandbank while gazing at the mesmerising ocean views. The vistas are no less incredible at Drift Spa, where you and your loved one can also indulge in premium pampering treatments together.

Niyama Private Island Maldives

10. Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

On a small private islet in magnificent Montengro, Aman Sveti Stefan is perfect for a secluded, romantic retreat. Breath-taking natural beauty combines with centuries of history in this most delightful of destinations. Azure waters, dramatic cliffs and pink sand beaches surround you, while the charming 15th-century architecture will captivate. A variety of villa options, two first-rate restaurants and a superb spa are guaranteed to please any and all guests.

For a honeymoon or couples’ break to remember, choose the hotel’s ‘Romantic Getaway’ package. It includes a personalised tour of the beautiful medieval town of Kotor and a revitalising herbal bath for two. Soothing couples’ massages and more out-of-this-world pampering awaits at the serene Aman Spa. While away your days on romantic strolls or stretched out on the pink-hued sands, then enjoy an exquisite candlelit dinner while drinking in those glorious views.

Aman Sveti Stefan

11. North Island, Seychelles

As a get-away-from-it-all paradise, the Seychelles can’t be beaten and North Island is at the pinnacle of that barefoot luxury. If you’re looking for a five-star, private-island retreat that feels truly exclusive – most guests arrive by helicopter – then North Island is the place. With only 11, beautiful colonial-style villas, the resort will never feel overcrowded. And there is the option to hire the entire island for yours and your party’s exclusive use if you wish.

The sheer beauty of the Seychelles’ white-sand beaches washed by turquoise waters makes it perfect for romantic breaks and weddings. Imagine exchanging vows with your beloved on the island’s pristine shores, before celebrating with an intimate Champagne dinner for two, or cocktail reception at West Beach Sunset Bar. Wedding services are tailored to individuals couples, so all you need to do is explain your requirements and let the hotel staff take care of the rest.

North Island

12. Jumby Bay Island, Antigua

On its own private island separate to the mainland, Jumby Bay Island, Antigua is a hidden gem in the West Indies. Its generously-appointed residences are perfect for large groups, with multiple bedrooms and jaw-droppingly beautiful private pools. Guests can choose to have their personal chef whip up something exquisite in the comfort of their own residence; or dine with breath-taking views of the glittering sea at one of the hotel’s high-end restaurants.

For your corporate event or dream wedding at Jumby Bay Island, let the attentive staff take care of every detail. The resort’s already-stunning private beach will even be combed to perfection for a picture-perfect wedding breakfast or ceremony on the sands. Whether you desire intimate nuptials and a celebration dinner for two, or a big party with all of your family and friends – the hotel will grant your every wish.

Jumby Bay Island, Antigua

13. Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia

The scene is already set for romance at this exclusive resort in Cambodia, set on a pair of islands known as ‘the sweethearts.’ Add to that, crystal-clear waters and an endless expanse of blue skies, and you won’t find a more perfect lovers’ getaway than Song Saa Private Island. This resort artfully blends villas made from sustainable materials with the highest levels of luxury. The cuisine is second-to-none too, featuring freshly-hauled seafood and delectable vegan offerings.

Song Saa Private Island offers a variety of packages to make romantic escapes unforgettable. Rose petals on the bed, couples’ flower baths and special touches for your arrival are just the beginning. For that extra sprinkle of magic, book a sunset cruise or intimate picnic for two on a secluded beach.

Song Saa Private Island

14. Denis Private Island, Seychelles

Does switching off your mobile phone and detaching from the hectic pace of everyday life sound appealing? Then this is the place for you. With no Wi-Fi or telephone signal, Denis Private Island is the ultimate get-away-from-it-all base. This piece of paradise in the Seychelles is so idyllic though, that we’re willing to bet that you won’t mind bidding farewell to your phone for a few days.

Ringed by flawless white sands lapped by crystalline topaz waters, you won’t find a more stunning location for a barefoot beach wedding. And Denis Private Island has a menu of special offerings to make any romantic break extra special; from complimentary Champagne on arrival and couples’ spa treatments, to intimate dinners under the stars and sunset cruises.

Denis Private Island

15. Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

Looking for a hotel that epitomises Maldives luxury? Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi will tick all of your boxes. Flawless white sand beaches? Check. Gorgeous aquamarine ocean? Check. Deluxe villa accommodation with views to die for? Triple check. And let’s not forget an incredible array of fine dining options plus a serene spa oasis. All on a secluded private-island paradise only accessible by yacht.

You would be hard pressed to find a more stunning location for a wedding; and at this incredible five-star resort, your dream nuptials will become reality. Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi will take care of everything for your special day; from floral arrangements and entertainment, to superlative canapés and wedding banquets.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

Feeling inspired? Contact our team of luxury travel managers today to start planning your dream private-island wedding, event or romantic getaway. Call 0203 816 0985 or click here to make a free online enquiry.

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