8 private-island resorts you can book with points

Jul 26, 2020

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Editor’s note: This post has been updated with current hotel information.

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Travel will look a lot different in the coming months, with a bigger emphasis on privacy and exclusivity than ever. In addition to a rise in private jet demand, travellers are more inclined to stay a secluded property than before.

“Expensive” and “far-fetched” are typically the first phrases that come to mind when people think about staying on a private island. However, if you’re an avid TPG reader, you know that the world’s most luxurious travel experiences can often be booked for little out-of-pocket cash by redeeming points and miles you earn with the best travel credit cards. And fortunately, the same is true with booking stays at private island resorts.

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Rather than list out every single points hotel located on a private island, we’ve curated a list of some of the best properties in different regions of the world. So, while the Maldives has a slew of amazing private island points hotels, we’ve only included one in this list. Not all of the properties listed have reopened yet and some may not be accessible to Brits due to local travel restrictions.

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Calala Island

Points per night: 40,000 points or 35,000-45,000 Hyatt points starting in 2021 when peak and off-peak pricing begins.

Photo by Carissa Rawson.
(Photo by Carissa Rawson/The Points Guy)

Through its partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), Hyatt unlocked the ability to earn and use Hyatt points at hundreds of new hotels. Many of these properties are absolutely stunning.

For example, the Calala Island resort is located in the Caribbean off the coast of Nicaragua and is part of a group of islands known as the Pearl Cays. It’s so exclusive that it only has four beach-front suites and can only accommodate eight guests at a time. With room rates regularly topping £1,500 per night, this is an absolute steal with points.

Calala Island is an all-inclusive resort and even brands itself as “ultra-inclusive” because everything from food, drinks and activities to airport transfers to the island is included in the price. When you compare that to resorts in the Maldives, where you can spend £500+ per person on resort transfers (even on points stays), this easily earns the top spot for private island resorts.

You can read TPG’s full review of Calala Island here.

St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

Points per night: 70,000-100,000 Marriott points.

St. Regis Maldives (Photo by Ethan Steinberg/The Points Guy)
The overwater villa deck at The St. Regis Maldives. (Photo by Ethan Steinberg/The Points Guy)

TPG founder and CEO Brian Kelly, along with TPG Editor-at-Large Zach Honig both consider the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort to be one of their favourite hotels in the world, and for good reason. The property is still relatively new, has breathtaking views and offers an endless amount of activities that will keep you entertained for as long as you’re there.

While 85,000 points for a standard award night may sound steep, keep in mind that room rates are regularly £1,200+ per night. The lowest-level awards book into overwater villas, so redemptions here can get you serious value for your points.

Runners-up

The Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa comes in a close second for properties in the Maldives and offers slightly better award redemption possibilities at 25,000 points per night. But the St. Regis took the crown in our hotel face-off.

There’s also the new Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, which some may even prefer over the St. Regis. It’s more expensive overall and much harder to find standard room award availability. A free night goes for 120,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

Related: Is the St. Regis Maldives worth the trip?

JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa

Points per night: 50,000-70,000 Marriott points.

Photo courtesy of the JW Marriott
(Photo courtesy of the JW Marriott Venice)

The JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa is set on a private island called Isola delle Rose (Rose Island) off the coast of — you guessed it — Venice, Italy. The 40-acre island resort boasts 250 rooms, four restaurants, the city’s largest spa and an early 20th-century church. 

The highlight of the property is not the century-old park or the on-site Sapori Cooking Academy, but the rooftop lounge and pool area that give you panoramic vistas as far as the eye can see. Guests have easy access to the heart of Venice thanks to a complimentary boat service to St. Mark’s Square.

Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island, Fiji

Points per night: 30,000-40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

Photo courtesy of the Sheraton Tokoriki Island.
(Photo courtesy of the Sheraton Tokoriki Island)

Tokoriki Island is one of the 20 Mamanuca Islands — the closest group of islands to Nadi International Airport (NAN) and arguably the most picture-perfect. Guests visiting the Sheraton Resort & Spa on Tokoriki can expect white sand beaches and clear waters, perfect for diving and snorkelling. The island’s central location makes it easy to go “island-hopping” and explore everything that the Fijian islands have to offer.

Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina, Autograph Collection

Points per night: 70,000-100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

(Photo courtesy of the Scrub Island Resort)

If you’d rather stay closer to home and still use your Marriott points on a private island getaway, consider redeeming them for a stay at the Scrub Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands. The private island is located just one mile offshore from Tortola Airport (EIS) and provides complimentary boat transportation from the mainland. The resort offers three private beaches, three pools, a full-service spa with ayurvedic treatments and a marina.

You can read TPG’s full review of Scrub Island here.

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Points per night: 40,000-60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points

Flamingos on Flamingo Beach, Renaissance Island. (Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)

While guests of the Renaissance Aruba don’t get to sleep on a private island, the property still gets a spot on this list because guests have exclusive access to the resort’s 40-acre private island. Renaissance Island is divided between an adult-only side and a family area. It features Aruba’s only private beach, along with chaise lounges, huts, hammocks and even flamingos. 

Related: Plane spotting from Marriott’s private Caribbean island

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa

Points per night: 20,000 Hyatt points or 17,000-23,000 points per night starting 2021.

(Photo courtesy of the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa.)

Located in Bonita Springs, Florida, the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa is probably the cheapest on this list. Resort guests have access to a private island and beach with hourly boat transportation. But this resort isn’t just for beach bumming — the property also features three acres of water attractions that include a lazy river, five waterslides and an adult pool.

You can read TPG’s full review of the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa here.

North Island Resort, Seychelles

Points per night: 368,000 Marriott points under “exception” pricing

North Island Resort, Seychelles (Image courtesy of the resort)
The incredible North Island Resort in the Seychelles is now available using Marriott points. A lot of them. (Photo courtesy of the resort)

The final property on this list joined the Marriott Bonvoy program as a Luxury Collection resort in November 2019. However, don’t get too excited, as each night will set you back over 360k points — and that’s not including the 814 euro you’d need to pay for a helicopter transfer each way

In exchange for those points, you’ll enjoy a two-bedroom villa covering nearly 5,000 square feet. Your stay will also include complimentary breakfast, use of an island buggy, morning yoga and kids activities. With room rates that regularly cross £5,500 per night, this could be considered a great value — as long as you’re sitting on a massive stash of Marriott points.

Related: You can now redeem Marriott points for private-island retreat in the Seychelles

Honourable mentions

The InterContinental Hayman Island Resort is part of the Whitsunday Islands and sits in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. You can book a night there for 70,000 IHG Rewards Club points. Another private island resort that didn’t make it onto this list but deserves a mention is Necker Island. But, you’ll need tons of points (or cash) to book it.

If you want to take your private island experience a step further, learn about the cheapest ways to fly private.

Additional reporting by Summer Hull and Jason Stauffer.

Featured image of North Island Resort, Seychelles courtesy of the resort

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