Looking for idyllic privacy? Why not rent a private island for a week?
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS:NECKER ISLAND
Because "it's important to share beautiful things," hip Brit tycoon Richard Branson started hiring out his private paradise in 1985. For $272,650 a week, this Caribbean hideaway comes complete with a 10-room villa, three Balinese houses, freshwater pools, floodlit tennis courts and a staff of 33 to cater to every whim.
NEW ZEALAND: FORSYTH ISLAND
At 10 million sq m, this is the world's largest island available for rent. And at $4,280 a week, it's also one of the most affordable. Whether you spend the days whale- and dolphin-spotting, hiking or taking in the spectacular scenery, on this island, nature is the luxury.
FRANCE: ILE CHANTEMESLE
Who'd have thought you could rent an island just 40 minutes from downtown Paris ? With a maximum capacity of 12, the guest house is surrounded by orchards and parks. There's
also a tennis court, swimming pool and two small motorboats to whiz you around the Seine . A week's stay will set you
SEYCHELLES: COUSINE ISLAND
Home to five of the Seychelles ' bird species, the entire island is a nature reserve. The four French-colonial villas, surrounded by tropical vegetation, have stunning sea views. There are only eight guests at any time on Cousine, and for a week's stay they
BAHAMAS: MUSHA CAY
You can try bone fishing and scuba diving, or stay on land with karaoke and billiards. Accommodation is provided in a manor house on the crest of a hill and a five-bedroom beachside villa. Musha Cay has a staff of 30, including a world-class chef. At a staggering $309,050 a week (for 24 people), this makes Necker look like a bargain.