10 Luxury Islands That Are Surprisingly Affordable

10 Luxury Islands That Are Surprisingly Affordable

We've never had such a good excuse to ditch the real world.

We always thought our living-on-an-island dreams would stay forever plunked on a Pinterest board, but now, there's reason to believe that actually living on a luxury island is totally possible.

The folks at Samujana Retreats and Residences recently named the world's top 10 luxury islands, and the prices of average day-to-day activities -- from meals to beers to adventure excursions -- are, shockingly, lower than we ever dreamed.

Pack up your yachts, people. We're moving (or at least taking a super long vacation) to the tropics.

Vanua Levu, Fiji
Average price of a beer: $1

Coron, Philippines
Starting price for an island-hopping tour: $15

Langkawi, Malaysia
Average price of a hotel room: $27/night

Roatán, Honduras
Starting price for a shipwreck dive tour: $50

Koh Samui, Thailand
Average price of hotel room: $20/night
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Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Average price of a beer: $1.50
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Caye Caulker, Belize
Average price of three meals/day: $15

Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Average price of a beer: $3

Bocas Del Toro, Panama
Starting price for a caving tour: $45

Marco Island, Florida
Average price of a beer: $2

Want a more detailed breakdown of your expenses as an island resident? Check out Sumanjana's infographic below.


Before You Go

Nurai Island—Abu Dhabi
Sotheby’s describes this Abu Dhabi island quite accurately when calling it an “amazing estate.” With a sprawling, six-bedroom beachfront household, a private helipad, luxury spa, first-class fitness center, and a handful of watersport accessories, there's no doubt Nurai Island is anything short of astonishing. Oh and in case you were worried about where your staff might stay, don’t worry because there’s a chef’s quarter and maid’s chamber too.Sothebys; $14,974,136 USDPhoto Credit: Shutterstock Click here to see the All The Extravagant Islands You Can Actually Buy
Six Senses Con Dao—Vietnam
Aptly labeled as a “paradise for nature lovers,” this private villa situated among an archipelago of 14 islets prides itself on low environmental impact through the optimization of natural light and ventilation. But even with its back-to-basic, eco-friendly features, the island is far from primitive. It includes a private massage pavilion, custom kitchens with individual wine cellars, built-in sound systems, flat screen TVs, and Wifi. All this amidst protected tropical forests and immaculate white sand beaches featuring some of Vietnams most coveted diving spots.Sothebys; $1,700,000 USDPhoto Credit: Shutterstock
Judge Island—Beaufort, South Carolina
Serenity awaits behind the front gate entry to this modern but cozy three-acre estate tucked away in the corner of South Carolina’s Lady’s Island district. Ocean views are all around as well as the breathtaking sights of both the Saint Helena Sound and Morgan River. Perfect for an adventurous, active family, the island’s custom-designed home includes four bedrooms and three full baths, two fifty-inch Lennox Estate Fireplaces, a workshop, and ground floor covered dog run.Sothebys; $1,495,000 USDPhoto Credit: © Flickr / Andrew Smith Click here to see the All The Extravagant Islands You Can Actually Buy
Private Island—Brittany, France
Imagine calling a castle-like fort on a quite French Island home; sure sounds like one hell of a childhood dream coming true. Located off the coast of Brittany, France, this unnamed intimate island boasts stunning sandy beaches and a more than 200-year-old fort that features its very own watchtower with a brilliant view of the sea, a fireplace lounge, and space for five more friends to stay.Sothebys; $2,661,368 USDPhoto Credit: © Flickr / KotomiCreations
Sturdivant Island—Cumberland, Maine
Maybe it’s not tropical but this three-acre island off the coast of Maine can easily compete against listings that claim warm-weather whereabouts. Its convenient location provides easy access to remote relaxation amidst cozy, cottage accommodations surrounded by charming walking trails and exquisite beaches.Sothebys; $2,250,000 USDPhoto Credit: Google Maps Click here to see the All The Extravagant Islands You Can Actually Buy

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