13 Private Islands That You Can Rent Through Airbnb - Updated 2022

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Sometimes the ideal vacation is one where you don’t really have to be around anyone except those you’re travelling with. In that light, you might think that a private island is best. But what about the price tag? And are there that many to go around to even rent?!

The answer to both questions is yes. If you’re looking on Airbnb, there are quite a few islands that you can rent to make your getaway a memorable one. In this article, we’ve checked out some of the best private islands that you can rent through Airbnb.

1. El Nido, Philippines (from USD 464)

El Nido is a picturesque coastal region in the Philippines, and this is exemplified in Brother Island, available for rent and the only one of its kind in the area. Those coming here will be treated to a fully inclusive experience, complete with a chef to cook three traditional meals a day for all of the guests as part of the staff on hand which includes boatmen and caretakers and one of the hosts. The vast home can accommodate up to 12 people at a time, spread out through seven bedrooms and common spaces which can include hammocks for those going all in on their tropical vacation experience. The island is surrounded by pristine waters which you and your guests can explore through pre-arranged snorkeling expeditions, and the island has a lush expanse of jungle with hiking trails that beckon to those curious nature lovers. The property is family-friendly and pet-friendly, and also has internet access and a coffee and tea bar available to guest on an around-the-clock basis.

Guests should note that alcoholic beverages are not inclusive in the cost. While the bar is available and stocks some spirits and other beverages, if you have particular preferences, you may bring your own with you. However, there is a small corkage fee charged.

Exclusive Private Island + Brother Island, El Nido
El Nido, Philippines
119 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Island 11 Beds 16 Guests 7 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 16

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
no a/c or hot water but good wifi (better than in most el nido hotels) and clean place
you truly feel relaxed and not stressed and it's nice not having wifi
we were very lucky to find this island with its great facilities
brother island is a place to stay like no other; it's beautiful peaceful comfortable and serene
Cleanliness:
the bathroom was generally pretty clean but definitely don't come in expecting hotel-level cleanliness/amenities
it was a pleasure staying at alee`s paradise the rooms were simple but clean and comfortable
the pictures cannot do the island justice; it’s such a serene place that is immaculately clean
Host:
the staff were lovely and polite
the staff was great
the staff was really friendly and approachable
alfred was a perfect host
the host itself is very friendly and hospitable
Location:
brother island is amazing place to go for vacation with family and friends bec
what a wonderful place to spend a "mini-moon"
what a wonderful gem beautiful location great service delicious food
brother’s island is a great place to gather with friends and loved ones
if you are looking for a quiet get away fun different type of private place
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2. Bird Island, Belize (from USD 795)

This island Airbnb for rent may be the postcard image that comes to mind when you think of “island getaway” and with good reason. Bird Island is off the coast from Placencia Village, nestled right in the middle of protected waters and right on a private atoll. This gaily-colored home is decked out with enough yard space to enjoy the warm sun and air of the Gulf of Mexico and allows guests to view all of the splendid wildlife that populates the waters of the reef including flocks of pelicans that perch on tiny islands offshore.

Recent expansions now allow for Bird Island to accommodate up to six people throughout the cabana with three bedrooms and two bathrooms in the main house with additional wings. In terms of communication, there’s a phone line available for local calls along with wireless internet. The house has a full kitchen, and the host does advise that you bring enough provisions to last you for your stay. In addition, Bird Island also runs on solar power generators and offers two-person kayaks and knee boards for those who want to explore the waters surrounding the atoll.

Guests should note that given the remoteness of the island, that they should plan for a drive from Belize International of at least five hours including, shopping and transfer to the island. It may be better to rather arrange a flight to Placencia from Belize International Airport in order to arrive before dark.

Bird Island : a unique private Island in Belize.
Stann Creek Dist, Belize
213 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Island 6 Beds 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
(don't worry there's still wifi if you need it
the one creature comfort we craved was hot water for a shower
more privacy/seclusion and cooler and breezy but all 3 rooms are amazing and have great views
they thoughtfully and carefully planned the staples in the kitchen to include spices and seasonings as well
we brought our four children ages 7-11 who love to swim and love an adventure
Cleanliness:
fred and ruth run a first class show fresh paint super clean and well stocked
Host:
francisco the owner is great
fred & ruth are great hosts
thank you for everything you were an excellent host
fred was fantastic and an amazing host
fred and ruth were so pleasant - wonderful hosts
Location:
this is the ideal get away from it all place
it is in a great location not far from many dive sites
from the incredible location to the relaxing environment beautiful and peaceful
this is the most spectaculair and special location we have ever been
bird island is a magical place that i'll never forget and will definitely return to in the near future
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3. Placencia, Belize (from USD 420)

This island rental off of the coast of Belize is a prime choice for those couples who want to get away from it all in a tropical setting. Hideaway Caye is an isolated mangrove island, replete with boardwalks that allow guests to navigate the island at their whim. Hideaway Caye is part of the larger UNESCO World Heritage Site of South Water Caye Marine Reserve. There is a restaurant and bar that is attached to the cabana which are open to the public for limited periods of time, but the cabana itself is primarily for two people although there is a futon for another guest with advance notice in addition to the master bedroom. This rental is also notable in that the owners of the island run the restaurant and bar and are responsible for the meals - even those you may be inclined to catch yourself while out fishing. The amenities include access to fishing gear and snorkeling equipment, but nothing along the lines of heavy electronics in keeping with the environmental guidelines.

Bed linen and extra comforts like blankets are supplied. Bathroom essentials such as towels, bed sheets, soap, and toilet paper are also included in the booking. Clients need to bring their own swimming costumes and swimming towels. As it gets very hot, make sure to pack some sunscreen.

Hideaway Caye. Your Own PRIVATE ISLAND !
Placencia, Stann Creek District, Belize
123 reviews Superhost
Island 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
it was clean and secluded
the food was great and the place was very clean and nice
we watched dustin clean fresh caught conch each evening
* it was really neat to meet new people every evening at dinner
Host:
hosts were super hence their well earned superhost status
kim and dustin were amazing hosts
kim and dustin are the perfect hosts: kind generous and provide wonderful company
kim and dustin were the perfect hosts
kim was very responsive to our questions leading up to our stay
Location:
beautiful snorkelling spots very close by
awesome off the grid location
hideaway caye is a truly amazing place
i really wish i could give this place more than 5 stars
we definitely found it staying @ kim’s place
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4. Ilha Grande, Brazil (from USD 694)

Two hours outside of Rio de Janeiro lies Ilha Grande, a exquisite slice of tropical Brazilian life. It sits 20 minutes outside of the harbor of Portogalo and the town of Angra dos Reis, and actually consists of two islands connected by a bamboo bridge. The first island of Ilha Grande has a domicile constructed with an Italian influence in terms of style and contains four bedrooms. The bridge leads to the smaller island that has a home with two bedrooms. Between the two homes, there are six bathrooms available for usage. The rental includes a staff on hand to cook meals for you determined by whatever groceries that you’ll provide. The main home has an indoor fireplace available, and a stone deck for gatherings and to launch from using canoes and the standing paddle boards that are also provided for guest for small aquatic excursions. Other amenities include internet access as well as the opportunity to bring pets along for your stay.

Your rental sleeps up to 14 guests. It has six bedrooms and each one has its own bathroom. Twelve beds are supplied. It comes with three decks to enjoy. One is for bathing, one for docking and the third is there for you to enjoy the sunsets after a day of outdoor adventure.

Private Island Paradise - Ilha Grande
50 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire villa 12 Beds 14 Guests 6 Bedrooms 6 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 14

Top guest reviews
Host:
the housekeepers are the nicest persons they took such great care of us and were nice and really helpful
Location:
if you are reading this trying to decide if this is a good place: do it
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5. Juggler Lake, Minnesota (from USD 399)

Four hours north of Minneapolis lies this charming island in the midst of an entire forest that spans 18 acres (7.28 hectares) with an A-frame styled house right at its center. This island is a superb way to truly soak up all that the American heartland has to offer. The home can host up to eight guests between three bedrooms and has two bathrooms available. For those who love the outdoors, there’s an opportunity to also rent a pontoon boat from the hosts to go fishing in the lake and to see the headwaters that lead into the mighty Mississippi River. Guests can also explore the forest at their leisure using the various trails. A state park is also in close proximity to the property. The home has three patios attached, a floating dock for diving and swimming and a hefty barbecue grill. Included in the amenities available are high-speed internet access, a full kitchen with two refrigerators and freezers and a jetted tub in the master bedroom.

As you need to park your car at the public access, and transfer to the island, it’s highly recommended that you plan your arrival during daylight hours. The transfer takes about three minutes by boat. Your hosts will either meet you or make other arrangements.

Private Island with Lakefront Cabin on three sides
19 reviews  Wifi Available
Island 6 Beds 10 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 10

Top guest reviews
Host:
the hosts we're amazing and very good at working with our schedule
we loved our week on the island the hosts were very available and helpful
great experience with super-helpful accomodating hosts
they were very helpful and gave a great rate for an awesome place
Location:
we will definitely keep this place in mind in the future
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6. Vesterøy, Østfold, Norway (from USD 244)

This island Airbnb is part of the Hvaler archipelago in the southeastern Norwegian county of Ostfold, halfway between the capital of Oslo and Sweden. The 10,000 square mile (25899.88 sq km) island is home to a cute little red cottage perched right by the shore. This part of the world sees a high amount of sunny days, and the island’s location makes it an ideal place to enjoy them all with a good view of the local bridge in the distance - and makes for some remarkable photographs. The cottage itself is able to host up to five guests, be they a group of friends or a family with two beds available and a travel crib if needed. The Vesterøy cottage is designed for enjoyable stays off the grid, so there’s limited electricity and no television. There’s also no bathroom save for a small privy adjacent to the cottage. Guests staying here do have access to a small boat and landing quay for travel back and forth to the mainland and can use any of the small private beaches found on the island.

Guests should note that conditions are rustic and there is no running water. Drinking water is available from a local grocery store for free. In the cabin, guests will find containers which may be used to collect drinking water. The grocery also has facilities where you may charge your laptop.

Private island in sunny Hvaler
Vesterøy, Østfold, Norway
45 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Island 4 Beds 8 Guests 2 Bedrooms 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we brought our baby (four months) and the bed downstairs worked perfectly as a little cot for her
we felt very comfortable and enjoyed the idea of having an island only for the two of us
relaxing boatrides going for a swim and just enjoying the incredible scenery really helped us to unwind
the cabin is so comfortable and sweet and romantic
it was exactly what we were looking for - quiet relaxing comfortable
Cleanliness:
the privy is a little walk away and clean and ok
Host:
eivind is a very good host
eivind was a perfect host and provided everything for us
eivind is a wonderful host and patiently guided us in from sweden when our satnav lost the plot
eivind is a great host he has thought of everything and was very hospitable
eivind was very friendly and helpful
Location:
he kindly reminded us regarding weather changes and gave us bus schedule
eivind was very helpful right from the beginning helping us navigate bus tickets and plan our trip
eivind was very welcoming he came to meet us from the bus and talked us through all the details
all in all- a great place to stay
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7. Popa Island, Panama (from USD 240)

A private island via Airbnb in the Caribbean, the Urraca Eco-Lodge is a mangrove island that strives to be a model property in the world of eco-tourism. Situated in the Bocas del Toro archipelago that is a short distance from the border between Panama and Costa Rica, this island property consists of five bungalows daubed in an incandescent shade of pink. The main bungalow can host six people and consists of two floors with its own lounge and deck on the first floor. The other bungalows each have private balconies and an outdoor shower and can accommodate two people each. Each of these are perched right above the water and linked by elevated pathways. The entire complex is solar powered and filtered rainwater is available for guests in addition to one bottle of water per day provided by the hosts and wireless internet in the amenities package. One bonus of staying here? The 12 monkeys that nestle in their homes on the island complex that hang out with you during the daytime.

Guests have access to a natural swimming pool, but if you are a confident swimmer, excellent swimming and snorkeling in the ocean are right on your doorstep. If you tire of the water, why not join in a game of volleyball down on the beach?

Urraca Private Island Eco-Lodge
Bocas del Toro Province, Panama
38 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Private room in island 14 Beds 16 Guests 6 Bedrooms 6 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 16

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the rooms have fans so that's good
Host:
francine was a wonderful host
wonderful service wonderful food & wonderful staff
francine was a lovely attentive host
francine is a fantastic host and the monkeys make it such a special place
francine is a remarkable host as well
Location:
it is also close to some gorgeous beaches
would highly recommend this location for a couple or a family
this place is truly a unique place and offers an exceptional experience
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8. Caviniti, Philippines (from USD 88)

Three hours outside of the capital city of Manila in the Sierra Madre mountains lies this private island. The island is a serene outpost for those looking for quiet comfort and reflection, and has its own private boat to ferry guests back and forth. It’s off the grid for the most part, so that means there’s no internet access or television. But there is a kitchen available along with electricity from a generator, and enough room to accommodate up to 15 guests between one bedroom and common spaces. There’s a separate dining hall a few feet away from the main home, and an open space perfect for events or just quiet moments to take everything in.

For your entertainment, there’s a firepit where guests enjoy sitting in the evening. Alternatively, why not gather your group in the study area and sit down for an evening of bonding over board games. If you wish, you may even book the premises for a long-term stay.

Your own Island in lake near Manila
346 reviews Superhost
Entire home 2 Beds 15 Guests 1 Bedroom 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 15

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the place is simple very clean and complete ang gamit sa kitchen
Cleanliness:
clean comfortable and very cozy
nice place and very clean
it is super duper clean and comfortable
clean peaceful and just simply amazing
the house was clean and kuya tony was very nice
Host:
host and caretaker were helpful
tony the caretaker was also very helpful to assist us in our requests
both host and caretaker are very accomodating and helpful
tony the caretaker does a great job keeping the place in tip top shape
tony is very helpful when needed otherwise you wouldn't know he was there
Location:
a perfect serene place away from all the noise
definitely will come back to this place again
i love this place it's where you find simplicity and serenity
if you want to relieve your stress this is the best place to stay
would definitely come back and book the place again
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9. Collanmore Island Lodge in Westport, Mayo, Ireland (from USD 1524)

Just 10 minutes from the town of Westport in the southeast corner of Clew Bay, you’ll find this amazing private lodge on Collanmore Island. It’s perfect for private events such as weddings. With the lush greenery and the water surrounding you, intimate gatherings with friends and family are definitely going to be memorable.

The private lodge can sleep up to 22 people as it features 4 huge bedrooms complete with 12 double and single beds. Indoor amenities also include Wi-Fi connection, TV with standard cable, fireplace, air conditioning, and a fully equipped kitchen. The outdoors, on the other hand, features a huge landscaped space, a patio, and a barbecue grill. Guests can also indulge in a lot of fun water activities such as kayaking and fishing right around the island.

Collanmore Island Lodge, Westport, sleeps 22.
Westport, Mayo, Ireland
16 reviews  Wifi Available
Island 12 Beds 16 Guests 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 16

Top guest reviews
Host:
ciaran was a lovely host extremely friendly and brilliant host
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10. A secluded house with lagoon views

If you’re dreaming to rent an island through Airbnb, you can enjoy the ultimate stay in this secluded house, which can be your paradise for as long as you wish. At the front of the house, you can enjoy the breathtaking coral reef. Walk a few steps to the backside of the house and you will see a beautiful lagoon. The house comes with two bedrooms and one bathroom and can accommodate up to four people.

As a guest, you will also have access to the kitchen, hot water, a TV, and an ocean deck. Sit back and relax on the deck as you sip your coffee or savor your wine. There is also a hammock, where you can lie down to recharge your energy.

Private Heaven - Private Island & Tours
Placencia, Stann Creek District, Belize
79 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Island 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the appliances in the house work great and there is wifi and ac as well if needed
aircon wifi ceiling fans lighting plumbing cooker bbq all work great
the other one had a fan and at night we used a second one from the living
there is wi-fi but this is sometimes better than others similar to many other places in belize
there is a good wifi and mobile reception too
Cleanliness:
modern clean and inviting
it is well equipped clean and the beds are comfy
it was impeccably clean with all the essentials to have an enjoyable stay
Host:
gigi was an amazing host
gigi is a fantastic host
he suggested that we paddle across the bay and find the care taker ismael over there
gigi our host was absolutely amazing
gigi is a world class host and is so hospitable and friendly
Location:
the location is stunning and the snorkeling off the house is beautiful
the location was ideal for our family stay on our secluded island
the coral reefs in front of his place are amazing and crystal clear
for me gigi’s island is the best place on earth and the house provides more than you need
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11. North Shore Beachfront Haven

This rental allows you to occupy a tranquil apartment nestled in a beach house that’s a homage to those classic domiciles found in northern California back in the 1960’s. The house is on its own island known as Kahaku, right on the fabled North Shore of Oahu, which is a draw for beach lovers and surfers around the world. A pathway through the foliage leads you to the place, and guests have access to a private beach in their backyard which overlooks the Malaekahana Bay complete with a fire pit. The vibe is laid-back, which is seen with one bed positioned right on the huge lanai and a rustic but warm kitchen space. The apartment can hold up to four guests, and the amenities package includes the use of an outdoor grill as well as a surfboard and boogie boards for fun on the waves.

Editor’s Note: The listing is currently not available. Do check out the other fascinating Airbnb for your island getaway.

North Shore Beachfront Haven
124 reviews
Entire island 2 Beds 4 Guests

12. Serene Orcas Island, Washington

This island is tucked away in the sweeping natural beauty found on the coast of Washington State, six miles (9.66 km) from Moran State Park and a drive from the nearest ferry. The island’s main feature is a lovely private home that is striking with its eggshell-colored exterior and stands out amidst the seven acres (2.83 hectares) of forestry on the island which also includes a pond. This island is part of the San Juan island group. The home can accommodate three guests, and has a full-on woodland cabin feel once you venture inside. There’s a full kitchen complete with a wood stove and a supply of kindling for the colder months. Just outside, there’s a vegetable and herb garden that guests can use to prepare meals. With regards to amenities, the home has all of the essentials including internet access and free parking right nearby the premises in addition to a travel crib for those with small children.

When planning your trip please allow for the 21-mile ( 33km) journey from the ferry. If you look to arrive after dark, clients should please ensure they bring flashlights along. The solar lighting along the walkway is not very bright.

Serene Orcas Island home—Winterpond Guest House
Olga, Washington, United States
286 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire residential home 4 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we appreciated the well-stocked kitchen and the view of the yard from the kitchen table
a complete kitchen and a new weber gas grill made making meals a delight
bed and couch sooo comfortable great music collection charming place settings for meals
so much room in the garden for kids and adults to enjoy nature
the kitchen is well-stocked and enjoyable to cook in
Cleanliness:
clean cozy and secluded
incredibly clean and well maintained home
beautiful clean and peaceful
very clean cozy and lovely cottage
clean comfortable & such a beautiful setting
Host:
owners are nice and friendly
nadine was a great host and provided very detailed directions
nadine is a perfect host
and nadine was such a great host too
nadine is a wonderful host: very helpful and considerate
Location:
amazing secluded location and beautiful property
calm peaceful beautiful location on orcas island
it is a perfect getaway location and experience
awesome place super cute cozy and quiet :)
we loved staying at nadine's place
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13. Matamba Island, Cartagena, Colombia

Situated in the gorgeous city of Cartagena in Colombia, Matamba Island offers guests a luxurious experience. This stunning island features 6 bedrooms, comfortably accommodating up to 16 guests. It has a lovely pool as well as a hot tub, so you can enjoy a peaceful soak amidst nature.

All rooms come with breathtaking sea views, adding to the charming ambiance of the place. Here, you can enjoy several water activities such as snorkeling and paddleboarding. For your dining needs, there is a chef that can prepare delectable meals for the entire group.

Isla Matamba,Una experiencia mágica
3 reviews  Wifi Available
Island 13 Beds 16 Guests 6 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 16

Top guest reviews
Host:
the staff immediately made their comforting presence felt
finally the hosts were very responsive and handled all our queries swiftly and amicably
the food is organised by the host and it’s truly amazing
Location:
it was paradise we can’t wait to return to this incredibly special place
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Some last words on renting your own island

Depending on what kind of island vacation experience you want to have, you won’t be steered wrong when checking out Airbnb. There’s properties for all from those that truly want to get away from it all to those who want to have an opulent vacation that will thrill anyone seeing the pictures on their social media. And the best part of it all is that you don’t have to be extremely wealthy to do so.

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Christopher Smith is a writer who hails from New York City. Growing up, he had the love of travel instilled in him from a young age thanks to his parents to go along with a love of writing. After a...Read more

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