10 to buy: Private islands

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From Richard Branson to Johnny Depp, Nicholas Cage and U2, private island hideaways have always been a must have accessory for the rich and famous. German company Vladi Private Islands specialises in sales of private islands to Arab buyers and here picks ten of the best islands currently on the market.

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Name: Bonefish Cay

Size: approx. 13.5 acres

Price: $14.5m

Location: Abacos, Bahamas

This unique 13-acre island is located in the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas and takes its name from its interesting shape and the amount of bonefish in this region. Over the past seven years this formerly deserted island was turned into a first-class getaway. Five buildings totalling 15,000 square feet were constructed between 2000 and 2006 and the entire complex is hurricane-proof. The property is fully air-conditioned, and Bone Fish Cay generates its own electricity and has its own desalination plant. All communication services (telephone, fax, internet) are provided. A newly and very solidly built jetty and several boats are included with the island.

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Name: Buck Island

Size: approx. 43 acres

Price: Price on request

Location: East of Tortola, Sir Francis Drake Channel, British Virgin Islands.

Buck Island comprises approximately 43 acres with a landbase of 1.37 acres on adjacent Tortola. The main house on Buck Island was completed in the summer of 2006 incorporating finishes to the highest standard.

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Name: Buck Island

Size: approx. 43 acres

Price: Price on request

Location: East of Tortola, Sir Francis Drake Channel, British Virgin Islands

The island has three hills, each with 360° views and level house sites. You can go swimming and snorkeling from the beach. Beach facilities include the clubhouse and sports hut. Extensive dock and marine facilities exist on the island. The landbase comprises a two bedroom house and gatehouse.

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Name: Cave Cay

Size: approx. 222 acres, living area approx. 70,000 sq.ft

Price: $110m

Location: Exuma Cays, Bell Islands, Bahamas

Stunning natural beauty, a protected and private, deep-water harbour and marina with floating cement dock system and 35 dock slips, plus a 2,800 ft. private airstrip make this the perfect private island, claim the owners. The island is available “as is”, and features unspoiled beaches, lush vegetation, elevations of up to 40 ft. capturing breathtaking views, and a vast excess of compacted sand that can be sold to nearby islands if desired.

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Name: Cave Cay

Size: approx. 222 acres, living area approx. 70,000 sq.ft

Price: $110m

Location: Exuma Cays, Bell Islands, Bahamas

There is a main house and plans 38 buildings totaling 70,000 square feet include a three-story houseboat with a marina shop on the first level and a two-story residence overhead, plus staff and maintenance buildings. A large clubhouse and restaurant, shower and bathroom facilities, and three guest houses with hotel rooms and suites are still under construction.

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Name: Santa Cristina

Size: approx. 66,7 acres

Price: EUR24m ($30.44m)

Location: near Venice, Italy

The island of Santa Cristina is situated in the northern part of the lagoon near Torcello and Burano, surrounded by shallow waters. It can be reached by boat; the crossing takes about 30 minutes and is about 17km from Venice Marco Polo International Airport.

The main residence, perfectly fitting in with its surroundings, contains four storeys, including a huge wine cellar in the basement. There are two kitchens, a dining room, two lounges, and a total of nine bedrooms with private bathrooms, plus a large business room with adjoining toilet facilities and a wardrobe.

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Name: Trinity Island

Size: 12 acres

Price: EUR 18m ($22.8m)

Location: Near the ancient city of Eretria, Greece

The island is located in the southern Gulf of Euboea (Evia) and lies 1,200 metres off the coast near the ancient Greek city of Eretria. Car ferries service the Oropos-Eretria run every 30 minutes, the crossing takes about twenty minutes. Trinity Island has roughly the shape of a guitar and covers an area of approximately twelve acres. The island contains the main housem built in 1960 and consisting of a living room with fireplace, a dining room and a kitchen, four bedrooms, a bathroom and a shower room, both with WC. There is also a staff house, a beach house, a private church and a Venetian Watchtower. There is also three beaches and three main roads.

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Name: Fort Morgan Cay

Size: approx. 29 acres

Price: $26.5m

Location: Port Royal Bay, Roatán, Honduras

The island encompasses long stretches of beautiful beaches, a mangrove-lined canal for kayaking, and an intimate and well-named little cove known as “Silencio”.

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Name: Fort Morgan Cay

Size: approx. 29 acres

Price: $26.5m

Location: Port Royal Bay, Roatán, Honduras

Fort Morgan Cay is located in the secluded Port Royal Bay, a mere five-minute boat ride from the Honduran island of Roatán, which is famous for its proximity to the world’s second largest coral reef. The villa offers four bedrooms, each with its own private bath and both indoor and outdoor showers. Just outside are the sun deck, a rock-lined fresh water pool, a hammock terrace and a boat dock.

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Name: Green Lagoon Resort

Size: approx. 7 acres

Price: EUR 5m ($6.34m)

Location: South of Cochin, Kerala, India

On this private island in the tropical south of India, an eco-resort has been created which connects the traditional and the modern in an ideal manner. Two generous residences can be found on the island, surrounded by lagoons and canals, each an ensemble of Kerala wooden houses, expertly renovated in traditional style and with exclusive comfort, with private boat jetty, pool and butler house.

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Name: Green Lagoon Resort

Size: approx. 7 acres

Price: EUR 5m ($6.34m)

Location: South of Cochin, Kerala, India

A museum displaying a unique collection of south-Indian artefacts also belongs to the island. The building takes the shape of a mandala, which seems to disappear into the lake. There is enough space to set up five more residences.

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Name: Little Ironside Island

Size: 1.3 acres

Price: $975,000

Location: Thousand Islands, St. Lawrence River, New York, US.

The island’s waterfront house includes three bedrooms each with full bath. The great room features a massive stone double-sided fireplace that also opens into the large screened-in porch. There are also two additional cottages each with full bath with five additional beds. The property is currently configured to sleep eleven people. There is extensive deepwater docking and other features include a spectacular pool and deck built into the rock.

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Name: Gravel Island

Size: approx. 76.8 acres

Price: CAD 395,000 ($373,343)

Location: Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, Canada

Built in 1982, this rustic island includes a log home with 65 square metres of living area with a kitchen, three bedrooms and bathroom. Electricity is supplied on request via a generator, while fresh water is pumped from a well into a little water reservoir, which supplies the kitchen and bathroom. The island, which is 1.5km off the coast, also includes its very own lake (for bathing), approx. 1,000 square metre in size.

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Name: Tahifehifa Island

Size: approx. 1.09 acres

Price: EUR 299,000 ($379,281)

Location: Vava’u, Tonga

The island lies 15 km south of the coast of Tonga, an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, and this unspoilt haven has a one of the best coral reef in the region.

All zonings and approvals are in place for the development of a bungalow resort on the island and comes complete with a 99 year Deed of Lease which was granted in December 2008. The Tongan owner would also consider possible partnership deals to enable the island to be developed.

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Name: Tipaemaua

Size: approx. 29.65 acres

Price: EUR 5m ($6.34m)

Location: Raiatea, Leeward Society Islands, French Polynesia

This stand-alone motu off the island of Raiatea has all the classic features of the proverbial paradise island: magnificent white sandy beaches, coconut trees, an amazing location and perfect tranquility. Raiatea is possibly one of the best choices for investment due to its relatively unexploited population and geography. It is the second largest of all Polynesian islands and claims the second largest city in French Polynesia, Uturoa.

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