World's Hottest Hotels: Private Islands
Whether it's the Seychelles islands, Maldives or Malaysia ... living on a private little island in the middle of nowhere never felt better. Throw in an underwater spa, gourmet cuisine and plush accommodations, and chances are if you ever do make it to these islands, you'll never want to leave. Learn about the islands featured in the World's Hottest Hotels: Private Islands. Watch Saturday, June 23, at 7:30|6:30c to discover more.
1. Pangkor Laut
Location: 3 miles off the west coast of Malaysia along the Straits of Malacca
Rooms: Villas and suites near the beach, rainforest and spa along with estates with multiple bedrooms, living and dining pavilions and private pools
Restaurants: There are 4 restaurants on the island. Fisherman's Cove offers a mix of Western grill, seafood and Italian cuisine. Uncle Lim's Kitchen is named after the chef who has been with the resort since its inception. The restaurant specializes in Nyonya and Hockchew Chinese-style home cooking. The Royal Bay Beach club is located by the pool and serves up Western and Asian favorites for lunch. Lastly, Feast Village features food from the Asian-Pacific region. The resort also offers private dining options where the chefs can prepare Japanese, Thai or Western cuisine cooked barbecue or steamboat-style that can be eaten on the beach or in guest's accommodations.
Pool: The resort has 2 pools for guests and the estates have their own pools.
Other Features: Guests will also find tennis and squash courts, a library, spa, TV room, gym and gift shop.
2. Dhoni Island
Rooms: 6 dhoni boats with amenities such as air-conditioning, plasma TVs and other amenities. Each is paired with a beach bungalow with outdoor bathroom and waterfall shower.
Restaurants: The island has a restaurant, bar and lounge. There are also dedicated butlers who can attend to guests' needs.
Pool: Some of the beach bungalows include a private plunge pool.
Other Features: The island also has a library and spa, and offers water sports.
3. Soneva Fushi
Location: Maldives in the Indian Ocean
Rooms: Suites, villas, retreats and a jungle reserve
Restaurants: 7 restaurants are located at the Soneva Fushi. The Down to Earth restaurant has a modern Mediterranean a la carte menu. Mihiree Mitha is open for breakfast and lunch, each with live cooking stations. So Hot So Cold is open daily for ice cream treats, while So Delicate is the place for cold cuts and cheeses. So Fiery serves up pizzas and pastas. Fresh in the Garden serves lunch using organic fruits and seafood from the island. Lastly, By the Beach restaurant is a Peruvian and Japanese fusion culinary adventure. The menu draws heavily on classic Japanese food with South American influences.
Pool: Each villa has access to a stretch of beach and many have a sea-water pool.
Other Features: The resort also features an observatory, library, fitness center, wine cellar, shops and spa.
Location: Maldives in the Indian Ocean
Rooms: Bungalows and pavilions, large Cube suite and both a sailboat and yacht that can be used as accommodations
Restaurants: 5 restaurants are located at Huvafen Fushi. Celsius is luxury but laid-back dining. Raw serves up raw cuisine and offers a juice bar. Salt is the seafood experience on the island while Vinum is the wine cellar that offers a set menu for multiple parties. Fogliani's has wood-fired pizzas and desserts.
Pool: There's an infinity pool for guests.
Other Features: The resort also features a spa, SpaQuarium, performances, watersports and media room.
Rooms: 16 villas and a presidential villa
Restaurants: The Plantation House is a museum by day and a place to experience traditional Creole dishes and island specialties by night. The gourmet menu at Frégate House features the chef's daily selection of local produce, with dining available both in the restaurant and on the lower terrace.
Pool: Each villa has a private infinity pool and Jacuzzi.
Other Features: The resort also has fishing, a wine cellar, spa, trails and butler service.
6. North Island
Rooms: 11 Guest villas
Restaurants: There is no restaurant with a set menu on the island. Instead chefs work with the guests to determine food preferences.
Pool: The resort does have a pool.
Other Features: The island has a gym, spa, activity center, beach and boutique.
Rooms: 45 Suites, 10 beach villas and 2 royal beach villas
Restaurants: 3 restaurants are located at Taha'a. Ohiri Restaurant is the resort's gourmet dining option. The chef will delight you with French-Polynesian fusion cuisine. La Plage is open for lunch and is located right on the beach. Le Vanille, the resort's main restaurant, is open for breakfast and dinner. For breakfast it serves a variety of pastries and fruits. Dinner includes a selection of fish, meats and sashimi.
Pool: The resort has an open-air swimming pool and the villas have private plunge pools.
Other Features: Guests can also enjoy a spa, gift shops, tennis courts, fitness center, gym, watersports and diving.