A Private Island in Belize To Call Your Own

With Its Own Chef, Captain and Concierge

By Hadley Tomicki ·
Private Islands

Some people think having a Belizean island with five villas all to yourself is somewhat excessive.


Just thought it’d be amusing to hear the opinion of someone you’d never listen to.

Now let’s unwrap your new island.

It’s Kanu Private Island, an all-inclusive, 2.5-mile stretch of coral-based atoll surrounded by nothing but turquoise ocean, insane diving and the intermittent whale shark. It’s just a 15-minute boat trip from Placencia, Belize, and is now booking you and your parties of ten.

In retrospect, Robinson Crusoe really did an injustice to this whole having-an-entire-island-to-yourself thing. He didn’t have five beautiful villas with outdoor showers and spa bathrooms. Or a freshwater pool with a swim-up bar. Or a personal boat captain, on-call-concierge, three meals a day and four daily massages. Not to mention his utter lack of Wi-Fi.

You will do things very differently here. Maybe wake up. Maybe not. Stumble onto the beach. Consider sitting there staring at the sea or taking a kayak or paddle board out to a neighboring island.

Then you’ll have the chef prepare everybody breakfast. Or split up and get those massages. Later, you’ll organize a boat or diving adventure.

As the sun goes down, you‘ll throw a massive beach bacchanal around the palapa that has a freshwater swimming pool, communal kitchen and bar.

But again, just sitting there staring at the sea also works.

Hadley Tomicki

Hadley Tomicki lives in Los Angeles. He is probably going nowhere on the 10 Freeway this very second.

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