A Billionaire's Retreat: Inside This $45,000-A-Night Private Island
Yes, James Bond would be right at home here, stretched out on this uber-luxe private island in the Maldives’ North Malé Atoll. The $45,000 per night Coco Privé resort offers local and international cuisine prepared by your own private chef; outdoor movies on a theatre-sized screen against a starry night; and for the adventurous sort- all-inclusive jet-skiing, sailing, diving, and snorkeling alongside diverse marine life like manta rays, turtles, and sea urchins just steps away from the Coco Privé shore.
A plush, private yacht transfers guests thirty-five minutes from Velana International Airport to the 1.4-hectar Kuda Hithi private island. The high end island resort is designed for exclusive guests- from A-list celebrities to dignitaries seeking privacy and solitude. Manicured greenery on island features beautiful Magoo, coconut palm, banana trees, and bougainvillea, which coupled with colorful wildlife like Cuckoo and kambili birds, makes the setting all the more surreal.
Palm, as the main residence is called, is primarily made of teak wood, which the team found to be durable against natural elements such as wind, water, and sand. The second floor of the main residence houses a spacious master bedroom, where an organic curved roof hovers above, arcing towards the sky and directing the viewers gaze toward the ocean and beyond.
Villas for Guests
Since only twelve guests can stay on the island at any given time, there are five other villas (Starfish, Gecko, Manta, Heron, and Turtle) in which staff, friends, or family can reside. “Large glazed frontages bring the island scenery directly into living spaces and bedrooms of the villas,” says Singapore-based architect Guz Wilkinson. The Turtle villa can be converted into a spa setup where you can book a unique massage (there's one that even incorporates crushed seashells into the massage).
Two of the larger villas–Manta and Gecko-sit apart from the main cluster of buildings shrouded by thickets of greenery and offers private relaxation space. “The color scheme of the villas were kept as natural as possible with light fresh colors on the floor and natural wood cladding to most of the walls,” says Wilkinson.
Spanning one-hundred and thirty feet, the Coco Privé pool is the longest in the Maldives. The island’s open air bar is surrounded by couches and stools planted in soft, manicured sand, and the transparent wine cellar has complimentary bottles on display like Moet, Louis Roederer champagne, and Niel Joubert Pinotage.
Adjacent to the bar is a spacious business center, movie and game room stocked with a computer and a 55-inch Samsung television. Visitors can play chess inside the game room or choose partake in a game on a life-sized chess board in the sand, where the pawns are replaced by traditional Maldivian dhoni boats. For stretching muscles against a morning breeze, guests can book an Astanga yoga session with a yoga instructor, who arrives via speedboat from the sister property, Coco Bodu Hithi.