The idea of owning tropical, private islands you can run off to at any given moment is something that appeals to almost everyone. Private islands are not just a status symbol of major wealth, but they can also be a secluded area where one can escape to in order to take a break from the mundane taste of normal life. Many of the world’s most famous actors, singers, entrepreneurs and celebrities have purchased private islands for these reasons. If you are looking for some inspiration, you have come to the right place. Here are the most beautiful private islands owned by celebrities.
Number Ten: Blackadore Caye, Belize – Leonardo DiCaprio. Leonardo DiCaprio surely is one of the greatest actors of his generation. Since he is one of Hollywood’s top A-list actors, he’s got the big bucks to show for it. DiCaprio is a well-known environmental activist and purchased Blackadore Caye: 104 acres of isolated land off the coast of Belize, a country on the eastern coast of Central America. But he won’t be sipping drinks and getting massages when he visits; Leonardo is going to build an eco-conscious resort there. Officially open to guests in 2018, “Blackadore Caye, a Restorative Island” will have many of the amenities of luxury resorts, with lavish villas, infinity pools and gorgeous views of the sunset.
Number Nine: Musha Cay, Bahamas – David Copperfield. Magician David Copperfield has owned a total of four islands in the Bahamas, a location that is extremely popular with island enthusiasts, as it turns out. However, only Musha Cay serves as his private resort. Copperfield had to couch up a lot of cash for these 100 acres, paying a total of $50 million for the islands. You can absolutely visit Musha Cay for a day, but you will need to have at least $37,500 in your wallet. A maximum of 24 people can stay for one night, for a total of $52,500, and can enjoy the five beautiful villas, each with their own private beach. This is also where Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem held their wedding.
Number Eight: Rooster Cay, Bahamas – Eddie Murphy. Eddie Murphy has been in the entertainment industry for decades now and has accumulated enough wealth and success to make it known to the whole world. He spent $15 million on Rooster Cay, which is about five minutes away from Nassau – the capital, largest city, and commercial centre of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. This 15 acres of land is not the first island Mr. Murphy has purchased. Before this, he bought a smaller island called Pearl; its main attraction is a lighthouse.
Number Seven: Little Hall’s Pond Cay, Bahamas – Johnny Depp. Another little slice of heaven resting in the Bahamas is Johnny Depp’s $3 million Little Hall’s Pond Cay. He first purchased the island years ago, but in February of this year, he reportedly married actress Amber Heard on the island. Little Hall’s Pond has a total of six different beaches: one named after Depp’s ex-partner, Vanessa Paradis; two after their children, Lily Rose and Jack; two after his mentors Hunter S. Thompson and Marlon Brando; and one called “Heath’s Place” after the late, great actor Heath Ledger. There are tons of small surrounding, solar-powered residences with the transportation being an army of golf carts.
Number Six: Leaf Cay, Exuma Cays, Bahamas – Nicholas Cage. Actor Nicholas Cage first purchased his Bahamian island Leaf Cay back in 2006. Leaf Cay rests in the popular Exuma chain, which is actually close to Johnny Depp’s island, making the two practically next door neighbors. If you’re ever able to set foot on this paradise, you’ll see that it is full of sandy beaches, tropical palm trees, and you can even enjoy a freshwater pond. Cage reportedly picked it up for $3 million, and it’s now back on the private islands market, though Leaf Cay could be yours for more than what Cage spent for it – $7 million.
Number Five: Island of Brecqhou, United Kingdom – The Barclay Brothers. Just who are Sir David Rowat Barclay and Sir Frederick Hugh Barclay? Well, they’re brothers as well as businessmen, and they own an amazing little piece of happiness, which is open to daily tours. These two gentlemen are worth about $6.5 billion, having transformed the island with 190,000 trees, flowers, shrubs and vineyards. But that’s not all; the Island of Brecqhou also has a village, orchards, a pub and a chapel.
Number Four: Necker Island, British Virgin Islands – Richard Branson. Everyone should know who Sir Richard Branson is by this point, being the chief of Virgin Group and its 400+ companies. Sir Richard not only has one of the best private islands in the world, but he also offers his 74 acre Necker Island for rent to the public. If you ever decide to take him up on that very generous offer, the island will be able to accommodate up to 28 visitors, costing $54,500 per night.
Number Three: Tetiaroa, French Polynesia, Tahiti Island – Marlon Brando. The late Marlon Brando stumbled upon Tetiaroa decades ago in 1960 while searching for a location to film a movie. Tumi Brando, the granddaughter of Marlon, now serves as the tour guide for the island. “It’s a legacy,” she says. “I just want to share it with others.” Tetiaroa’s amazing three-mile wide lagoon has a rectangular reef encircling it with about 12 small islands surrounding as well. The maximum number of guests that can enjoy their time here is 84, with amenities that are just as glorious as any other resort.
Number Two: Ile Gagnon, Quebec – Celine Dion. Celine Dion is another celebrity who could have easily purchased an island in the Bahamas, but opted to be original. Celine’s island may be located in the sleepy Mille Îles River, but her magnificent mega-mansion is very fitting for one of the world’s greatest divas. The singer has a massive French-style chateau that is a landmark for any local tourists who want to come by for a visit. To keep the creeps away, there is fencing all around the island. Even if you do plan on seeing Île Gagnon with your own eyes, local boat tours are really your only option and about as close as you’re going to get.
Number One: Madeira Archipelago, Portugal – Steven Spielberg. Being the godfather of all Hollywood filmmakers, Steven Spielberg would have the absolute best private island. Even though he’s rich enough to buy a whole chain of private islands, he has just one and it is far away from the United States. Spielberg bought an island in the Madeira Archipelego in Portugal, which is actually made up of two islands – both are melded together. Right now, no one really knows whether or not Spielberg wants to further develop it or simply let it be what it is. From the pictures, we can summate that it is absolutely gorgeous and probably worth every penny.