Must-read Books about Private Islands

If you love islands or have dreamed of possessing your very own piece of paradise, then the chances are that a few of these literary must-haves will already have pride and place on your bookshelves. From classics such as Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe right through to the more modern illustrated collections, you may be surprised to know that there are a whole host of island-related books out there that will awaken a sense of wanderlust and bring you one step closer to your dream island. We present the best of the bunch!


The World of Private Island

From the idealism of Moore’s “Utopia” to the ease of Gauguin’s Tahiti, islands fuel the imagination. Indeed, who hasn’t day-dreamed of an unique slice of paradise? Editor Farhad Vladi presents the many types of private islands in this compelling volume, featuring everything from Canadian lake isles to Pacific atolls. Within its chapters you will discover a world of islands with castles as well as properties owned by celebrities like Johnny Depp and Richard Branson. However, islands are not just for the wealthy; they are as much affordable for those who want to spend less. Lovers of nature and adventure seekers will be intrigued by the independence remote islands offer, while more sociable types will appreciate the many beautiful resort isles. If you can dream it, it’s out there for you.

The World of Private IslandsWorld of Private Islands
Edited by Farhad Vladi
published by teNeues 2012 

220 pp., Hardcover with jacket
c. 250 color photographs
Text in English and German  

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Cool Private Island Resorts: The World's 101 Best Islands

Private islands have always inspired fantasies – no wonder they top the list of dream travel destinations. Whether on the white sandy beaches of the Seychelles or in romantic Robinson Crusoe retreats in the Caribbean-on an island you can leave the rest of the world behind for a while-or take the best of it along with you! Cool Private Island Resorts - The World's 101 Best Islands invites the reader on a global journey of a different kind-on a stunning island-hopping trip with stops in a host of truly majestic resorts, sensual spas and sun-drenched beach bungalows. Wander through the resorts of famous island owners such as magician David Copperfield and self-made billionaire Richard Branson or take some time out on the same private luxury island where Prince William and Duchess Catherine spent their romantic honeymoon. Be the king and queen of your own island castle or enjoy a private hideaway on a self-catering basis. Spending some time on an island retreat is affordable for every budget: The rental rates are between $100 and $10,000 per day. Whether for a one-of-a-kind wedding, a secluded family gathering or a tranquil corporate event, island getaways provide the perfect remote escape and a truly unique setting. Your favorite island is waiting to welcome you to its deserted beaches.

Cool Private Island Resorts: The World's 101 Best Islands

Cool Private Island Resorts: The World's 101 Best Islands
Edited by Farhad Vladi
published by teNeues 2013 

Size: 25 x 32 cm / 9 7/8 x 12 2/3 in.
220 pp., Hardcover with jacket
344 color photographs
Text in English, German, French, and Russian 

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Swiss and Alpine Islands

Nestled on serene rivers and lakes, these elite enclaves are set in some of the most exquisite scenery on the planet. Whether located in Switzerland or in Italy’s lake district, each picturesque property combines refined atmosphere with all the relaxing glories of nature. Residents and visitors can watch the lazy currents from the comfort of their secure retreats, many with historically significant buildings and world-class landscaping. Each island is a universe unto itself, with unique recreational possibilities, as well as the obvious boating and fishing. Of course, they all offer superb isolation and quiet—so precious in our crowded and hectic modern world.

Swiss and Alpine Islands
Edited by Farhad Vladi
published by teNeues 2013 

c. 144 pp., Hardcover with jacket
c. 150 color photographs

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Luxury Private Islands

Human beings have always been fascinated by islands. Most of us dream about owning an island – a piece of paradise that can become a little world of its own according to one’s dreams and ideas. With over 200 fantastic color photos, Luxury Private Islands presents an inspiring insight into the most exclusive private islands in the most beautiful locations around the globe. 

Luxury Private Islands
Edited by Farhad Vladi
published by teNeues 2006

Size: 25 x 32 cm
220 pp., Hardcover with jacket
c. 200 color photographs


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