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Four Seasons Offers New Private Island in Maldives

If you’re looking for a private island experience like no other, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts’ first private Maldivian island at Voavah, Baa Atoll should do the trick.

Set to open in late 2016, this remote five-acre oasis – part of the company’s selection of Extraordinary Experiences – is entirely yours throughout your stay, including its seven bedrooms, Oceans of Consciousness Spa, dive center and 62-foot (18.9 meter) yacht. The double-story resort also features an open-air living room, dining room, kitchen, pool deck, gym, library and loft lounge; and if that’s not impressive enough, the over-water spa will also be available for a variety of wellness therapies and rituals, including yoga, high-end beauty treatments and Rossano Ferretti hair consultancy services.

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As the island is the world’s only exclusive-use UNESCO retreat in a World Network of Biosphere Reserves, the resort was constructed in consultation with local environmental groups with the aim of maintaining the balance between humans and nature so the conservation angle is very strong. Activities such as diving with whale sharks, snorkeling with manta rays, swimming with turtles and surfing are only some of the unique educational conservation activities Four Seasons has to offer.

“As the latest addition to our Extraordinary Experiences collection, the island speaks to the company’s commitment to perfecting the guest experience and our ability to re-imagine the limits of luxury travel in creative and innovative ways. It’s just one of the many ways we’re constantly evolving our offerings to deliver the kind of memorable, fully-customized and exclusive experiences our guests want and value,” said Mike Crawford, President, Asia Pacific.

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The property is also projected to be a favorite amongst the rich and famous for its seclusion and exclusivity. To put into perspective how isolated it is: it takes a 40-minute seaplane transfer from the Male International Airport, or 20-minute speedboat ride from the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru to get there. Surrounded by fine white sand and azure waters, Voavah is only one of the 75 islands of Baa Atoll, of which 13 are inhabited. If you’re expecting a larger crowd though, you might want to look instead to Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands, which can sleep 34 adults, perfect for all your VIP party needs.

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Richard Branson’s Necker Island Villa Burns in Fire

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Kate Winslet and members of Richard Branson‘s family escaped unharmed Monday when a lightning storm hit the Virgin tycoon’s Caribbean island home, which was destroyed in a blaze.

Winslet carried Branson’s 90-year-old mother Eve out of The Great House on Necker Island as the flames took hold in the early hours of the morning.

“She (Winslet) was staying there with her children and in fact it was she who carried my mother out of the house,” Branson told Britain’s ITV News.
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Branson’s Necker Belle Sets BVI Regatta Record

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Sir Richard Branson just set a new record in the British Virgin Islands with his 105-ft. carbon fibre catamaran Necker Belle.

While manning the helm Branson had the distinction of captaining the largest multihull to ever participate in a BVI regatta.

While he didn’t actually win the race, he added one more honorific to his considerable list and got some great advertising for the stylish craft, which charters out at $100,000 per week. Originally built in 2003 it was relaunched in 2009.
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Richard Branson’s Catamaran Is Open For Charter

Richard Branson has completed a refit of his 105-foot carbon fiber catamaran and is offering it for charter this season, starting next month.

Originally launched as the Lady Barbaretta in 2003 and now named Necker Belle, she spent two years being done over at Australia’s Azzura Marine and their in-house fittings division AM Interiors.

The speedy little tart is capable of topping 20 knots while under sail and 18 knots under power with all the stability one would expect of a big cat.
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David Beckham Rents Private Island for Victoria

British football star David Beckham is planning to take his wife Victoria to the very exclusive Necker island for their wedding anniversary.

The two have been married for 10 years now.

“Becks has pulled in a few favours. He bought Victoria a lot of other gifts to mark the occasion but the big surprise is the holiday to Necker.
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Necker Island Rental

Sir Richard Branson’s famous Necker Island, a 74 acre paradise in the British Virgin Islands, can be rented for $47,000 a night for up to 28 guests.

If that sounds a little steep, there are certain times when you can rent rooms in one of the island’s six guest houses starting at $23,500 a week.

Amenities on the island include two freshwater pools and Jacuzzi, tennis courts, water sports, fishing, spa and everything that can be expected on the ultimate idyllic island paradise.

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