We’ve all dreamed of the jetset lifestyle – quaffing champagne at 37,000 feet en route towards the kinds of luxury resorts and retreats that make up a secluded island paradise. When it comes to making that dream of a secluded getaway a reality, though, it can be difficult to live up to expectations. How do you set about organising island escapes? What’s the process of securing private jet charter flights? And is it even worth it to charter a private jet?
This article will answer all of these questions and more, bringing you into the fold of elite travel and luxury retreats by really drilling down into some of the world’s most exclusive island hopping destinations. If luxury getaways are what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place, so sit back, grab a passionfruit martini and get that beach costume you ordered – we’ll soon be on the way!
Private jet travel offers many benefits, but with so much control there are also a lot of key decisions to be made. When the entire world is one big potential runway, the first choice is quite simple: where to land? Luxury retreats and elite vacations are an industry in themselves, with every potential host vying for the attention of the would-be jet charter arrival. Thankfully, you’re not alone when it comes to choosing a venue for your private island experience.
Renowned for its overwater bungalows and pristine beaches, the Maldives is a top destination for privacy and luxury. The attractions in this island paradise aren’t confined to the manmade, though, as the glittering beaches strewn with bioluminescent plankton will attest to. This is the perfect destination for private jet travellers seeking a secluded paradise full of surprises, with plenty of Instagram potential to boot!
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Famous for its turquoise waters and luxurious resorts, Bora Bora offers an idyllic escape with breath-taking scenery thanks to the volcano – thankfully extinct! – that the island is formed around. The difficulty of accessing this remote destination (which sees only 4 arrival flights per day) testifies to its exclusivity, making it an ideal place to truly test the logistical abilities of elite air charter service providers like Skyllence!
A huge archipelago of 115 islands, the Seychelles promises choice in abundance. This pluralism in destinations all within the microcosm of one country is reflected in the nature, too, with unique biodiversity on show. Pair that with world-renowned luxury resorts and the promise of private islands, and exclusive jet-setters are on to a winner here.
Known for its stunning sunsets and white-washed buildings, Santorini offers travellers a blend of natural beauty and luxury, and is one of the most accessible destinations on this list for European private jet passengers. Being in Greece, there’s also the added benefit of a wealth of cultural heritage on your doorstep, and a near-infinite number of intriguing excursions only a short boat ride – or jet hop – away.
Offering a blend of heritage and luxury resorts, Bali is a popular choice for travellers who seek both relaxation and cultural immersion. The island’s antipodean reputation as somewhat of a party town is perhaps a little unfair, but don’t be mistaken: if you’re a private jet client in search of a good time, you’re sure to find it in Bali.
If it’s a private island that you’re after, the fact that Fiji is composed of over 300 makes it perfect in this regard. Beyond availability and sheer numbers, Fiji is also synonymous with luxury, and is home to some of the world’s most exclusive island resorts. This makes it the ideal destination for those seeking the seemingly paradoxical: untold luxury and complete seclusion – a heady combination that Fiji has somehow managed to achieve.
St. Barts, The Caribbean
St. Barts has a reputation as a playground for the rich and famous, offering exclusivity and elegance alongside the glitz and glamour that one might expect. If you’re looking to rub shoulders with other elite guests rather than indulging in the secluded island luxury offered by other elite destinations on this list, St. Barts is a prime candidate.
With its close proximity to the U.S., The Bahamas is a popular destination for quick island getaways for American private travel clients. That’s not to say that it’s the location alone that draws so many private plane charters to The Bahamas every year, though, as it’s also an incredible elite destination in its own right. Luxury jets that arrive here are promised crystal-clear waters, infinite relaxation, and a place to truly cast aside any worries – at least until the flight home lands, anyway!
The diverse landscapes of Hawaii have to be seen to be believed. Like Bora Bora, this is a landscape formed seismologically – although, in Hawaii’s case, the volcanos that litter its skyline are only dormant, rather than inactive! The staggering scenery on offer in this luxury island paradise appeals to everyone – from thrill-seekers to private jet clients simply seeking a more dramatic backdrop in front of which to sip piña coladas. Whichever crowd you fall into, make no mistake: Hawaii will leave you stunned.
The final island on this list is perhaps the least secluded, with its proximity to mainland Europe arguably having led to some of the more consumerist urges of the continent rubbing off. That’s not to say that this isn’t an elite escape, though – anything but, as the retinue of luxury shops and unique gourmet experiences on offer in Capri will attest to. For those looking to blend island beauty with the traditional charms of a luxury getaway, Capri is the perfect destination.
It’s probably clear by now that private jet travel is the primary mode of transport when you’re thinking of jetsetting off to a luxury island getaway, but what makes it such a perfect fit? The difference between private charter flights and commercial travel will become glaringly obvious throughout your trip, but there are three key areas where going private really lends that little extra stardust:
If you’re heading to an island escape, chances are the fact that there’s significant exclusivity available has played a role in your choice. Extending that to your travel solution is invaluable, as any vacation in search of privacy that’s bookended by hours crammed on a commercial flight surely can’t be said to have achieved its purpose. Far better to remove your co-passengers from the equation by flying private, meaning that getting away from the crowds can begin as soon as you arrive at the VIP terminal.
Island destinations aren’t easy to reach. A cursory glance at Skyscanner will attest to the myriad of interweaving connecting flights that any far-flung getaway is likely to involve, but private jet services allow you to bypass this drawback completely. Instead, your flight is kept as direct as possible, and any transfers that must occur do so in continuous luxury and – most importantly – are handled entirely by your provider. Phew!
Think of all of your bugbears with commercial travel, write them down on a list, and simply email it to your private charter jet provider with the world “avoid” written in block capitals at the top. Sound good? Menu choices, passenger manifest, even the colour of the seats – it’s all up to you when you fly private. What could be more luxurious than getting exactly what you want?
Locking in Luxury
Whether a HNWI seeking exclusive luxury, a travel enthusiast with a fondness for the remote, a family looking for an island getaway, or a VIP client in search of privacy and convenience, an island escape is the perfect type of vacation. When paired with private charter flights from Skyllence, travellers can expect complete privacy, unmatched convenience, and an entirely personalised trip, with tailored solutions at every turn. Little wonder, then, that so many return to book with them, but how do you make this dream a reality?
According to Skyllence CEO, Vilma Vaitiekunaite, it’s actually fairly straightforward:
“When clients come to us looking to secure our private charter services for an elite getaway, they often think that there’ll be an incredibly drawn-out, elaborate procedure. In truth, it’s fairly simple. We can get the ball rolling with as little information as your destination, preferred date, and number of passengers – anything beyond that will fall into place as we flesh out the details later on. This means that you can have something on your calendar in a few short hours, leaving you plenty of time to scope out the perfect beach outfit!”