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The Top 5 Private Island Rentals in the Indian Ocean

Art de Vivre is proud to announce its new luxury Private Island Collection. These islands feature exclusive-use rentals, often with their own endemic ecosystem and unique experiences for their prestigious guests. These island paradises are an unrivalled luxury escape for the adventurous traveller.

Cousine Island, Seychelles

As one of the smallest of the Seychelles islands, Cousine offers unparalleled privacy and seclusion to its visitors. With only four luxury villas on the entire island, and some of the most stunning views of untouched nature in the world, Cousine Island is a must visit for lovers of uninterrupted natural beauty. 

As well as being home to beautiful flora and fauna, Cousine Island hosts a variety of native animals, including lizards, turtles and birds. Visitors will be sharing the island with twelve Aldabra giant tortoises, and many extremely rare and exotic Seychelles birds, including the warbler, the blue pigeon and the sunbird. 

Cousine is one of the most conservation-friendly islands in the world. It is managed by the non-profit Nature Seychelles, and part of the profit from each stay at our Cousine Island villa goes towards conserving the island.

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Coco Privé, Kuda Hithi Island, Maldives

Of the 1192 islands that make up the Maldives, Kuda Hithi Island is one of the most beautiful. The island prides itself on being among the most exclusive in the world, reserved only for the lucky few who seek it out and choose to stay. 

At Coco Privé, visitors can walk across the white sandy beaches and soak in the sun by the azure sea or relax and unwind at the island’s luxurious private spa. Those who are feeling a little more adventurous can observe the island’s exotic colourful sea life while snorkeling, or ride the waves on a surfboard, jet ski or kayak.

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North Island, Seychelles

Much like Cousine, its Seychelles cousin, North Island is gorgeous and secluded with stunning beaches and views of the Indian Ocean. The people on the island are also equally dedicated to conserving the natural environment, which features abundant rare wildlife and plants.

The proprietors of North Island are extremely passionate about the wellness of their guests. The island has a spa that takes a holistic approach to rejuvenating the mind, body and soul. Where better to do that than on a private island, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and the everyday stress of modern life?

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Miavana, Madagascar

A stunning new exclusive-use private island located off the coast of Nosy Ankao. There are fourteen one, two and three bedroom villas decorating the western coast. With wild beaches, incredible diving, fishing, helicopter tours and a world class spa, Miavana brings a new level of luxury adventure to the Indian Ocean. Designed by Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, who also designed the award-winning North Island, Seychelles and Leobo Observatory Villa.

All aspects of design, construction and the management of the lodge have been created with the environment, local wildlife and regeneration of native plants in mind. Restoring the ecosystem by replanting trees endemic to the island has become an important role for the island. Conserving endemic species of wildlife prevents these rare and exclusive animals from becoming endangered. Community work that the estate has focused on includes building a local school and teaching sustainability. Solar, wind and Biomass energy is used to power the island to achieve an independent renewable resource for the villas’ delicate and isolated environment.

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Thanda Island, Tanzania

Opening to guests this month, Thanda Island is perhaps the most exclusive private island in the world. Ten years in development, Thanda Island will give visitors the chance to swim with whale sharks and watch nesting sea turtles in a private marine reserve. 

Thanda Island is located off the coast of Tanzania, in a very secluded location giving guests complete privacy in their personal paradise. The island’s sole villa sleeps up to ten guests, plus children, and has dedicated staff, catering to your every need. Excursions to other islands will be available, though Thanda Island should be varied and exciting enough for even the most experienced private island visitor.

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Our Private Island Collection is the perfect inspiration for a unique and beautiful holiday in the Indian Ocean; the most untouched paradises, fully staffed and featuring plenty of luxury facilities and experiences. We look forward to arranging your island stay, please do get in touch.

Top 10 Winter Sun Designer Villas

As we settle into our new worldwide villa seasonal collection, we feature a selection of the Top 10 Winter Sun Designer Villas for rental. Located across the globe in Africa, Thailand, Mustique, Seychelles, Mexico, St Barts, Brazil, Turks & Caicos, Bali and Anguilla.

These winter sun luxury designer villas for rental are a taster of our collection. For further details, send us an email on [email protected]

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South Africa Reserve Lodge 309

Sleeps 6 + 3 | 4 Bedrooms | Private Pool
12,000 acre Private Estate | Observatory
Architects Silvio Rech & Lesley Carstens
Guest lodges available for extra guests


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Phuket Residence 801

Sleeps 20 | 3 Villas & a Penthouse
Private Pools | Dedicated kids' hotel | Spa
On-site gourmet restaurant | Private Gym
Private Cinema | Designers' collaboration


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Seychelles Villa 407 | Praslin

Sleeps 10 + 2 | 5 Suites | Private Beach
Back to Nature | Main Villa & 2 Guest Villas
Discreet | Private Pools | Tropical Gardens
Handcrafted artwork | Private Wine Cellar


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Mexico Villa 702 | Punta Mita

Sleeps 18 + ch | 9 Suites | Private Pool
Oceanfront location | Crowns dramatic cliff
Architects: Manolo Mestre, Juan Collignon & Karen Collignon | Mexican arts and crafts


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Brazil Villa 601 | Búzios

Sleeps 10 | 5 Bedrooms | Private Pool
Contemporary design | Stunning Sea Views
Gourmet Kitchen | Floor-to-ceiling windows
Natural Light | Waterfalls & Fountains


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Turks&Caicos 523| Providenciales

Sleeps 12 | 6 Bedrooms | Private Pool
Private Beach Access | 10-acre gardens
European, Asian & African Antiques
Mexican architect, Marco Aldaco


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Bali Villa 803 | Cemagi

Sleeps 10 | 5 Bedrooms | Private Pool
Contemporary Balinese Design | Ocean view
Architect Ernesto Bedmar | Lush Gardens Black sand beach | Authentic Cuisine


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Mustique Villa 525 | South Hilltop

Sleeps 10 | 6 Bedrooms | Private Pool
Panoramic Caribbean views | Contemporary
Italian architect Paolo Piva | Media Room
Additional Guest Cottage available


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St Barts Villa 511

Sleeps 10 + 4 | 6 Bedrooms | Beachfront
White-sand beach | Crystal-clear waters
Stunning ocean views | Private "mirror" pool
Architect Firm Olivier Dain Perspectives

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Anguilla 601 | Black Garden Bay

Sleeps 10 | 4 Suites + 1 Bedr | Private Pool
Panoramic ocean views | Asian elements
Natural Beauty | Architect Frank Hamilton
Interiors by Cecconi Simone | Beachfront


For further details on our collection of chalets and villas around the world, send us an email on [email protected]


Top 10 Designer Alpine Chalets

As we settle into our new winter seasonal collection, we feature the Top 10 Designer Alpine Chalets for rental this year across the Swiss and French Alps. Located in Switzerland are a selection of stylish chalets in Verbier, Zermatt, Davos Klosters and St Moritz. In the French Alps we feature stunning chalets in Courchevel 1850 and Val d'Isère.

These alpine private designer chalets for rental are a taster of our collection. For further details, send us an email on [email protected]

Zermatt Chalet 159 |Switzerland

Sleeps 10 + | 5 Bedrooms | Private Pool
Built into Mountain-side | Alpine Glamour
Architects Mooser Lauber Stucky | Spa
Michelin-star Gourmet Chef | Awardwinning
Panoramic Views over Village & Matterhorn


Val d’Isère Chalet 149 | France

Sleeps 10 + 4 | 6 Bedrooms | Private Pool
Alpine Chic | Glamorous Pool with Hot Tub
Panoramic Views | Expansive living area
Private Cave & Fromagerie | Hammam
Situated in the Heart of Val d’Isère

Courchevel Chalet 119 | France

Sleeps 12 | 6 Bedrooms | Wellness Area
Ultra modern contemporary interior design
Large living area with piano & high ceiling
Sauna, Jacuzzi & Steam Room | Office Area
Home Cinema | Fitness Room | Large Garage


Verbier Chalet 140 | Switzerland

Sleeps 10 | 5 Bedrooms | Private Pool
Modern Design | Authentic Atmosphere
Architect Cittolin Polli | Panoramic Views
Glamorous Private Cinema | Games Room
Private Wine Cellar | Seclusion & Privacy



Courchevel Chalet 126 | France

Sleeps 14 | 6 Bedrooms | Private Pool
Elegant, Stylish & Traditional | Private Chef
Office Space | Located close to town centre
Cinema Room | Fitness Room | Fir Trees
Magnificent views | Built in Savoyard style


Zermatt Chalet 163 |Switzerland

Sleeps 10 adults + 2 | 5 Bedrooms
Chic & Stylish | French stone open fireplace
Expansive outdoor living area | Games room
Breathtaking scenic views | Home Cinema
Built on hillside in exclusive Petite Village


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St Moritz Chalet 155|Switzerland

Sleeps 12 adults | 7 Bedrooms
Stylish Mountain Design | Panoramic View
Private Steamroom & Sauna | Home Cinema
Architect Renato Maurizio | Glass Walkway
Intimate drawing room with open fireplace

Verbier Chalet 146 | Switzerland

Sleeps 18 | 7 Suites & 2 Bedr | Private Pool
Grandeur & Elegance | Classic Entertaining
Old Fashioned Ambience | Private Library
Impressive Wine Cellar | Home Cinema
Breathtaking Alpine Views | Rich Colours


Courchevel Chalet 122 | France

Sleeps 8 + 5 | 5 Bedrooms | Private Pool
Alpine Chic | Panoramic views of the Valley
Top London Interior Designer | Ski in ski out
Private Gym, Jacuzzi, Hammam & Sauna
Chauffeured 4x4 Caravelle facility


Davos Klosters 103 |Switzerland

Sleeps 12 + 4 | 6 Bedrooms | Private Pool
Chic & Contemporary Interiors | Discreet
Library, Study & TV Room | Ski in, ski out
Stunning views towards peaks of Engadine
Toys, sledges, games & books | Jacuzzi


For further details on our collection of chalets and villas around the world, send us an email on [email protected]