#1 Velaa Private Island, the Maldives – $1.8 million
Located in the South Asian country in the Indian Ocean, Velaa Private Island is owned by Czech billionaire Jiri Smejc and is quite possibly the most luxurious resort in the Maldives. In addition to its white-sandy beaches and crystalline blue waters, Velaa Private Island houses a gym, a My Blend by Clarins spa and an impressive range of leisure facilities, which include squash and tennis courts, a climbing wall and a golf academy (complete with 170 metres of lush greens and a swing studio designed by Jose Maria Olazabal. In addition, the restaurants on Velaa serve simply sumptuous dishes, which make for a sublime vacation. Following substantial investment and development, the 45-villa resort can accommodate some 80 guests, with costs starting at $1.8 million per night for up to six nights’ exclusive rental.