Almost everyone has answered the hypothetical ‘what would you do if you had a billion dollars?’ question with the dreamy ‘buy my own private island’ at some point. If having an exotic island all to yourself has been your recurring fantasy, you now have a chance to actualise it by renting a Caribbean island. The Gladden Island, a strikingly beautiful cluster on the barrier reef of Belize in the Caribbean Sea, is now available rent.
An entire island at your disposal, in an extraordinary location like the Caribbean, predictably comes with a steep price tag. The Gladden Island will set you back by £2200 or Rs 2,04,968 per night. Yes, you need some deep pockets to afford this luxury. But hey, it’s still a lot cheaper than buying one and thus perhaps, a more realistic way of living up the dream. When you take a close look at what the Gladden Island has in store for you, Rs 2 lakh per night does not seem like such a bad bargain.
Situated 32 km off the Placencia coast, Gladden is far removed from the mainland and in proximity to the preserved portion of the reef. The destination treats you to expansive stretches of calm blue ocean waters. It is also within a few kilometres of the famous Gladden Split known as the annual congregation point of whale sharks, which can be a once in a lifetime experience if you time your visit right.
Apart from its idyllic location, the Gladden Island is a destination to aspire for for the unbridled bespoke luxury that awaits you here. The cost of renting this Caribbean Island is entirely all-inclusive. We are talking gourmet meals, drinks on the house, spa treatments, snorkelling, excursions, scuba diving and PADI certification. The rental for this Caribbean Island also includes transfers from Belize City and back, of which one way is a helicopter transfer that flies you over the barrier reef.
The ‘Rent Your Own Island in Caribbean’ listing for Gladden reads, “Stand in the entryway and let your eyes wander across the swimming pool to the coral reef beyond. Slip into the master suite, a soothing enclave of dark woods complemented by wide windows overlooking the ocean. Climb to the roof terrace to soak up the sun and bask in the panorama of aquamarine lagoons as far as the eye can see. The villa was built for two, but a second master bedroom can comfortably accommodate another couple should you decide that such dazzling beauty deserves to be shared. Moonlit dining on our rooftop terrace, romantic dinners on the beach, or poolside tapas are standard fare. Organic produce grown in Gladdens Garden, fresh fish straight from the surrounding waters, and dishes accompanied by our curated wine collection ensure that dining reaches new heights on Gladden.”
Infinity pools, a room overlooking the ocean, a cosy villa designed for two, moonlit dinners, custom-made meals prepared to order, a chance to sample the native Belizian cuisine, unabated supply of wine – sounds like the dream destination for a romantic getaway. Honeymoon, a milestone anniversary or just an excuse to rekindle the spark with your significant other – the Gladden Island is calling out you.