The understanding of luxury has changed. Now, with limited raw land and true wilderness remaining, the ultimate definition of luxury is actually space and freedom.
Globalization, the move to urban areas, and enormous population growth have left the world with not much in terms of untainted spaces, and, as Boyd Ferguson, designer at Cecile and Boyd’s in South Africa, says, “The world is finally waking up to the new luxury, where bling is forgotten and conservation is king.”
According to Megan de Beyer, an ecopsychologist based in the United Kingdom, “Untouched wildness is down to one percent, and even though there are reserves and conservation areas in the world, only perhaps nine percent of land impacted by humans are being protected.”
But there are people who have been looking at wild lands and islands in particular as a way to promote conservation. Adriana Cisneros,
The view from a villa at Song Saa
Although island prices took a while to
Christie’s International Real Estate also announced its own version of luxury island real estate with the fully customizable Amirallah Private Islands that will be eco-friendly and, as floating manmade structures, also totally portable and self-sufficient.
Then there is Singita, the conservation brand from Africa, known for its design by Cecile and Boyd’s that has a new project in Mozambique on a private island. Funded by billionaire and Robinhood.org member Paul Tudor Jones, Singita’s whole ethos is about conservation and inspiring people to invest in philanthropy that saves the earth. Luke Bailes, CEO of Singita, says, “I want to link governments and like-minded billionaires with a commercial business like Singita so that we can be serious about at-risk areas in the world.”
Some islands to explore and peruse before purchasing your own.
Hidden in the middle of the country’s many islands, the locals also make the experience rich and fulfilling.
How to get there: A private charter from Manila takes you straight to the island. (aman.com)
SONG SAA, CAMBODIA
The one and only private island for exclusive use in Cambodia
How to get there: A boat from Phnom Penh will take you straight to the island. (songsaa.com)
Inside a villa at Song Saa
Every single detail was strategically planned to blend as much as possible with Fijian roots, culture, and nature.
How to get there: A charter hop from Hong Kong brings you straight to the island. (laucala.com)
An aerial view of Laucala
The pool bar
Ultimate privacy makes this a slice of heaven.
How to get there: A quick drive from Dubai gets you directly to the Arabian Peninsula. (zayanuraiisland.com)