It’s the ultimate property fantasy – a private piece of land, surrounded by water. And, says Max Davidson, you can be lord of all you survey for less than the price of a London flat – Max Davidson is a seasoned traveller, wit, raconteur, bon vivant and cricket tragic. He spent part of his childhood in Africa, which remains his favourite continent, and makes an annual foodie pilgrimage to Venice every October. He is the author of six novels and books about sportsmanship.
7 Private islands that cost less than a flat in London
1. Price: £2.2 million. The Savage Jungle
Savage Jungle in the Patagonia region of southern Chile calls to mind Jurassic Park, with its lush forests and towering cliffs. It’s surrounded by majestic fjords and boasts no fewer than 26 waterfalls.
Looks pretty nice, right? It’s an investment opportunity too: The asking price gets you exclusive developer rights to build on the 790-square-mile island.
2. Price: £2 million. Island of Coast Sicily
This egg-shaped island off the coast of Sicily features a peaceful bay on one side and dramatic cliffs on the other, as well as a natural marina for your yacht. You do own a yacht, don’t you?
3. Price: £600,000. St. Bees Island
Approaching it by helicopter would look like this. You’d basically be Tony Stark.
4. Price: £625,000. Moute Iti island
This is Moute Iti, French Polynesia. 4,500 square metres of white-sand paradise, dotted with buildings constructed in local Tahitian style — all of them yours to own — and situated in the most beautiful part of the Bora Bora lagoon.
5. Price: £4.7 million. The beauty Ariara
Ariara is a beautiful, untouched tropical island in the Philippines. It’s surrounded by a dazzling coral reef and offers complete privacy, despite being only 60 minutes by plane from the capital, Manila.
6. Price: £2.5 million. Big Gooseberry
Big Gooseberry Island in Nova Scotia, Canada, boasts 50 acres, two homes, and a boathouse. Should the isolation get too much, there’s a yacht club and golf course a short boat ride away. The brochure also promises, “mixed woods, an old ‘Acadian Forest’, open meadows, sea breezes and ocean views”.
7. Price: £1.5 million. The Ailsa Craig
It might not be a tropical paradise, but Ailsa Craig, 10 miles off the Ayrshire coast, is still a pretty spectacular getaway with its four cottages, ruined castle, and status as a national sea bird sanctuary.
But if your wallet is bigger than this, you might as well buy something out of the ordinary.