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Ultimate escape: The private islands available to buy now

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Ilha da Josefa, Brazil

Image courtesy of Christie's International Real Estate

Whether it’s a private island owned by a celebrity trying to escape the paparazzi or the retreat of a superyacht owner prized for its deserted anchorages, owning a private island represents the ultimate home-from-home vacation. Click through our edit of the best private islands available to buy now to find your own piece of paradise.

Ilha da Josefa, Brazil

With emerald seas, thousands of beaches and a different island for every day of the year, Angra dos Reis (or the Bay of Kings) is where Rio de Janeiro’s elite head to escape the heat of the city. Less than 70 nautical miles from Copacabana beach, the 13 hectare Ilha da Josefa sits in a prime position in this marine wonderland.

Surrounded by vistas of the lush Atlantic Forest, the private island, just off Ilha da Gipóia, has already been developed as a summer retreat. A luxurious main house is dedicated to communal living areas, with an open-plan dining room, family room and kitchen. Three separate bungalows have five bedrooms with balconies all facing the sea. Other amenities include a pool, solarium and cellar, and there are three small houses for staff.

Two helipads enable easy access by air – it is less than a 30 minute flight from Rio de Janeiro’s Tom Jobim International Airport. When you want to explore the surrounding sea, there is also a boat dock and ramp.

Ilha da Josefa is listed for sale with price on application with Christie's International Real Estate.

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