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Ultimate escape: The private islands available to buy now

Ultimate escape: The private islands available to buy now

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Young Island, St Vincent & the Grenadines

Image courtesy of Sotheby's International Realty

Lying tantalisingly close to the main island of St Vincent, Young Island is a five hectare slice of emerald green forest with a colourful history. It was gifted its name more than 200 years ago when Joseph Chatoyer, a Carib chief, swapped it in exchange for a fine stallion that belonged to Sir William Young, a British colonial governor.

In more recent times Young Island was transformed into a luxury resort by John Houser of the Hilton Group, before it was taken over by its current Vincentian owners in 1980. The heart-shaped hideaway is dotted with 29 cottages, which sit along its hillside and offer commanding ocean views. A small dock has its own private ferry service to escort guests across the 182 metres of sea that separate it from the mainland. Other facilities include a relaxed restaurant, an offshore swim-up bar and a cocktail lounge. There is also an oceanside spa and sailing centre.

The island is currently rented for about $125,000 a week, but a new owner might decide to keep it all to themselves.

Young Island is listed for sale with Sotheby's International Realty for XCD $27 million.

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