Some well-heeled clients like to see and be seen at luxury resorts, but for others, particularly celebrities and politicos looking for a respite from public scrutiny, the real definition of luxury travel is utter seclusion.
One obvious answer is a private island experience, where the only other inhabitants are there to attend to the guests.
Those not inclined to buy their own island can add Royal Belize to their list of options for resort buyouts. The property is located on a private Caribbean island within a World Heritage Site and the South Water Caye Marine Reserve about nine miles off the coast of Belize. Although the property only opened in 2010, it has added some upgrades this season, including a dedicated helipad for private arrivals and two plunge pools.
In addition, the Villa Alba, the largest of the accommodations, has added a second bedroom suite with master bath and indoor garden.
There are three casitas in all at the property, and the way it works is that even if guests only book one, the other two will remain empty during their stay.
Other amenities include a concierge, personal chef, spa and watersports, including diving and snorkeling. The concierge can also arrange kayak and WaveRunner outings, helicopter tours and visits to Mayan ruins.
Casita rates start at $2,289 per night; $5,396 for all three. Prices, which require a three-night minimum, include all meals and beverages; activities except spa treatments and off-island tours; boat transfers on arrival and departure; and all taxes.
For details, visit www.PrivateVacationIsland.com.