Private accommodations and buyouts have been popular in recent months as folks who travel aim to do so as privately as possible. As travel restrictions begin to open back up again, private accommodations are expected to be one of the biggest travel trends in 2021 and 2022. Here are six coastal hotels that are available for full buyouts, to give you and your travel group some quality vacation time and privacy.
Splendido Mare, A Belmond Hotel
Price: Starts at $29,000/night with a minimum two-night stay
Located down the hill from the iconic Hotel Splendido, the 14-room Splendido Mare is reopening on April 16 following a major renovation led by Paris-based designers FESTEN Architecture. Inspired by its history in a fishing village, the design will reflect the cultivated casual atmosphere with natural woods, ropes, and brass accents along with traditional Ligurian colors of sea green, terracotta, and amber. Extended families and small groups will enjoy this charming guesthouse in the heart of Portofino, complete with a traditional gozzo to explore the coast of the Italian Riviera.
andBeyond Mnemba Island
Guests: Up to 24
Price: Starts at $30,506/night
Located off the coast of Zanzibar, Mnemba Island is a tiny private island less than a mile in circumference. Guests can take off their shoes when they step onto the boat in Zanzibar, with no need to put them back on until they leave. With only 12 thatched roof bandas that take advantage of the outdoors (think: no doors, lots of outdoor seating, ocean views), the trip is the perfect antidote after too much time spent indoors. The clear turquoise waters offer a host of activities, including snorkeling on the coral reefs and sunset cruises on a Dhow, a local Swahili-style sailboat. For those who prefer to lounge on the sand, traditional Zanzibari beach beds offer the perfect place to laze.
Shou Sugi Ban House
Price: Starts at $112,500/week
The wellness retreat and destination spa opened in Water Mill in May 2019 as the first of its kind on Long Island. Available for a full buyout, the 13 guest studios are all accessible via private entrances to the outside. Each studio has its own locally-made, kobe-style bed, fireplace, and bathtub—half of which are Hinoki ofuro (Japanese soaking tubs). The team works closely with groups who buy out the property for an extended period to negotiate what they need and arrange the experiences they are interested in, including wellness programming (from yoga to reiki) and curated meals. The property’s three Teslas are even available for use. Onsite amenities include a private tennis court, a variety of pools, a thermal suite, a kitted out fitness studio, and a rooftop deck. And, of course, spa treatments are available on-property as well.
Four-Bedroom Pool Villa at La Samanna, A Belmond Hotel
Price: Starts at $3,750/night
La Samanna’s four-bedroom villas offer a private hideaway for families and groups. The two-level accommodations feature wrap-around terraces, full kitchens, indoor and outdoor dining spaces, and infinity pools—all with sweeping sea views. Guests of these cliffside villas can sprawl out with over 4,600 square-feet of space and enjoy intimate gatherings on the expansive private yard or starry nights on the rooftop deck.
andBeyond Benguerra Island
Guests: Up to 24
Price: Starts at $35,270/night
AndBeyond Benguerra Island sits on a quiet, protected lagoon in the Indian Ocean. Its 12 rooms all have small pools and are right on the beach. Located within the protected marine reserve of the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, this is a pick for the naturalist. The island has around 140 species of birds, from kingfishers to flamingos, and world-class snorkeling and scuba diving. Guests can also enjoy bareback horseback riding on the beach.
The Wauwinet, Nantucket
Price: Starts at $13,500/night
Situated on the northeast end of Nantucket, bordering the peaceful Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, the 32-room Wauwinet offers the feel of a private home and is the only property on Nantucket with access to two private beaches. Opened in 1875, it was one of the island’s first hotels. In 1882, the inn was purchased by the new owners for $1,700 and by the 1930s, taking a summer vacation on the elbow-shaped island was all the rage. During the fall, lobstering, surfcasting, and scenic drives to neighboring ‘Sconset in the property’s 1948 Woody are included in the stay.
Smaller groups might prefer The Anchorage House by Serena & Lily, a three-bedroom cottage accommodating up to seven guests. The cottage enjoys all the amenities at The Wauwinet, including access to private beaches on the Atlantic Ocean and Nantucket Bay.
Price: Starts at $1,200/night