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Hot hotels: on private islands

Every year, trend reports say the same thing: what travellers want is privacy, exclusivity and space. This year, we’re inclined to agree, which is why High Life is gazing lovingly at hotspots that offer all three. Hannah Ralph heads to the islands…

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Silver Island Yoga, Greece

There aren’t as many private island resorts in Greece as one might first suspect (at least not islands accessible to us travel folk). Thankfully, Silver Island (opening image and above) is the needle in a rather glorious haystack. With exclusive use of this killer real estate, Silver Island Yoga offers 60 acres of pure Grecian cliché: baby blues against stark whites, tumbling olive groves, crumbling churches and cypress trees aplenty. It’s also where, for six nights full board, up to 11 guests can heal the spirit and bend the body with an itinerary so laid back that you’ll have no choice but to give into total rejuvenation. There’s ocean-side yoga (a morning and evening practice), hearty vegetarian menus and organic wines sipped around long, social tables, along with a whole island to explore – be it by foot, bicycle or kayak.

Wannabe yogis can either hop on a three-hour bus ride from Athens airport or go privately with Athens Taxi Transfers. Both will take you Oreoi port, from where the Silver Island boat departs, dropping you at the island in around 20 minutes.

In the main house, there are two twin rooms and one single room up for grabs, then another three bedrooms in the villa. The single room is €300 more, so it works out cheaper to take a buddy or share.

Leave the laptop behind. This island is a Wi-Fi free zone, packed with cutesy pets, all manner of books and tempting trails. Here, you choose just how busy you want to be.  

Take off to Silver Island

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