5 Top Island Destinations for Celebration Travel

Are you planning a trip with your friends, celebrating a special birthday or a girls’ weekend away? You hate big resorts and busy hotels… but love peace and quiet, absorbing the ocean’s waves and salty air. Then we’ve picked the best island resorts that cater for celebrations and groups – but that are private enough for you to enjoy in solitude and luxury.

Thanda Island

Thanda Island

Thanda Island is one of the world’s most exclusive island getaways, a paradise for you to enjoy in complete privacy with family and friends. It’s a tropical island, in the Indian Ocean just off the east coast of Tanzania, with a single luxurious villa and two traditional Tanzanian Bandas. Situated in its own marine reserve, you can bathe in blue heaven with the gentlest giant of the ocean, the whale shark, and watch sea turtles nesting.

Here, you can rest, rejuvenate and enjoy adventure sports, where shades of turquoise infuse your days and tropical spices your nights.

Thanda Island was voted the World’s Leading Exclusive Private Island by the 2016 World Travel Awards and features on the Condé Nast Traveler ‘Hot List 2017’ .

Looking after your every need on Thanda Island is a select team dedicated entirely to you, including your own Executive Head Chef, Butlers, Hostess, Housekeepers, Cocktail Barman, Boatmen, Snorkelling Guide, Dive Instructor, Fishing Guide and Spa Therapist. It’s your Private Island, Coral Reef and Villa.

Unique Selling Points

  • Your own private island in the Indian Ocean a short flight from Dar Es Salam
  • Swim with whale sharks and experience exceptional marine life
  • Your own coral reef
  • An array of water sports included in the daily rate
  • Your own butlers, chef, barmen just to name a few…

If you’d like to book the island for your 50th birthday celebration or a large multi-generational get together, this is the island for you.

Soneva Jani

With slides that go directly from your water villa into the ocean, even adults can become kids again. With an over-water villa suitable for larger families, ranging from 1 bedroom Water Retreats to 4-bedroom Water Reserves with their own slides into the sea and a retractable roof.

The resort can be reached by a scenic 40- minute seaplane flight direct from Malé International Airport, a 60-minute speedboat ride from Soneva Fushi, or by a leisurely half-day cruise from Soneva Fushi onboard Soneva in Aqua.

Experiences at its best at Soneva Jani including “Cinema Paradiso” – the first overwater silent cinema in the Maldives! Guests are provided with Bluetooth headphones, leaving the surrounding nesting wildlife at peace. Indulge in delicious popcorn and prosecco, as well as comfortable loungers to recline under the stars as you classic or inspirational movies.

Unique Selling Points

  • Experience a night under the stars, at the first overwater observatory in the Maldives.
  • Water slides into the sea from selected villas
  • Housed in the extraordinary wine tower within the Gathering, the Wine Cellar features a selection that includes mostly organic or biodynamic wines.
  • Overwater spa

Alphonse Island

Get back to nature as part of your celebration! Alphonse Island is an outer island in the Seychelles and is the perfect way to get away from it all. The island has its own airstrip, organic garden and offers a variety of ways to explore its azure waters.

Beautiful white beaches line the edges of the dense natural forest, interspersed with the remnants of old commercial coconut groves. Here you will find ancient ambling tortoises, scurrying crabs and an interesting array of bird species. Incredible experiences are on offer here for a celebration group including a flats lunch where your feet dangle in the water while you eat your lunch on a sandbank.

Unique Selling Points

  • 22 Bungalows and 5 suites allow the perfect amount of accommodation for a celebration
  • Pristine marine life in the outer islands of the Seychelles
  • Private yacht available for exclusive use
  • Authentic Seychelles experience

Denis Island

Book the entire island, or book a few villas, with your family! Denis Island caters for families or multi-generational holidays. Kids can explore the island – with or without their parents – on bicycles and learn all about the fauna and flora. Great value for money this island is located 25 minutes from Mahé

It’s a place where you can bathe along beaches renowned the world over for their pristine beauty, snorkel in a sea turtle sanctuary, spot some of the rarest birds on earth, and go sport-fishing at the edge of a continental ocean drop-off… and all of that in a single day.

You won’t find a signal for your mobile phone when you arrive. There is no in-room internet. No cable television. This is for you to unplug from digital distraction and reconnect to the loved ones you hold dear, and to the earth that you share with them.On Denis, you’ll re-discover a forgotten mode of luxury: one of real food and real people, immersed in nature on one of the most secluded islands in the world.

Unique Selling Points

  • Off the “grid” where there are no modern-day distractions
  • Pristine with a rustic yet authentic Seychelles experience
  • Great value for money
  • Conservation projects that guests can experience

Zanzibar Constance Aiyana

celebration travel

The newly opened resort, Zanzibar Constance Aiyana, is set on the northern edge of Pemba Island. Surrounded by coral reefs, the entire island is famous as being a top diving site. Guests can walk on the sandbanks and pure white beaches. There’s an amazing spa on the island, perfect for pampering! The resort’s restaurant, The Aiyana, focuses on Zanzibar’s flavourful cuisine and sets up dinners on the beach, in the restaurant or under a traditional umbrella.

Unique Selling Points

  • 30 Villas
  • Private and remote, few tourists and no crowds
  • 30 minutes flight from Zanzibar
  • Children are welcome so it’s perfect for a multi-generational trip
  • Off-site dive center

Chat to us if you’d like to book an island holiday for a family event or celebration.