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5 Luxury Resorts with their own Airstrip

Luxury is being in a state of great comfort and style, and there are many resorts around the world that pride themselves in offering this standard of service. Hotels that stand by this reputation guarantee first class catering and amenities, alongside outstanding dining options and guest activities. However, there are a few that go the extra mile, offering features that a five star hotel rating does not do justice. There is arguably no more luxurious way to travel to your destination than right to its doorstep by chartering a jet to its own private airstrip, and this list is a compilation of the world’s most lavish resorts where you can do just that.


Musha Cay, Bahamas


Musha Cay is a private island in the Southern Bahamas owned by illusionist David Copperfield. Under his supervision the resort has undergone a $35 million renovation, transforming it from a desolate island into a one of a kind paradise. As part of the project, a 2000ft airstrip was installed, which welcomes guests arriving by private jet or Musha Cay’s charter flight service. The island consists of five elegant villas and a central relaxation area that contains a restaurant and a games room designed by Copperfield himself. Only one party of up to 24 people is welcome on the island at one time, which allows this destination to be truly exclusive.


Nanuku, Fiji


20 minutes is all that’s needed to make the journey between Nadi International airport in Fiji and Nanuku’s private airstrip. Once landed, visitors are just minutes away from the resort’s front desk, where they are welcomed to the exotic Pacific island. Guests are able to make use of two miles of private beach that is ideal for paddle boarding, kayaking and snorkeling. There are two types of accommodation available on the 55 acres of land: the Vunikau Residence, which provides stunning views from atop a mountainous perch, and the Beachfront Villas.


San Lorenzo, Italy

Landschaft, Umgebung

A stay at San Lorenzo lodge in the Dolomites not only provides residence to one of the most elegant accommodations in the Alps, but also private ownership of the 42 acre valley surrounding it. Contained within this space is an exclusive helicopter landing zone where guests can arrive after a short four minute flight from Bolzano airport. However, that is not all the helicopter can be used for. As well as the resort having its very own 19-hole golf course, there are numerous other courses in the Alps that can be flown to, each one with its own helipad.


Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives


The secluded island of Addu Attol’s airport can be reached via private jet after a 70 minute flight from Malé. Guests arrive in style to two miles of lagoon, where Villingili Resort and Spa is located. This five star residence, owned by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, gives visitors the option of staying by the beach, in a treehouse, or in a lodge built over the water. Addu Attol is also just a short boat ride away from a ten mile path where it is possible to use the bikes supplied by Villingili to cycle between four further luxurious islands. Here, swimming with dolphins, shipwreck diving, and a nine-hole golf course is available.


Amanpulo, Philippines


Pamalican Island in the Philippines, home to the Amanpulo resort, is currently only accessible by plane. It takes only an hour to fly by private jet between Manila airport and the island’s own runway. The most iconic feature of this resort is its white sand beaches and crystal clear water, which is ideal for diving and water sports. The long stretch of sand is also home to hundreds of turtles that nest on the beach between Spring and Autumn. Stars like Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and Robert De Niro have all reportedly been guests at Amanpulo, however for the sake of discretion, hotel workers have never confirmed this.


Musha Cay image courtesy of cdorobek
Nanuku image courtesy of Roderick Eime
San Lorenzo image courtesy of My Private Villas
Villingili Resort & Spa image courtesy of Easa Shamih
Amanpulo image courtesy of The Wandering Angel