The famous islands from DiCaprio to Depp
Discovering the most spectacular atolls owned by celebrities, open to unforgettable stays or exclusive parties
To discover the most spectacular atolls owned by celebrities, the first to buy an island was the actor Marlon Brando in 1962, when during the shooting of the film The Bounty mutiny was fascinated by the beauty of French Polynesia. After the film, he returned to the distant archipelago, married the beautiful Tarita and in 1967 retired to the atoll of Tetiaroa, transforming it into his own personal and exclusive paradise. Today the heirs of Brando have sold the island that has become a luxury resort (thebrando.com), 15 minutes by plane from Tahiti, frequented by personalities of the show and politics. The last famous guest was former president Barak Obama who took refuge here to write his memoirs.
There are many celebrities – actors, directors, singers and industrialists – who have followed the example of Marlon Brando, buying dream islands, golden shelters, many of which in certain periods of the year open to visits, stays or fairytale weddings, exclusive and expensive. Here are ten private atolls to discover and dream.
Blackadore Caye, Belize
Purchased 12 years ago by the American actor Leonardo di Caprio, this beautiful uninhabited island off the coast of Belize, in Central America, is a golden refuge and an interesting ecological project: the actor, convinced environmentalist, has opened the island to the public and is building a resort according to the most advanced criteria of sustainable tourism. There are 72 bungalows and villas, powered by renewable energy and solar-powered desalination devices. The project, which is inspired by the ancient Mayan ruins, is environmentally friendly and built with sustainable materials also to preserve the beauty and uniqueness of the island, which lies close to the second largest coral reef in the world.
Little Hall’s Pond, Bahamas
Galeotto was the set of the film Pirates of the Caribbean: fascinated by the beauty of the archipelago of the Bahamas, the actor Johnny Depp in 2004 decided to buy a small atoll, just like his inspirational star, Marlon Brando. The tiny 45-acre paradise off Great Exuma, which Depp called the eldest Lily-Rose Melody, has six beautiful beaches and everything works thanks to solar energy. Here three years ago he remarried with Amber Heard, today his ex-wife, but the love for the islands and for the lifestyle that they give has pushed the American actor to buy one also in Greece, southeast of Kastrellorizo.
Necker Island, British Virgin Islands British businessman Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin group, has bought 60 acres in the Caribbean Sea that has turned into a luxury resort with 14 dream suites. Exclusive and expensive are the daily rates for staying in the Caribbean paradise of the British Virgin Islands with pools, private beaches, tennis courts, spas and personal chefs. Branson’s retreat is truly a miniature paradise: white beaches and small bays lapped by clear waters with white sand similar to talcum powder, the pristine nature of banana trees, palm groves and mango plantations that reach the sea.
Musha Cay, Bahamas
The archipelago of Exuma, in the Bahamas, is one of the most sought after destinations by celebrities who have bought atolls, reefs and vast areas on the most beautiful islands. Musha Cay is one of these, purchased together with the rocks in front of the most famous illusionist magician in the world, David Copperfield. The dream island is home to an exclusive and luxurious resort frequented by actors and directors, such as the couple Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem who chose to celebrate their wedding in 2010. Muscha Cay, which is 130 kilometers from Nassau and about forty minutes of flight from Miami, is nestled in lush tropical nature with fine sandy beaches and crystal clear waters.
Petra Island, United States
For the 50 years of Brad Pitt, actress Angelina Jolie, who was still his wife in 2013, gave her wife a truly unique and original gift: a small heart-shaped island in Lake Mahopac, 50 miles north of New York , 11 hectares of paradise where you can take refuge with the large family. The island is not only a romantic retreat covered by dense vegetation but it is also a peaceful haven where there are two houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the favorite architect of the American actor. Two years later the most glamorous couple of Hoolywood bought another island in Greece, Gaia, in the Ionian Sea, an alcove of love that however did not see their union shine.
It belongs to the wealthy businessman Richard Branson another island