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What to Pack for a Private Island Vacation

May 08, 2024

Indulging in the allure of a remote island getaway promises a sanctuary of tranquility where time seems to stand still amidst nature's untouched splendor. Envision the symphony of sensations: the caress of the ocean breeze against your skin, the golden warmth of sunlight, and the symphony of waves harmonizing with the shore's soft whispers. In this sanctuary of solitude, the burdens of the world dissolve, leaving only the purest connection to the earth and oneself.

As you embark on the journey to embrace the enchantment of a private island retreat, meticulous preparation becomes the harbinger of unforgettable experiences. Deliberating over the contents of your luggage, you pave the path towards a sojourn where every moment unfolds like a cherished reverie. What should you pack to make the most of your time in paradise? Let's dive in and make your getaway truly unforgettable!


Depending on the duration of your stay, it's smart to pack a couple of designer swimsuits. Why? Consider the elegance of swimsuits, some of which come with layers that require extended drying times. Envision the dismay in donning a damp swimsuit on the following day – surely not the quintessential island ambiance one aspires for, correct?

So, consider bringing along at least two swimsuits. How about having one for active adventures like snorkeling or paddleboarding and another for lounging under the sun? Here are a couple of our favorites:                                                            

Horsebit cutout swimsuit (US$1,192)

Elevate your vacation style with this chic swimsuit by Gucci. Crafted from glossy jersey fabric, it boasts slender shoulder straps, a graceful low back, and side cutouts adorned with elegant gold-toned Horsebit hardware.

Horsebit cutout swimsuit by Gucci [Source:]

Printed one-piece swimsuit with logo (US$1,053) by Dolce&Gabbana

Embellished with a striking leopard print, this swimsuit radiates the brand’s hallmark elegance. Its streamlined silhouette promises a flattering fit for your seaside or pool endeavors. The bold logo adds a touch of luxury and sophistication.

Printed one-piece swimsuit w/ logo by Dolce&Gabbana [Source:]


Specialized fit round glasses (US$985) by Gucci

These round sunglasses feature the iconic GG symbol subtly reflected in the lens, a brand reinterpretation of a historical House code. Crafted with a dark brown acetate frame and highlighted with gold-toned metal accents, these sunglasses introduce an air of sophistication and elegance to the ensemble.

Specialized fit round glasses by Gucci [Source:]


When preparing for extended periods outdoors on a private island, it is of utmost importance to protect your skin with dependable sunscreen. . Experts recommend selecting a broad-spectrum SPF, which shields against both UVA and UVB rays, with a rating of 30 or higher. Here's a roundup of some highly recommended options available on the market. 

  • Black Girl Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30;
  • Cetaphil Mineral Face Sunscreen SPF 50;
  • Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40;
  • Aveeno Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50;
  • Supergoop! Glowscreen SPF 40;
  • Neutrogena Face Serum with SPF 60+;
  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-In Milk Sunscreen. 


When it comes to luxury swimwear, a new trend is emerging that marries style with health and environmental consciousness: UV protection clothing. As the world becomes increasingly aware of the harmful effects of certain sunscreen chemicals on marine ecosystems, the demand for Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) apparel is surging. This burgeoning interest has put the spotlight on the UPF apparel market, creating, however, a significant gap, particularly a lack of fashionable yet protective options. Here, fashion brand Claudent steps in, offering a modern twist on sun-protective clothing that appeals to the aesthetic sensibilities of fashion-forwards. You can elevate your beach wardrobe while ensuring sun safety with UNE PIECE’s Sexy Rashie. It perfectly blends style and protection with UNE PIECE's Original Sexie Rashie. This iconic piece redefines beachwear with its sleek design and innovative sun-safe technology. Crafted to flatter every figure, the Sexie Rashie offers UPF 50+ protection, ensuring you look fabulous while guarding against harmful UV rays. Its luxurious fabric is both comfortable and durable, making it a must-have for any beachgoer who refuses to compromise on style or safety. 



Nestled amidst the mesmerizing allure of the British Virgin Islands, Necker Island stands as the quintessence of tropical opulence. This exceptional destination boasts white sand beaches, vibrant coral reefs, and crystalline turquoise waters, spanning seventy-four acres of unspoiled terrain. The island's landscape is adorned with private villas and grand pavilions, featuring beautiful rotunda and palapa thatched rooftops amidst lush tropical foliage. The communal areas showcase spectacular architecture, with high ceilings, bowed timber arches, and embracing glass doors seamlessly blending with the serene surroundings. Necker Island offers 23 elegantly appointed bedrooms, each exuding tropical opulence and colonial prestige, accommodating up to 48 adults and six children. The island's six-star resort facilities include extensive health and wellness amenities, gastronomic experiences, and an array of water toys for nautical adventures. Necker Island is a private sanctuary where natural majesty converges with world-class amenities, inviting guests to indulge in unparalleled freedom, relaxation, and adventure.

 Paradise estate in the Caribbean islands


A chic cover-up is an essential, versatile piece in your beachwear collection, effortlessly transitioning you from the sandy shores to elegant dinner engagements. Packing a cover-up is a wise choice. It occupies minimal space in your suitcase while offering maximum travel convenience and style. 

Barocco-print chiffon kaftan (US$1,090) from Versace exudes elegance and style, crafted from airy semi-sheer chiffon adorned with the iconic Barocco pattern, a signature of the house. For a striking ensemble, pair this kaftan with the coordinating swimsuit from Versace, creating a look that commands attention and exudes confidence with every step.

 Barocco-print chiffon kaftan by Versace [Source:]


Given your island adventure, it's essential to opt for waterproof footwear. If you're planning on island exploration, lightweight shoes are practical. However, for the most part, a few pairs of fashionable yet comfortable sandals suffice for your getaway. Tribute leather mule sandals (US$960) by Saint Laurent are perfect for the beach!

Tribute leather mule sandals [Source:]


No private island vacation is complete without the perfect assortment of stylish hats to complement your ensemble. Whether you're lounging on pristine beaches or embarking on adventurous explorations, a chic hat adds an extra layer of sophistication and sun protection to your getaway. Valentino's VLOGO leather-trimmed straw sunhat (US$1,000)  offers versatility and ease, effortlessly complementing your summer wardrobe staples.    

Valentino Garavani VLOGO leather-trimmed straw sunhat [Source:]


For those underwater adventures like snorkeling or diving, capturing the mesmerizing marine life is a must. An underwater camera becomes your indispensable tool for this task. Our top recommendation is the GoPro Hero 12 Black Creator Edition  (US$399). This camera is the newest version of the renowned action camera series, designed to elevate your outdoor adventures. This device enables you to capture images and videos of Hollywood-grade quality seamlessly. Its intuitive functionality, coupled with a plethora of mounting choices, streamlines the processes of vlogging, filmmaking, and live streaming.

To summarize, when packing for a private island vacation, consider these key points to ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience:

  • Versatile Clothing & Sun Protection: Essential items include high SPF sunscreen, lip balm with SPF, a wide-brimmed hat, and UV-protective sunglasses to shield against the sun's rays.
  • Waterproof Gear: Bring waterproof bags or cases for electronic devices and documents. A high-quality underwater camera or waterproof phone case is also recommended for capturing aquatic adventures.

Additional Considerations: 

  • Rechargeable Battery Packs: With limited access to power outlets, portable battery packs will keep your devices charged on the go.
  • Personal Care Items: Include insect repellent, aloe vera or after-sun lotion, a first-aid kit, and any necessary medications. 
  • Essential Gadgets: Don't forget travel adapters 
  • Entertainment and Leisure: Pack books, magazines, or an e-reader, or any other items that enhance your relaxation and enjoyment.
  • Sustainable Accessories: Consider eco-friendly items like a reusable water bottle, and coral-safe sunscreen to minimize your environmental footprint.
  • Documentation: Ensure you have all necessary travel documents, including passport, travel insurance information, and emergency contact details.

Each of these considerations plays a crucial role in maximizing the comfort and enjoyment of your exclusive island retreat, allowing you to be fully present in the serenity and splendor of your surroundings.

A private island getaway promises the epitome of indulgence and pampering, creating cherished memories for you, your family, and your friends. Connect with an LVH Client Relations Team member to start planning your ultimate private island vacation. With a personalized itinerary crafted just for you, your time will be filled with experiences you'll truly adore!

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