Land & Luxury: Celebrities Who Have Their Own Island
For some actors and actresses, its just not enough to own sprawling estates, million-dollar cars and every high end fashion label hot off the runway. For these 7 celebrities, owning property has striked their interest and lead them to purchase some of the most beautiful real estate in the world, tropical islands. When these celebs want some privacy, they don’t hire a team of security guards, they jet off to their 100% private island in the sea. Get ready to be impressed (and Goggle Earth these tropical oasis’s!)
After falling in love with the laid-back Bahamas lifestyle while filming “Pirates of the Caribbean”, Johnny Depp began a search for his own tropical island to get stranded on. And in 2004 he found it in the beautiful Exumas, buying Little Hall’s Pond Cay for US $3.6M as a retreat to enjoy with his songbird wife Vanessa Paradise and their two children. The actor recently made news by publicizing that his island will be run exclusively on eco-friendly solar power, as well as for having invited the (formerly) troubled Lindsay Lohan aboard for some time out of the public eye.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s image has undergone a serious overhaul in the past few years, as he’s turned from a pretty-boy “Titanic” heartthrob to an occasionally bearded environmental activist. Now the host of several eco-focused television programs, maybe he was inspired to save the planet after purchasing his own Belizean isle, the dashingly named Blackadore Caye. Purchased in 2005 for a reported $1.75M, the sprawling 104-acre island is located between mainland Belize and Ambergris Caye, right near the famous Barrier Reef. He’s has made his plans for the island public, and gives hope to those who would love nothing more than to visit Leonardo DiCaprio’s island- he intended to turn it into a landmark example of sustainable development, with a small resort and eco-tours.
The famous funnyman Eddie Murphy is known to be one of the highest paid actors in showbiz, so of course he’s found among the many famous private island owners. A little isle found just a 5-minute jaunt from Nassau, the actor bought the 15+-acre Rooster Cay in 2007 for a reported US $15M. Murphy isn’t new to the island buyer’s club, however, as he previously owned another Bahamian cay called Pearl, a tiny speck with a lighthouse that was right next to Paradise Island. It’s yet to be determined if the actor is going to keep his new acquisition as a private retreat or follow another celebrity trend of turning it into a business, but located minutes from Nassau and including a gated mainland lot, Rooster Cay is thought to be perfect for resort development.
You might imagine country music royalty preferring to relax on an old-school American horse ranch, but New Country stars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are actually king and queen of their own Bahamian island. Their piece of paradise is located in the rapidly growing Exumas, home to many luxury resorts, quaint towns and the island and mainland retreats of other celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan and Johnny Depp. Found in the sleepy mid-point of the chain, this couple’s beautiful little island is fully developed, with perfect sandy beaches and lots of trails throughout… perhaps for horseback riding?
Actor Nicolas Cage may have only purchased his Bahamian island in 2006, but he was no stranger to the small Caribbean country’s charms. Already enjoying a luxurious home on the exclusive Paradise Island, the famous actor is a long time Bahamas resident and a familiar face around the main city of Nassau. Located in the popular Exuma chain close to the island of his good pal Johnny Depp, Leaf Cay is an undeveloped paradise of long sandy beaches, tropical palms and even a little freshwater pond. Reportedly purchased for US $3M, it’s now back on the market and could be yours for US $7M.
After all of the uber-expensive tropical islands that celebs seem to favor, the little island owned by chanteuse Celine Dion in her home province of Quebec is refreshingly unpretentious. Not that Celine couldn’t afford to splash out on her own multi-million dollar Bahamas pad, since the native Canadian’s Las Vegas shows have made her one of the highest-paid female performers in history. But her choice of a simple, rustic…. aw, who are we kidding. Celine’s island may be located in the sleepy Mille Îles River, but it’s got a mega-mansion befitting one of the world’s biggest divas. Her towering French-style chateau is a landmark to local tourists, and the island is heavily fenced to discourage over-eager fans. If you’d like to see Île Gagnon for yourself, local boat tours are as close as you’re going to get.
The idyllic tropical islands of Fiji have long been a favored vacation spot for residents of Down Under, and Australia native Mel Gibson 100% agrees. Joining other Fijian island owners like the billionaire founder of Red Bull Energy Drinks, the actor purchased Mago Island in 2005 for a reported US $9M. A member of the northern Lau Group, the price tag sounds like a lot until you take into account that Mago is 5,400 acres, one of the largest privately-owned islands in the South Pacific, and virtually the size of a small country. Almost completely untouched and uninhabited aside from a few Fijian caretakers, one has to wonder what Gibson intends to do with this massive isle? Environmentalists can breathe a sigh of relief, because the actor has stated that he wants to leave the island in its pristine state aside from a modest personal residence.