Exclusive Retreats in Secluded Locations More Popular Than Ever

August 25, 2020

Times are changing and more people are starting to value and desire attributes like space and privacy in their homes. For many, this means leaving big cities and buying homes in secondary markets, markets where they can find the perfect summer escape for now and years to come.

During the corona pandemic and within the premium segment, there has been increased interest in properties in secluded locations and private islands. In fact, Engel & Völkers recently joined forces with Colliers International to sell “Horse Island,” a private island off the coast of Cork in Ireland. “These special kinds of estates offer owners a place of refuge next to the water where they can feel close to nature whilst also enjoying upscale comforts, the utmost privacy, and absolute flexibility,” explains Ron Krueger, Managing Director of Engel & Völkers Kinsale/Cork. “The size, geographical location, accessibility, and development potential determine the purchase price and market,” says Ron. These upscale retreats in secluded locations offer buyers the opportunity to get far away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and escape to the absolute privacy, security, and exclusivity of a private retreat (or entire island) to enjoy with friends and family.

Below you’ll find a few private retreats listed with Engel & Völkers around the world.

In the heart of the Caribbean: “Long Caye” private island offers complete privacy with a unique natural backdrop

Belize is located on the east coast of Central America known for its extreme biodiversity and unique ecosystems. Here, the world’s second-largest coral reef meets long, sandy beaches, Caribbean flair, and the culture of the Maya. For  $75 million, Engel & Völkers is currently brokering the exclusive “Long Caye” private island, which lies around twelve miles off the coast of the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize. The island, which measures approximately 16 acres, is one of the best-known islands in the Placencia region and guarantees seclusion and intimacy. The island has a total of six small cabanas offering breath-taking views of the Caribbean Sea, its own supply of water and electricity, as well as boat moorings. With its white, sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and magnificent coral reefs it offers perfect conditions for year-round watersports and fishing. Thanks to its first-rate location and connections to the mainland, the island also lends itself to the development of resorts.


Nido del Pellegrino: Living in harmony with nature.

On the island of Favignana, one of the Aegadian Islands in the Mediterranean off the west coast of Sicily, Engel & Völkers is selling the Nido del Pellegrino Resort for 3.8 million euros. The approximately seven-hectare former military complex boasts a total of ten apartments and two suites with sea views. Close by the resort, there are various small islands and coves offering the perfect conditions for different leisure activities. Favignana is one of Europe’s most beautiful islands and is just a short boat ride away from the Italian city of Trapani. The island is well known for its traditional tuna fishing and is characterized by beautiful beaches with emerald water, rocky coasts, hidden caves, and the typical white houses with blue doors. The airports in the cities of Trapani and Palermo are easily accessible. “High-net-worth individuals are among the buyers of this kind of exclusive real estate. They are looking for properties as second homes, where they can bring their families and friends on holiday, but for entrepreneurs, too, islands represent an interesting investment,” says Gernot Rella, Area Manager Commercial & Residential International.


Private peninsula: A unique haven in South Africa

In Rooi-Els, a village in the Overberg region of South Africa’s Western Cape province, this exclusive villa with 684 square meters of living space is up for sale for 3.33 million euros. The property is located on a peninsula and boasts four bedrooms, four bathrooms, four garages, a pool, and a spacious terrace. The villa offers magnificent panoramic views of False Bay, a bay on the Cape of Good Hope in the southwestern part of South Africa, and is surrounded by untouched nature – the ideal sanctuary where you can recover from the stress of daily life.

Increasing demand for real estate in secluded locations

From South Africa to Belize or even to Ireland, private islands are all the rage and we predict this trend will continue as the affluent consumer’s values continue to adapt and change with the times. To explore more private islands and exclusive resorts, visit evrealestate.com.


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