You Can Own a Private Floating Island in the Maldives

When a vacation home isn't enough, that's when it's time to buy a self-sustained, custom-built private island in the Indian Ocean.

The super wealthy already can have massive, luxurious homes custom-designed and built for them. Now, they can design an island to put the home on and decide where the island will go.

Christie’s International Real Estate is partnering with Dutch Docklands to build self-sufficient, eco-friendly private islands. Amillarah Private Islands will allow owners to design their own island and determine its location almost anywhere in the world.

“The opportunity to literally develop a private island on a body of water is a testament to Dutch Dockland’s skills in this arena,” Dan Conn, the CEO of Christie’s International Real Estate, said. “Buyers are able to customize the size, shape and style of their residence, within the broadest range of locations, beginning with this first opportunity in the Maldives.”

Amillarah has created unique tailor-made floating residences designed by famed Dutch architect Koen Olthuis, who was named one of the most influential people by Time Magazine. These completely self-sustainable floating islands are free from environmental impact and are safe from rising sea levels. 

Christie’s also hired Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society to craft completely eco-conscious islands. Cousteau’s research and design will create new underwater habitats for aquatic life. 

Completely stable on the water, the base of the island is built to last for more than 100 years. 

Amillarah Private Islands

Amillarah Private Islands consists of 10 unique floating private islands situated in one of the most beautiful lagoons of the Maldives, a tropical nation located near the equator in the Indian Ocean. The exclusive villas each have a private beach, pool and natural green with bushes and trees. Yachts will moor at private jetties with a small pavilion at the end of each jetty.

The private islands are all be designed with a maximum of privacy in mind, according to Dutch Docklands, giving the owners an exclusive "getaway-from-it-all", but still only 25 minutes away by boat from the Maldives capital, Malé, and the international airport. The Amillarah lagoon is situated a bit away from the normal traffic routes between the other four lagoons of the Dutch Docklands 5 Lagoon plan but still close enough to enjoy all that the 5 Lagoon membership has to offer—be it golf, exquisite dining, diving school, high-end shopping, beauty treatments and more. Each island is situated in the middle of a big private water plot for guaranteed privacy and where the most beautiful coral reefs are just a short swim away from the owners' private beaches.

Paul van de Camp, the CEO of Dutch Docklands, said the project heralds a new industry of private island development. He said that in addition to the Maldivian project, his company has new developments signed in Dubai and Miami, and is scouting new opportunities for the isalnds around the world.