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Rent a private island for $200 a night—if you can get 19 friends to come with

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The roughly $4,000 a night rental off the coast of Belize comes with a private chef

Aerial view of a private island surrounded by turquoise waters. A few buildings sit on one side of the island, where there’s also a dock. Courtesy VRBO

If you’ve got $4,000 and an insatiable hunger for privacy, have we got the vacation rental for you. Take a 15 minute boat ride off the coast of Belize, and you’ll arrive at Kanu Island, a 2.5 acre strip of land that’s surrounded by crystal blue water and absolutely no other humans except the friends you take along.

The island, a new vacation rental property that launched earlier this summer, is home to five 1,000-square-foot villas that are outfitted in classic island style—think rattan furniture, vaulted bamboo ceilings, and outdoor showers. Every villa has a spacious master bedroom and a living area, while a few include a loft for children. The island can hold up to 20 people, which works out to a starting nightly per person rate of around $200.

Two thatched roof structures on a private island. Two small boats are docked nearby. Courtesy VRBO
An open air common area under a thatched roof contains a pool table and bar with seating. Courtesy VRBO

The dwellings are nestled on one side of the island with a pathway that leads to a thatch-roofed common area, home to a billiards table, dining area, and fresh water pool with a swim-up bar. This being an island, there’s not much in the way of restaurants so the rental also comes with a private chef, who we can only assume will be up for making you unlimited piña coladas, if you so choose.

Two pitch-roofed houses sit on one end of an island. Trees and bushes are sparsely planted. Courtesy VRBO
A bedroom with two beds against a backdrop of bamboo mats. There is a ceiling fan, armchair, and sliding glass doors leading to the shore. Courtesy VRBO
A bathroom contains a white bath tub and two sinks. Courtesy VRBO
Interior of bedroom with pitched bamboo ceiling and windows with palm tree and ocean views. The room features a bed, two armchairs facing each other, and a TV mounted on the wall. Courtesy VRBO