When celebrities like Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio and Julia Roberts want to get away from it all, they don't book a vacation like everyone else -- they disappear to their own private islands. These retreats can only be accessed by air or by sea, but that doesn't mean that they are completely out of reach. In fact, travelers who have dreamed of a desert island vacation will find plenty of rentals available -- that is, as long as your idea of a "desert island" comes with all the luxuries of a 5-star hotel and the comforts of home.
From Puget Sound to the Caribbean, and even as far north as Sweden, private islands can be found around the world to suit your vacation vision. Looking for a wooded refuge? Try an island off the coast of Maine, where lobstermen bring their fresh catch directly to your dock. Looking for sun and surf? The tropics have islands with enough room for you and your family or friends to enjoy without interruption.
Whichever direction you go to find your island, you'll discover a refuge when you arrive. Johnny Depp put it best when he described the instant relaxation of getting to his island, Little Halls Pond Caye: "You can feel your pulse rate drop about 20 beats. It's instant freedom." That freedom starts at only $100 per night (Water View Cottage, Lakebay Washington), and ranges to the hundreds of thousands for extreme luxury in exotic destinations. Check out these options, available for your vacation this summer from FlipKey.