10/15/2012 07:04 am ET Updated Dec 15, 2012

6 Gorgeous Private Island Retreats (PHOTOS)

Owning a private island is overrated and a lot of work -- or so we've heard from our many island-owning friends. You have to deal with the astronomical taxes, the development, the upkeep -- it's a full-time job (that island owners simply pay other people to do, of course).

But visiting a private island? It's as great as everyone says -- and we know from experience. We've stayed on some gorgeous private islands in our travels, in equally gorgeous hotels and resorts. Here are six of our favorites.

-- Jane Reynolds,

Gorgeous Private Island Retreats