It’s been more than a decade since Guy Laliberté, the billionaire cofounder of Cirque du Soleil, bought Nukutepipi, a very remote Polynesian island in the Tuamotu Archipelago, located some 400 miles from the nearest port. The entrepreneur (who has more recently gained acclaim as a DJ) originally laid out the island as an escape for his family and friends, building a two-bedroom master residence with a private pool, two two-bedroom junior villas (also with pools), and 13 individual bungalows. But the Xanadu that resulted was apparently too good to keep to himself: Earlier this year, Laliberté opened his island as a private resort for as many as 50 guests, available for full buyout at the rate of more than $1 million for a six-night stay.
The villas at Nukutepipi
Because Nukutepipi is truly marooned—in the best possible way—the island offers an endless list of things to do. There’s kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, surfing, fishing, and whale watching, as well as land activities including yoga, tennis, basketball, volleyball, and even archery and mini golf. For those who prefer the indoors, a villa with a cinema, a game room, and an observatory with a telescope powerful enough to view Jupiter will do just fine. But perhaps the best amenity Laliberté brings to his guests is the power of his well-curated connections: Guests can enlist his chef, personal butler, trainer, and masseuse—or even call on the services of his favorite Polynesian dancers, DJs, and tattoo artists, should the mood strike for a celebration.