Private Islands for Rent

Around the world, the owners of private islands have chosen to rent out their properties, delightfully fulfilling many childhood fantasies in the process. After seven years of research we have compiled a list of thirty exceptional islands, each of which is well worth the trip for just a few days, a week or even longer.

Whether a tropical island in the Pacific, Asia, South America, the Caribbean, or the Indian Ocean, a lighthouse on the coast of Croatia, Norway or France, or an island in a lake in Canada or the United States, these places are not just the incarnation of a multimillionaire’s dream.

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Secret Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Discover the historic location of Rembrandt’s famous « Night Watch », the origin of the invention of cognac; homage to prostitutes; decypher facade stones; make love quite legally in the open air ; visit magnificent interior courtyards; ski in the heart of the town, or become an adept of « boat-in » – the Amsterdam version of « drive-in » – and eat a pizza in your own boat.
Away from the crowds and the stereotypes, Amsterdam still keeps her treasures so well hidden that they only reveal themselves to the inhabitants and to travellers who know how to wander off the beaten track.
An indispensable guide for those who think they know the Netherlands capital well or for those who want to discover the other face of the town.

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Secret Barcelona

The secrets of Gaudí and the Sagrada Família, a taxi-ride in the nude, a fantastic model railway network below the central station, a mysterious hand, an extraordinary dissection hall, an unsuspected anti-aircraft shelter, a deadly kiss, a museum in the back shop, some very special toilets, romance in love hotels or helicopters, ants and scorpions on the menu.

Night and day, Barcelona only reveals its secrets to those residents and visitors who know how to stray off the beaten track. But you have to know where to look.

An indispensable guide for those who thought they knew Barcelona well, or who would like to discover the hidden face of the city.

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Secret Bars and Restaurants in Paris

Dine in the home of a perfect stranger, enjoy your meal on an extraordinary, little-known terrace looking out on the Parc de Monceau, eat lunch at a restaurant that’s totally invisible from the street, have a drink at a bar next to a man taking a shower in a glass box, join a band of artistic squatters for an afternoon barbecue, visit a Royalist bar, catch up with a moveable feast, get unbeatable value for money at a hostelry school, and experience numerous other timeless venues and atmospheres….
Beyond the traditional Parisian restaurant, the French capital is full of wonderful unusual places.

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Secret Brooklyn

Secret Brooklyn

Discover secret museums, go on an urban safari for wild parrots, locate a landmarked tree, enter the oldest building in New York City, watch a performance of robots in a church, stand tall next to hobbit doors on an otherwise normal residential street, learn how to breathe fire, swallow swords, hammer a nail into your skull and charm a snake, touch the oldest subway tunnel in the world and the world’s smallest Torah, forage for food in Prospect Park, taste wine atop the world’s first commercial rooftop vineyard, step inside a grocery store frozen in 1939, take in a basketball game inside a historic movie theater.

Brooklyn offers countless opportunities to step off the beaten path and is home to any number of well-hidden treasures that are revealed only to residents and travelers who are ready to explore. Secret Brooklyn An Unusual Guide is an indispensable guide for those who think they already know Brooklyn or would like to discover its hidden places, taking you far from the crowds and the usual clichés.

256 pages – ISBN : 978-2-36195-167-2 – 17,90 € / $19,95 / £13,99

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Secret Brussels

ASecret Brussels “love hotel” where you can say a prayer, a reconstituted section of the Senne river at Saint-Géry, an extraordinary private museum devoted to plastic, a farm with sheep, goats, and turkeys at place de l’Yser, Masonic secrets in the Parc de Bruxelles, a hotel overlooking the Grand-Place, a surrealistic trip in a lift, a homage to the military pigeon, potholing at Koekelberg basilica, a swimming pool with a panoramic view of the city, a scandalous pavilion in the Parc du Cinquantenaire, an immense vegetable garden at Uccle, an 19th century artist’s studio at Schaerbeek, a camping ground in the heart of the Belgian capital, a forgotten garden-city at Forest…

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Secret Buenos Aires

Secret Buenos AiresA statue denouncing corruption, a palatial allegory of Dante’s Divine Comedy, an exceptional psychedelic private museum, a monument to a police dog, García Lorca’s room at the Castelar Hotel, the toilets of a bar where “the acoustics were exceptional”, reminders of an attempted coup, a dome worthy of Gaudí …

Far from the crowds and the usual clichés, Buenos Aires hides its treasures well, only revealing them to residents and travellers who wander off the beaten track.

An indispensable guide for those who thought they knew the city well or would like to discover its alternative face.

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Secret Cape Town

Secret Cape Town

A captain who lived on the wreck of the Kakapo for three years; Table Mountain’s most exclusive hiking; a restaurant in a maximum security prison; the arboreal evidence of apartheid’s earliest manifestation; a woman disguised as a male doctor for 56 years; a beach on top of Table Mountain; a fascinating secret collection of vintage and classic cars; a magical tree renowned for its spiritual healing properties; a heated pool on a military base that’s open to the public; a secret night-time nature tour; a hamster wheel for humans . . .

Far from the crowds and the usual clichés, Cape Town is a reserve of well-concealed treasures, revealed only to those residents or visitors prepared to wander off the beaten track.

An indispensable guide for those who think they know Cape Town well and those who would like to discover the hidden face of the city.

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Secret Copenhagen

A riding school in a former airship hangar, giant whale bones in a parking lot, a bunker under a school, an elevator that never stops, a vast network of tunnels in the bowels of a hospital, superb secret museums, little-known architectural wonders, hidden gardens …

Away from the crowds and the clichés, Copenhagen reserves its well-hidden treasures for those who venture off the beaten track, whether residents or visitors. An indispensable guide for those who thought they knew the city well or would like to explore its other face.

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Secret Dublin – An Unusual Guide

Secret Dublin UKDiscover the inner sanctum of Freemason’s Hall, see Napoleon’s toothbrush, marvel at a hoax plaque hidden in plain sight on O’Connell Bridge, try George IV’s footprints for size, venture into a Georgian time capsule on Henrietta Street, cross the bridge beneath which William Rowan Hamilton had his ‘Eureka’ moment, explore a ‘museum’ flat preserved exactly as it was almost 100 years ago, tune into the world of vintage radio in a Martello Tower, spot Dublin’s subterranean river, or post your thoughts in a mystery letterbox.

Dublin offers endless opportunities for getting off the tourist grid – for peering into the city’s fascinating past and present. All you need to know is where to look… and who to ask for. Secret Dublin – An Unusual Guide is an indispensable resource for those who thought they knew everything about the city, or who want to discover its hidden treasures.

Skip the crowds and clichés, and really get beneath the city’s skin…

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