LifeStyle Goals — World’s Top, Best & Most Expensive Billionaire Vacation Playgrounds
- The very rich, are different. And perhaps no place is that more evident than in the anything-goes world of the billionaire’s vacation. The exclusivity of the travel experience — and that refers as much to the destination as to the choice in accommodations — is key to the billionaire’s holiday.
- The high net worth [set] don’t want to holiday somewhere near the encatchment area where a low-cost carrier deplanes or embarks. They want to be as far away from the masses as possible. Think private islands, private estates and private villas — in short, places that have a limited supply of rooms that fill up months or years in advance.
Islands Apart: Where the Ultra-Rich Town Down
- While commercial flights descend in droves upon mainstream Caribbean destinations like Montego Bay and Nassau, the ultra-rich touch down on private runways in far more remote locales.
Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
- Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin business empire and investment group, owns Necker Island located in the British Virgin Islands. The 74-acre property is a preferred vacation destination by a lot of the rich and famous. Many lavish weddings and birthday parties have been held there. It’s also perfect for intimate affairs as the place only accommodates about 28 guests at a time. Not only is Necker Island (a 30-hectare island in the British Virgin Islands) Branson’s own private island and holiday home, but it’s also a place where other billionaires — and the Obamas — regularly choose to spend their downtime. For billionaires, privacy is key when vacationing, which is why the exclusive Necker Island is so appealing. Although the Necker Island resort is available to the general public, it costs around $5,000 a night, making it prohibitively expensive. If you can afford the price tag, then the Virgin Limited Edition property can offer guests a range of water sports (including Obama’s favorite, kitesurfing), diving, spa treatments, fine dining, infinity pools, tennis, yoga and more. If that’s a little too steep, the nearby island of Tortola, which is home to Road Town, the capital of the British Virgin Islands, could be a great way to enjoy a watered-down version of the billionaires’ holiday destination. Oprah Winfrey is among the many moneyed celebrities who have ventured onto Richard Branson’s Necker Island, a private island resort in the British Virgin Islands composed of a collection of Balinese-style abodes, set on 74 acres with a fringing coral reef, submarine available for charter and a 32-person Jacuzzi among the diversions. Exclusive rental rates for the property start from $42,500 per night for up to 16 people.
- Who wouldn’t want to escape to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world? When he’s not traveling for work, Richard Branson, the Virgin Group founder — who is worth $5.1 billion, according to Forbes — heads to his private island in the British Virgin Islands.
- Known for being a place where Branson and his celebrity pals can kick back and party, the island has hosted events ranging from Kate Moss?s 40th birthday party to the wedding of Google co-founder Larry Page. Branson bought Necker Island for $180,000 decades ago and has since turned it into a resort.
- The all-inclusive property features a main house and six smaller houses, as well as pools, on-site dining, tennis courts and a disco DJ. Nightly rates vary by season, with rates for couples starting at around $4,390. Additionally, up to 34 guests can reserve the entire island for $80,000 per night.
- In September 2017, Necker Island was hit hard by Hurricane Irma. Branson rode the hurricane out with family and friends in a wine cellar on the island. In a post-storm Twitter post, he revealed that many buildings were destroyed. The island is not currently accepting bookings online.
David Copperfield’s Musha Cay
- The 100-acre paradise is owner by illusionist David Copperfield. It has only a few villas and can only accommodate a maximum of 24 guests at a time. Musha Cay also has a number of attractions, including an arcade, a drive-in movie theater, a treasure hunt (with real treasure!), and a laser tag arena.
- And just a short private jet hop away, on the Out Islands of the Exumas in the Bahamas, is David Copperfield’s Musha Cay, with its stunning sandbar that materializes for just a few hours a day, open-air theater on the beach and 5 plantation-style guest houses — each hugging their own private beach. The property can accommodate up to 24 guests, with rates starting from $37,500 per night for up to 12 people.
- The billionaire clientele drawn to oases like these more often than not opt for all the extras, too — perhaps a private fireworks display (offered for $25,000 at Musha Cay) or a rare vintage Champagne flown in on a whim from the mainland.
- Laucala Island was once owned by Forbes magazine publisher Malcolm Forbes. Since his passing, the property was purchased by Dietrich Mateschitz of the Red Bull Energy drink company. There are a limited number of villas, and each one can cost between $7,000 and $36,000 per night. Each villa has its own buggy, so guests can conveniently tour the island. There are also at least 25 butlers available to assist guests.
- Half a world away in Fiji, the CEO of Red Bull owns another favorite private island frequented (and usually hired out in its entirety) by the billionaire set. Laucala Island is a largely sustainable property surrounded by coconut plantations and turquoise lagoons where each of the 25 butler-serviced villas has a full-size swimming pool and yoga pavilion.
Coco Prive Kuda Hithi
- This private Maldivian island, which can only be reached via private seaplane, charges about $27,000 a night. The villas can only accommodate a total of 12 people at a time.
- The island has its private chef, driving instructor, masseuse, and cleaning staff. There’s also a library, plus an outdoor bath stocked with high-quality oils and lotions.
- And on the island of Kuda Hithi in the Maldives, guests arrive by private yacht at Coco Prive and have a personal dive master among their dedicated staff. There’s a master villa and 5 offshoot villas for a maximum of 12 guests, and rates for 2 people start from $8,000 per night.
Cottars 1920 Camp
- For a safari adventure paired with a relaxing retreat, billionaires prefer Cottar’s 1920’s Camp and Cottar’s Homestead. Here, guests get luxury accommodations after going on Kenya’s safari tours. The camp has six grand tents that can house a group of 12 people. It is also located near the path of The Great Migration.
- The sky is quite literally the limits at places like these. If you want to fly in your own Broadway cast to put on a production — and people do that — it might be extra. It’s All in the Destination … With a Few Perks. Some places that beckon the rest of us hither entice billionaires, too. Africa is hugely popular. These trips appeal as they typically include stays at small exclusive posh safari camps, and private planes are the standard mode of transfer. In an iconic African safari destination like Kenya, the uber-rich might choose to rent out an entire luxury camp such as Cottar’s 1920s Camp, with 10 decadent tents set in a private conservancy with its own landing strip near the Masai Mara. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, mere millionaires, commandeered the entire property for their entourage in 2009.
- But that was before the opening here of the even more exclusive Cottar’s Homestead — a 10,000-square-foot home with 5 bedrooms and terraces overlooking grasslands covered with wildebeest and serviced by a staff of 8, including a private wildlife driver and additional wildlife spotter, as well as a chef and security guards.
Superyacht Nirvana High Life on the High Seas
- And if you’re wondering where mere millionaires really get culled from the billionaire’s domain, it’s at sea. Chartering a mega-yacht is really in the realm of the billionaire rather than just the standard millionaire. It’s potentially the most exclusive travel experience you can have. The mega-yacht class of ships — hired anywhere from $200,000 to $1 million per week — as where the opulence factor slips into the stratosphere. It’s like a floating mansion or palace basically, with the helipad, water toys, the private movie theater and a crew taking care of everything.
- This superyacht was built by Oceanco and Sam Sorgiovanni. It can accommodate 39 people, but 27 of those are for a full crew. There’s a 3D-theater, a stage and dance floor, a full gym, and a spa, among other amenities. Guests arriving via helicopter can use the yacht’s own helipad.
- And the superyacht Nirvana, inspires particular awe — the 6-deck, 290-foot-long ship hosts 12 guests, with a crew of 26 tending to their every whim and has such amenities as a 3-D cinema, full gym, multiple jet skis and water ski boats and 2 vivariums populated by water dragons and bearded lizards! The horizon is pretty much the limit on yachts like Nirvana. You’re in a completely private environment and you can go out in the middle of the ocean and hang out, go to a beautiful cove to have all to yourself, or dock in Monaco and get in a tux and go to the casino for the night.
The Hamptons’ Billionaire Lane
- This is where billionaires build their vacation homes. At The Hamptons on the fork of Long Island, New York, the rich can take a break without going too far from their work. On Meadow Lane in Southampton, you can find the most number of billionaire estates in the area, with properties owned by the likes of David Koch, Calvin Klein, and Gerald J. Ford, to name a few.
Southampton, NY, United States
- The Hamptons Meadow Lane in Southampton, NY boasts some of the most expensive beach homes in the world. The area has been called “Billionaire Lane” by Forbes due to the high concentration of mega-rich CEOs, tycoons and celebrities on this five-mile stretch of land. Most of the properties sit on multi-acre land and come with features like helipads, tennis courts and swimming pools. The wealthiest man of Meadow Lane is David Koch, owner of Koch Industries. JamesEdition lists currently this impressive 14+ acres property with 700+ ft. of direct oceanfront. With 360-degree water views, the world-class trophy location includes a 12,000 s.f. main residence with indoor pool and surfeit of glass for the extraordinary views, a tennis court with tennis house, pool & spa with pool house, two golf greens with golf houses.
The Hamptons, New York
- Campaigning is hard work, so in 2015, then-Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton took some time out to relax at a luxury rental in the Hamptons. She was joined by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, daughter Chelsea, son-in-law Marc and granddaughter Charlotte.
- The Clintons, who have a combined net worth of $125 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, paid a reported $100,000 to rent the four-bedroom house in Amagansett, N.Y., for two weeks, according to Vanity Fair. The family also stayed at the home in 2014.
- A celebrity favorite, Jerry Seinfeld has owned a 12-acre East Hampton estate since 2000, purchased from Billy Joel for $32 million. In 2017, Jay-Z and Beyoncé bought a 12,000-square-foot East Hampton home for nearly $26 million.
- Warren Buffett: Laguna Beach : Residing in the same modest — by billionaire standards — Omaha home since 1958, Buffett does invest in the occasional vacation. Until he recently put his seaside property up for sale, Laguna Beach was the place where he and his family escaped to when it was time to take a break from business. When he bought the vacation home in 1971, the sunny California destination wasn’t quite the chic, moneyed spot it is today. These days, a mix of galleries, art festivals, serene coves and glorious beaches attract a well-heeled crowd. While Laguna Beach can undoubtedly feel exclusive, there’s nothing stopping anyone from visiting. (You might just not have the beachside home and private country club membership to go along with your trip.)
Palm Beach, Florida
- Since becoming president, Trump has embarked on multiple weekend getaways to his Mar-a-Lago resort. In February, the Washington Post estimated that his first three trips to the Palm Beach, Fla., destination cost taxpayers $10 million.
- After purchasing the property for $5 million in 1985 — he threw in an additional $3 million for former owner Marjorie Merriweather Post?s furnishings — Trump turned Mar-a-Lago into a private club in 1995. When he became president, CNBC reported that the club?s initiation fee doubled to $200,000. Members also pay $14,000 in annual dues, plus tax.
- Incredibly, the extended Bush family — which boasts a combined net worth of $400 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth — includes two former presidents and a former Florida governor. Like many families, though, the group enjoys taking vacations together.
- Located in Kennebunkport, Maine, Walker?s Point has been the family’s getaway for years. George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara purchased a 26-room house on 11 acres of land from his aunt in the 1980s, and the family has since turned it into a compound.
- In 2015, the former president and his wife built a brand-new house on the property for son Jeb and his family. Located on a 1.3-acre site worth at least $1.4 million, the 3,000-square-foot home cost $600,000, according to the Boston Globe.
- A wintry playground for A-listers, Aspen is a favorite spot of Mariah Carey — i.e., the “queen of Christmas.” In fact, she spent time in a $22 million Aspen, Colo. rental home, courtesy of Airbnb, during the 2016 holiday season. Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom visited the city in April 2016, and the actor was spotted hitting the slopes. For her 26th birthday in 2014, Rihanna hunkered down in an 18,750-square-foot, $45 million rental home.
- Larry Ellison owns many homes he could use as vacation retreats. The Oracle founder, who is now worth more than $59 billion, according to Forbes, can often be found on the Hawaiian island he purchased in 2012, though.
- Ellison paid $300 million to buy 98 percent of Lanai, which boasts two Four Seasons resorts, as well as world-class golf courses. The lowest rate found for a room at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai was $1,075 per night.
- Bill and Melinda Gates were married on Lanai in 1994, and since Ellison overhauled the Four Seasons Resort Lanai in 2016, it?s been inundated with celebrity guests. Some of the high-profile vacationers include Cindy Crawford, Will Smith and Derek Jeter.
- Running Facebook is a big job, so it’s no surprise that Mark Zuckerberg — the company?s co-founder, chairman and CEO — likes to jet off to Hawaii to relax. In 2014, he purchased the 357-acre Kahu?aina Plantation on Kauai?s North Shore for $66 million, according to Forbes. Zuckerberg — whose net worth exceeds $70 billion — then bought 350 more acres of land at the adjacent Pila?a Beach for $49.6 million.
- Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan got off to a rocky start with the locals. In 2016, he built a wall around the property, angering residents. He?s also been involved in various property disputes, which he addressed in a January 2017 Facebook post.
- In 2016 ?The Bachelor? creator Mike Fleiss purchased a historic oceanfront Kauai estate from Julia Roberts for $16.2 million. ?Scorpion? star Katharine McPhee was photographed vacationing on the island in August 2017.
- Tropical locales aren?t the only places the rich and famous go to relax. Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman heads to the mountains for leisure time.
- Along with her husband, Whitman, whose net worth Forbes puts at $2.9 billion, owns a ski resort condo, dude ranch and hundreds of acres of land around the Alta Lakes in Telluride, Colo. The Denver Post reported that she paid $20 million for her Skyline Guest Ranch in 2005.
- Tom Cruise tried to sell his $59 million Telluride estate for two years, but took it off the market in 2016. Laura Linney and Ralph Lauren also own homes in the area.
- Champagne, in particular, is one of France’s hottest destinations. Belmond’s luxury Pivoine Champagne barge, which cruises the areas picturesque canals and rivers, was launched last year and the opening of The Royal Champagne Hotel has also “injected a much-needed shot of luxury and style to the hotel offerings of the region.
- From barge or hotel, we recommend arranging a private vineyard tour and tastings including a backstage [tour and tasting] Bollinger experience, along with a make-your-own Champagne lesson and treehouse Champagne bar experience for a comprehensive immersion in the region.”
- In the world of villa rentals, France delivers some of the most bespoke travel experiences for those who can afford it. On the slopes of Courchevel, France — the most jet-set village in all of the Alps — the sounds of helicopter blades choppering Russian tycoons to their villa hideaways cut the cool mountain air.
- Other high-rollers hole up in the apartment suite at the legendary ski-in/ski-out Cheval Blanc hotel, where a private elevator whisks them from the apartment to a dedicated ski room and directly onto Europe’s most privileged slopes.
- At Chalet Pelerin in Le Miroir, France, A-listers and industrialists are flown in from the airport in Geneva to spare them the 2.5-hour drive to this 5-bedroom chalet, where days are spent heli-skiing off-piste in nearby La Thuile, Italy.
- With nary a second to feel the chill of sitting on a chair lift, guests can relax in the chalet’s private après-ski cabin in a spectacular off-piste setting. The chalet’s wellness facilities are as decadent as at any world-class spa, with a steam room, sauna, outdoor hot tub and saltwater pool. And a private ski guide, chef and guest photographer are all part of the package.
- The Côte d’Azur is one of the most appealing vacation areas for the Super Rich. Billionaires as Paul Allen, Roman Abramovich and Billa Gates own vacation homes at the French Riviera. Saint-Tropez offers one of the most exclusive ports and one of the most expensive beach clubs in the World. deally located on the prestigious Avenue du Roi Albert, East of ‘la Californie’ in Cannes, this unique castle of the nineteenth century, completely renovated and expanded, faces the Lérins Islands and offers a magnificent view of the sea.
- India has always been one of our favourite destinations for an authentic travel experience.
- From January 15 to March 4, the ancient city of Haridwar, in northern India, was host to Ardh Kumbh Mela, the Unesco-recognised largest spiritual festival in the world where Hindu devotees come to wash away their sins in the river’s holy waters.
- With Kumbh Mela festivals happening on rotation between four cities over the course of 12 years, this year has started off strongly for luxury travel to India.
Great Britain — England
- From the countryside to the city, there’s plenty on offer for a luxury holiday in Britain.
- Original Travel has been working on developing a network of tailor-made itineraries around the British Isles, beginning with London. The city is home to a number of luxury hotels including Claridge’s, The Connaught and The Dorchester.
- September 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Voyage and founding of Plymouth Colony. As such, the UK will be hosting cultural and artistic events throughout the whole year to celebrate, and Barber expects it to attract wealthy travelers.
- Original Travel has been working on developing a tailor-made itinerary for history buffs to tour all the artistic gems and properties that played a role in leading up to the Mayflower sailing.
- London, the country’s capital city, is home to a number of luxury hotels including Claridge’s, The Connaught, and The Dorchester.
- Just as 2019 seemed to be all about discovering hidden Greece, in 2020, eyes will turn to lesser-known Portugal. Currently famous for the Algarve and golf, travelers are starting to wake up to how much more the country has to offer.
- Millennials favored the country in 2019 for its charming neighborhoods and buzzing nightlife, and now it seems that the wealthy are picking up on the hot spot as well.
- The capital of Lisbon is home to the Bairro Alto neighborhood, where the eponymous luxury hotel recently reopened, and a “food scene that befits the hometown of star chef, Nuno Mendes,”. Just south of Lisbon is Comporta, which has a “boho surfing vibe,” and to the west are Portugal’s Azore Islands, which have been compared to “a warm Iceland” for their dramatic volcanic landscape.
- Travel bookings for Egypt are set to triple. There were two primary attractions fuelling this trend.The first is Steam Ship Sudan, a cruise that glides down the Nile between Luxor and Aswan, stopping at archaeological sites, temples, and tombs along the way.
- The second is the Grand Egyptian Museum, relocated and newly built overlooking the pyramids of Giza.
- The museum will house over 100,000 ancient Egyptian artefacts, many of which have never previously been shown in public and includes King Tutankhamun’s complete collection of over 50,000 artefacts.
- Once complete, the museum will be the largest in the world devoted to a single civilisation.
- Egypt was the top destination for billionaires in 2019 and remains a top spot in the new decade. That’s all thanks to the long-awaited re-opening of The Grand Egyptian Museum and Steam Ship Sudan, a cruise that glides down the Nile between Luxor and Aswan. Original Travel exclusively chartered the steamer for ten days during October 2020 to celebrate the film adaptation of Agatha’s Christie’s “Death on the Nile.”
- Egypt is steeped in history, with plenty of archaeological sites, temples, and tombs, and has numerous luxury offerings, from dining restaurants in Cairo to beach resorts along the coast of the Red Sea.
- There has been a150% increase in early 2020 months bookings for Chile partly because a solar eclipse to happen in the country on December 14, 2020, passing through the Chilean Lake District. The area offers a lot of opportunity for adventure, including hiking, horseriding, kayaking, and fishing.
- Chile is known for its rich history, vibrant culture and scenic landscapes. It’s also a perfect spot for luxury seekers especially Easter Island’s primary all-inclusive luxury hotel, Explora Rapa Nui is “phenomenal”.
- Less traditional luxury — no white tablecloth breakfasts served on your private balcony overlooking the ocean — Explora offers the luxury of being able to let go of planning and logistics without sacrificing choice or personalisation.”
- Israel has seen several new transportation and hospitality openings set to make it a hot destination next year. Ramon airport, which opened in January 2019, “created an international gateway” to the Red Sea and Eilat; Virgin Atlantic launched a new daily service from Heathrow to Tel Aviv in September 2019; and Six Senses, a five-star luxury resort chain, is set to open in the Negev Desert in February 2020.
- Tel Aviv has seen a recent influx in tourism and from that, an increased demand in luxury hotels. With an increased popularity, and a previous lack in the luxury hospitality scene, we see many luxury hotels popping up across Tel Aviv.
- 2020 marks 200 years since Nathaniel Palmer laid claim to the discovery of the Antarctic mainland, making it an iconic year for all Antarctic travel. Travelers are interested in the exclusive experience of the Magellan Explorer, an expedition vessel built for the Antarctic and the first small passenger ship to offer single cabins that launched in 2019.
- More than 55,000 tourists visited Antarctica in the 2018–2019 season — an 18%-plus increase from a decade prior, according to data from the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators. Most visitors come from the US, China, Australia, and the UK, many of them on luxury cruises.
- February is going to be prime-time for travel to Jamaica, thanks to “reliably good weather” and the 75th birthday anniversary of Jamaican native Bob Marley.
- It’s also home to plenty of luxury hotels, such as the five-star Goldeneye, once home to James Bond creator Ian Fleming; cliffside resort Strawberry Hill; and Geeham, which has its own recording studio — Gwen Stefani, Drake, and Alicia Keys have stayed there.
- Original Travel has seen a 396% increase in bookings in the Maldives for 2020. It’s largely because of the luxurious Four Seasons Explorer, a floating resort that only hosts a maximum of 22 guests.
- Original Travel and Four Seasons teamed up to send the luxury catamaran to the remote southern atolls for the first time, hopping across the Maldives’ most secluded islands and exploring some of the least visited dive sites.
- The Maldives is also home to plenty of luxury resorts. Baros Maldives, which includes 77 ultra-luxurious villas, has been dubbed the “World’s Most Romantic Resort” by World Travel Awards for four years in a row, and six times total. And the adults-only Kudaadoo Maldives Private Island was named the best new luxury hotel of 2019.
- An increases tourism is foreseen in Uzbekistan since it ditched its visa requirements for travelers from 45 countries including the UK. As such, it expects more intrepid travelers looking for somewhere untouched will head to neighboring Kyrgyzstan.
- The country is home to mountains, Silk Road sites, and a nomadic culture. We’re seeing a rise in people wanting to go off-grid, digitally detox, and taste the kind of wilderness that is as yet still untouched, untamed, and untainted by tourism. Kyrgyzstan ticks those boxes, and also makes a fantastic combination tour with neighbouring Uzbekistan. It’s a country on the cusp of discovery but not for much longer.
- With Nicaragua removed from the FCO travel warning list in 2019, it’s set to welcome international visitors once again. Nicaragua has everything that we love so much about Costa Rica, but with fewer tourists and — as it’s the largest country in Central America — more space to get off the beaten track.
- Its city of Granada has an edge over cities in neighboring countries, he added, for its colonial appeal, pastel-colored baroque buildings, and rich Spanish architecture.
- Croatia offers more than just picturesque views. It also has a rich history and admirable architecture. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful coast as well as marvel at the archaeological remains of an ancient civilization. They can tour castles and go sailing. Here, billionaires get the best of both worlds
- .Bill Gates: Croatia. Almost as famous for his philanthropy as his founding of Microsoft, Gates is open to exploring the heart of a place and rubbing shoulders with the locals while vacationing. While he’s no stranger to chartering mega-yachts, he is also a fan of Croatia and its medieval beauty. Gates regularly visits Skradin as well as relaxes on the stunning island of Hvar. Popular with celebrities, Hvar has one of Europe’s most appealing climates, amazing beaches, ancient architecture, beautiful wildlife, and a sense of approachable charm.
- No billionaire vacation list is complete without at least one oligarch, and where else would one of the world’s wealthiest oligarchs stay than on a luxury yacht in St. Barts? Roman Abramovich, the billionaire owner of the Chelsea Football Club and one of Russia’s largest investment companies, is also the owner of one of the world’s largest yachts. But a yacht is only as luxurious as where you moor it, which is why the paradise island of St. Barts is regularly filled with these floating palaces. In addition to a yacht, Abramovich also has a vacation home on the Caribbean island. The destination draws in wealthy vacationers with its luxury hotels, designer shops (the likes of Hermes and Bulgari line the streets of the main town of Gustavia), and fine dining scene.
- Steven Spielberg: Ireland : As someone who has created some of cinema’s most iconic images, we’d imagine it takes some fairly spectacular vistas to wow Spielberg on vacation. Judging by his reaction to a trip to Ireland, the Emerald Isle had the looks to do it. Based in County Clare, the Spielbergs toured all over the country, taking in traditional music in the pubs, fish-and-chip dinners and bike riding on the Aran Islands. The director and screenwriter called the trip a “life-changing experience.” An Ireland tour is one of the more affordable vacations on this list, as it’s the beautiful landscape, the charm and the friendly people that are the biggest appeals.
- Rural Ireland — It’s not a private island, but some billionaires, like filmmaker Steven Spielberg, prefer to vacation in rural Ireland. The rustic character of the place is sometimes more appealing to the rich. Spielberg has reportedly stayed in cottages in the quiet and remote harbor village of Ballyvaughan.
- Tony Robbins spends most of his time working — in fact, he is generally on the road 200 days per year. The New York Times №1 best-selling author enjoys spending downtime at his tropical hideaway, Namale Resort, though.
- Robbins, who has a net worth of $500 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, created the 525-acre resort in the Fiji islands. Popular with A-listers, the site has hosted numerous stars, including Edward Norton and Meg Ryan. Rates for rooms at Namale Resort start at $1244 per night, but discounts are available for booking multi-night stays.
- Oprah Winfrey: Fiji : As one of the wealthiest female billionaires in the U.S., Winfrey is one to follow for luxe vacation advice. And while a cursory glance at her website will tell you she’s a homebody — her backyard is her favorite place to be — that doesn’t stop her from dropping dollars on luxurious vacations. One of her most recent trips was in Tahiti, on board the superyacht called the Rising Sun. She was joined by a group that included Bruce Springsteen and the Obamas. In terms of taking a break on dry land, a previous destination pick of hers was Fiji. Calm seas, tropical landscape, beautiful beaches and plenty of exclusive hotels make it the ideal beach vacation for the super-rich.
- Many billionaires also have their second homes in Bermuda. It’s a beautiful and peaceful escape that’s famous to the world’s richest residents. Bermuda also has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world.
Lake Como, Italy
- If you want to travel like a millionaire, head to Italy. Two-time Oscar winner George Clooney has a busy work schedule, but he still finds time to relax with his wife Amal. The couple owns several homes, including two luxury villas in Lake Como, Italy — Villa Oleandra and the adjoining Villa Margherita.
- Clooney, who has a net worth of $500 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, spends up to four months a year at the lakeside Villa Oleandra. He purchased the property for $10 million in 2001, according to the Daily Mail.
- In 2014, Nicky Hilton got engaged to now-husband James Rothschild in Lake Como. Other famous vacationers include Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Madonna.
- Sting?s net worth is $300 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, so it?s only fitting that the Grammy winner and his wife Trudie Styler own a Tuscan villa. The couple purchased the 900-acre Villa Palagio — located 16 miles from Florence, Italy — in 1997.
- When the ?If You Love Somebody Set Them Free? singer isn?t relaxing at his villa, he rents it out to the public. If you want to stay there, you?ll need to rent out the entire property. In 2015, Elle Decor reported that a seven-night stay in the nine-bedroom estate starts at $67,000.
- In 2014, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were married at Forte di Belvedere in Florence. Beyoncé and Jay-Z visited the city the following year, and documented their trip in several photos posted on the ?Lemonade? singer?s official website.
- Capri has always been a famous vacation spot for the upper ten thousand. In the 50’s the island became worldwide famous for being the famous hot spot of Jacqueline Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. Nowadays, celebrities like Jay Z, George Clooney and the European aristocracy spend their summer here. One of the most beautiful villas on Capri is currently on the market. The Villa Bismark, which takes its name from its most famous owner, the Countess Mona Strader Bismarck. The lush garden filled with a great variety of Mediterranean plants extends to the sea on various terraces, the first very large and panoramic one surrounds the villa, the second one contains a swimming pool with sunbathing area and through 150 steps you reach the sea. Private access to the sea is equipped with every comfort and also has a private dock and a jacuzzi set among the rocks lying on the amazing sea of Capri.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
- Long-time Malibu resident Cindy Crawford lives in a beach town, but that doesn?t stop her from heading to the ocean for vacations. Along with family friend George Clooney, the former supermodel and her husband Rande Gerber sold their Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, compound for $100 million in 2016, according to TMZ.
- The celebrity best buds are currently without a vacation home south of the border, but a bigger and better compound is already in the works. Crawford?s net worth is $100 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, and the Casamigos founders sold their business to British liquor company Diageo for up to $1 billion in June 2017, so the new Mexican retreat will no doubt be amazing.
- Justin Bieber and then-rumored girlfriend Sofia Richie visited Cabo in August 2016. Lauren Conrad also had her bachelorette party there in 2014.
- The Indonesian island of Bali is a celebrity favorite. In 2017 alone, some of its high-profile visitors have included John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, the Obama family and supermodel Ashley Graham. Plus, reality star Brody Jenner got engaged to his fiancé Kaitlynn Carter on the island in May 2016, and Evan Ross and Ashlee Simpson honeymooned there in September 2014.
- The crown jewel of French Polynesia, Bora Bora frequently attracts A-list guests. After tying the knot in August 2015, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux jetted to the island, and brought several famous friends with them, including Chelsea Handler, Jason Bateman and Courteney Cox.
- The Kardashian Klan — along with Kim?s then-boyfriend Kris Humphries — also vacationed at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort in April 2011, and their trip was documented on their hit reality series ?Keeping Up With the Kardashians.? Since renamed the Conrad Bora Bora Nui, the hotel offers nightly rates from $585.
- Something that’s often overlooked when visiting French Polynesia is Tahiti itself. It’s used more as a launching pad than a destination, but travelers are making a crucial error by not spending at least a day exploring what the island has to offer.
- Rangiroa, a 45-minute flight due northwest from Tahiti’s Fa’a’ā International Airport, is an even smaller green dot on the map than Bora Bora, though it ranks as one of the largest atolls in the world. Its landscape is made up mostly of compact sandbars covered in coral.
- Only two of Rangiroa’s motus (reef inlets covered in lush vegetation) are inhabited, meaning that less than 3,000 people permanently call the 558-square-miles of land home, which in turn makes you feel a bit like Gilligan and Ginger on your own deserted island (though really, it deserves more than a three-hour tour).
- Upon arriving in Rangiroa there’s only one thing you must do: Find a local, get on their boat, and go diving.
- Lurking below the surface are massive schools of fish and some fairly sizable black-tip reef sharks looking for a tasty morsel. At the Aquarium, locals and tourists gather from sun up to sun down to sit on their boats, play a little music, dive into the water, and share a laugh as a shark or two swim up for a visit.
- Raiatea, the first land inhabited by ancient Polynesians. Upon exiting the doors of Raiatea’s airport, you will be delighted by vendors selling freshly cut coconuts, plump pineapples, and sweet-smelling vanilla as far as the eye could see.
Taha’a: For the Wellness Traveler
- The only way to get to Taha’a is by boat, and that boat also only docks at the end of a restaurant. If you can pass through without ordering a meal, then bless your soul because it smells too good to be true.
- Located off the east coast of Spain, Ibiza is a top destination for celebrities. Shakira and Gerard Pique enjoy it so much, they bought a $2.6 million apartment there in 2013. Revered by the fashion crowd, the island played host to models Doutzen Kroes and Alessandra Ambrosio in 2017. Plus, it’s still cheaper to live in Ibiza than New York City, and Ibiza is only one of the many beautiful places in Spain.
- Not new to the A-list scene, Anne Hathaway was photographed on a rental luxury yacht on the island in 2015. Paris Hilton, Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Orlando Bloom, Michelle Rodriguez, Lindsay Lohan and P. Diddy are among the many luminaries who have kicked back and relaxed in Ibiza.
- Ibiza, the most well-known island of Spain is famous for the presence of international billionaires during the summer months. The Mediterranean weather, the blue water and breath-taking beaches together with one of the most lifely nightlives in Europe make the 571.6 km² island one of the most visited during the summer months. But Ibiza is not just about the clubs, you can also find yoga retreats and calm beaches. This outstanding property will help you forget the stress of the daily life during your stay. With 340 sqm and located next to two beaches, you will have the option to deiced if you prefer the active nightlife of the Spanish island or the peaceful countryside.
Anse des Cayes, Saint Barthélemy
- Saint Barthelemy St. Barth’s is a French-speaking Carribean island, which is since decades popular among the richest people in this world. This travel hotspot is full of stunning beaches, designer boutiques, beach clubs and exquisite restaurants. The most appealing thing about this island is its atmosphere. You have the Carribean culture combined with the elegant lifestyle of the french riviera. High season is between Thanksgiving and January, it is the perfect time to spot the most expensive and biggest yachts. Regulars are Roman Ambramovic, David Geffen, Leslie Wexner and Paul Allen. The island is still recovering from the big storm in 2017, but celebrities, like Paul Mccartney, are already spending their vacation again on the island.
- Japan’s main island, Honshu, offers several luxury travel highlights, from bathing hot spring snow monkeys to skiing in Nagano.
- There are also plenty of ways to enjoy luxury travel in Japan by train — such as The Twilight Express Mizukaze with a top room that costs US$22,000 for a two-night, three-day trip or the Skiki-Shima train that boasts glass ceilings and suites.Japan’s main island of Honshu, offers many travel highlights for luxury travellers, from bathing hot spring snow monkeys to skiing in Nagano.
- Less well known than its neighbours Croatia and Greece, the tiny slice of Adriatic coastline that makes up Montenegro had previously lacked the kind of high-quality accommodation that could rival its fiord landscapes. Yet Montenegro is set for a luxury upgrade with the Chedi Lustica Bay newly opened and One&Only Resorts opening its first resort in Europe with Portonovi, in Boka Bay [in the summer].
- Oman is regarded as one of the next big destinations for luxury travellers. Its peak travel season runs from October to April.
- Luxury brands such as Anantara Hotels, which has already opened two resorts there, have reported that the country’s culture and unique topography are a huge attraction for travellers.
- The gateway to the Turkish Riviera was recently reopened after British Airways resumed direct flights to Dalaman.
- With the Turkish lira having dropped in value, new hotel openings, and things stabilising a little politically, the Turquoise Coast of Turkey has never looked more appealing.
- With the Turkish Aegean back on the map, its turquoise seas, secret beaches and exclusive bars and clubs have piqued the interests of glamorous beachgoers usually resigned to the same old European break.
- Both the southwesterly beach town of Kaplankaya and the Bodrum peninsula, which has an array of new hotel offerings, are the places to watch.
- The dozens of islands across the Indian Ocean known as the Seychelles are some of the most requested spots in Original Travel’s diving division.
- Seychelles’ North Island, in particular, is a luxurious getaway, which reportedly attracts A-listers and royals.
- Historic Myanmar offers plenty of attractions for a sumptuous holiday — including several luxurious boat trips along the Irrawaddy between Yangon and Bagan as well as Ngapali Beach, an elite seaside retreat, Original Travel said.
- Yangon’s highlight is the Schwedagon Pagoda, where Original Travel arranges for visitors to take part in a robe-offering ceremony with the temple’s monks.
- Rwanda was named a new African luxury destination to watch last year by Luxury Travel Magazine. The destination is all about nature and wildlife and is home to the Akagera, Nyungwe and Volcanoes National Parks.
- Volcanoes National Parks is the perfect spot — and one of the few remaining places — where you can see mountain gorillas in the wild.
- Unspoilt Bhutan is ideal for the adventurous luxury traveller. The country is made for trekking, Original Travel said. The company is able to arrange treks to many of Bhutan’s monasteries, mountain-biking along 12,000-foot (3,650-metre) mountain passes, and participation in archery tournaments.
- Up to the start of March, Columbia had already received the same number of bookings for trips that it received during the whole of last year.
- Experiencing a renaissance in luxury travel, Colombia’s breathtaking jungle landscapes and colonial cities deserve more recognition.
- Opening this November is the brand new and exclusive Corocora Camp, located inside a remote private reserve on the vast plains of the Llanos Orientales region, a two-hour drive (or 30-minute helicopter ride) from Yopal.
- This is the first camp of its kind in Colombia with safari-style tents and a wildlife-focused camping experience.
- Iceland bookings this year are set to double last year’s total. But that’s not surprising, considering reports named it as one of the top places to travel.
- Many visitors travel to the island to see the Northern Lights. The ION Luxury Adventure Hotel in Iceland’s Golden Circle was specifically designed for optimal Aurora Borealis viewing.
- Beyond that, there are ice caves, also known as crystal caves, massive waterfalls, Icelandic horses, and black sand beaches to see.
- PERU IS A destination that begs to be explored. In this vast and storied land, ancient, colonial, and modern traditions meld together for an unforgettable cultural experience. No matter the type of traveler — history buff, adventurer, or foodie — Peru offers a myriad of activities to satisfy every appetite. It’s no surprise that its ancient sites, beautiful topography, and diverse ecosystem attract visitors from all over the world, making it one of the most popular destinations in South America.
- Known as the City of the Kings, Lima is Peru’s capital city and a symbol of its Spanish colonial history, industry, and independence.
- First-time visitors should check out the local museums and get a taste for Peru’s depth of history. Museo Larco has an ancient collection of pre-Columbian exhibits of Peru’s indigenous people, where guests can also enjoy beautiful gardens and an on-site restaurant.
- There’s no better way to enjoy the coastal views of Lima than in the lush neighborhood of Miraflores. Stroll through Parque del Amor, which offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, or head to the ancient clay pyramid of Huaca Pucllana for a dose of history. You can visit during the day or at night when lights make it a sight to behold. If you need to get some shopping in, the Larcomar is the place.
- Lima may hold the title as the official capital of Peru, but Cusco is the original seat of power for the Inca empire. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983, it is apparent why it deserves that title.
- Cusco is a beautiful city. From its Inca and 16th century colonial architecture, to its narrow, winding streets, the city has a romantic vibe with a distinct European feel. While there are many places to stay, Inkaterra La Casona is a standout. The 16th century manor house was restored into a 11 suite boutique hotel situated in the historic Plaza de las Nazarenas. Cozy features, traditional Incan and Spanish décor, and a central open courtyard make for an unforgettable stay.
The Sacred Valley Of Incas
- The Sacred Valley, also known as Urubamba Valley, is a prime destination for exploring Inca ruins and enjoying outdoor activities. You can easily make day trips to this region from Cusco or Machu Picchu, but consider staying a night or two at Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba to explore the region. The hacienda-style hotel is nestled in the center of the Sacred Valley and includes multiple excursions with your stay. Guests can choose from several hikes that vary in activity level, and tour the on-site ecological farm that supports the farm-to-table cuisine served at the hotel.
- This seminal destination is probably what drives most people to visit Peru. Considered one of the new 7 Wonders of the World (alongside heavy hitters such as the Great Wall of China and the Roman Colosseum) Machu Picchudoesn’t disappoint.
- One of the most memorable ways to get to Machu Picchu is via the Inca Rail, which departs from Cusco or Ollantaytambo. The rail journey transports passengers through the spectacular views of the Sacred Valley’s countryside. Besides, who doesn’t love a majestic train ride?
- The Peruvian Amazon covers about 60% of the country and is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world. Get ready to get up close and personal with wildlife and creepy crawlers! Fun fact: the notorious anaconda calls these lands its home.
- One of the easiest ways to get to the Amazon is by plane from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado — a quick, 50-minute flight. Book your stay at Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción, an eco-friendly National Geographic Unique Lodge that offers an impressive array of tours.