Live Large, Be Fabulous: The World’s Most Expensive Vacations
Sunscreen? Check. Two-carat diamond earrings? Check. Private jet? Check. A few hundred thousand dollars? Check. Got these and you have the beginnings of some of the most expensive getaways in the world. Live the good life in the Hugh Hefner Suite in Vegas (a mere $40,000 per night) or experience a breathtaking 14-night African Safari tailor-made for you and a guest for just over $250,000. We recommend leaving the diamond earrings at home for the safari, you wouldn’t want a tiger chomping on those beauties in the bush now would you? Read on to learn more from six of the most expensive, ultra-luxurious vacations in the world.
1. The Las Vegas Playboy (or Girl)—The Hugh Hefner Sky Villa ($40,000/night)
First stop: Vegas, baby! One of the most expensive vacations in the world can be found in Vegas, depending on how long you stay and how much you win back, of course! Book the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa, the Palms version of the legendary Playboy Mansion, on your next gambling run. While there, throw your own blowout VIP party with up to 250 of your favorite friends and random hotties. The 9,000 square foot suite includes a cantilevered Jacuzzi pool with a glass wall overlooking The Strip. Other treats you’ll find are three bedrooms, a dining room, media room, steam room, massage room, and terrace with outdoor pool and sunbathing area (all over two floors). Feel like Big Papa or Queen Latifa when you party in the suite that played host to Kanye West during the MTV 2007 Video Music Awards. It’s fully loaded with a wet bar, gym and spa-style treatment room, a private poker table, pop-up plasma TV’s, and a fireplace. When you’re at home in this Playboy playground your star status is on the rise.
The Hugh Hefner Sky Villa
4321 West Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103
2. Island Life—Sir Richard Branson’s Private Island ($52,000/night)
Enjoy a vacation with your friends on private Necker Island. Sir Richard Branson has done it again by creating the most unique travel vacation treat. This 74-acre island located in the Caribbean offers a private beach house at $52,000 per night. The house is large enough to accommodate 28 people and the rate includes all food and beverages, lavish guest rooms, a private chef, a staff of fifty, laundry, wireless internet, phone service, fishing equipment including boats, entertainment rooms, a snooker table, pools, tennis courts, and Jacuzzis. To view additional details on Necker Island, check out Jetset Extra’s exclusive coverage of this year’s BVI Kite Boarding competition on the island including tidbits on where to dine and entertain on the island.
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3. The Royal Treatment—The Ty Warner Penthouse, Four Seasons ($35,000/night)
At $35,000 per night, Manhattan’s tallest hotel offers one of the world’s most expensive places to hang your hat. Check into the Four Seasons, where Ty Warner created a $50 million dollar, 4,300 square foot suite with architects I.M. Pei and Peter Marino. This 9-room suite takes up the entire top floor, and is the perfect launching pad for a classic New York holiday—including unlimited use of a chauffeured Rolls Royce or Mercedes Maybach, a personal trainer, full spa treatments, free calls worldwide, every TV channel available in the world, and a personal butler “24/7” with unrivalled levels of service. Imagine if you can, how good it feels to sleep on a mattress that cost $69,500 to make. The mattress is a Hastens Vividus from Sweden, built entirely by hand in 160 hours using 100% natural materials, with the goal of giving you the best night’s sleep of your life. Every piece of furniture and unsurpassed décor detail was individually commissioned, including surfaces of semi-precious stone, walls of hand-applied straw marquetry, hand-painted panels of deep rich lacquers, highly collectible one-of-a-kind furniture, and custom-designed fabrics woven with threads of platinum, gold and silver throughout the penthouse. Stay in this treasure chest of a room and let the Four Seasons hand you the keys to the kingdom.
Four Seasons Hotel New York / Ty Warner Penthouse
57 East 57th Street
4) Animal Kingdom—World Big Cat Safaris ($18,000/night)
If you could talk to the animals, what would you say? Begin drafting your dialog now because you’re about to go up close with the big cats of the world. We’re talking cheetahs, lions, jaguars, and Bengal tigers. Welcome to World Big Cat Safaris, where your safari trip will be tailored to your every desire. You provide them your dates and preferred tours and they will design an outdoor adventure just for you. They provide a 14-day desired timeline for two people and they will give you an itinerary for the luxury trip of a lifetime.
Drum roll please….Read on for a sample trip to Botswana
- Begin your trip by flying into OR Tambo International Airport, from where you will be driven in VIP transportation to your first three nights at the Mombo camp. The beautiful traditional influences in the camp design will blend with the spirit and mood of the animals and settle you in to experience ultimate luxury in safari.
- Enjoy private air transfers on your journey in a Platypus PC12, with a personal pilot throughout.
- All camps are luxury private accommodations with a specialist guide and include meals, local beverages, activities, concession fees, and laundry.
- From Mombo camp it’s off to enjoy three nights at the Zarafa Camp on the Selinda Reserve. This exclusive luxury safari accommodation is located on 300,000 acres of wilderness reserve.
- Next up, three nights in Chuma House–Livingstone. Chuma is an exclusive lodge on the Zambian bank of the Zambezi River, within the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and just upstream from the Victoria Falls.
- Then you’re back in your VIP ride to head to the airport and fly to Vamizi Island.
- Spend five nights on Vamizi Island, Mozambique in the Indian Ocean. This island is paradise found with only 13 villas. A piece of your heart will never leave.
World Big Cat Safaris
Contact: Will Bolsover
0044 (0) 1273 691 642
US Toll Free: 1866 357 6569
will @ world-safaris.com
5. Suite Dreams—The Coral Suite, Punta Mita, Mexico ($17,000/night)
The 9,150 square foot Coral Suite at the Four Seasons Resort, Punta Mita, Mexico is designed for the discriminating traveler who demands privacy. A cool ocean breeze escorts you through doors and captures the beautiful spirit of Punta Mita. Hints of the beach are placed throughout the suite with waterways leading you to the pool, along with gardens of sea pebbles and a mosaic of blues and creamy whites. The accommodations of this pristine palladium include a spa, private theater and a fitness center complete with a Techno gym treadmill with built-in television, elliptical trainer, and free weights with bench, balance balls and exercise mats. A 24-hour on-call personal host will assist you during your stay and will act as a liaison between you and hotel services, taking care of any additional travel details and creating a soothing, stress free atmosphere for you and your guests. It’s private, it’s privileged, and it’s paparazzi-free—the ultimate escape.
The Coral Suite
Four Seasons Resort, Punta Mita, Mexico
6. Canal Chic: Presidential Suite, Molino Stucky Hilton, Venice ($16,000/night)
Ciao Bella. L’amiamo Venezia! The 35-meter high (that’s almost 115 feet) Presidential Suite at the Hilton in Venice wins the ‘cool award’ for its views and garners the sixth slot in Jetset Extra’s list of the most expensive vacations in the world. Take in an exclusive view of Venice and the lagoon from the private neo-gothic terrace in the building’s steeple. Not only the highest suite in Venice, it’s also the largest at 300 square meters (3200 sq. ft.) with both a Queen and Twin bedroom, each with a walk-in closet, plus a large living room, a kitchenette, a private wellness area with a Jacuzzi decorated with golden mosaic, sauna, gym and an Emotional shower (it’s like bathing in your own water and lights show) and four marble bathrooms. Fall in love with the Venetian touches, such as Murano chandeliers, Fortuny lamps and Rubelli fabrics. If that isn’t enough to impress you, the suite also includes a private bar, all the technology you need to stay connected, and the ‘Magic Service,’ a virtual butler ready for you with answers to all of your questions, requests and information about the hotel services and Venice events.
Molino Stucky Hilton
Giudecca 810, 30133
+39 041 2723 311