There are many fantastic places to explore all around the globe. Heading to new places allows us to escape the mundane of our everyday lives, discover new cultures and learn more about the world we inhabit. You could pick just about anywhere on the globe and find an exciting locale.
Unless, of course, you’re fortunate enough to have deep pockets. Then you’re likely going to want to take a trip that shows off just how much cash you have to burn while the rest of us only dream about taking off to a private resort island where villa rentals run in the thousands of dollars per night. Here are some of the most exclusive holiday destinations on earth:
Mustique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Mustique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines: The British royal family has called this private island in the Caribbean a second (or fifth) home for years. Princess Margaret had a villa built there, while Prince William and Kate Middleton (when not birthing kids with 12 names) regularly rent one of the 100 available homes. You must be a guest of the island to stay there, though, and you can expect to pay at least $20,000 per week.
Lake Como, Italy
Lake Como, Italy: For many of us, a lake getaway usually includes beer, tubing, and ridiculously small tents. However, for George Clooney and the rest of the jet set, a vacation on the lake means stunning waterfront villas surrounded by breathtaking mountainscapes.
Maldives: To really get away from it all, the rich head to this tiny string of islands south of India. Surrounded by deep blue ocean and known for its romantic feel, a lot of Hollywood couples indulge in the over-water spa services and underwater restaurants offered at many of the five-star properties.
St. Barts, French West Indies
St. Barts, French West Indies: While some of us spend winters locked in doors, hiding from the elements, the rich and famous spend winter splashing about the crystal blue waters of this Caribbean island, which boasts only about 24 hotels with rooms that are extremely difficult to reserve. Even the yacht moorings are booked well in advance! If somehow you manage to score a reservation, expect to rub elbows with the likes of Beyonce, Jay Z, and Gwen Stefani.
St. Tropez, French Riviera
St. Tropez, French Riviera: In the South of France, you’ll often find the likes of Catherine Zeta-Jones, Victoria Beckham, and Tom Cruise lounging on one of their super yachts just off the coast of some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. St. Tropez is a must on the holiday itinerary of the well-heeled.
Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
Necker Island, British Virgin Islands: To even stay on this Caribbean gem, you’ll need an invite from British billionaire Sir Richard Branson; he purchased the island in the late ’90s and rents it out to A-listers like Steven Spielberg and Kate Winslet for special getaways. But that doesn’t mean you’re out of the running; the mogul opens up his 74-acre property to the public several weeks a year, renting rooms to 15 couples. Included in their stay are food/drinks, a dedicated staff, two infinity pools, two tennis courts, and unlimited water sports. Also, wireless internet. The price for a piece of paradise? That starts at $28,805 per couple.
Los Cabos, Mexico
Los Cabos, Mexico: Sure, anyone can vacation in this Baja Peninsula hot spot. But sharing a room with six buddies after a long night of tequila shots hardly counts as luxurious. That’s why celebrities like Jennifer Aniston sip their cocktails poolside at a private villa or at the one & only Palmilla retreat, where, for around $9,000 a night, private butlers are on call 24/7 to answer any request.
Kenya: For some, poolside massages don’t equal the ideal getaway. No, they’d rather go on safari, glamp in luxury tents, and roam the plains on a wildlife safari. Two such celebrities are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. On their last trip to Kenya, the Hollywood power-couple stayed at the $4,000-a-night Alfajiri Villas.
Seychelles: Like the Maldives, the Seychelles is all about total privacy, incredible scenery, and high-end amenities. The ultra-exclusive North Island – where royals shell out almost $10,000 a night for villas complete with a chef, butler, and beach buggy service – is only accessible by private helicopter.