The Daily Mail recently published an article about a £1 million cruise. The holiday involved a helicopter, a private jet, a Bentley, a Michelin starred chef and the suite of suites onboard a 6* cruise.
The cruise costs £1 million per couple, and at over £8,000 per day for the 124 day über luxury experience, it is the most expensive holiday I’ve ever come across. Though the trip sounds amazing — I’ll go into more details shortly — it got me thinking, what are the most luxurious holidays in the world?
Whether it’s a trip to Sir Richard Branson’s private island, 5* luxury in the world renowned resort of Courchevel, or heading to the Monaco Grand Prix, if money is no object, what would be your ultimate holiday? Whether you are on a footballer’s salary, you’ve just picked up your banker’s bonus, or you’ve got this weekend’s winning lottery ticket, here are a few ways to burn some cash in luxurious surroundings.
The Million Pound Cruise:
Naturally the £1 million cruise has to be the benchmark for this list, so what does £8,000 a day get you? At 124 days long, the £1 million cruise is the most expensive holiday in the list, though not necessarily the most ridiculous.
This cruise excretes luxury and decadence in every direction, from the second you leave home to your eventual return. The bulk of this cruise is spent onboard the luxury 6*, Silver Whisper, one of Silversea’s ships, in the Royal Suite — the 1,000 sq ft suite consists of two bedrooms, two marbled bathrooms, a separate dining space and bar, along with two private verandas. So, you are looking at one of the most comfortable suites at sea, onboard an all inclusive, über luxury cruise line.
But that’s not the reason this cruise costs £1 million. The accommodation, cruising and experience of the cruise may be second to none and the most luxurious way of spending 124 days at sea I can think of, but it’s how you get there, which is completely over-the-top, but quite fabulous part of this holiday. You will be picked up from you home in a Sikorsky helicopter, where you will enjoy Beluga Caviar (this stuff is £4,000 a kilo) while sipping on Da Hong Pao Tea, made from 1,000 year old plants, and, of course, before enjoying a glass or three of Dom Perignon Rose.
Once arriving at a London airport, you will be whisked away to a privately chartered Boeing Business Jet. The luxury jet includes mahogany panelling and gold-plated fixtures, while boasting a lounge area and bedroom — yes a lounge and bedroom on a plane! While enjoying the flight, both to LA and on the way home, you will be personally served a 10 course tasting menu from a Michelin starred chef. On arrival in the US, you will be collected by a chauffeur driven Rolls Royce Phantom. And if all that wasn’t enough, there are four nights in the Beverley Wilshire Hotel in Beverley Hills before the cruise, you will also spend four nights in a £7,300 per night apartment in Miami after the cruise, before embarking on an equally decadent return trip.
Rent A Village
Fancy a few days in the Alps during the summer, surrounded by family and friends, but not tourists? Well, why not hire a village for a week? Yes, I said hire a village.
This may not shout luxury to you, as you’re not surrounded by 5* hotels, there is no butler service and there will be a serious lack of caviar, but you do get an entire alpine resort to yourself. Of the villages on offer, you can take over the Austrian resort of Alpach, or Switzerland’s ski village of Engleberg.
As part of the package, you are not only given exclusive use of the accommodation, but you’ll also have the local villages looking after your every need. Your party will have free reign over the village bakery, the restaurants and the local bars — though you may find the villagers hard to remove from the bar.
So a week of gorgeous mountain scenery, wonderful surroundings and great local fare, all without having to interact with tourists. Ideal for a family retreat, Alpine wedding, or just the desire to have free run over a village in the mountains for a few days.
The Ultimate Ski Trip
Now, this trip has to be my favourite, this is completely fictitious, so there is no price, but it doesn’t mean you couldn’t attempt it.
Skiing is often seen as an exclusive sport to outsiders, full of fur coasts, quaffing Brits and extortionate costs. Some resorts do little to dispel this rumour, hence Meribel’s nickname as Surrey-on-Ski. So, what would be the most luxurious and decent ski holiday?
Luxury skiing means exclusive resorts, luxury hotels and highly unnecessarily expensive skis. So here is the ultimate luxury ski holiday.
Obviously this trip begins with a chauffeur driven trip to the airport, where you’ll head straight to the BA First Class lounge and enjoy a glass of champagne or two, while they fill the plane. After a short flight to Geneva in Switzerland you’ll be met by the concierge, who will escort you to your helicopter, for the short flight the Courchevel in the Three Valleys.
Your first week will be spent in the Hotel des charmes Les Airelles, the Palace class hotel, from where you can enjoy a wonderful week in the world’s largest ski area. While in Courchevel you will pick up a pair of Volant Platinum ski at £1250 a pair, as well as dining in a variety of Michelin-starred and AAA rosette restaurants, both on the mountain and in resort.
After enjoying a week in France’s premier resort, it’s back on the helicopter and a short flight to Switzerland, and one of the world’s oldest and most exclusive resorts, St. Moritz. When staying in St. Moritz, it would be rude not to stay in Badrutt’s Palace, the resort’s oldest hotel and still among its most luxurious. Badrutt’s Palace lays claim to being the original ski resort hotel and this 5* hotel offer understated glamour and elegance.
To finish this holiday off, you will then take another helicopter ride, this time to Austria’s most exclusive resort, Lech. Think champagne ice-bars, on sun-blushed terraces and luxury dwellings in every direction, while residing in the hotel …. Lech is where those with money, who don’t need to shout about it go skiing. The ski area, linked with St. Anton, isn’t bad either!
So, there you have it, three completely over the top holidays, that would cost thousands, but all of which would be pretty cool. Question is which one would you go for?