Taking a break from it all is vital for a healthy mind and there’s nowhere better to do this than off in a distant land where all of your troubles can just disappear for a little. Let’s face it, each and every single one of us have had those dreams where we own our own private island filled with people who are solely there to cater to our every need… and, more likely than not, they’re extremely hot. But that’s not the point. The point is that we all have the right to dream big and let our imaginations run wild every once in a blue moon, and where better to have our mind fly to than a destination far away from all of life’s troubles, where the opportunity to do absolutely anything is just steps away.
Given, most of us may not have the luxury to just take off on our private jets and fly anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice, but there are those who can and take advantage of it on a regular basis. Sure, this may only be a reality for the 1% but there’s no harm in dreaming and when this happens we might as well live by the expression so often used for Las Vegas: go big or go home. So, let your fingers walk along the beach that is your mouse and check out travel destinations of the rich and famous!
20. Tuscany, Italy
For those who wish to explore the finer things in life like art and culture while still spending a little extra to ensure that your vacation is up to par, Tuscany is the place to be. With its wonderful variety of landscapes from the countryside to its many beaches and even sectors which seem to be of a different time completely, you can get the best of all worlds. However, just because Tuscany is a lot calmer of a place than most on this list doesn’t mean that it shies away from the finer things in life. By staying in hotels like the St. Regis in Florence you can receive the discreet yet satisfactory service you’re accustomed to starting at €437 a night, and still have money left over to indulge in the finest Italian cuisine and the high life that most can only dream of.
Being one of the less popular locations in this list, you can rest assured that your time away will not be ruined by a crowd that’s too big for its own good. Regardless, Luxembourg, like the name suggests, knows how to live the high life. If having the possibility to stay in a castle wasn’t enough, there is something to do whether you’re a nature lover or party-goer due to the wide variety of activities that this region has. This being said, flights are surprisingly inexpensive and can go for a minimum of $700 per person depending on where you’re coming from and you can find an okay deal for a hotel if you’re willing to compromise on quality. But, when an underwhelming 5 star hotel goes from about $500 a night it’s safe to say that it’s easy to break the bank by embracing all Luxembourg has to offer.
This Asian city state is very well off and is not afraid to show it. With its high rise buildings and elaborate landscaping, the city screams big money and has good reason to do so. Singapore is one of the most profitable regions in Asia, so it can afford to go all out. Their five star luxury hotels are bragged about on websites like TripAdvisor, and those that are really bragged about can be found somewhere above the $500 a night range. On top of that, you will definitely want to take advantage of all the wonderful eateries scattered around, because the region’s cuisine is world-famous. Who knows what else you’ll find!
17. Zurich, Switzerland
Zurich is one of those picturesque places that everyone should see at least once in their lives. Due to the rich historical influence embedded within the city’s architecture, this is a go-to for any artsy individual or history buff. However, this is a banking and business district so it is safe to say that everything will be on the pricier side of the spectrum. While there may be ways to get around this, there is a point made all over the Internet regarding the ridiculous prices of food and housing in particular. You can expect to pay somewhere in the $500 range per night for the best hotel rooms the city has to offer, and close to $1,200 per person if you’re traveling in coach on your way there. To sum up, the abundance of museums, shops, outdoor activities and anything else you decide to do means that your stay will be a wonderful but costly one.
16. Oslo, Norway
Oslo is the capital of Norway and for a good reason. By having an abundance of activities that can be shaped to fit even the pickiest of travelers, you can set off knowing that you’ll have the best time of your life. If you don’t want to go through the effort, there are even companies out there whose focus is to create the ideal getaway for the wealthiest of people! This being said, if you want to add your own personal touch and plan everything out yourself, make sure to check out The Thief hotel located near Oslo’s waterfront, which prides itself on having one of the most central locations. Whether it be relaxing by the water or partying the night away, Oslo is the place for you.
15. Tokyo, Japan
Sure, Japan may have a seemingly obscure culture, but that’s half the fun! By going out and experiencing all that is new, you can truly say that you’ve gone out and explored the world in all of its glory… isn’t that what life is all about? Sure, there may be no connecting flights and even flying coach may cost you at least $1,500 per person, but this is one opportunity that no one should ever miss out on. The city’s fine array of culinary expertise means that you will always have a piece of home with you in some shape or form, while the spectacular skylines and aesthetic variety transport you to an all new dimension. However, wherever you may be, you can always find your way back to a hotel like the Aman Tokyo where the conversation is easy and the rooms are spacious and bright.
14. Sydney, Australia
According to The Daily Mail, Sydney was ranked as the 10th most expensive place for tourists back in 2014, and it has not veered very far from there since then. Sure, the hotel prices aren’t that expensive since you can easily get a room for about $200 a night, but everything else easily makes up for that. Since Australia is so far, there is next to no possibility that your flight will be on the lower end of the cost spectrum, which is why Sydney is on this list. Besides, going to the Sydney Opera House may be a once in a lifetime opportunity, so would you really want to miss out on it for the simple reason that it was just “too expensive”? Didn’t think so.
Despite moments of political unrest, Israel is too spectacular to let anything stop you from going. From the Dead Sea to the historical sites and wonderful shops, this 21+ hour flight can cost you anywhere from $800 to $14,000, but it is totally worthwhile. When you stay at the iconic but pricey hotel The King David in Jerusalem, you know that you’re taking part in the city’s history. Who knows, maybe you’ll come across a famous politician or celebrity while there since it is, after all, their go-to place while in town. Also, be sure to take advantage of the shops, where you can find some great deals on gold, one of their natural resources, and the restaurants where fusing traditional with the modern is just what they do.
This archipelago is composed of 331 small islands and 2 big ones and is famously known as the island of smiles. From the moment that you step off the plane you’ll never want to leave this magical place, even if it may be more expensive than you care to admit. Sure, you can find some spectacular last minute deals, but there is no getting around the fact that Fiji will be more than just your average trip. Quamea Resort gets nothing but the best reviews from their guests, and the prices are nothing to complain about either. When you can find an all-inclusive resort for just over $1,000 a night, you can’t help but say “Bula!”… This even makes up for the flight, which lasts about a day each way and costs anywhere from $1,500 to $2,500 per person minimum!
Dubai is known for its ability to go all out due to the immense income that it has gathered thanks to oil. From its elaborate buildings and cityscapes to its exotic police force, it’s easy to tell that this country has more money than it knows what to do with. However, one benefit that travelers may not be aware of is that the exchange rate into either the Canadian or American dollar is in our favor which means that you can easily get the best of the best for less than you’d expect. For example, the best suite in Al Maha, a desert resort and spa, comes to just about $1,500 a night plus your food and drinks which can be found in the general vicinity. On the other side of the spectrum, you don’t have to go all the way out in the desert to enjoy the finer things in life so why not give it a shot?
10. Stockholm, Sweden
With its 700 year history, you can only imagine the stories the lands would tell if they had the chance. Stockholm prides itself on being one of those places where you can breathe easily, no matter who you are, and isn’t that what a vacation is all about? While you can find a hotel room in the couple hundred dollar per night range, there is no reason to settle, especially if cost is of no importance to you. By basking in the wonders that is The Grand Hôtel Stockholm’s Exclusive Water View Suite (which grants you access to its wonderful spa for approximately $1,300 a night), you know that you will leave a better person than when you left.
9. Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Given, the British Virgin Islands are known for being a costly vacation destination but, at the same time, you must learn to expect that there will be a price to pay in order to be surrounded by white sand beaches, ancient ruins and as many drinks as your liver can possibly handle. However, what you get for the price is definitely worthwhile. For example, if you were to book the Hawks Nest Villa at the Peter Island Resort for $3,900 a night, the following are already included in the price: all of your meals, your own private plunge pool and all of the equipment that may possibly be needed to take part in the activities while at the resort. When you take into consideration that your first class ticket to Tortola will be at least $3,000 per person, you’ll be happy to know that everything else is covered.
8. London, England
London is similar to city centers like New York in the regard that the variety of activities are absolutely endless since you can do anything from go see a play at The Globe theater to live a moment in the eyes of Picasso and The Constables by riding the Tate Boat, to anything in between. With the huge array of five star restaurants and endless things to do you can literally never run out of things to do in this city. However, flights can be expensive and begin in the $850 range and you’ll have to pay a pretty penny to get the best hotel accommodations possible. When a room at The Ritz located in central London is over £750 per night excluding food and other hotel services it is certain that your stay will be memorable for both you and your credit card statement.
7. New York City, New York
New York is best known for the city that never sleeps, its spectacular theater scene and decadent restaurants that can be found hiding around every corner… hence why it is such a popular vacation destination. However, with the good comes the bad and, in this case, that just so happens to be centralized around one major problem: its undersized accommodations. Whether you’re just traveling a few hours to experience the scene that is New York City or across the ocean, you can expect to spend a lot on a decent sized hotel room. For example, if you were to book the Manhattan Suite at the Four Seasons Hotel you can expect to pay a whopping $4,900 a night, no meals included! In addition, if you wish to take advantage of the shows, world renowned zoo and five star restaurants, be warned your wallet will be a lot smaller once you get back.
6. Geneva, Switzerland
Known as the smallest of the big cities, Geneva is known for a lot of things including the amount of green space that the city possesses. However, this seemingly low key city has a big price tag. When you take into consideration that the cheapest flight you can possibly get is in the $800 range and a first class ticket is upwards of $8,000, you can just imagine how much this trip can break the bank. On top of that, if you want to stay in a marvelous room at a five star luxury hotel like the Suite Mont Blanc at the Four Seasons Hotel des Berges Geneva, you should be prepared to pay CHF 3,100 or somewhere around the $4,000 range. That’s not even including your meals and whatever else you decide to do! All this to say that Geneva, Switzerland may have a lot of free activities that you can do outdoors, but if you want to go all out just be prepared to pay the price.
5. Paris, France
Paris is known as the city where love surrounds you at every corner and is constantly depicted as somewhere where everyone simply sits around coffee shops eating magnificent patisseries. But at what cost? Sure, you can travel there and penny-pinch every step of the way, but there is only one way to truly go through Paris and that’s by getting the best that there is out there. The Four Seasons Hotel George V redefines the term luxurious with its 18th century charm paired with the modern technology that shapes our everyday. All this can be yours for the small fee of anywhere between €1,000 and €3,000 a night, without a special package. However, you’ll be getting the best of the best, which is exactly what you deserve.
4. Copenhagen, Denmark
With its huge variety of attractions like museums, sightseeing tours and film locations, you can definitely find something to do in the city filled with more bikes than people. However, it simply would not be the same without wonderful sleeping accommodations, and that’s where Hotel D’Angleterre Copenhagen has you covered. With its centralized location and complimentary access to the spa with any room booking, it almost makes up for the cost per room which can reach upwards of DKK 17,214! This being said, the flights are pretty reasonable depending on what you’re looking for. You might as well take advantage of the money you save there and splurge on some great food and a magical stay.
3. Monte Carlo, Monaco
This independent microstate near France’s coastline caters only to those who have the most prestigious lifestyles, because those are the only ones who can even remotely afford it. For example, one of the best five star hotels in the city, Hermitage, has rates which can vary between €965 to over €3,000 a night depending on the suite (food and activities extra). When you then add on the flight (which can easily be over $1,000 per person) and the fact that everyone has to eat, you can only imagine how expensive your getaway can be. However, you will be able to experience the unique atmosphere that only Monte Carlo can offer, and that alone makes the trip worthwhile.
2. Fregate Island, Seychelles
Frigate Island is the place to be if you want to feel like you own your own private island. With only 40 people allowed on the island at once and no day visitors allowed, you can truly feel safe, taken care of and zen while on your holiday. The tropical setting that Frigate Island Private Seychelles has is truly unique. Unlike a lot of the hotels on this list, this one even includes the meals (which are fully organic by the way) in the price of your stay. This is an added bonus, especially since it is anywhere between €4,500 and €13,000 a night. However, you can expect to pay close to $2,000 per person for your flight to Mahé and then an additional fee to get to Seychelles, so it kind of outweighs the inclusion of the meals. Either way, if you’re looking to literally get away from it all then this should be your go-to place, each time, every time.
1. Bora Bora
Bora Bora is one of the most beautiful tropical destinations in the world so it may just be the ideal place for your little, or long, getaway. Whether you want to just sit by a lagoon that looks like it stepped right of a painting or have 4×4 excursions, this is the place to be. Geared toward those who love the outdoors, the activities won’t be the most expensive thing ever but the hotels and flight can cost you an arm and a leg. For example, The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora offers some of the best service out there right on one of the many beaches that this island has to offer. However, if you are looking to book their top of the line villa you can expect to pay XVP 750,000 or approximately $9,500 a night all depending on the exchange rate at the time! On top of that, the flight will probably cost you at least $3,500 a person and you’re not even adding in drinks, food or souvenirs! All this to say that you can literally live in paradise but it is sure to leave a dent in your bank account, no matter how rich you are.
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