10 Luxury Destinations You Need To Visit If Money Is No Object
If money was no object, where would you go? It's a question we've all asked ourselves on our dreary commute to work, but for a privileged few, their commutes will never consist of public transport, and their destinations are far removed from the everyday mediocrity of an office cubicle.
For an elite few, they've made enough money to live on and enjoy for the rest of their lives, and as well as splurging on luxury property, fine wines and classic cars, traveling to the most exotic places is a key part of that lifestyle.
Here, The Travel Lane has detailed 10 of the most exotic destinations in the world and explains why they are such a hit with the jet set.
Far removed from the stresses and strains of the Western world, Fiji's remoteness and phantasmagorical appearance make it a favorite with the hipster glitterati- and for good reason. Unlike the rampant commercialization of The Maldives and Seychelles, Fiji still retains a sense of mystery and wilderness, and though 5-star resorts are plentiful, Fiji still has many old-school hostels for backpackers, which can make a refreshing change for wealthy travelers fed up with sharing plush resorts with people out-of-touch with the everyday man.
If that isn't rock n' roll enough, it was in a secluded, Fijian island resort where the Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards fell out of a tree. The band then ended up canceling many of their subsequent tour dates, but if you don't scale the trees, and opt for swimming in crystal clear waters instead, you should come out of the holiday in a much better state than poor old Keith.
2. Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
If you were to judge Thailand's islands only on ascetic beauty, then Koh Phi Phi would continually come out trumps. The key to the island's allure is the mythical beaches. Surrounded by its signature limestone cliffs and dense forestry, Koh Phi Phi beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world; a truism affirmed when the British film director Danny Boyle choose the scenic Koh Phi Phi Ley beach as the setting for the Leonardo Di Caprio movie, 'The Beach.'
Sadly, tourism was put on hold after the 2004 tsunami devastated the lives of thousands of locals and tourists. However, 12 years on and you would have never known. Modernized and lined with plush hotels, the crowds that Phi Phi attract tend to be affluent (wealthy Japanese tourists frequent the island) but backpackers, undeterred by the sky-high prices, also revel in Thailand's most prized asset by staying in a few nearby hostels.
3. The Maldives
If the Maldives were a child, it would be the most spoiled on Earth; such is the beauty strewn across the 1,000 islands. Of those, 200 are inhabited, but you are guaranteed to see the same sights wherever you go. Coral reefs, pale sands, turquoise waters. The views are priceless, and the sunsets are no exception as burning oranges and hazy purples mix to create colors that wouldn't look out of place on a Van Gogh canvas.
It's little wonder then that the rich and famous regularly visit a place that many see as a shrine to Earth itself. That said, the scattered beach huts and wooden pathways that lead holidaymakers to their plush abodes may sometimes seem like overkill, but once you take in the other-worldly surroundings, you'll realize that The Maldives is where the real luxury is found, rather than the magical accommodation it has become synonymous with.
4. Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa has done a lot in recent years to rid itself of its violent past that had put a dent in tourist figures for many years, and this has been helped by the legacy of the country's late social and political icon, Nelson Mandella.
While certain parts of the country are still a no-go, South Africa's premier draw is undoubtedly Cape Town, a beachside city that attracts the rich and famous for its fine dining, private beach resorts, and scuba diving opportunities.
5. Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona has everything. Tawny-sanded beaches. Sprawling mountains. An easy-to-navigate city center. World-class culture. Mouth-drooling tapas. A dry climate all-year-round. An international airport that is only a 15-minute drive away.
On top of this, its coastal location sees it regularly heralded as one of the world's best beach cities, with the premier W Hotel sitting adjacent to the popular San Sebastian beach. There, you will find many of the city's most exclusive clubs and restaurants frequented by a plethora of celebrities and soccer players.
6. Los Angeles, America
America's second city is the entertainment capital of the world and attracts thousands of bright young hopefuls each year in the quest for fame and fortune, but if you're already part of that lifestyle, you can instantly bask in all it has to offer.
From sipping cocktails with the stars at Chateau Marmont to topping up your wardrobe on Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles' fashionable shops, fine restaurants, and abundance of beaches make it a favorite place for the wealthy and well-connected.
What was once a small fishing port in the Arabian Desert has been transformed into an unashamedly ostentatious destination for the rich and famous. Now hoisted to the forefront of luxury tourism, Dubai's unique landscape assures visitors a grandiose stay in a place that has stamped its mark on the world in more ways than one.
There's no denying the City of Gold's multifaceted qualities, which range from indoor ski slopes to six and seven-star hotels and a profusion of Michelin star restaurants that will either make you love the place or detest it.
8. Geneva, Switzerland
Switzerland has long been a favorite of the well-heeled, not only for its well-known financial benefits but also because of its mountainous surroundings, glistening lakes and quaint way of life.
Crime rates are also among the lowest in Europe, and with ski resorts scattered just outside the city, Geneva is a beautiful place to live or vacation in if you can afford it.
9. Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
The home of Virgin founder and multi-billionaire Richard Branson has attracted some of the most famous and influential people on Earth in recent years. Only last year, Donald Trump's predecessor Barack Obama accepted an invitation to the island shortly after his presidency had expired, while countless other public figures, such as Harry Styles and Kate Winslet, have also partied at Branson's far-off enclave.
The private island is set among acres of sprawling forestry, while also offers some of the most diverse marine life in the world. If you aren't a famous face and haven't been deemed worthy enough of a personal invitation, you can still visit the island if you are willing to spend upwards of $80,000 per night for a luxurious villa capable of housing 34 guests.
Famed for its transparent waters, powdered sands and rural surroundings, the Seychelles has many islands to choose from. George and Amal Clooney even deviated away from their Lake Como mansion to spend a holiday at the private island resort of The Villa North Island, where there are only 11 villas.
At around $11,000 per night, staying in one is unaffordable to most, but if you happen to be seriously wealthy, you should consider staying there. Each villa’s 8,000 square feet of space is equipped with stylish wooden decks, a coconut grove, and a private entrance to a secluded beach.