rom private islands and castles to yachts the size of a small town, this is how the super-rich do holidays.
Sometimes, only a luxury superyacht will scratch the itch of treating yo’self. Enter the Flying Fox, a 136m vessel complete with twin helipads, 12m swimming pool, two-floor spa, cinema and its own jet skis. Completely private, this is the perfect yacht to recreate the cash-throwing scene from The Wolf of Wall Street without fear of prying paparazzi.
Don’t panic: you wouldn’t have to lift a finger. The Flying Fox comes with 55 crew who cater to your every whim, from bringing you just one more Mimosa to actually steering the damn thing. Got some friends who are hungry for a taste of the high life? Bring them on board! Eleven suites sleep up to 25 guests — but if you’re really committed to a life of excess, you’ll charter the whole thing just for yourself to cruise round the Amalfi Coast, the Bahamas or French Polynesia.
Why have one secluded island when you can have 14? Islas Secas is a privately owned archipelago of 14 islands just off the Pacific coast of Panama. With guests capped at 24, this is a quiet retreat where slow tourism and eco-friendliness take precedence; think solar energy, environmental stewardship and 75 per cent of the archipelago completely untouched. But it’s still the height of luxury. Rooms come with private plunge pools and muslin-draped four poster beds, while the activity offerings are the stuff of dreams. Forget banana boats — try scuba diving, whale watching or hiking around Coiba National Park, a Unesco World Heritage site. If you’re looking to get there in a hurry, there is a landing strip just waiting for your private plane to touch down.
There are members’ clubs, and then there are members’ clubs. Yellowstone Club is undeniably the latter: spanning 24 square miles in the Rocky Mountains, this is a private residential community, golf club and ski resort packed with ‘private powder’ — that’s their name for what we call ‘snow’. Famous members include Bill Gates and Justin Timberlake, who favour the resort for its unbeatable exclusivity (security is reportedly handled by former US secret service agents).
Access is trickier than most know-someone-on-the-board clubs: Yellowstone requires you to first own a home in the area, with prices ranging from $2m to a cool $25m. And don’t forget the $400,000 joining cost, plus $41,500 a year in fees. Doable? You’ll have to get in line — to retain exclusivity, there’s a cap of 864 members.(yellowstoneclub.com)
For a slice of fairy-tale living, where better to escape than a 17th-century chateau tucked away in the Dordogne valley. With nine sumptuously decorated bedrooms (think velvet curtains, tapestries and stained glass windows), a cliff-side swimming pool, yoga and meditation deck, and a 32-hectare estate featuring the ruins of an ancient church, there’s plenty of room at Chateau Les Tourelles for you and your thoughts — and perhaps a friend or two. The magic doesn’t end there. Wine tastings, cooking classes, in-house massages and private chefs are all part of an extensive menu of luxurious offerings — and if you visit in January or February, you can go truffle hunting. Well worth sniffing out, we say.
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