If you’re looking to go all out for your next vacation, these especially luxurious trips are sure to fit the bill. Breathtaking destinations that made the list include the British Virgin Islands, a private island in the Bahamas, a trip to the Alaskan Wilderness, Kenya, and so many more.
Guana Island, British Virgin Islands (Prices & Photos)
This private 850-acre resort island in the British Virgin Islands, known as a playground for Britain’s wealthy, has no public access, which means that while you’ll need to fly into neighboring Beef Island and then take the resort’s boat to your final destination, you’ll have the chance to enjoy once of the most peaceful, relaxing vacations of your life. You can spend your days lounging in a hammock and sipping exotic drinks, enjoying the seven powdery white sand beaches practically all to yourself. You can get more active by going snorkeling in the clear, warm azure waters that are filled with a wealth of marine life, hiking, and taking yoga or tennis lessons. The all-inclusive experience includes a sea view cottage with three meals per day, including outstanding gourmet offerings at the onsite restaurant, as well as snacks, wine and use of all facilities. All of that doesn’t come cheap however, rates start at $700 a night, and that’s in the off season.
Monterey Peninsula, California & The Lodge At Pebble Beach (Prices & Photos)
If you’re a golfing enthusiast, one of the world’s very best golf courses can be found on the Monterey Peninsula along California’s Central Coast: Pebble Beach Golf Links. Renowned for its breathtaking scenery, rich history, sloping greens and clifftop fairways, it will cost you upwards of $500 a round, but if you have the cash, it’s worth the experience. Combine it with the lavish, and expensive, suites at the Lodge at Pebble Beach and you’ll have the ultimate luxury golf vacation. After a day out on the course, you might want to take a scenic drive down Highway One, one of the most legendary drives in the world, to Big Sur’s Esalen Institute to indulge in a massage, and even nude group encounter sessions at the hot springs.
Musha Cay and The Exumas (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Musha Cay and The Islands of Copperfield Bay – yes, that David Copperfield, are part of The Exumas, as a collection of 11 picture-perfect isles. You don’t have to worry about bumping elbows with too many others as it’s up to you to choose just who they are. That’s because the entire island has to be rented for a stay here, which includes inviting up to 24 guests to its five guesthouses. The nightly rate for as many as 12 guests starts at $39,000, with a four-night minimum, though it does include all meals and beverages, and you have some pretty amazing activity options too, like a personal fireworks show, deep-sea fishing, diving or a customized treasure hunt.
Ultima Thule Lodge, Alaskan Wilderness (Prices & Photos)
If your idea of a vacation is spending time in a remote wilderness area with access to thrilling outdoor adventures and an abundance of wildlife, along with all sorts of luxurious amenities, the Ultima Thule Lodge may be for you. This all-inclusive luxury lodge sits in the heart of the Alaska wilderness, 100 miles from the nearest road, the only way to get there is to fly in. You may be in the middle of nowhere, but you’ll get to enjoy a wood-fired cedar sauna as well as dining on gourmet meals, often of fresh fish or game, along with homemade goodies like bread and pastries. Activities include flights over Wrangell-St. Elias National Park (included in the all-inclusive rate), where you’ll land on glaciers and get a bird’s-eye view of wildlife like grizzly bears. Hiking, fishing and kayaking can all be arranged as well.
Ol Jogi, Kenya (Hotel Prices & Photos)
This private family ranch, owned by the Wildenstein family, offers the best of the best when it comes to an African safari escape. Very upscale, there are luxurious touches throughout its cottage suites, like sumptuous Hermes linens and perfectly polished Buccellati silver. The highlight, of course, is the wildlife, and as it’s set on 58,000 privately owned, protected areas. It’s home to about 50 of the less than 800 black rhinos that remain in East Africa, thanks to its conservation efforts (all profits go to support them), as well as some 400 elephants, depending on the season. Activities include walks with baboons, game drives, horse riding and more.
Bora Bora (Hotel Prices & Photos)
This tiny island in French Polynesia is one of the most well-known for luxury experiences. The average night on the island is a minimum of $800, although that does includes meals. Not surprisingly, Bora Bora tends to draw a number of celebrities and business elite who are seeking the best of the best, and you’ll be able to enjoy the trip of a lifetime if you can afford it. The Hilton Bora Bora Nui is ideal for beach and water lovers, with some of the best coral near its Polynesian-designed overwater bungalows – all you’ll have to do is walk off your deck and step into the brilliant undersea world.
The Villazzo Villa Jane, Aspen
This exclusive, exquisitely designed villa sits high in the Colorado Rockies near the famous mountain town of Aspen. It offers dreamlike views over the spectacular mountain landscape and even an indoor swimming pool with gorgeous views. Ideal for a family or larger group, there are six large bedrooms and nine bathrooms, a modern kitchen, three bars, a full gym, grand piano, a billiards table, rec room and a huge patio – plus elegant decor and eye-catching art can be found throughout. If you can pull yourself away from this magnificent chateau, you can enjoy the slopes, hit the high-end shops, explore the museums and galleries, and do some celebrity spotting too.
Turtle Island, Fiji (Prices & Photos)
After Turtle Island was thrust in the spotlight as the location of the 1980 film “The Blue Lagoon,” it became world famous for its pristine blue waters and fabulous beaches, as well as a very exclusive tourist destination able to accommodate just 14 couples at any one time. It perfectly captures the true romance of the South Pacific with its tranquil beauty, exotic flavors and ultra-luxe Bures, the Fijian word for a wood-and-straw hut, with views of the Blue Lagoon. Enjoy 14 secluded beaches, moonlit dinners at the edge of the sea, romantic picnics for two and horseback riding at sunrise. There are lots of water-based activities too, like diving, snorkeling and swimming. Each one of the private abodes features 1,500 square feet of living space, including a fully stocked refrigerator.
One&Only Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia (Prices & Photos)
One&Only Hayman Island, located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, is the northernmost of the Whitsunday Islands off Queensland’s coast. Made up of 74 island wonders, the Whitsundays are internationally renowned for snorkeling and diving, with an astonishing array of marine life, including more than 1,600 species of tropical fish, turtles, sharks, dolphins, rays and giant clams. This private island resort reflects the harmony of nature set against the backdrop of the Coral Sea. It features a variety of accommodation options that are tucked among lush gardens, stunning pools and a wide swath of striking white sands. Each one was designed to take advantage of the breathtaking island views and the natural surroundings which include wildlife like wallabies, kookaburras and cockatoos.
Sand Club, St. Barth (Prices & Photos)
Sand Club is the most expensive villa on an island known for catering to some of the wealthiest travelers in the Caribbean. It sits right on Flamands Beach and includes six bedrooms, all with awe-inspiring ocean views. When you aren’t soaking up the sun and the sand, you can lounge around the heated “mirror” pool on one of the comfortable chaises or daybeds under the shade of an umbrella, or one of the gently swaying palms. The entire island offers guests a host of water based activities, including diving, snorkeling, sailing and wind surfing. Visitors can also enjoy relaxing with exotic spa treatments or exploring the island via a sightseeing tour. Keep an eye out for celebrities, St. Barth’s has played host to a long list of some of the world’s most famous faces, including Simon Cowell and Matt Damon.
Travaasa Hana, Maui, Hawaii (Prices & Photos)
The most luxurious all-inclusive resort on Maui, this unique property located in the peaceful town of Hana is set among lush rolling fields and palm trees overlooking Kaihalulu Bay. Its Sea Ranch Cottages offer private lanai and ocean views, and feature fabulous amenities like organic linens, locally-made toiletries and whole bean coffee. The inclusive package includes all of your meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages and activities like outdoor yoga, snorkeling and horseback riding.