How the Rich and Famous Holiday

Schools very nearly out for summer and swathes hard working Brits are planning their summer adventures in earnest. But if, like me, you dream more of opulence on oceanic atolls than a disposable barbeque in the Yorkshire Dales, you’ll be keeping one eye on the wayfaring well-to-do and the current must-do destinations for anyone with an entourage, private jet, or a super-yacht.

Scroll through for our round up of the fanciest destinations to visit when money really is no object.

The Maldives

The gold standard for the luxury tropical holiday has to be the Maldives, where, for just $10,000 per night you can relax in the Conrad Maldives Underwater Suite.

They take the term ‘Island Paradise’ very seriously here. You will want for nothing with world class service, impeccable white sand beaches and water that defines the colour aquamarine.

And, if it’s maximum luxury you’re looking for, there are a range of private Islands on offer, such as the $23,000 per night Velaa Private Island that comes with a Michelin starred chef and your own private submarine!

Laucala Island, Fiji

Now that we’ve got your attention with talk of private islands, how about this 3,500 acre resort that comes fully staffed for just $4,200 a night!

You can only access the island by private jet or boat, but once you’re there you’ll enjoy some of the best food the world has to offer, all sourced from the island and prepared by your own private chef!

If you want to enjoy the island 18 hole championship golf course, however, and intend to arrive by private jet, you’ll have to be prepared to pay the $14,000 landing fee. To be honest,  I think It’d would cheaper and more fun to cruise in on my own private yacht!

St. Barthelemey

Now that you have your beautiful used yacht it would be a terrible shame not to use it, so why not take the 12,000-km journey across the pacific and through the Panama Canal to St. Barths in the Caribbean.

Here, for between $100,000 and $200,000 dollars a week you can rent a villa or speciality hotel down the beach from A-List Hollywood name, where they come to enjoy the relative privacy of this exclusive resort and the French inspired world class food.

Maui, Hawaii

Let’s face it, when we think of tropical luxury few places spring to mind faster than Hawaii. The images of grass skirts and Lei flower garlands has long been the foremost visual metaphor for relaxation and hospitality.

The Hawaiian Island of Maui is a go-to haunt for many famous Hollywood hotshots, and the Islands many world class gold resorts attract pro golfers all the year round. A round on one of these courses can cost as little as $300!


Okay, not all of us are made for unrelenting baking sun and that sand does get everywhere! So, for those with slightly thicker blood, why not visit the volcanic island of Iceland, where one can relax in more temperate climates.

If R&R isn’t top of your list of priorities this is a prime location for extreme sports, with Ice Climbing and Heli-skiing available to those with an insatiable appetite for adrenaline! If that sound like your bag luxury winter sports packages start around $30,000.