If money was no object, where would you go?
Would you get away from it all and hide out in a luxury villa in the Seychelles? Or would you shell out and treat yourself to a whole private island, Branson-style?
In the midst of planning where Our Next Sunrise is going in 2014, we also got a little side tracked and did a little fantasy browsing to find the most luxurious holiday destinations. Check books at the ready people – the below villas will set you back five digits for just a week, meanwhile the entire islands on offer are for multimillion pound budgets only. A girl can only dream!
Madam Zabre, Seychelles
With sweeping views of the Indian Ocean, spend the day swimming with turtles, stingrays and dolphins. Then request your ‘Personal Escape Spa Angel’, who will arrive armed with an array of Elemental Herbology treatments to refresh and revitalise. All that’s left is for you to put your feet up as your villa entourage prepare you a seafood feast fresh from the ocean.
This 18th century Spanish estate has majestic views of both the Pyrenees and the Costa Brava. Equestrian enthusiasts rejoice – there are stables for 10 horses and a series of riding tracks. The region is also home to the famous El Celler de Can Roca restaurant and its three Michelin stars. But why dine out, when your chef is on hand to prepare your own private Catalan banquet? Enjoy it al fresco, under the stars.
Azura Retreat’s helipad means you can arrive discreetly before embarking on a breakaway like no other. Forget life back in the city as you indulge in an al fresco massage in the treehouse lounge. Gaze out at the neighbouring Bazaruto Island, another gem set on the Indian Ocean, as you laze in the infinity pool while your butler serves drinks.
Kanbaalifaru Island, Maldives
From the air, Kanbaalifaru resembles a dolphin casually wallowing in the turquoise waters of the Maldives. Kanbaalifaru is listed for sale, and the lucky new owner of this paradise will also pick up the keys to the five star resort currently being built on this 39 acre paradise.
Pakatoa has been developed as a functioning resort, complete with tennis court, bowling green and solarium. If you’ve been dreaming of the Land of the Long White Cloud, this opportunity may not come again – most islands in the area are government owned as environmental reserves.
Patroklos Island, Greece
Five thousand olive trees, 150 goats, fish-rich waters, two small piers and a smattering of Ancient Greek ruins make the rugged wilderness of Patroklos an adventure waiting to happen. It was at the centre of the Greek Island Affair in 1999, when Israeli entrepreneurs’ attempts to purchase the island for a luxury resort development were scuppered amidst claims of bribery. Thanks to this, Patroklos remains virgin territory.
Thousands of swaying palm trees and a staggering four mile beachfront are sure to seal the deal on this 806 acre plot that covers 3% of Fiji’s sixth largest island. Throw in gushing streams, waterfalls, rolling hills and volcanic soil and you’ve got a real Fijian fantasy. You can even fly your private jet into the island’s own airport. While this expansive peninsula is certainly secluded, the rest of the island is home to 14 villages that you can also venture into should you wish.
Purchasing Buck Island puts you in the Caribbean island owners club next to Sir Richard Branson and Johnny Depp. The notion of Hollywood pirates is not all fantasy – the Sir Francis Drake Channel, just off Buck, is named after the 16th century seaman notorious for his raids on Spanish fleets. Today, it is a haven for fishing and yachting enthusiasts.
If you had all the money in the world, where would you choose to put your feet up?