There are vacation hotspots, and then there are vacation destinations that only probably 1% of the world population can afford to go to. The royalty and cream of the crop of course take breaks from their busy schedules, too.
But where exactly do they go to when they want a little bit of R&R? We give you 9 of their preferred vacay spots that are ultra-exclusive and pricey to say the least:
1. Mustique located in St. Vincent and the Grenadines
This private island in the Caribbean has been considered the second home of the British Royal family for years. Princess Margaret had a villa built here and Prince William and wife Kate often rent one of the 100 vacation homes. You are expected to shell out at least $20,000 a week vacationing at the island.
2. Lake Como located in Italy
A quick break at Lake Como means breathtaking views of the mountainscapes along with stunning waterfront villas should you want to relax and drink wine, of course. The chance to rub elbows with George Clooney is possible should you book here.
The ultra-rich relax in this pretty island south of India and enjoy the over the water spa services. They also take time to go snorkeling or diving with the sea creatures before enjoying the food at some of the best underwater restaurants offered by several of the five-star resort hotels in this amazing island.
4. St. Barts located in the French West Indies
St. Barts is a Caribbean island that has only 24 hotels with rooms at each property quite difficult to reserve. Talk about exclusivity. Even the yacht moorings are booked in advance so trying to get one right away would prove to be difficult. In case you do get a reservation, you might chance upon high-profile celebs such as Beyonce, Jay Z, and Gwen Stefani.
5. St. Tropez located in the French Riviera
In the sunny parts of the South of France, is St. Tropez where you’ll most likely find Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tom Cruise and Victoria Beckham lounging the day away in their classy yachts. Oh, and did we mention you can also go glacier skiing here in August?
6. Necker Island located in the British Virginia Islands
To be able to stay in Necker Island, you have to be invited by British billionaire Sir Richard Branson as he owns this Caribbean piece of paradise. He rents it out to A-listers Steven Spielberg and Kate Winslet. The public has a chance to experience the place however, as the billionaire opens his 74-acre property to 15 couples several weeks each year. Price starts at $28,805 which includes food and drinks, dedicated staff, two tennis courts, two infinity pools and unlimited water sports.
7. Los Cabos located in Mexico
For approximately $9,000 a night the likes of Jennifer Aniston enjoy their cocktails at a private villa at the One&Only Palmilla. Private butlers are available 24/7 to be at your back and call.
8. Kenya located in Africa
There are wealthy folk who are more particular to enjoying the safari, glamping and basically just having fun in the wildlife. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are two of these high profile celebs who stayed at a $4,000 a night Alfajiri Villa.
9. Seychelles located in the Nothern Islands
Just like Maldives, Seychelles is ultimate paradise. If you’re very particular about total privacy, fabulous scenery and high-end amenities, then Seychelles is for best bet. Royalty shell out at least $10,000 a night for a private villa that includes a personal chef, beach buggy service and a butler. Oh, and the island is only accessible via private helicopter by the way.
These vacation spots are not just drool-worthy, they’re also more than pricey. We wonder how it would be like to stay at least a night in any of these destinations, eh?
In Siberia, You Can Find the Loneliest Toilet in the World
I’d rather take a dump somewhere else, thank you.
I've seen my share of interesting toilets and bathrooms from all over the world, thanks to the internet. So far, this takes the cake for the most extreme of them all.
Perched on a cliff 2,600 metres (more than 8,500 feet) above sea level in Siberia, this extreme toilet is not for the faint-hearted. It serves as the only toilet for the five-man staff of the remote weather station at Kara-Tyurek — which began operation in 1939.
Nobody Wants This $400,000-A-Year Small Town Job
The salary is more than substantial, and the benefits are great. Still, no one seems to be interested in the job.
It’s not easy to find a high-paying job. In fact, thousands of people worldwide are finding it even more difficult to get a decent occupation. So, how come the doctor who posted an Ad for a General Practioner job that promises to pay a hefty salary of $400,000-a-year says that no one wants to apply for the position?
According to the New Zealand Herald, Dr. Alan Kenny took to online job sites after four medical recruitment firms failed to find him a suitable candidate over the past couple of years. But he said he also hasn’t received even a single application since he placed the advertisement a few months ago.
The Plague Island of Poveglia, The World’s Most Haunted Island
The historically rich island now stands barren, empty, and abandoned, for fear of its macabre history.
A quarantine colony, a resting place for plague victims, and an asylum for the mentally unstable - these were the quite unsavory purposes the rather quaint island of Poveglia has served in the past hundred years or so. However, the historically rich island now stands barren, empty, and abandoned, for fear of its macabre history.
Located between Venice and Lido in the Venetian Lagoon in Northern Italy, the island of Poveglia was first recorded in history as a sanctuary for refugees fleeing invasions of Padua and Este. However, in the 1700s, it was transformed into a confinement station for people infected with the plague, and ultimately as a quarantine station doubling as an asylum for the mentally insane in the 20th century. By 1968, the island was completely abandoned. Even now, water taxis traversing the Grand Canal rarely transport tourists to the island.
An aerial view of the island of Poveglia
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