You work hard, and a well-deserved vacation is always anticipated.
Still, the run-of-the-mill vacation spots such as Cozumel, Orlando and even Paris are not exclusive enough. Whether you were born with money, made your own or won it in the Saturday lottery, for those with the taste and the wherewithal, here are five exclusive holiday destinations that anyone would treasure:
Also known as the French Riviera, this little strip of land along the southern coast of France includes such renowned spots as Saint Tropez, Cannes and a little to the west, the country of Monaco. Saint Tropez offers some of the most unspoilt beaches in the world.
This seaside resort is home and playground to some of the most exclusive beach resorts in the world.
Of course, Cannes hosts the most prestigious of the international film festivals and regularly sees more A-listers than Hollywood itself. Monaco, a country in its own right, entertains everyone from true royalty to the ultra rich at its dozen casinos in the capital of Monte Carlo. In this milieu, James Bond himself couldn’t happier.
Located off the eastern coast of Africa – midway between the Horn and Madagascar – the archipelago known as the Republic of Seychelles is one of the favored stops of the rich and famous due to its remoteness and unique environment.
Things to do in Seychelles include communing with Mother Nature in either of the two the national parks – one on land and the other in the ocean – or the Vallee de Mai world historic site.
For something a little more exciting, try paragliding, ziplining or any of the other activities associated with an island and the sea.
Once those activities are complete, visitors can stay at ultra-luxurious spots such as the Bird Island Lodge and then dine at five-star dining establishments – notably Les Lauriers or Bravo.
Afterwards, they can then head out for a night of dancing at Tequila Boom or Katiolo – both have world famous DJs on their staff.
For winter weather, the jet set usually heads to this year-round resort located in the Engadine Valley of the Swiss Alps.
Boasting one of the most exclusive – and expensive – Ski resorts in the world, St. Moritz is also the site of the “White Turf’ horse race regularly attended by European royalty, Hollywood’s hottest stars and the ultra wealthy.
The town is always popular for its outdoor activities as it has sunshine 300 or more days per year yet maintains a magnificent base of snow year round.
The nightlife in St, Moritz is also ultra-exclusive. In the evening hours, visitors – if they have the resources – can hob-nob and dance with the glitterati at such exclusive clubs as Vivai, Diamond and the Dracula Club. For a more low-key setting, try the piano bar, Chesa. You never know, Billy Joel himself has been known to sit down for an impromptu song or two.
Roughly translated as the “Fragrant Harbor” the city of Hong Kong offers any and everything for the discerning traveler. It occupies a prime spot on the southern coast of China at the junction of the Pearl River Estuary and theSouth China Sea.
This location guarantees Hong Kong a magnificent environment and a very enviable position when it comes to travel. Life in Hong Kong revolves around the city proper and its business, but the nightlife is nothing short of spectacular.
Most of the well-heeled first head to the Lan Kwai Fong district and its dozens of bars, nightclubs and discotheques. Afterwards, the most exclusive clubs – the Kee, in particular – open for business but only for the most influential.
As a bonus, you can visit Macau – the other special administrative district of China – located about 40 miles to the west. It is another favorite gambling site of the rich and famous.
With its reputation for both opulence and hedonism, the island of Ibiza and the other Balearics off the eastern coast of Spain offer some of the finest wining, dining and entertainment in the world.
Ibiza is not only known for its beaches and daytime activities but also for the world-class entertainment that is available there. During the day, just lounge but at night you absolutely must take advantage of such venues as Km5, Plastik Bar and Bambuddha.
Those with even more extravagant tastes should consider renting the entire Isla de sa Ferradura.
It has its own hacienda, bar, wine cellar and pool located on 14 acres. Just expect to pay a quarter of a million dollars for a week’s use.