It doesn't matter where you go or what you do, travel has the potential to transform your expectations and enrich your life. New perspectives and experiences can help you take a step back and look at your life through a new lens. While every holiday feels a little extravagant, there are some destinations and experiences that revel in their exclusive status. From million dollar resorts through to penthouse suites and holidays in space, let's take a look at the world's most lavish travel experiences.
There are lots of expensive resorts around the world, but some take it to a whole new level. Banwa Private Island is among the most expensive, with a single night in this luxury Filipino resort costing $100,000. With only 48 guests on the island at any one time, it should almost feel like your own private paradise. If you want somewhere a little closer to the action, Sky Villa at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas will put you back even more at $141,000 per night. Designed by conceptual artist Damien Hirst, this resort offers a very quirky take on the luxury lifestyle.
If you want to get a few friends together and create your own version of paradise, the island takeover package at the W Maldives resort may be exactly what you've been waiting for. For the bargain price of $6.8 million, you can be in control of 78 overwater and beach suites, multiple fine dining venues, and even your own underground nightclub. If you want to scale back your holiday to a single suite, the Maldives is home to a number of other very expensive luxury resorts. The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli offers a unique experience at $37,500 a night, with the Royal Residence villa at Jumeirah Vittaveli offering five bedrooms at just $35,000 a night.
If you're looking for more than an expensive suite, you may want to hire the 92-metre Queen Miri yacht for a meagre $2.8 million a week. With a helipad that converts to a party deck, this would be the perfect way to travel around the Mediterranean while flying in and out of seaside towns. If you're a real water lover looking for something even more adventurous, you can always enjoy the extended 167-day voyage on the luxurious Silver Cloud cruise ship. Stopping at 107 destinations from Ushuaia to Tromso, you can experience the world in style and create memories that will last a lifetime. The best views are from the Owner’s Suite at $1.4 million.
For the most exclusive travel experiences in the world, you need to do something extra special. It's not all about how much money you can spend, with some locations and experiences offering something magical that money can't buy. How about dining in the magma chamber at the Þríhnúkagigur Volcano in Iceland, flying over the Great Wall of China in a helicopter, or travelling as south as possible on the White Desert Antarctica experience. The most exclusive travel experience of all, however, is not even on the planet. Some tourists have already managed to visit the International Space Station aboard Soyuz TMA-16, with the Aurora Station set to open its doors in 2022 as the world’s first luxury space hotel.
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