Lots of people love some beach getaway time and can manage a vacation or two to the shore each year. However, the super-rich who love the beach often seek out little-known places to enjoy luxury vacations. In many cases, they even rent private islands.
If you’re wondering where the ultra-wealthy head for sun and sand, check out these 12 exotic beach destinations — and find out how much a beach getaway will cost you.
Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
The Caribbean islands are scattered across the blue water like a handful of jewels tossed from the tip of Florida. You can take a commercial flight to the islands’ larger cities, but only private jets land at Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands, one of the most exotic beach destinations in the world.
Sir Richard Branson of Virgin America fame owns this 74-acre island where he has created an uber-exclusive resort. Balinese-style accommodations dot the tropical paradise and offer eclectic luxury accommodations for up to 34 guests.
Billionaires on vacation don’t rent one of the Balinese abodes — they contract for the entire island. In 2017, the rate for the whole shebang is $80,000 per night.
The daily rate might exceed your annual salary, but on Necker Island, it buys you everything: the exclusive right to the island, a staff of 100, all meals and drinks, two freshwater pools, an enormous hot tub on the beach, two floodlit tennis courts and state-of-the-art equipment for surfing, windsurfing, water skiing, sailing or snorkeling.
Don’t forget you have to buy a ticket to get there. A round-trip ticket from Los Angeles to the British Virgin Islands will run you between $800 and $950. With airfare this high, it pays to use insider tricks to get a free flight.
Cap d’Antibes, France
The French Riviera is where the well-heeled traveler goes to play and enjoy a one-of-a-kind luxury vacation. You’re likely familiar with Cannes, a city on the Riviera where movie stars and other royalty flock to each year for the Cannes Film Festival.
The charming little town of Cap d’Antibes is an idyllic vacation setting. It straddles a 4-mile-long peninsula that features luxury hotels and gorgeous estates perched high above the water. Since the 19th century, the setting has attracted the rich and famous.
The town’s extravagant hotel, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, is legendary. In fact, it’s one of the top luxury hotels preferred by the super-wealthy, according to a Luxury Travel Magazine 2016 survey.
The Eden-Roc Suite offers guests top-level accommodations. The suite is set on top of the Eden-Roc Pavilion and its huge, teak terrace — complete with Jacuzzi — commands views of the Lérins Islands and the Mediterranean Sea.
Vacationing billionaires might also opt for one of the magnificent villas at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. They are set a discrete distance away from the main hotel to give guests complete privacy, and each offer deluxe appointments.
Basic rooms are available from about $660 per night, but you’ll have to spend about $5,300 for the Eden-Roc Suite — and that’s in the low season. These room rates include a buffet breakfast, but you’re on your own for dinner.
You should be able to fly round trip to the French Riviera from Los Angeles for around $500 to $1,000, and some discount airlines might offer lower fares during the low season.
Calivigny Island, Antilles
Calivigny Island sits just off the south coast of Grenada in the Antilles. This spectacular island resort belongs to French billionaire businessman Georges Cohen.
The resort has a main residence called the Beach House, which accommodates up to 20 people. It boasts Persian carpets and furniture designed by Oscar de la Rente and Richard Frinier. And the center of a huge, exotic aquarium separates the family zone from the kitchen. Five luxury villas offer sweeping views of the Atlantic and Caribbean oceans.
For $140,000, you and up to 49 of your friends can move in and enjoy a luxury vacation for 24 hours. Note that there is a seven-day minimum stay. Gourmet meals, prepared by private chefs, are included in the rental rate. Other perks include maid, laundry and security service, plus a full array of water sports and activities and private car and boat transfer to and from Grenada airport.
Don’t forget the airfare to Grenada. You can get there from Los Angeles for between $500 and $600 if you plan in advance and book at the best time.
Marina di Portofino, Italy
Marina di Portofino was once a quaint fishing village on the Mediterranean coast. Today it’s an exotic beach destination for celebrities and billionaires.
There’s only one road in and one road out of Marina di Portofino. However, water traffic is easy to navigate since Portofino has a number of parking spots available for luxury yachts.
Hotel Splendido is the place to stay in Marina di Portofino. It’s considered an essential stop on the world luxury-hotel circuit, according to Conde Nast Traveler. It’s easy to spot the Splendido with its pastel-shaded villa that sits above the port, magnificent terrace, huge swimming pool, gym, sauna, tennis courts and gardens.
Standard rooms at the Hotel Splendido are gorgeous, but the truly rich go for one of the three suites. The Dolce Vita offers guests a private setting in a green, lush hillside away from the main hotel. The suite offers a panoramic view of Portofino Bay and has a large private garden that’s perfect for sunbathing.
You can book a standard room for around $650 per night, but the Dolce Vita will run you around $4,000. Flights aren’t cheap and will typically run you a bit less than $1,000 from Los Angeles to Milan.
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Musha Cay, Bahamas
Musha Cay is David Copperfield’s magic beach getaway. It’s hidden among the Exumas, a 120-mile-long island chain in the Bahamas.
The wealthy typically value privacy when it comes to luxury vacations, and Musha Cay delivers. The resort’s website says this about it: “Private sun warms your face and private waves lap your feet. A private moon lights your plate, and private seas surround you.”
Musha Cay offers five, private, plantation-style guesthouses — one is 10,000 square feet with 360-degree views. Musha Cay can accommodate 24 guests, and rates start at $37,500 per night for up to 12 people. For this sum, you can enjoy in a variety of eating establishments, like the open-air Balinese Beach Pavilion, which sits next to the freshwater swimming pool.
To get to Musha Cay, you must fly into Great Exuma — from there, a private charter flight takes you to the resort. The average cost of a round-trip flight from Los Angeles is around $700.
Ibiza is a party hub for the wealthy and offers some of the world’s most luxurious nightclubs. It is also known as a beautiful beach getaway with more than 100 miles of pristine coastline with numerous private beach coves. Keep in mind that round-trip ticket from Los Angeles will set you back about $1,500.
La Granja is the place to stay this year in Ibiza, according to Conde Nast Traveler. It’s a renovated farmhouse set in a pine forest in the hills above San Antonio, near a hamlet called Buscastell. You can book the guesthouse for about $1,000 a night during the low season.
The Ushuaia Beach Hotel soars high above Playa d’en Bossa Beach and oozes style and exclusivity, according to Forbes. The resort’s Tower addition features state-of-the-art technology and all the latest gadgets — its “I’m on Top of the World” Suite is the largest in the hotel. It offers a furnished terrace with outdoor and indoor Jacuzzis, two bathrooms and a private check-in service.
Room prices vary between seasons, but you can often find a regular suite for around $1,000 a night. Specialty suites cost much more.
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Laucala Island, Fiji
Halfway around the world in the South Pacific is another private island resort attracts the super-rich. This one — Laucala Island in Fiji — is the brainchild of Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz.
The lowest rates you’ll find at Laucala Island are around $4,600 per night for a one-bedroom suite. To get there round-trip from Los Angeles, plan on spending approximately $1,000.
Laucala Island has what it takes to play in the big leagues — it’s exclusive, expensive and gorgeous, with white beaches, turquoise water, green mountains and palm trees. Its 25 villas were built with a focus on the original nature and culture of the island’s multicultural inhabitants.
Each villa has impeccably furnished living areas that open to private gardens and infinity-edged swimming pools. The most exclusive villa is the Hilltop Residence, which offers three interlinked villas, two swimming pools and a library. When it comes to food and drink on Laucala Island, guests have five eateries to choose from, ranging from beachfront barbecues to fine dining establishments.
Tiny Monaco has been glittering like a star since American actress Grace Kelley became a real-life princess there many decades ago. To this day, the country remains one of the most popular exotic beach destinations for the wealthy.
This small principality, which tucks into the French and Italian Rivieras, is the ultimate beach getaway for the rich and famous. Monaco’s calling cards include predictably perfect weather, exquisite French cuisine, charming ports, luxury hotels and magnificent beaches.
The Hotel de Paris has everything you can think of, including a big price tag. The top accommodation at the Hotel de Paris is the Charles Garnier Diamond Suite, which, depending on the season and exchange rate, this will cost you about $8,500 per night.
For that price, you’ll get 1,830 square feet of luxury and a 41-square-foot terrace that looks over the Place de Casino. The suite has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a huge lounge with a dining area. The round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Monaco will cost you from $600 to $700.
Coco Privé Kuda Hithi Island, Maldives
Secluded, secret and serene, Coco Privé Kuda Hithi is another exotic beach destination the wealthy set loves. This private island is in the North Malé Atoll of the Maldives — tropical islands situated just north of the equator in the Indian Ocean.
At Coco Privé, management creates an entire beach getaway to meet your personal desires. For a hefty daily price tag, you essentially own the island. You can stay in the one main residence and invite friends to occupy the five surrounding villas. If you rent the island, your luxury vacation entitles you to decide on all of the activities, adventure and meals. You can hit the spa all day, take yoga classes or choose among activities that include snorkeling, catamaran cruising, canoeing, paddleboarding, jet or water skiing, deep sea fishing or seaplane rides.
All this will run you approximately $10,000 to 20,000 per night. And you can count on a round-trip ticket costing around $700 to $1,000 from Los Angeles in the off-season.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora is an island that sits smack in the middle of the South Pacific in the heart of French Polynesia. Its location affords it aquamarine waters, calm currents and white sand beaches.
While ordinary people might venture to Bora Bora for a wedding or 50th anniversary, the wealthy often use it as a beach getaway. The island offers lots of exclusive, expensive luxury hotels and resorts, but you can’t do any better than the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, according to Forbes Travel Guide.
Upon arrival, you are met by a personal butler who escorts you to your over-water bungalow. Glass “windows” on the floor offer views into the water below and bedroom doors open to a private deck. Make sure you visit the private fish sanctuary.
Rooms here cost somewhere in the mid-$4,000 range. You can get a round-trip ticket to Bora Bora for around $1,500 from Los Angeles.
Alphonse Island, Seychelles
The Seychelles Islands off the eastern coast of Africa are known for their marine life and natural beauty. Those atolls in the outer island group are exceptionally pristine and serve as a paradise for those with resources who love nature combined with luxury.
Alphonse Island in the Indian Ocean, just south of the Equator. The climate is delightfully warm and the ocean perfect for swimming. This is paradise for those who love unblemished shorelines, towering palms, blue lagoons and crystal-clear water.
Alphonse Island is an exclusive resort that includes both well-appointed beach bungalows and elegant villas right on the water. Guests socialize at the central dining and bar area, right beside the sumptuous pool.
The island is a fly angler’s dream come true, and the sea flats surrounding it provide the fly-fishing adventure of a lifetime. Snorkeling and scuba diving are great here, thanks to the diverse sea life. Guests have access to the fully equipped dive center and team of expert instructors. Divers typically spot everything from sea turtles to barracudas to tuna.
Prices range from about $750 to $1,465 per adult per night. Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles will cost about $1,000 and up, depending on the season.
Canouan, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
This tiny island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the place billionaires come to get away from millionaires, according to Bloomberg Pursuits. Canouan is only three square miles — and 11 billionaires own land there.
If you don’t own a property there, look to the Pink Sands Club for a luxury hotel experience. It bills itself as “unashamedly romantic and wickedly glamorous.”
Built for $126 million, the resort has only 26 suites and six villas. Prices start at $2,300 per night in high season for a single room. The resort’s residences are scattered around the 1,200-acre property — one villa is a sprawling, nine-bedroom estate that rents for around $20,000 per night.
Guests can enjoy a world-class spa, a Jim Fazio-designed golf course with waterfront views from all 18 holes, three tennis courts, fitness facilities and charter boats. They can also enjoy gourmet cuisine in eateries ranging from informal to high-end. The Pink Sands spent $2 million just on Bernardaud china for its five restaurants, according to Bloomberg. The luxury extends into high-tech features in every suite, like televisions embedded into mirrors on pocket doors and tablets that control nearly every facet of the room.
Getting to Saint Vincent and Grenadines from Los Angeles will cost you between $700 and $800. Figure on more during the high season.
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