By Liz W. on April 3 2014
The rich travel for many different reasons. Sometimes they seek privacy; a respite from the responsibilities of life. Other times they aim to socialize in exotic locales, learn about different cultures or try thrilling new adventures. Often, travel isn’t just an occasional diversion; it’s a way of life. So, where do the extremely well-to-do go? Here are some of the top travel destinations for the very wealthy.
Dubai has the reputation for being the ultimate playground for the rich and famous. It offers tourists 70 shopping malls and is considered the Middle East's shopping capital. The Dubai Mall is the world's largest mall with 1,200 shops. It has over 300 jewelers that give shoppers a splendid array of platinum, silver and diamonds.
For a beautiful garden villa suite with gorgeous terraces and plenty of privacy, the affluent choose the Royal Mirage. Depending on the season, staying at this luxurious spot can run $7,000 per night.
Tokyo is consistently ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world. It has been enticing visitors for decades with bright lights, incredible food and many attractions. When it comes to food, wealthy meat eaters favor Aragawa. Reservations will be hard to come by at this steakhouse, and dinner for two will easily run four figures. However, for lovers of quality Wagyu beef (Kobe), Aragawa is not to be missed.
Ilha Grande, Brazil
Ilha Grande is located about 100 miles from Rio de Janeiro. It is a protected island known for spectacular scenery. There are 56 waterfalls and 106 beaches for adventurous travelers to explore. Guests take time to hike, snorkel and meditate while on this unspoiled land. If relaxation and rejuvenation are the main goals, Ilha Grande is the right place.
If you prefer a cooler vacation spot, try Switzerland. Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland, has stunning mountains and interesting neighborhoods. However, splendor doesn’t come cheap. According to the UBS Prices and Earnings report, Zurich is one of the most expensive cities for a weekend getaway. The average hotel price is over $200 per night, and a short cab ride will run $20. Of major cities surveyed, residents in Zurich also earn the most money. It’s hard to find a deal because tourists flock in the summer to enjoy Lake Zurich’s scenery and activities, and they flock in the winter in search of exhilarating alpine skiing.
Traveling by boat is a wonderful way for the rich to see the world. Guests pay upfront to experience the beauty of the ocean for the length of their trip. The Moonlight II (formerly Alysia) is a 280 foot luxury yacht. For 500,000 Euros per week, guests can stay on a Superyacht that boasts a one-to-one staff/guest ratio, five sundecks, a cinema, a spa, a gym and much more.
For the ultra-rich fascinated with astrology, why not take a trip to outer space? For a mere $20 million (to start and depending on the program), the well-heeled can experience what it feels like to be an astronaut.
With money comes great responsibility, but being rich also has its perks. Whether they’re on the hunt for an urban shopping excursion or a remote hiking quest, the well-off can afford the very best. They travel in style, and select some of the most expensive and luxurious destinations. The list above is only a small sample.