Luxury travel is all about the memories you make. It’s about taking a journey to experience something you just can’t get anywhere else. These one-of-a-kind places come with a price tag that you’d expect for some of the most astounding sights, sounds, smells and tastes on the planet. We’ve gathered five of the best unique travel experiences you can get for $5,000 – from African sunsets to exclusive island bliss and the last word in ultramodern fine dining.
Guana, British Virgin Islands
This little Caribbean gem is one of the few remaining privately owned islands in the region, and is known for its flora and fauna as much as its luxury credentials. You can rent the entire island, but if you don’t need all 850 acres of pristine beach, mountain and tropical forest to yourself then there are various rooms and villas available. For $5,000, you and someone special can spend two nights in the resort’s one-bedroom North Beach Villa between April and May, with enough left over for a bottle of the Dom Perignon 2000 to toast your getaway.
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Kenya’s Mara Plains is a luxury safari camp offering extra special touches such as Swarovski binoculars with your tent. A trip here is all about the unforgettable experiences that you take away with you – soaring over the plains on a balloon ride, coming face-to-face with a cheetah on a game drive, or witnessing Kilimanjaro at sunset from the veranda. Heighten those experiences and enjoy this wildlife paradise in the ultimate comfort, knowing that your travel dollars are also going towards conserving it. Add to this Mara Plains’ opulent décor and you have a safari experience that you can’t get anywhere else.
Hamilton Island, Australia
Australia’s Whitsunday Islands have just about everything you could want from an island paradise – white sandy beaches that stretch for miles, clear blue waters and one of the world’s most remarkable ecosystems. At the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island is the jewel in the crown of the east coast. The whole island is dedicated to luxury breaks, but for the perfect getaway you’ll want to stay at the island’s qualia resort, where fine dining, infinity pools, a 24-hour chauffeur service and fully private access are just some of the exclusive touches. Daily rates start from $1,100.
Combine a stay in Iceland’s only 5-star hotel with the most exclusive way to see the Northern Lights and this unique country’s amazing lava fields and volcanos – from above. Catering to travelers who demand the best, Diamond Suites has five luxury suites that vary in size; if there are more than two of you then book out the Jon William suite, which comes with its own Jacuzzi. The real highlight is taking in Iceland’s incredible landscapes on an exclusive flightseeing tour. A full tour of the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón will push $3,000 per person, but for the blazing volcanoes, aerial views of glacier outlets, and otherworldly array of colors that you can only see from above, it’s a must.
Take fine dining to a whole new level at Sublimotion, the world’s most expensive restaurant. The Spanish island of Ibiza might be more known for its party culture, but connoisseurs and curious elite travelers have been heading here since 2014 for a once-in-a-lifetime food experience billed as ‘the first gastronomic show in the world’.
Chef Paco Roncero holds two Michelin stars and conceived Sublimotion with a list of collaborators that reads like the credits of a Hollywood blockbuster. Engineers, illusionists, set designers, architects, choreographers and screenwriters all helped make this $1,600-a-head dream a reality. The restaurant is in Ibiza’s Hard Rock Hotel, so you can retire to 5-star luxury once your senses and your appetite are sated.
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