The 10 Most Expensive Places to Visit in the World
In a recent study, the World Economic Forum ranked 141 countries based on how affordable it was to travel there. Switzerland was revealed to be the most wallet-draining locale on Earth, with their most expensive hotel being the penthouse suite of Geneva's ‘Hotel President Wilson’, costing £52,851.36 a night.
#1 Chalet N, Oberlech
The Chalet N in Oberlech combines luxury and extravagance in the natural surroundings of the Arlberg mountain range in Austria. Visitors to Chalet N will be able to make use of all the services the residence has to offer, including a personal butler who is able to take reservations and liaises with the award-winning chef to create a menu fit for a king. The residence also includes its own chauffeur service, a stylish home cinema, a heated in-house ski depot and more. In total, Chalet N has seven suites, each with one bedroom, a living area and a dressing room. Care was taken to have materials unique to the region in as many aspects of the building as possible, while also leaving room for modern fixtures and architectural touches.
The cost of a week's stay at Chalet N can run upwards of £385,000.00, making it pretty much the same as the price of a normal house.
#2 Calivigny Island
Calivigny Island contains the most opulent accommodation and luxury services in the Caribbean. The island covers 80 acres and is surrounded by sandy beaches with panoramic views of the Atlantic and Caribbean oceans. On the island, you can find two Balinese and French-Colonial inspired residences with an additional three luxury cottages, made to custom specifications. Up to 50 people at a time can be housed in the various cottages on the island and enjoy free use of the boats, private staff and all manner of activities. There are jogging paths, for those who want to traverse the island by foot or bicycle; full-sized, floodlit tennis courts and a large freshwater swimming pool. Patrons can enjoy Pilates, weight-lifting or other activities right on the beach.
Prices range from £19,000 per night for a two-bedroom cottage to £90,000 per night for both mansions and three cottages for as many as 50 people, all-inclusive.
#3 RV Pegaso Yacht
While this one it technically not a destination, there's nothing more luxurious than having your own mansion on the sea, just ask Bill Gates. The billionaire and his family are fans of taking vacations aboard super yachts such as The Serene, rated the world's third most expensive yacht at £220 million and renting at £3.2 million per week. In contrast, the RV Pegaso is a £6 million yacht that is not only available to people with nine zeroes in their bank accounts. The yacht offers 880 square metres of accommodation space, with an entire penthouse private deck and five guest staterooms with a lobby. Each stateroom has a spacious bedroom with en-suite bathroom and altogether breath-taking views of the ocean.
#4 Laucala Island, Fiji
The Laucala private island resort is set among coconut plantations and sandy beaches, covering 3 500 acres of awe-inspiring beauty. Visitors to the resort can truly appreciate the luxury and privacy offered by the island when they experience the seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces. The island leans toward organic, nature-oriented décor and the activities available complement that well. The range of activities includes underwater exploration and scuba diving, rain forest tours, horseback riding on the beach, surfing, golfing on the 18-hole championship course or meeting the numerous artists who live on the island. Laucala also contains five restaurants and bars, so that you can enjoy some genuine Fijian cuisine.
Rooms range between £3,027 per night to £5,807 depending on the suite you choose and when you make the booking.
Niall Douglas is the MD of Full Circle Travel and has worked in travel for nearly 20 years. His expertise and experience is in luxury, bespoke and niche travel. He tells us a little more about the most expensive holidays and destinations.
“Places which are remote and offer unique experiences will always cost a premium as people place such a high value on exclusivity. Our most expensive adventure holiday is to Whichaway Camp, operated by White Desert and found among the remote landscape of Antarctica. A nine night package at Whichaway Camp is priced at £42,829.87 per person, all-inclusive. A trip such as this can mean very different things to different people. For some it's about action and adventure, and for others it's about having a space of their own, ultimate luxury and dedicated service personnel. This camp in particular also promotes a zero-impact philosophy. With heightened environmental and eco-awareness, this adds a premium to the entire experience. “
#6 London, England
The Independent and Daily Mail, are all reporting the same verdict, accommodation in London is an expensive commodity, making it one of the most expensive places to stay in Europe.
Michelin-star dining at Pied à Terre is a favourite among serious food lovers. Expect to pay £145 per head for the lauded 10 course Chef's meal menu but you can certainly taste where your money has gone. Simple, inventive cuisine with outstanding attention to detail is what makes Pied à Terre a favourite among food lovers. Experience intriguing flavours and fine wines through the different menus – each with a separate vegetarian option. If you want 5-star sophistication and the finest deals at iconic venues, then discover restaurants you’ll love at Bookatable.
#7 Monte Carlo, Monaco
Known for being one of James Bond's favourite haunts, the Casino de Monte-Carlo situated in Monaco, finds itself on some prime real estate. Monaco is regarded as one of the most expensive places to visit in the world, with average accommodation prices ranging from £1,135 for six nights at Le Meridien Beach Plaza, a 4-star hotel; to £4,092 for a 6 night stay at the Hotel Metropole. Whether it's travelling on a shoestring or splashing out to see the world, travel writer Victoria Philpott reports back on her adventures for her readers' entertainment:
“I actually stayed in nearby Nice, France and got the train in because my friend and I couldn't afford the hotels in Monte Carlo. We went just after the Grand Prix and all the bleachers were still up so it was still extremely exciting. It's a beautiful country to see and I enjoyed my time there, but I think to really experience it you need a few thousand to burn.”
#8 French Polynesia
French Polynesia is made up of five groups of islands, namely the Windward Islands, Leeward Islands, Tuamotu Archipelago, the Gambier Islands, the Marquesas Islands, and the Austral Islands. The most famous is the Windward group, with its largest flagship island being Tahiti. If visiting Tahiti for the first time we recommend shopping at Le Marché and the colourful boutiques along the waterfront, taking a walking tour of Old Papeete, visiting waterfalls, hiking, taking a helicopter flight over the island and visiting one of the numerous snorkelling or scuba diving spots the island is famed for.
Tahiti is also very close to Bora Bora, meaning that vacationers who want to visit the other island can take a short flight there and experience a different side of French Polynesia. With hotels ranging from £1000 per person per night for a 3-star hotel to £7000 per person for 5-star accommodation, the range of options is quite broad.
#9 Necker Island
Necker Island is Sir Richard Branson's private island home in the British Virgin Islands. The 74-acre island paradise sits in turquoise waters, surrounded by coral reefs and fringed with beautiful white sand beaches. Accommodations include nine bedrooms in its "Great House" and six individual Bali Houses. With a team of around 100 staff you won't lift a finger except to enjoy one awesome experience after another.
Visitors can fly from London to Beef Island in roughly 10 hours for approximately £70,000 on a Challenger 605 or similar. From Beef Island, the islands private launch will transport you to Necker. For the majority of the year, it's only available for exclusive hire of the entire island and staff for roughly £50,000 per night. However, during the year "Celebration Weeks" occur where guests can hire a room from £23,000 for seven nights.
Courtesy of Destinology
#10 Amanpulo, Philippines
Featuring an uninterrupted, endless stretch of majestic golden sand, Amanpulo is the perfect tropical getaway for couples and families. Part of the Quiniluban Group of Cuyo Islands, Pamalican is situated in the north of the Philippine province of Palawan, 288 kilometres south of Manila. The resort is set on its own private archipelago island offering a sense of intimacy and seclusion. Guests will also find that Amanpulo offers a vibrant range of activities; from snorkelling and diving to spa treatments and tennis.
Hop on board a Gulfstream IV/450, Global Express or similar from London to Manila for approximately £95,000. It’ll take 13-14 hours with a fuel stop en route. Once there, Amanpula will collect you and take you directly to the resort. Stays cost from around £600 per night, leading up to around £5,000 per night for the four bedroom villas.
Courtesy of Destinology
Honourable Mention: #11 Virgin Galactic
In 2013, the price to go on the inaugural Virgin Galactic flight into space cost roughly £160,000 and Richard Branson promised that he had his family, in the company of celebrities such as Justin Bieber and Michael Schumacher would be flying by that Christmas. The second generation of Branson's space shuttle can carry eight people – two pilots and six passengers. Apart from the noise, vibration and G-force, it's recommended that since Virgin Galactic doesn't have its own official space prep program, potential passengers should use a flight simulator to feel the effect. Russia uses cargo planes to simulate the experience. In spite of the later crash of the VSS Enterprise in October 2014, Branson remains sure that the company will make his vision come true. Who knows, you could be one of the lucky travellers.
Remember to charter your private flight in advance and make sure that you have all of your luggage and other necessities in order. If the price of a trip is secondary to its enjoyment, bear this in mind on your next holiday get-away. If your trip is a business endeavour then you may not have much of a choice of location, so you may as well enjoy the luxury which is in store for you.