With people itching to travel but craving added privacy with the travels they are able to book, the travel industry is offering some incredibly luxe options for those who want to splurge on their future trip. It’s more than an extravagant hotel room with impeccable design; instead, it is the true height of luxury with private planes, personal butlers, or exclusive use of a yacht. Here are 10 options that will have you looking forward to when travel resumes.
No long travel days getting from one property to the next for your East African safari. With SkySafari you’ll be driven straight onto the strip to board a private aircraft. Not only that, you will enjoy some of the most luxe properties in Kenya and Tanzania, including the Elewana Sand River Masai Mara on a riverbank or the Elewana Tarangire Treetops where you’ll tower above the Tanzanian wildlife. Rates vary depending on the route and season, but start at $9,900.
Private jet, private yacht, private pool—it doesn’t get much more luxurious than that. Guests who book the Ultimate Escapism package at this St. Bart’s gem arrive by private jet from Tradewind Aviation and can nestle right into their oceanfront suite. Days can be spent in the glorious Caribbean waters or lounging in the suite’s plunge pool, and guests also have access to a yacht for a sunset cruise. Book by January 1, 2021.
You may never want to leave the John Jacob Aster Estate, which is the largest overwater villa in The Maldives. Enjoy signature St. Regis service and more with their Ultra-Luxe package, which includes daily spa treatments, a private cinematic dining experience in the Jungle Cinema, and premier access to the resort’s yacht for memorable sunset cruising. Packages start at $25,000 per night.
Guests who visit this adults-only St. Lucia hideaway will love everything about it—the breathtaking views, the fresh food, and the privacy. The hardest choice guests will make there is whether they’d like to sunbathe by the pool or take a dip in the crystal clear waters. Guests can book the entire 26-room resort with their Carefree All Inclusive package. Pricing starts at $20,299 in summer and $26,053 in the winter.
Live like royalty in the Irish countryside. Originally built in the 16th century, Dromoland Castle sits on 450 acres with lush gardens inspired by the Gardens of Versailles. On site, guests can partake in all sorts of activities, from golfing to falconry—or more relaxing choices like going to the spa or afternoon tea. Pricing starts at $33,000 to accommodate up to 190 guests.
Connect with nature at this 8-suite luxury hotel and alpine club. A private buyout includes a dedicated concierge, and that puts the magic of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, at your fingterips. You can just as easily go heli-skiing or tour Yellowstone as you can sit back on the patio and enjoy the a view of the Tetons. The starting rate for a buyout is $26,000 per night for less than 7 nights and $21,900 for 7+nights.
This four bedroom Grand Riad is often referred to as a “hotel within a hotel,” featuring a private library, two swimming pools, a cinema, hammam, gym, multiple dining and living rooms and a glass-enclosed split-level terrace with a retractable roof. Guests enjoy the services of a dedicated staff, including a chef, watchman, housekeepers and butlers. Buyouts can accommodate up to eight people, and pricing starts at 400,000MAD per night (approximately $41,730).
Starting at $365,000, guests can take a private charter river cruise that offers a personalized experience with special excursions, tailored ports of call, customized entertainment, and hand-selected menus. Essentially, it’s a personal floating hotel for people to gather with those they love and make up for all the missed travel of 2020. Each of the 25 ships in AmaWaterways’ award-winning fleet is available for personal charter.
With resorts in Anguilla, Dominican Republic, Sri Lanka and Thailand, ÀNI is not your typical resort—their resorts are essentially 5-star hotels, but the hotels only ever do privately booked options. Enjoy food from Michelin starred chefs, daily massages from spa therapists, yoga instructors, and more with their “It’s All Yours” package. Rates start at $4,000 per night for 4 suites.
Located in the city center and surrounded by vibrant, cobblestoned streets, this property (steeped in local history and tradition) is the ideal hotel for exploring Cusco. Guests will love the focus on local cuisine which uses ingredients sourced nearby, as well as Peruvian wines and liquor. Additionally, the Yuca Therapy Room provides indulgent therapies using traditional Incan ingredients derived from local botanics and methods. Rates are $5,266 per night.
Theresa Christine is a freelance travel writer based in Los Angeles, CA. You can listen to her travel, culture and feminism podcast, The Wild and Curious Podcast, or follow along with her adventures by subscribing to her newsletter here.