It is a frequent pastime of mine to pass the time by thinking of what I would do if I possessed a debit account with an unlimited amount of money. What would I do? Who would I see? Where would I go?! Being the curious and completely unrealistic person that I am, I researched potential locations to travel to on an unlimited budget (because why not?) and now I would like to share this list with you.
From now on, I will now be creating a new blog series: “Jackie's Top 5” every 2 weeks on Tuesdays, so stay tuned to continue to see me smiling through the pain!
Why Do I Want to go?: In between rides on your personal yacht and endlessly shopping at the high-end shops, you could hit up the "naturist" beaches ... okay maybe not. But this summer town is known for attracting the artistic, including Juliette Greco and Picasso. If you are not into the man-made attractions, the amazing views may make up for it. The St. Tropez peninsula's views are outstanding (don't trust me? Google it!)
Where to Stay: Oh, how about Chateau St. Tropez here? In this $27,400 a week home, you could throw an extravagant party on the perfectly manicured lawn, or partake in an extremely challenging game of hide-and-seek. Lay in your "fine Egyptian cotton linens" and order a fancy gourmet grilled cheese from the professional staff on hand. The epitome of luxury!
Things to Do: Of course you can partake in water sports and such at the public (or private) beaches, but I would suggest trying out the local French cuisine. Grab yourself a box of fresh macaroons, and sip on a soft glass of wine from a local vineyard.
Why Do I Want to go?: ... do I need to even explain myself? Can you imagine the amazing swimming, snorkeling, or SEAFOOD DINNERS?! The biggest appeal of this island is the privacy of the villas, which to me, sounds like a dream. This is a vacation spot that really makes you sit down and relax - imagine reading the latest Romance novel while a tanned pool boy hands you a frosty beverage? That sounds like Heaven on Earth.
Where to Stay: Well, there is only one place to stay on the island, so you're staying at the Resort Cocoa Island by COMO! The resort offers a range of activities such as complimentary yoga or night diving at the Cocoa's House Reef (can you imagine the amazing snorkeling in those crystal-blue waters!) But this ultra private, ultra exclusive vacation spot will run you a pretty penny ... prices range from $1000 to $1400 a night!
Things to Do: On top of everything that I listed above, the resort offers some amazing and unique activities to fill up your day. One of the activities that I know I would personally partake in is a personalized tented candlelight dinner on the beach. Can you imagine listening to the gentle roar of the waves as you sip champagne and gaze at the stars? If that doesn't fun to you, you could do something more adventurous like sunset fishing. I'm sure the waters of the Maldives are filled with exotic (and delicious) fish for one to catch. Bonus - the resort offers complimentary aqua therapy with your stay. I just googled what aqua therapy is and it is the treatment and exercises in thee water (usually a special heated pool) for the purpose of relaxation, fitness, and rehabilitation. I don't know about you, but I am always up for a good heated pool - so I'm in!
Why Do I Want to go?: Matangi Island has a little bit of everything one could want on a vacation. Spas, naturalistic activities, water sports, amazing beaches... I know I would not be bored.
Where to Stay: When visiting Matangi Private Island, of course you have to visit the Matangi Private Island Resort. This resort won a coveted place on the list of "1,000 destinations to see before you die", but beware - you might actually die from how great this place is! The resort is in the middle of an amazing natural forest and on the edge of a crystal-blue watered peninsula. One of the coolest things that I've found out about the resort is that you can choose to stay in a private "Tree house Bures". The resort's website boosts that the tree houses are "crafted from local wood, bamboo, lava rock, and coconut palm thatch at spots overlooking the trees, beach and aquamarine waters of the Tasman Straits." How cool is it that you could live out your childhood dream of living in an actual tree house?! This resort isn't as pricey as the previous two, coming in at a cool $500 a night.
Things to Do: One of the best things about the resort is the award-winning on-sight spa. They offer traditional Fiji treatments such as the Bobo massage, Earth Sea Salt Body Glow, and a Lava Shell massage. An one-of-a-kind experience in an one-of-a-kind place! The resort also features a pool with a lagoon view, rain forest hiking on the island, sailing, and kayaking.
Why Do I Want to go?: Africa has always been on my bucket list because there is so much to see in nature. Although this is an island, it is a quick boat ride away to the mainland where there are safaris and awesome waterfalls and nature hikes. At the end of the day, you can jet back off to the luxurious life that the island provides.
Where to Stay: The Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort is the place to go. According to their website, the resort villas are made up of indigenous materials of the island (like reed, soft fringed thatch and wood), and they feature "elegant natural design that beautifully complements the unspoiled tropical surrounds." The villas have a giant four poster bed with white mosquito drapes, which of course billow in the sea breeze. Of course the resort is pricey, but not crazy unreasonable - with "discounts" starting at $751 a night.
Things to Do: One of the activities that the resort features is dugong (what is that), turtle, whale, and dolphin watching. There are also beach barbecues, cooking school, and daily snorkeling trips to Neptune's Nursery.
Why Do I Want to go?: First of all, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge honeymooned there. Do I need another reason to want to go?! Apparently the North Island is known as the "world's most expensive private island" - which sounds just up my alley. Because the island is remote, almost all of the guests arrive by helicopter. The beaches are known to have the whitest and softest sand, and crystal-blue waters for a guest to snorkel or scuba dive in.
Where to Stay: Again, there is only one resort on the island - the North Island in Seychelles Resort (man they are really creative with their names.) The resort has 10 presidential villas, each with your own personal plunge pool. In case you need to ever leave the resort (which I highly doubt,) each villa has its own mountain bikes and island buggy. But of course, all of this luxury doesn't come without a crazy price tag - $3,355 a night.
Things to Do: Eat. Apparently before you arrive at the resort, the chef discusses with the guests what they like and don't like, and then bases his menu on that. That means the chef would be making me sushi for breakfast, lunch and dinner... Wikipedia says all of the food on the North Island is either grown in organic gardens, reared on the island, or caught from the sea. Which to me sounds pretty amazing.
Well, that's about it for me ... this post didn't really accomplish anything but make me kind of depressed about my lack of funds ...
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