It’s a question that we all get asked eventually, even if you do frequent the most expensive salons; “going anywhere nice on your holiday?” For high class hair dressers, some of the answers may be a little surprising. Here is just a small sample of how the rich choose to get away from it all: in one case, quite literally.
All-You-Can-Eat Winter Sun
If you feel the need for a little winter sun, one exclusive destination is the Antarctic. Yes, at this time of year the sun never sets and although luxury is limited, for the more adventurous wealthy traveller, this is one destination you won’t have to fight to get your towel by the pool. Admittedly, there isn’t normally a pool and you’ll probably need a little more than a towel to keep your essentials toasty.
Although increasingly popular with people from a range of backgrounds, the last time the great unwashed tried to take a break in the Antarctic was early in the 19th century. If nothing else Scott’s ill fated trip proved that this was no place for a camping trip. Today, holidays to the Antarctic can be taken by cruise ship (read nuclear-powered ice breaker) or, more comfortably by plane.
Flights tend to be from Australia, or Chile, and will take you across the South Pole in the comfort of first class surroundings. For the truly adventurous, trips are available that will drop you off on the ice shelf for a spot of skiing and snowmobiling.
Space tourism has yet to take off (yes, I know, sorry, couldn’t help it) within the mainstream tourist industry. Two weeks with the kids can be trying at the best of times so it’s understandable that Space tourism hasn’t hit the discount brochures on the High Street. However, a surprisingly large number of companies are offering trips to the final frontier and the New York Times has announced that Space tourism is here with the advent of a large number of orbital and suborbital flights. When it comes to actually booking a truly out of this world holiday, places are decidedly limited and holidaymakers are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.
“Prices range from around $20 million to $40 million per person” but holidays are fully inclusive. For those planning to take a romantic trip and be the first (possibly) to establish the “over sixty-odd-mile high club”, additional clothing including a “2Suit” is recommended. However, a research grant is almost certainly available to help establish if the activity in question is actually possible in space. *prices based on single person occupancy, 12 nights full board, insurance not included, no pets allowed, subject to terms and conditions, all accommodation is strictly non-smoking. Take off may be subject to delays.
Back to Nature
For the truly super-rich, however, research by WTM (World Travel Markets) Global Trends Report 2010 suggests that all that luxury is just too much and that the seriously rich prefer a more down to earth experience. Everyone needs a break and the truly wealthy are leading the field in the “deprivation holiday”. Rather than private islands and luxury resorts, many wealthy Americans have been opting for boot style holiday camps, with no mod cons, toilet facilities or much else.
This determination to get back to the wild and live in harmony with nature is nothing new and not entirely the preserve of the fantastically wealthy. In the past, many of us stuck in Butlins, for a wet week with the kids, have felt the call of the wild (or at least the pub) and made a run from so-called civilisation and/or the Bingo. However, the top earners on the rich list apparently favour this no frills variety as part of an overall trend in healthy, natural living. Oh, well, just goes to show, a change is as good as a rest. Hopefully, for the rest of us, they might discover the joys of house-swapping.
Then Back for a Bath (plus Jacuzzi, sauna and so on)
Having enjoyed two weeks in the wild (hopefully followed by a bath), even the super-rich occasionally need a little pampering. For those looking for a little light culture, art, entertainment and sheer, unadulterated, unashamed, luxury the Four Seasons George V hotel in Paris has everything you could need. Despite some stiff competition from a large number of hotels in the Gulf States, this Paris Hotel remains determinedly exclusive and expensive.
The hotel offers two Royal Suites with private terraces, Jacuzzis, saunas and luxury Empire style furnishings. Although their website is coy, a little (slightly shocked) bird insists that the suites are available at the suitably sumptuous price of $24, 550 per night. Compared to a cramped night in the International Space Station it’s a deal!
For those looking for an out of this world holiday experience, having a little cash in the bank may help. However, if you’re tastes are more down to earth, a better investment maybe a home from home abroad and a little overseas property insurance!
This article is contributed by Metrolink Sedan.