Trip Ideas

Here’s How the 1% Travel

You've got that lottery ticket just burning a hole in your pocket. But it's a big responsibility to figure out what to do with a whopping $1.3 billion. We're here to help. We've scouted out the favorite playgrounds of the rich and famous, from luxury yachts to private jets to suites fit for a Maharajah. Here's your guide to being a billionaire.

Photo courtesy of Danny Stoffel and CMH Heli-Skiing

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Mustique

In 1958, Lord Colin Tennant bought this tropical haven in the Grenadines as a getaway for his blue-blood friends, and the island continues to draw an exclusive crowd. These days they're more likely to be rock royalty, though: David Bowie and Mick Jagger own spreads here, as does Tommy Hilfiger. Tricked out villas are available to rent when the owners aren't in residence and they range from tasteful Oliver Messel-designed estates to Shogun, a Japanese-themed series of homes with its own golf course. If you crave something more down-to-earth, there's the barefoot-chic Cotton House, the only hotel on the island.

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Bora Bora

The private jet crowd adore Bora Bora, the French Polynesian escape whose stratospheric charms ⎯ crystal-clear lagoons, ultra-luxe resorts, surreally gorgeous scenery ⎯are matched only by its price tag. While all the high-end digs that surround the island and motus (islets) draw A-List guests, the Four Seasons Bora Bora is an irresistible magnet for the beautiful people (Orlando Bloom, Miranda Kerr and newlyweds Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux, who cozied up in the one of the swanky overwater bungalows on their honeymoon). The resort has its own lagoon sanctuary, in-house marine biologist and perks like breakfast delivered to your villa by a hunky rower in a ceremonial Polynesian canoe.

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Eden Rock, St Barths

Few islands are as sexy as St. Barths, and the best place to experience the full-tilt glamour is at the legendary Eden Rock on a rocky promontory in St. John Bay. The room to beat is Villa Rockstar, a decadent private compound that lives up to its cheeky name, thanks to its four luxe suites (plus two cottages for your entourage), a whisky bar, private pool and a recording studio featuring a vintage music mixing console that John Lennon used to record Imagine. It doesn't get much more rock and roll than that.

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Makepeace Island, Noosa, Australia

What do you do when you've already stayed at pal Sir Richard Branson's Caribbean hideaway, Necker Island? Head to the other side of the world to check out his Australian home, Makepeace Island. The property ⎯ set on the Noosa River, in the resort town of the same name ⎯ is offered as a whole-island rental that can sleep up to 22 guests. There's an open-air Balinese-style main house filled with Indonesian antiques, a series of guest villas and a freeform pool with Jacuzzi. Talented chefs and attentive staff are on hand to cater to guests' every whim Don't miss the cocktail party hosted on the resort's barge at sunset on the Noosa River.

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Huka Lodge, New Zealand

Not many destinations have nailed the super-luxe super-lodge trend like New Zealand, and Huka Lodge is a prime example. Located in Taupo, along the pristine Waikato River on the North Island, this majestic property lets you play out all your to-the-manor-born fantasies, with horse riding, hunting and fishing just a few of the activities on offer. The A-list accommodation of choice is the "Owner's Cottage," which is filled with French antiques and eye-catching contemporary art. JS Tip: Check out the lobby guest book for a look at luminaries who once stayed here (Queen Elizabeth and Bill Gates are two).

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Abercrombie & Kent Around-the-World Private Jet Journeys

A&K’s decadent round-the-world trips were custom-designed by company founder Geoffrey Kent and end with a dinner hosted by Kent at his home in Monaco. A Boeing 747 zips you from place to place and features flat beds, top notch menus and premium liquor (plus, you get to skip airport customs and security lines). The 26-day experience for 2016 spans the globe from Miami to Madagascar, with stops in exotic locales like Papua New Guinea and Easter Island. The only real drawback? A seat on this elite jet will set you back more than $100,000.

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Baccarat Hotel, New York

The ne plus ultra of high-end New York hotels, this glitzy newcomer is already the city's most gilded address. As you'd expect from the Baccarat brand, the place is dripping with crystal and show-stopping pieces, like the 2000 Harcourt goblets at the entrance and the 17 ornate chandeliers. Guests can get ferried around town in a lipstick-red vintage Citroën DS or indulge in the Creme de la Mer spa before dressing for cocktails at the drop-dead gorgeous bar, whose dazzling interiors were inspired by the ballrooms of Versailles. The hotel's opening party drew high society names like Zac Posen, Cornelia Guest and Anne Hearst McInerney, and the guest list continues in a similarly stellar fashion.

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Heli-Skiing with Canadian Mountain Holidays

Forget high thread-count sheets, butlers and rare vintages: as any affluent traveler will tell you, these days the thrill is in racking up bragworthy travel experiences. It doesn't get much more envy-inducing than hopping between world-class slopes in a helicopter. Canadian Mountain Holidays ⎯ whose fans include Richard Branson ⎯ is one of the original and best heli-skiing operations, with 11 dedicated winter lodges in northwestern Canada. For the real one percenters, there's an even more elite option: a group of up to 10 can arrange to ski independently with two guides while swooping around the peaks in their own private Bell 407 helicopter.

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The Presidential Suite at The Raj Palace Hotel, India

The Raj Palace is opulent enough on its own, but book the Maharajah's Pavilion and you'll experience a whole new world of decadence. The former ruler's four-story dwelling has a private roof terrace, swimming pool offering panoramic views of the Pink City, a private museum, library, and dining room and bar, not to mention gold-leaf walls and shimmering silver furniture. We can only dream.

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True North Cruises

This Australia-based adventure cruise ship is all about insider access and traverses some of the most remote and least-visited regions around, from Australia's breathtaking Kimberleys to the Raja Ampat archipelago in Indonesia. What really seals the deal though is the sleek black helicopter, stationed right on the top deck, which takes guests out daily for dazzling aerial adventures.

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Singita Lebombo, South Africa

Widely considered the best safari experience in Africa, Singita lodges manages to give off a sense of warmth and accessibility while catering to some of the world's most high-net-worth individuals. Lebombo, a series of eagle's nest-inspired villas set in Kruger National Park, epitomizes the brand's mission: marrying jetset-worthy extravagance with an unwavering dedication to conservation and sustainability in the world's most breathtaking locations.

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