Exclusive Use ResortsMarch 2, 2012
The most sought after luxury vacation destinations usually provide some measure of privacy for the wealthy traveler. In this day of incessant media attention, privacy is something that those who move in the most elite circles treasure. And where better to achieve some solitude than on a private island in the middle of a very large body of water?
One party of guests can rent the most expensive of these private island retreats for a specified period of time. The facilities will not be available to anybody else during that time frame. Such resorts are referred to as “exclusive use’ resorts – and they offer the finest amenities money can buy. Billionaire Richard Branson owns one of the most famous exclusive use resorts. It’s called Necker Island, and it’s located in one of the most beautiful tropical areas in the world – the British Virgin Islands. Those who are fortunate enough to have stayed at the resort refer to it as a seventy-four acre paradise.
The resort on Necker Island boasts a ten room main house and three smaller Balinese houses. These spacious quarters can accommodate up to twenty-six people. Rates start at thirty thousand dollars per night, but everything is included in that price. Gourmet dinners and unlimited drinks are served to guests anywhere on the island. Guests may choose to have a candle lit dinner on one of the many terraces or even on the beach. A memorable meal might also be served on the private yacht that is available to resort patrons. There is nothing more relaxing than dining while cruising from island to island or sipping a drink while lounging in the Jacuzzi located on the yacht’s main bridge.
Some of the activities the resort offers are windsurfing, kite surfing, sailing, speed boating, and tennis. In spite of the remoteness of the location, satellite television and high speed internet are available, Perhaps most importantly, there are thirty-one staff members who are devoted to making sure that each guest is well taken care of and pampered. A highly trained butler oversees the whole operation and ensures that everything runs smoothly.
Exclusive use resorts are so expensive that they comprise only a small segment of the resort market. Indeed, the total count of rooms worldwide is in the hundreds, not thousands. But demand for these rooms is ever increasing among the very wealthy who place a high value on privacy.