The Most Expensive (and Best) Vacations In the World

Travel + Leisure looked at 22 of the best experiences money can buy.

Necker Island, Turtle Beach (Marka/UIG via Getty Images)
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The destinations are jaw-dropping, the accommodations luxurious, and the experience is unforgettable. The price tag, however, is almost as grandiose. Travel + Leisure put together a list of 22 of the most expensive vacations that a traveler can take. The trips run anywhere from $1,100 to $195,000 per night, but they are clearly worth the expenditure. Deep-pocketed adventurers can go on a 24-hour expedition to Antarctica or head to an African safari that puts urban luxury to shame. Here are some of the highlights:

1. The Pikaia Lodge in Ecuador: Stay in the Galapagos in this environmentally conscious lodge that is the perfect location for a physically active and adventurous traveler. You can dine at the edge of a cater or encounter a giant tortoise. A week’s stay starts at $10,205 per person.

2.  North Island in Seychelles: Have you ever wanted to be more like George Clooney? Well now you can vacation like him at this private island resort. There are only 11 villas and the Villa North Island is the most exclusive at the resort, available at about $11,000 per night.

3. The Post House at Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California: Need to escape the modern world? Do it here, while enjoying views of the Pacific Ocean, maybe while sitting in your private jacuzzi. The room is available for $4,350 per night.

4. Wilderness Safaris Bisate Lodge in Rwanda: This new lodge sits right next to Rwanda’s Volcano National Park. Rooms start at $1,100 per person per night and guests can contribute to Rwanda’s conservation efforts for mountain gorillas.

5. White Desert “Greatest Trip” to Antarctica: If you need just a quick getaway, this might work: A one-day trip to Antarctica. Starting off in Cape Town, South Africa, guests board a private jet and once there, have about eight hours to explore, ending in a gourmet champagne dinner. The trip costs $195,000.

6. The Penthouse Apartment at the Hotel Georges V in Paris, France: This is one of Paris’s most famous luxury hotels, and it has one of the most iconic views on the planet. You get a private balcony with a direct view of the unobstructed Eiffel Tower. The room starts at about $26,500 per night.

7. Necker Island: Join the likes of Richard Branson and Barack Obama on this private island in the Virgin Islands. You can scuba, waterski, or sail. It’s available from $80,000 per night for up to 34 guests.

8. Maharajah’s Pavilion at Raj Palace in Jaipur, India: You get to stay in an extravagant four-floor apartment that has its own private entrance and private elevator, as well as a rooftop terrace that contains a jacuzzi and panoramic views of Jaipur. The palatial suite is available from $15,000 per night.

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