From fresh powder skiing in Courchevel to summers spent on the French Riviera, wealthy jet setters are known to holiday at some of the most exquisite luxury vacation destinations.
Ultra-High-Net-Worth-Individuals, those with net assets of more than US$30 million, holiday in the world’s most luxurious destinations. These exclusive destinations know what luxury travellers want and deliver it better than anywhere else. They typically boast exclusive villas, luxury resorts, world-class events, Michelin-starred restaurants, and a host of service providers dedicated to providing the highest quality service levels and experiences.
Read on to discover UHNWIs favourite destinations.
UHNWIs favourite destinations
January – Courchevel 1850, France
Courchevel 1850 is the UHNWIs favourite destination to toast in the new year. Offering world-class alpine skiing, fine dining, luxury boutiques and state-of-the-art chalets, Courchevel 1850, France, is one of the most sublime skiing destinations you can visit. This cosmopolitan ski resort is the highest and by far the most glamorous, attracting UHNWIs every winter. Courchevel, 1850 provides its visitors access to the largest ski area of Les Trois Vallees, complete with fresh powder snow, unparalleled apres-ski and a superb selection of chalets to rent. Better yet, Courchevel’s New Year’s Eve events are second to none, with mountain fireworks and extravagant parties on the slopes.
February – Maldives
In February, the Maldives is the holiday destination of choice for UHNWIs. Boasting more than 1100 tropical islands adorned with swaying palms, powdery white sand and exquisite turquoise lagoons, this Indian Ocean retreat is ideal for UHNWIs looking to escape the stresses of everyday life. Home to all you could ever need on holiday, the Maldives offers world-class dining, fantastic marine life and blissful temperatures. With a seemingly endless supply of luxury water villas fitted with water slides for children and private swimming pools for honeymoons, it is little surprise that the Maldives is every UHNWIs favourite destination.
March – Tulum, Mexico
Framed by the Caribbean’s crystalline waters, the Yucatán’s tropical jungle and ancient Mayan ruins, Tulum, Mexico, has long been the back-to-basics destination for UHNW jet setters. Located between a sugar-white beach and luscious jungle, Tulum is home to enchanting cenotes, world-famous dive sites, cave diving and thriving wildlife. Not only is Tulum a luxury vacation destination for thrill-seekers, but it is also a destination for complete relaxation and an escape-from-reality, with its rustic beach resorts, wellness facilities, healthy food scene and bohemian boutiques.
April – Paris, France
The epicentre of fashion, culture and gastronomy, there is no more romantic spot on Earth than Paris. A city that captivates its guests with the simple things, visitors enjoy strolling the banks of the Seine, people-watching in the finest French cafés, or savouring fresh-baked pastries from the local boulangerie. Paris exudes unparalleled glamour with Parisian boutiques, haute-couture labels and Michelin star establishments dotted along every boulevard throughout the city. Of course, the famous landmarks of Notre Dame, Le Louvre and the Eiffel Tower only add to this glamorous city’s ever-lasting allure.
May – Monaco
Monaco is famously known as a playground for the rich and famous, drawing in celebrities, VIPs, tech-titans and UHNWIs from all over the world due to its exclusive and high profile events such as Monaco Grand Prix and Monaco Yacht Show. Despite just being a mere 200 hectares, Monaco exudes an air of extravagant wealth, with its opulent five-star hotels in Monte Carlo, lavish superyachts lined up in Port Hercules, and divine restaurants. Monaco is also conveniently located on the French Riviera, offering UHNWIs easy access to some of the Cote d’Azur’s most elegant towns and cities, such as St Tropez and Cannes, as well as the famed ‘Caps,’ including the luxury vacation destination of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, a favourite with UHNWIs.
June – Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain
Set against a backdrop of fiery sunsets, rugged terrain, turquoise seas and white sand beaches, Ibiza is the ultimate indulgent retreat. Ibiza, part of Spain’s Balearic Islands, promises a vibrant nightlife with renowned DJs and bustling nightclubs, as well as the simple pleasures of bohemian island life with beach yoga, vegan cafes and boho boutiques. Behind the superyacht-filled harbour’s glamour, the Spanish island is also a destination of culture and grace, with historic architecture, world-class dining, and contemporary art lining San Antonio’s walls. Equally as idyllic, the nearby island of Formentera has been appealing to UHNWIs for decades, offering a luxury vacation destination unlike anywhere else.
July – St Tropez, France
Since the 1950s, Saint-Tropez has been the go-to luxury vacation destination for the world’s wealthiest pleasure-seekers, offering a superb selection of things to see and do that align with a luxurious lifestyle. In St Tropez, UHNWIs can soak up the warm Mediterranean sun in the iconic Pampelonne Beach, enjoy the colourful outdoor market of the Places des Lices, delight in the Port de Saint Tropez lined with lavish superyachts, feast at award-winning restaurants, and indulge at exclusive resorts and spas.
Visitors can also retreat to the region’s quaint villages of Èze, Beaulieu-sur-Mer and Villefranche-sur-Mer. Here, cypress trees adorn the land, alongside quaint cobbled alleys, authentic cafés and ruined ramparts. With an exceptional selection of villas to rent in Saint Tropez, Ramatuelle and Villa Pampelonne, UHNWIs can spend the summer exploring the areas beautiful Provincial charms.
August – Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is one of the most desirable locations along the French Riviera, acquiring worldwide notoriety through its authentic charms. Its tranquillity and warm climate in summer make it a the European aristocracy and an UHNWIs favourite destination, and it is little surprise why. Today, visitors can enjoy white-sand beaches, a yacht-filled harbour, exquisite restaurants and Rothschild’s mansion.
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is also known for its luxurious properties nestled amongst lush vegetation. Discretely built to ensure utmost privacy, these luxury villas to rent in Cap Ferrat often include a private beach and state-of-the-art amenities. Better yet, these villas to rent are exceptionally located near to neighbouring villages of Villefranche-sur-Mer and Beaulieu-sur-Mer – ideal for short day trips to other exclusive locations on the Cote d’Azur.
September – Amalfi Coast, Italy
The Amalfi Coast is one of the most charming places globally, sprawling with quaint restaurants, emerald waters, pastel-hued villages and ribbon-thin roads that hug the meandering coastlines. UHNWIs have long been attracted to the Amalfi Coast in search of the feeling of “il dolce far Niente“, known by Italians as the sweetness of doing nothing. This Italian coast is the perfect luxury vacation destination for whiling away the days over long seafood lunches, people-watching at a waterside restaurant in Positano or enjoying a glass of wine on a floral terrace in Capri.
October – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The ever-innovative UAE desert city is one of a kind, combining Middle Eastern charms with modern luxuries. Dubai has well and truly carved out a niche for itself within the luxury travel sector, becoming the luxury vacation destination for unique upscale experiences. Dubai offers everything from championship golf courses to camel racing events, international rugby tournaments, sand-skiing, and more adventurous pursuits, such as skydiving, hot air balloons and Dinner In The Sky. Downtime is also essential in the city, inviting the world’s wealthiest to its award-winning spas, designer boutiques and 11 Michelin-Star restaurants.
November – New York City, U.S.
Few destinations in the world can match the sensations of excitement and sophistication of Christmas time in the city of New York. While the city welcomes visitors all year round, New York is an UHNWIs favourite destination to visit in winter. When the snow starts to fall, visitors make the most of Fifth Avenue’s luxury designer boutiques, skating under the famous Rockefeller Christmas tree and staying warm in the city’s 72 Michelin-starred restaurants. New York is one of the most diverse cities globally, offering something to make everyone excited. From Harlem’s pop-up restaurants, Soho’s trendy galleries and Tribeca’s innovative fashion scene, this bustling metropolis is ever-evolving with something new to show off.
December – St. Barts
Home to some of the world’s most desirable luxury villas, St. Barts is considered the Caribbean’s most glamorous destination. The island combines the sophistication of St. Tropez with the laissez-faire Caribbean lifestyle, offering authentic beach bars, fine dining and designer boutiques. St. Barts is also known for its 11 beaches, with unique features from vibrant party scenes, big wave surfing, mesmerising sunsets and ultimate privacy. St. Barts has long been the UHNWIs favourite destination every Christmas, with an exquisite selection of palatial rental villas.
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