This year, Brits are apparently on track to break spending records (again) in the annual supermarket scrum in the run-up to Christmas. With the inevitable forgotten present, missing ingredient and shortage of booze to be rectified for a bumped-up charge, there’s a lot to help lighten your wallet over the festive period.
But, if you’re feeling the fiscal pinch this season, spare a thought for the uber wealthy, who will be splashing out upwards of £1 million on escaping to the perfect, premium bolthole for Christmas.
Whether they’re chartering a superyacht, commandeering a whole castle, or enjoying their own slice of splendid isolation on a private island — here’s how the people who have it all flaunt it for the most wonderful time of the year.
In splendid isolation: Hummingbird Villa on Mustique Island
We all harbour the secret hope of getting away from it all at some point during the festive season — but, for the lucky few for whom money is no object, it is a very real possibility. Sitting very prettily in the stream of islands just a hundred miles west of Barbados, Mustique island is the very definition of total escape.
With a host of luxury villas to choose from, our top choice is Hummingbird Villa, which is spread over 8 acres of sloping hillside, to afford privacy and comfort with amazing views and dramatic sunsets.
Don’t fancy the annual battle with the turkey and an ever-increasing number of food intolerance to cater for? Never fear, the island plays host to a dedicated team of staff, so you can sit back and relax whilst your in-house chef and butler cater to your every need.
Onboard a superyacht: Savannah with Edmiston
If you’d prefer to celebrate Christmas above the waves, and have a spare €1,000,000 to spend per week, then might we recommend that you set your sights on chartering the Savannah superyacht with Edmiston.
With its four decks and six cabins connected by a dramatic rosewood spiral staircase, Savannah can comfortably and luxuriously accommodate up to 12 guests. Additionally, accommodation is provided for 24 crew members when she charters.
This winter, she will be sailing upon the Indian Ocean — perfect for soaking up a little more sun than can be expected in the city this season.
Throw the ultimate Christmas party with the a full beach club, private sun deck with DJ station and BBQ onboard, before making a strong start to any fitness resolutions in the new year, with the fully-kitted onboard gym and spa.
Savannah with Edmiston
In a historic castle: Borthwick Castle
Looking for a slightly more traditional celebration? Why not rent out a historic Scottish castle. Exclusive hire of Borthwick Castle, just 30 minutes from Edinburgh, will grant you room to sleep up to 26 guests and throw the ultimate Christmas or NYE party.
Book Borthwick through Celtic Castles and you will have fully staffed, bespoke dining and activity package to suit your group’s requirements.
Whether you’re looking to through a Christmas Eve banquet in the Great Hall, a Christmas Day 5-course lunch, or even an evening of storytelling for any children in the group — they will have you covered.
On a tailor-made trip: Blink by Black Tomato
Imagine exploring a part of the world that’s so untouched that few have trodden the same path before. Imagine exploring it in a way that’s totally unique without a single person having experienced it in the same way as you. Sound impossible? Not if you have a spare $12,000.
The ultimate example of a bespoke luxury experience, Blink allows travellers to customise everything entirely themselves, from the thread-count of the sheets to the location of the accommodation — you can even choose whether your entrance faces the sunrise or sunset.
Whether you want to bed-down in a chic safari-style tents overlooking the Mekong River, or dream of staying in lunar-like bubbles on the Bolivian Altiplano, Blink allows luxury travellers the chance to craft their own dream luxury tented accommodation.
Blink by Black Tomato
In a film set-style penthouse: The Peninsula NYC
If you’re idea of the perfect Christmas looks more like something out of a classic Christmas movie set, then it doesn’t get more quintessentially festive than the Holly Jolly Holiday package at The Peninsula in New York.
Enjoy all the holiday magic of New York City from Fifth Avenue to Brooklyn with a range of VIP holiday experiences only found in the Big Apple.
Let The Peninsula take care of all the details for the perfect NYC holiday getaway, including VIP admission to Top of the Rock, access to Saks Fifth Avenue before store opening and a Chauffeur-driven trip to Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights to view the famous holiday lights display.
The Peninsula NYC Holly Jolly Holiday
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