Ever wonder where the world’s wealthiest go to relax and unwind during the long winter months? It could be at one of the following 20 awe-inspiring luxurious locales.We’ve got Olympic-quality slopes with torch-lit skiing, Chateau rentals, and Richard Branson’s private island. Of course the cheapest trip on our list costs over $1,000 per night.
Lech am Arlberg, Austria
- 'Slightly younger, more laid-back atmosphere'
- Features two spas, fitness complex, several pools, and a meditation centre
- Access to heli-skiing, heli-boarding, paragliding, horse-drawn sleighs, tobogganing, ice-skating, and snowshoeing
Rate: $1167 - $2853 per night for a suite
Source: Aurelio Lech
- Steps away from the Champs-Elysées
- Access to one of the finest spas in Paris, indoor pool, and a two-star Michelin restaurant, Le Cinq.
- Many rooms include a balcony overlooking Paris
Rate: Suites start at $2,357 per night
Source: Four Seasons
- 600-acre luxury resort on the slope of Western Montana's highest mountain
- Access to fitness centre, heated outdoor pool, tennis, putting green, horseshoe pits, and private hot tubs and fireplaces.
- Complimentary breakfast, lunch, dinner, house wines and cocktails
Rate: $2,495 per night (double occupancy) to stay in the 3,600 sq. ft. three-bedroom, three-bath cabin.
Source: Triple Creek Ranch
- $800 million vessel, 1,132 feet long, with a crew of 1,253 at your service
- Features 10 different restaurants, the only planetarium at sea, a casino, six swimming pools, English pub, Royal Court theatre, and the Queens Room--the largest ballroom at sea.
- During November, December, and January the Queen Mary 2 makes a series of voyages to the Caribbean, round-trip from New York.
Rate: Suites start at $3,955
St. Moritz, Switzerland
- Access to wellness spa, fitness centre, French eatery 'Le Restaurant'
- Moonlit or torch-light skiing, half-pipe snowboarding, tobogganing, vertical ice-wall climbing
- Town hosted the 1928 Winter Olympics, and still maintains the oldest operating bobsled run
Rate: $5,427 per night, for a luxury suite
Source: Badrutt's Palace
- Over 80,000 people vie for 3,780 spots
- Party with Bill Clinton, Katy Perry, Diane von Furstenberg and other celebs
- The party's motto -- 'Be provocative. Get emotional. Embrace opulence.'
Rate: $6,700 per person
Source: Life Ball
- Includes champagne in your cabin, one or two 'Captain's cocktail parties', select wines and beer, and daily summary of international news
- Ac ess to sports equipment and a pianist
- Most popular itinerary: Athens through the Greek Isles to Turkey, and back.
Rate: $3,995 - $7,995 per person, depending on the itinerary
Source: Sea Cloud
- French Chateau in the heart of the Rhône Valley, capable of sleeping 32 guests
- Conference facility, business centre, sports complex, and an outdoor swimming pool.
- The property is completely enclosed by surrounding parkland
Rate: $45,044 - $62,368 per week
- Situated atop a 350 ft. mountain overlooking the Pacific Ocean
- Access to private beach, gym, infinity pool, jacuzzi, spa, and golf course
- Region known for its colourful flocks of scarlet macaws
Rate: $9,300 per night, or $65,100 per week
Source: Zephyr Palace
- Ocean view of the North Sea
- Castle sleeps 40, and meals are fully catered using local scallops, lobster, crab, lamb, and beef; ideal for event-gathering
- Local activities include golf, horseback riding, fishing, and shooting
Rate: $76,314 per week
Punta Mita, Mexico
- Access to ocean-front infinity pool, spa, two beach clubs, and two Jack Nicklaus golf courses
- Personal chef, estate manager, housekeepers, babysitter, and concierge at your service
- Villa sleeps 14; all 7 bedrooms have private terraces with ocean view.
Rate: $10,000 - $15,000 per night, or $70,000 - $105,000 per week
Source: Casa El Destino
Heber City, Utah
- Minutes from Park City--setting of the Sundance Film Festival and 2002 Winter Olympics
- Ski-in, ski-out access to Deer Crest and Deer Valley
- Includes 7 master suites, 11 bathrooms, 8 fireplaces, fitness room, billiards, wine cellar, 14-seat theatre, ski prep room, private gondola, and 24-hour staffed gate entrance
Rate: $12,000 - $17,000 per night
- 800 year-old farming village in Tuscany, and the throughpass of a historic medieval pilgrimage route from Canterbury to Rome
- Villa encompasses 22 suites, outdoor terrace, library, study, bar, conference facility, and screening room
- Access to 60' swimming pool, modern fitness centre, spa, tennis, basketball and bocce courts
Rate: $137,000 per week
- 14-acre private island in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Ibiza, Spain
- Fully developed with hacienda, kitchen, pool, bar, and wine bodega
- Access to a subtropical lagoon with waterfall, and a secret cave that's been converted into a spa
Rate: $230,000 per week
Las Vegas, Nevada
- Fully equipped with gym, media room, dining room, sauna, and spa
- Amenities include a $700,000 jacuzzi, rotating bed, plasma screen TVs, poker table, outdoor terrace, and 24/7 butler service
- Frequent guests include Kanye West, Common, Soulja Boy and T-Pain
Rate: $34,000 per night
- Encompasses 11 private islands, spanning 700 acres and 40 sand beaches
- Private airstrip, 10,000 sq. foot main house, and four guest houses
- Owned by David Copperfield, who claims the 'Fountain of Youth' is hidden on one of the islands
Rate: $37,500 per day (four-night minimum)
Source: Musha Cay
- Robinson Crusoe-inspired island playground
- Waterslides, pools, hot tubs, tennis courts, and an 85 foot yacht at guests disposal
- The island is extravagant even for Oprah's taste, 'After seeing Nygard Cay, I am not living large enough!'
Rate: $42,000 per day
Source: Nygard Cay
- Access to business centre, heated pools, steam rooms, private beach, marina, butlers, chefs, and a personal pianist
- 10 restaurants on premise, most of which hold Five Star Diamond Awards
- Services include car, yacht and jet rentals, limousine transport wherever you go, even choice of pillows and linens
Rate: $50,000 per night
British Virgin Islands
- Built by Sir Richard Branson
- The island is occupied by 60 staff members, 200 flamingos, and is entirely surrounded by a coral reef
- Google cofounder Larry Page had his wedding here
Rate: $51,000 per day, $357,000 per week, or $1,428,000 per month
- Top floor, four-bedroom suite overlooking Lake Geneva and the Alps
- Cocktail lounge accommodates up to 40 guests
- Two restaurants on premise, open-air saltwater pool, meeting rooms and a personal assistance also available
Rate: $52,000 per night
Source: Five Star Alliance
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