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November 24, 2018 4:40 am
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The Brando in French Polynesia is a private paradise.Bill Springer

One of the many things I’ve learned from my travels is that true luxury does not come from “things.” Sure, private jets, superyachts, supercars, and private islands are “things.” And all those “things” are essential to provide the world’s ultra high net worth travelers with the ease, comfort, security and yes, the status they expect.

A private plane is a ticket to luxuryBill Spinger

But I’ve also seen that when many of those same wealthy travelers talk about their “ultimate trip,” the “things” aren’t the most important “things” they remember. Instead ,they talk about the feelings, memories, utter relaxation and the rejuvenating connection with family and nature they enjoy when they escape the buzz saw of modern life.

Over-water villas at the Conrad Maldives Rangali IslandConrad Maldives Rangali Island

To them, luxury isn’t a brand, and “exclusive” isn’t just hyperbole. To them, ultimate luxury comes when 5-star service and state-of-the-art facilities in stunningly beautiful natural destinations combine to provide a one-of-a-kind experiences that enrich their lives. In fact, that’s what we’re all looking for in a vacation, right? But as anyone who has been disappointed by a “luxury vacation” can report, transformative luxury travel is much easier said than done.

Guana Island provides the uncommon luxury of untamed beauty in the BVIBill Springer

That’s why I’m so happy share this year’s luxury travel gift guide with you. All of the trips on this extremely short list are more than just luxurious. So if you are looking for a gift for someone who has everything (and yourself too), any of these destinations can be transformative and they’re virtually guaranteed to provide you and your family the ultimate luxury of a truly “exclusive experience.”

The Brando

Villa life at the Brando is utterly privateBill Springer

It’s hard to describe the peace, solitude, privacy and the soothing soul of this intimate 5-star resort. Of course, any place that has its own private plane to whisk A-list VIP’s away to a remote atoll off the much more populated Island of Tahiti would be peaceful and oh-so-lux.

Twilight at the BrandoThe Brando

But The Brando isn’t really a place to “see and be seen.”

Natural beauty + lux accommodations + privacy = The BrandoBill Springer

In fact, the private villas provide an almost primal connection to the raw natural beauty of the island while the sophisticated architecture, decadent food, and just the right mix of social and solitude strike the perfect balance.

Banyan Tree Seychelles

Picture yourself here.Bill Springer

Picture yourself here. It’s sunny. And hot―like 1,000 miles off the East Coast of equatorial Africa hot. The palm trees are rustling. The waves are crashing peacefully on the granite rocks below. There’s a hint of frangipani in the air. There’s not another soul in sight. Your own personal infinity pool is…cool. The cucumber-infused water that has been delivered to the shade of your personal poolside cabana in your own personal cliffside cabin by a very nice person who smiles a lot is also…cool.

Breakfast is served!Bill Springer

That’s just a taste of what it’s like at the Banyan Tree in the Seychelles. It’s basically like being surrounded by 240 degrees of blue bliss. Blue pool. Blue sky. Blue ocean. Blue tile. With a scent of fresh-baked bread.

Banyan Tree SeychellesBill Springer

And when you add the impeccable service and world-class spa services that the Banyan Tree is known for you have all the ingredients for a truly special retreat that’s worth all the effort required to travel to this exotic island in the Indian Ocean halfway around the world from the states.

Guana Island BVI

Guana Island in the BVIGuan Island

Guana Island in the BVI has seven glorious beaches with sugar-fine sand, 850 acres of uninhabited private island to explore, utra-lux, ultra private accommodations, impeccable service, cooling tropical breezes, and miles of hiking through terrain that’s never been developed.

The sun deck at Guana Island’s North Beach cottageBill Springer

Guana’s North Beach cottage has stunning private dock and an uber secluded beach. But it’s not so secluded as to be out of reach of the Guana’s amazing service. However, if you’re looking for nightlife that’s any faster than pleasant conversation with fellow guests after an early dinner, Guana is not the place for you.

Guana Island’s history is part of its special charmBill Springer

But if you are looking for the ultimate luxury that comes from one-of-a-kind peace and beauty, there may be no better spot in the Caribbean

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

The Muraka’s underwater bedroomConrad Maldives

No other lux resort has generated more buzz recently than the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. Not only has it been voted the Best Hotel In The World—twice—it now features an “underwater residence.”

The MurakaConrad Maldives

Nestled in a private area of a peaceful lagoon, The Muraka is features spacious living, dining, entertaining and sleeping above and below the Indian Ocean with unobstructed views at every turn.

What a bathroom!Conrad Maldives

And is you ever want to leave your villa, The resort, nestled in the South Ari Atoll, is close to 42 dive sites and in the perfect spot to swim with whale sharks, turtles and manta rays and a whole host of marine live.

Antarctica on a Superyacht

Antarctica is one of the remaining wild places left on earth–that you can visit on a superyacht!Bill Springer

When you talk about exclusive yachting destinations, none are as “exclusive” as Antarctica because only a relative few yachts are tough enough to be able to cruise among the snow, ice, and storms of the Antarctic peninsula for months at a time while also providing five-star service and luxury accommodations to a small group well-heeled guests.

Hanse Explorer in AntarcticaBill Springer

The 160-foot-long Hanse Explorer is one of those very special private yachts. And there is nothing more “exclusive” than the private whale watches and penguin colony visits that the Hanse Explorer make possible. While the polar expedition experts at EYOS Expeditions who organized every element of the trip (charter, guides, permits, flights, itineraries) made it all incredibly easy.