$22,000 a night, $900 an hour, $15 a minute.
That’s the price of the world’s finest holiday rentals.
But just how much bang for your buck can you get when a one-night stay is five months pay?
1. Private Island Villa 103 – Seychelles (Indian Ocean), $22,300 per night
What can you expect to get for your $22,300 stay?
Not a whole island, apparently.
Located a seven hour flight east of Zanzibar, this private island hosts 16 villas, and one Presidential Villa.
Upon arriving at Villa 103, you will be greeted by a team of butlers to ensure every wish or whim you might have is adequately catered for.
Villa 103 is positioned to guarantee privacy, built using native mahogany and clad in rich African Chamfuta Teak wood, and features a large terrace, private pool and ocean views from both sides of the property.
Should you wish to get your pamper on, the island’s Rock Spa is just a short walk from your villa.
Nestled on a cliff-top plateau, above a canyon of granite boulders, banyon roots, freshwater pools and gently descending waterfalls, the Rock Spa delivers commanding panoramic views of island and sea.
The spa’s Apothecary, Madame Dibwa, will cater to all your relaxation, revitalisation and detoxification needs, by blending native practices with principles of herbalism and aromatherapy to whip you up a scrub, paste or oil of your choosing.
Later, have your own personal executive chef take you to the next gastronomic level, creating a dish which reflects the island’s tropical atmosphere using produce from the island’s own plantation and hydroponics house.
Enjoy your culinary experience anywhere on the island you see fit. Whether that’s by candlelight on the beach, on the island’s yacht, or atop the island’s Tree House serenaded by bird song is up to you.
Oh, and while you’re there, take advantage of the fleet of boats, kayaks, sailing dinghies, catamarans and motor yachts, all at your disposal.
2. Villa 516 – North Queensland (Australia), $13,500 per night
Arguably Queensland’s most expensive retreat, the Villa 516 property boasts 7 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms, giving a whole new meaning to “grass thatched huts”.
Located in the tranquility of North Queensland’s tropical forest, each of the six huts has a king size bed, air-conditioning, refrigerator, and chilled, filtered drinking water (although for $562 an hour, we kind of want sparkling).
The “Dream Hut” has cool limestone floors forming steps to the bed (where the ocean view is best appreciated).
Behind the bedroom, you’ll find a beautiful glass-tiled bathroom and a pebble-lined shower looking onto a private bamboo garden.
The “Main Hut”, a gathering point for guests, features a kitchen, bar, dining room, living rooms, an outdoor bedroom, study, deep paved verandas looking seaward, and two hide-away rooms tucked away into the ends of the roof.
In the “Pebble House” you’ll find a galley kitchen that opens onto the lawns separating the two bedrooms.
The children’s room is adorned with aquatic fossils, the warm patterned glow of lamps and a golden ladder made from baby ironbark trunks leading to an enchanting playloft.
The master bedroom is adjoined by an outdoor bath set in a tropical garden.
The “Island Hut” exemplifies the getaway’s chilled atmosphere, with a veranda hammock and a nearby bathhouse surrounded by palm forest.
The “Siamese Huts”, draped with tropical vines and joined by a wide raised deck, allow you to view the surrounding lawns and gardens from the comfort of silk, suede and lace furnishings.
And of course, no luxury villa is complete without a secret spot for couples to canoodle.
Over the bridge in a glade by the beach, the “Honeymoon Hut” has a timber walkway leading to a secluded outdoor patio where lovers can bathe side by side.
Clean and fresh, they can then stroll arm in arm to the villa’s secret meditation tower overlooking fields and water, for some private TLC.
Picnics, motorbike tours, scuba diving, parachuting, paragliding, massages, sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, water-skiing, jet-skiing, fishing and quad biking are all on offer at Villa 516… but are not included in the price.
3. Villa 626 – Bay of Islands (New Zealand), $18,480 per night
In sub-tropical far north New Zealand, this 1000sqm four bedroom, four bathroom villa is nothing short of sublime.
The service here is unsurpassed, with the price tag including a personal chef, trainer, driver and house keeper on call 24/7, as well as all the meals you need (served with French champagne, of course).
The views? Take in a 320 degree outlook over the Bay of Islands from Nine Pin through to Waitangi & Paihia.
And of course, use of the property’s horizon-edged heated lap-pool (made of marble, naturally), private gym, jacuzzi, sauna, home cinema, hi-tech office, Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Porsche Carrera 4 Cabriolet included in the price.
… did we mention that all of the outer walls are made of glass?