The world’s most ex­pen­sive re­sort

In­dul­gence in the Philip­pines

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On hand are about 100 staff and a ded­i­cated but­ler ser­vice to en­sure you never go thirsty or hun­gry.

Ateardrop-shaped is­land off the coast of the Philip­pines, Banwa

Pri­vate Is­land is a trop­i­cal hide­away that costs an eye­wa­ter­ing $US100,000 per night.

In fact, you’ll need to out­lay at least $US300,000 for this in­dul­gent get­away as there’s a min­i­mum three-night stay at the world’s most ex­pen­sive is­land re­sort.

So, what can you ex­pect from a stay at Banwa Pri­vate Is­land? For a start you’ll have the en­tire is­land to your­self and up to 47 of your hand­picked guests. You’re pay­ing for whole-of-is­land ex­clu­siv­ity, so pri­vacy is as­sured. On hand are about 100 staff and a ded­i­cated but­ler ser­vice to en­sure you never go thirsty or hun­gry.

Do­ing ab­so­lutely noth­ing is part of the re­laxed ap­peal of Banwa. Ad­mit­tedly, it’s an ex­pen­sive noth­ing­ness. One of Banwa’s big at­trac­tions is the ease with which you can briefly shut out the world be­yond the is­land’s shore. A place to switch off the phone, dis­con­nect the wi-fi and par­take in bliss­ful med­i­ta­tion or self-re­flec­tive mind­ful­ness with­out dis­trac­tion.

If that sounds just a lit­tle too chilled out and Zen-like, don’t be alarmed – there are plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able and toys at your dis­posal too.

Tennis, golf, scuba div­ing, sports fish­ing, he­li­copter tours,

boat cruises, mas­sage, spa and well­ness treat­ments are all on of­fer.

Nat­u­rally, the is­land is beau­ti­ful. Grounds are flaw­lessly land­scaped with nary a blade of grass out of place. The beach is raked and palm trees are pruned. Staff are im­pec­ca­bly groomed and im­mac­u­lately turned out in sharp uni­forms.

Six splen­did beach­front vil­las (let’s face it, splen­did is manda­tory at this price point) are con­fig­ured around an invit­ing in­fin­ity pool. Pool­side pa­tios and decks fur­nished with plumped-up sun lounges are framed by trop­i­cal gar­dens. All vil­las en­joy a back­drop of tan­ta­lis­ing ocean, the cobalt blue sea a sooth­ing yin to the villa’s yang.

The main villa near the pier houses Lat­i­tude Restau­rant and is the ‘hub’ of the is­land. Here, there are mul­ti­ple din­ing lo­ca­tions, whether in­side in an air-con­di­tioned glass-walled room, on any of the ocean­front pa­tios over­look­ing the beach­side pool, or on the rooftop for din­ing be­neath star-span­gled skies.

In­ti­mate din­ing can be ar­ranged any­where, in fact: beach­side sur­rounded by lush trop­i­cal fo­liage, in the gar­den, or even on the golf course if that’s your thing.

If you want to dine at ‘home’, a team of chefs will come to your villa and pre­pare what­ever takes your fancy.

This per­sonal at­ten­tive ser­vice, where noth­ing is too much trou­ble, is the key to Banwa’s ex­clu­siv­ity and ex­tra­or­di­nary price tag.

See ban­wapri­vateis­land.com. Air Ni­ug­ini flies from Port Moresby to Manila five times weekly. See airni­ug­ini.com.pg.

Banwa Pri­vate Is­land ... all this can be yours for $US300,000 for three nights.

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