How to get RICHARD BRANSON to subsidise your holiday
BRANSON PAYS A KING’S RANSOM TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE TROPICAL PARADISE OF NECKER ISLAND.
Areal bona fide billionaire often owns her own private jet, a f leet of super cars, an island and a wine estate thrown in for good measure.
In order to maintain their lifestyles, billionaires need to spend lavishly. As such, the majority of them own their own private getaway, in the form of a secluded and luxurious private island. Billionaire and Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson is no different. However, his island costs more than ours would, if we owned our own. Take a look at these figures:
Then you still have to account for the costs of purifying water, boating in food and drinks and transporting staff to and from the island.
However, you too can have the same beautiful views and coconut cocktails for $60 000 per person per night. That shrinks to $2 000 per person per night if you bring 29 friends along. Savvy businessman Branson provides people with the option to experience the ultimate luxury by renting out his private escape in the British Virgin Islands for every occasion (i.e. weddings, vacations etc).
What about getting to your private island? A billionaire would f ly there with his private jet but it would cost him more than $4m for that pleasure. You’ll do the same, but at a fraction of the price. In fact, it will cost you only in the region of $14 000 to charter an entire plane from Miami to the nearest landing strip on Necker island. Take advantage of one of the many initiatives that pairs you with empty seats on private charters and you will save considerably more.
If, however, you find that a bit too steep for your liking, there are other alternatives. Closer to home, we present you with Graff Delaire Wine Estate in the Helshoogte Pass in Stellenbosch. Although it’s not on a tropical island surrounded by ocean as far as the eye can see, this hotel boasts one of the more spectacular views in the country and an art collection that both impresses and inf luences the art-buying crowd. The cost per night is R28 000 for the Owners Lodge, which houses four guests. Thanks to Graff Diamonds founder Laurence Graff ’s impeccable taste, you can have your cake, and eat it too.