Top Luxury Travel Offerings of 2017 for the Privileged Few

CNN/ Newswire | 7/24/2017, 11:52 a.m.
When money is no object, luxury travel can offer extraordinary experiences. The recent International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), held in ...
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By Chris Dwyer


(CNN) -- When money is no object, luxury travel can offer extraordinary experiences.

The recent International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), held in Shanghai, featured some of the most extravagant opportunities to gain bragging rights for the privileged few.

Whether it's a private cinema screening in the wilderness of Mongolia, a package to catch the US Open tennis final or time kicking back in the largest suite on any cruise ship, the sky really is the limit when it comes to big buck breaks.

Here are some of the destinations and experiences that ILTM had on offer:

1. Laucala, Fiji

Sand-between-the-toes experiences rarely get much more exclusive than the private 4.6-square-mile Laucala Island in the South Pacific nation of Fiji.

On arrival -- via the island's own airport, naturally -- guests get to choose from 25 villas with private pools overlooking perfect white sand beaches and azure water. Coconut plantations and jungle help ensure total privacy and explain why the co-owner of Red Bull, Dietrich Mateschitz, bought the island.

When guests aren't playing Robinson Crusoe, they can while away the hours in a $1.7 million DeepFlight submarine, snorkel with hawksbill turtles in breathtaking seas or maybe kick back with sustainable local produce in the Plantation House restaurant.

All-inclusive rooms start from $6,000 per night.

Laucala Island, Fiji; +679 888 0077

2. Magic gers, Mongolia

Mongolia continues to entice adventurous travelers with one of the world's last genuine off-grid wildernesses.

Staying in mobile luxury camps, known traditionally as "gers," allows visitors to roam the majestic landscape and wake up to panoramic views of the legendary Mongolian steppe grassland, mountains, sand dunes or rivers.

Activities include "warrior camps" for children, where they can learn to ride horses or try their hand at archery. Stargazing with high-powered telescopes or tracking snow leopards are other options. Special dining, sauna or even cinema gers can be set up wherever guests want, affording the ultimate big-screen experience in the wilderness.

By the time they wake, everything has been packed up before they move on to the next horizon.

An exclusive long weekend for a couple starts from approximately $4,800 with Lightfoot Travel (+852 2815 0068).

3. Ultimate Shanghai weekend, The Peninsula, Shanghai

A weekend package at The Peninsula, Shanghai, offers a way to experience the city in unmatched style from the hotel's historic Bund riverfront location.

Getting there is a breeze as The Peninsula's legendary Rolls-Royce Phantom in signature green is available to whisk guests from the airport before they check in to the 4,300-square-foot Peninsula Suite.

Seeing the city from the water adds a whole new dimension, so a Champagne Deutz afternoon tea aboard the hotel's luxury motor yacht is a highlight.

As are spa treatments or dinner for two at one of the property's Michelin-starred restaurants: Sir Elly's and Yi Long Court.

The weekend package in the Peninsula Suite comes in at $32,650.

The Peninsula, No. 32 The Bund, 32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Road, Shanghai 200002, China; +86 21 2327 2888