[dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]here’s more to this $20 million getaway than its price tag or extravagant itinerary; the fact that a billionaire host can rouse up to 49 guests for a three-week long escapade is a statement of his or her influence in itself.
Upmarket travel boutique DreamMaker’s latest itinerary is pitched at that upper crust of clientele. Christened Passport to 50, the tour kicks off in Koh Samui and makes these stops around the world:
Order given: Siem Reap, Kathmandu, Agra, Florence, Siena, Cannes, Moulinet, London, Barcelona, Ibiza, Marbella, Marrakech, Havana, Knoxville, Kona, El Nido, and a “secret island”, before concluding in Manila. That’s 18 cities, we imagine the 19th is being confirmed.
But far from being a string of ho-hum connecting flights, guests will be luxuriating in a private Boeing 767 that’s been completely refitted into spacious, sleek lounges and suite-style rooms.
To keep the potential strain of frequent flying at bay, they’ve roped in a hypnotherapist to design a sleep program which also includes principles from Reiki healing, Ayurvedic medicine, and acupuncture. They’ve also staffed the plane with no fewer than 50 crew members so every need is met promptly.
(RELATED: If experiential air travel such as this intrigues you, but you aren’t keen to manage four dozen compatriots, consider Crystal Aircruises’ tours which’ll be ready by the end of this year.)
And to remember the trip by, guests each will receive a handcrafted swizzle stick (that instrument for stirring up a cocktail) wrought from 18K gold and topped with a globe, in which 20 white diamonds and a single blue are set – each white representing a visited city, and the latter the sky.
Will there be takers? Very likely – previous projects under the World of Diamonds groups have managed to find the right audience (they once launched a $2 million dinner and tour of Singapore). DreamMaker, however, has doubled down on the appeal by designing a special version for the Chinese market. Titled Flight of the Dragons instead, it adds one more country to the list, tweaks certain stops along the way to better suit Chinese tastes or customs, and has had its price tag adjusted to an auspicious ¥99,888,888.88 (S$20.6m).
The trip’s slated for an August departure date, so a good time to nail down both the $20m package and friends’ dates would be right about now. Do note that the refitted 767 only has room for a portion of the guests; the rest will be ferried along on a Boeing Business jet trailing mere minutes behind the first craft. For more information or a clearer idea of the route and its highlights, visit their website.