It’s a dream we’ve all fantasized about from time to time. A big lottery win, and millions in the bank!
Once the mortgage has been paid off, you’ve told the boss what he can do with his job and you’ve at last repaid that $100 you’ve owed your sister for the last three years, the next thing on most people’s mind is to see the world.
Where would you go with a massive lottery win? Here are our favorite spots.
Dream Vacation Spots for When You Win the Lottery
That Big Lottery Win Really Can Happen
It might sound like the stuff of fantasy, but from nine figure sums in the EuroMillions or US Powerball to just becoming a plain old millionaire on the Polish lottery, lottery wins happens every week!
Much has been written about how winners spend their money, and a common theme is that they often waste it on things they really don’t need. Take the example of the couple who bought an eight-bedroom mansion with seven bathrooms. It sounded amazing, but within weeks, they realised that they simply didn’t need such a big home. They soon sold up and moved somewhere more comfortable.
Travel, on the other hand, is another matter. New experiences, memories that last a lifetime and all in the pointy end of the plane and with luxury all the way. There really is no downside. In fact, the only question is where to go?
Start at the Burj
If there’s one city where nobody will bat an eyelid as you leave the airport in the Bugatti you hired for the weekend it is Dubai.
It might have stuttered a little over the past ten years of global recession, but it remains the playground of the Middle East, and love it or hate it, there’s nowhere quite like it on earth. In the city of excess, there’s one place to stay that stand head and shoulders above the rest. The Burj Al Arab looms over the city, both literally and figuratively.
It is often described as the world’s only seven star hotel, which is actually nonsense, as five star is the maximum rating, but the tag gives some indication of the splendour that awaits you in this beautiful hotel!
If luck is on your side, perhaps Vegas should be your next port of call. There’s no shortage of luxury hotels, and if you’ve never been before, you will probably be surprised at just how reasonable they are price-wise. Especially after Dubai!
The point is, the casinos tend to heavily subsidise room rates and even restaurants, just to get people in the doors and spending money on the machines and gaming tables.Having said that, we can definitely find something a cut above the rest for those who want something truly exclusive!
The Sky Suites in the Aria hotel probably top most people’s list – amenities include a world class concierge service, which starts long before you even arrive and 24 hour butler service. Even the highly praised Mandarin Oriental and Four Seasons just can’t come close.
Get Away From it All
Dubai and Vegas are both amazing cities. They are also extremely busy. So perhaps the next stop should be somewhere you can get away from it all.
A lottery winner can do that quite literally – how about your own private island for a week? Musha Cay is a 150 acre tropical paradise in the Bahamas, owned by illusionist David Copperfield. You can rent the island for as long as you like, and while there is accommodation for 24, he only rents it to single parties at any one time.
Privacy and seclusion are guaranteed, and it is known as one of the most popular hideaways for the rich and famous.
King of the Castle?
For the European leg, you could enjoy some old fashioned luxury with your very own castle. There are plenty scattered across the UK and mainland Europe, but for sheer opulence, it is hard to see past Chateau Cotignac in France.
The 16-bedroom castle is set in the beautiful and unspoilt landscape of Provence, and boasts crystal chandeliers and Versailles-style marble floors.
There is a ballroom in case you want to invite some friends along, plus the small matter of three swimming pools and a helipad. A cook, housekeeper and chauffeur are all to hand whenever you need them.
Back to Bora Bora
Wherever you wander, there’s no place like home. Bora Bora is the ultimate luxury travel destination for Aussies who don’t want to spend 20 hours sitting on a plane.
Or perhaps you could simply factor it in as the last stop on your world tour. The most luxurious places to stay are actually on their own private islands, known as Motus. Most hotels have stunning overwater villas, with uninterrupted views of the crystal clear water.
There are a few top hotels to choose from, but perhaps the best known is the Conrad. Guests are transported to their room via golf cart, and the resort has become a favorite among the Kardashians.
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