On Our Radar: Extravagant Dream Trips

Luxurious dream vacation getaways from lavish private jet trips around the world to a stay on the island where Prince William honeymooned with Kate

There's lowercase-t "travel" (airplanes, check-in queues, taxis) and then there's uppercase-T "Travel" (it starts the "ahhh" moment you're relaxing poolside and a staff member brings you a cool drink mixed just the way you prefer ... before you can even ask).

To inspire you, we sought out 10 of the the most uppercase-T splurge trips we could find. These are trips that exude luxury; these are places where a $10,000 gold Apple Watch might be standard trimming for a wrist. So, from stays in private villas to grand safaris and from cruises with Michelin chefs to a 24-day trip around the world by private jet, this is how the well-heeled get away. Dream on!

The Ultimate Kitesurfing Escape, Anguilla 

The Ultimate Kitesurfing Escape, Anguilla

This lavish, thrill-seeking vacation comes with an action-packed itinerary—don’t worry, there are yoga and massage sessions scheduled in for relaxation as well. The staff at Ani Villas will pamper you and other guests, with private chefs, butlers and comprehensive kitesurfing training (for people of all skill levels).

Cost: $175,000

Includes: Roundtrip private airfare from anywhere in North America, cocktails, meals, kitesurfing instruction and many more activities, services and amenities by the Ani Villas staff during the weeklong stay for up to 14 guests

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Wonders of the World by Private Jet

Wonders of the World by private jet

Travel in a private jet with this tour that will bring you all over the world—literally. Over 24 days you’ll fly to Machu Picchu, Easter Island, Samoa, Australia, Angkor Wat (and the Taj Mahal), Istanbul and Morocco in comfortable style, experiencing these destinations like never before.

Cost: $108,000 per person, double occupancy; $12,000 single supplement

Includes: Visits to Peru, Easter Island, Samoa, Australia, Cambodia, India, Turkey and Morocco. Each destination includes a private tour and access to stunning activities without the crowds

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The Micato Grand Safari, East Africa 

Micato Grand Safari, East Africa

Looking for a wildlife adventure? This extravagant safari trip—which Teddy Roosevelt went on in 1909—will bring you all over East Africa, with stops at different game preserves and camps to see stunning views and the rich game lands. This 15-day journey will bring you to Nairobi, Amboseli, the Mount Safari Kenya Safari Club, Maasai Mara, The Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Each destination includes activities such as museum visits, horseback riding, a hot-air balloon ride and views of native animals.

Cost: $19,730 single occupancy in May (for internal air transport add $2,430 or a private vehicle at $1,900)

Includes: All accommodations, meals, drinks in camps and lodges, internal air fare, all transfers and game drives, park entrance fees, gratuities, porterage, access to the Flying Doctors, a Micato Safaris wheeled duffel bag and travel amenities

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Costa Rica’s Ultimate Holiday

Costa Rica

If you’re looking for the ultimate holiday, look no further—it’s even in the name of this lavish getaway. This trip involves visits to Costa Rica’s top luxury destinations, such as Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation in San Jose, Nayara Springs Resort in Spring Villa, Lapa Rios Ecolodge and Kura Design Villas. Each location provides unique activities and tours, such as the Local Medicine Tour, the Rain Forest Ridge Walk, yoga classes and massages.

Cost: $6,856 per adult

Includes: Round trip international and domestic airport transfers, charter flights to the destinations on the itinerary, accommodations and some meals

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Kangaroo Island & Great Barrier Reef Australian Adventure 

Kangaroo Island, Australia

This 14-day/12-night vacation in the Land Down Under is packed full of grand activities and accommodations. Throughout this vacation, you’ll tour the Sydney Opera House and go on a Harbour Cruise Express while staying in posh resorts in Melbourne, Kangaroo Island, Adelaide, Hamilton Island and Sydney. The itinerary provides free days to explore the area and has tips and suggested day tours that you can look into as well—the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant provides spectacular views of Melbourne while you're served a fine meal in a vintage tram. Another "don't miss" is Reefworld, a floating platform that's a starting point for exploring and viewing the Great Barrier Reef.

Cost: $6,803 per person

Includes: Accommodation for each destination, international flights, Australian domestic flights, certain day tours and rental cars

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Sea Cloud’s Culinary Cruise 

Sea Cloud Culinary Cruise

Sail the seas dining on exceptional cuisine on this eight-night cruise with Michelin-starred chefs. You will explore the North Sea with stops at Bruges, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Norway and Oslo in this culinary cruise that will broaden your horizons—and tastes. There will be fine dining six times a day, so you will never go hungry!

Cost: $5,485 (step it up with a stay in the owner's suite for $9,365)

Includes: On-board cabin with a fresh fruit basket, welcoming champagne bottle, all meals on-board (six per day), selected wines and beers paired with the courses, non-alcoholic drinks, access to the on-board laptop, English-speaking tour guide, all port fees and access to water sports gear

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Regent Suite Aboard the Regent Seven Seas Explorer 

Regent Suite, Regent Seven Seas Explorer cruise

This cruise line’s newest luxury suite is one fit for royalty. With a per-night cost of $5,000 per person, this 3,875-square-foot space is like having a private villa that moves with you as you explore the world. Inside, you'll find a grand piano and even your own spa. The Regent Seven Seas Explorer is expected to set sail July 2016 in Europe.

Cost: $5,000 a night, per person

Includes: Access to a private vista garden, an in-suite spa with a sauna, steam room and treatment area, a wrap-around balcony, a walk-in closet, two bathrooms and bedrooms and a living room with a grand piano

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North Private Island, Indian Ocean 

Villa North Island, Indian Ocean

As the honeymoon destination for William and Kate, this extravagant island is certainly full of lavish accommodations and amenities. Visitors to this grand island can take comfort that it is a sanctuary to the natural habitats that are being rejuvenated with help from the owners. With a luxury lodge and 11 guest villas, there is plenty of room for everyone to enjoy a private getaway on this secluded island.

Cost: $3,122 per person per night, $4,928 for the Villa North Island—or $383,928 for the whole island

Includes: Complete isolation, a library, spa gym, meals from personal chefs, scuba diving courses, sea kayaking, mountain biking, guided walks, shore-based fishing, half-day fishing trips, access to a buggy, laundry services and even wireless Internet in the middle of the ocean.

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Tropic Star Lodge Pas Bay Fishing Trip, Panama 

Panama fishing trip for Dorado

This Panama fishing trip takes place in a remote location that can only be reached by boat or plane. However, once you get there, you will be in a fisherman’s paradise. The waters around the Tropic Star Lodge include blue and black marlin, Pacific sailfish, roosterfish, dorado, wahoo and more. The lodge is home to cabins with stunning views of Piñas Bay, and there is even an option to stay in the palace, which has three bedrooms with private bathrooms.

Cost: $3,095 to $10,300 per person for a three- to seven-day trip (additional costs to stay in the palace)

Includes: Accommodations, 31’ Bertram yacht with captain and mate, fishing tackle, breakfast, boxed lunches, four-course dinners with complimentary wine and non-alcoholic drinks.

Add-Ons: The price does not include the $600 per person transfer fee that includes round-trip airfare from Panama City to the Lodge and additional transfers throughout the course of your stay.

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Aquamare Villa in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands 

Aquamare Villa in British Virgin Islands

Choose any of the three Aquamare Villas to escape into your own luxurious getaway. The villas are located at different elevations and surrounded by dense landscape to ensure privacy.  The staff on-hand is there to make sure your lavish experience is one to remember.

Cost: $2,430 to $7,000 per night

Includes: Infinity pool, five bedrooms, kitchen, three spa suites, private balconies in each room, a gourmet kitchen, accommodations for up to 12 guests, a private beach and access to water-sport equipment

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Maridane Hewes
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Maridane serves as the associate travel editor for Where. Studying journalism and Italian at the University of Missis...