Rare vintage wines, personalised concierge services and holidays on private islands are just some of the products and services that appeal to high net worth individuals. Here’s our round-up of the crème de la crème...
1. Stress-free airport
Wave goodbye to the stress and time-wasting delays getting through the airport and on to the plane. Book Runway VIP which provides discreet transition through 600 airports worldwide. VVIPs can avail themselves of an airport kerbside to plane steps service – via private lounge and security and a chauffeur drive across the tarmac - at approximately 30 airports including London, Stockholm, Paris and LA, or pay to be escorted through the airport melee and to the gate. They’ll even buy your duty free and organise VAT refunds.
2. Sky-high luxury
Not for high net worth individuals mere first class, but Etihad’s Residence, which is something else! The only three-room suite in the sky is in the forward upper deck of the A380, with a private living room, separate ensuite shower, bedroom and dedicated, Savoy-trained butler. It’s bookable for one or two passengers. Flying 35,000 feet up to/from New York, Sydney, Melbourne, London or Mumbai will never be the same again. Includes chauffeur-driven transfers and private check-in and lounge.
3. Jetting off
Why book scheduled when you can book a private charter next time you want to fly London- Moscow or London-Athens, for example? Private jets can leave when you want to, dispense with long queues at check-in and security and usually land at an airport closer to your final destination. The Legacy 650 aircraft is popular with musicians and actors and as a super mid-sized jet can cross the Atlantic without refuelling. Seating between 13-14 passengers, a one-way flight London-Moscow costs €35,000. CTM uses global aircraft charter specialists Chapman Freeborn.
4. Home from home
When it comes to business accommodation, hotel groups such as Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Leading Hotels of the World and Small Luxury Hotels of the World easily offer some of the best places to stay, dine and chill around the world. The mix of highly personalised service 24/7, elegant surroundings, luxurious spas and the right locations is a winning formula. The newly refurbished, over- sized and recently renovated Presidential or Royal Suites designed like a personal Parisian apartment at the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris take some beating.
5. Jetting off
Ever wondered how busy executives ever find time to shop for their clothes? They don’t. They use services such as The Chapar, a personalised styling service which hand picks the right clothes to suit a certain style, preference and budget. Choose a style, upload your sizes/fit (slim or classic in shirts, for example), click on your favourite brands, upload your body measurements, height and weight and they will do the rest.
6. Private island idyll
If you have a couple of million to spend then avoid mixing with the hoi polloi and spend any downtime on a private island with just your loved ones and staff to cater for every whim. Oh yes, and some sea turtles. Hummingbird Travel can book Velaa Private Island in the Maldives - described as a ‘beyond luxury boutique hideaway’ located in Noonu Atoll, 187 km north of Male. It has just 43 private villas including 18 over water - and Hummingbird can take care of all VIP handling such as immigration and baggage handling so guests can spend 100% of their time unwinding.