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On-board retreats

When it comes to lavish vacations, Edge Retreats comes to mind. After all, the brand offers chic villas, exclusive estates, century-old castles, cozy chalets and even entire private islands, all spread across 50 countries including France, Italy, Croatia, Mustique, St. Barts. , United States. , Mexico, Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.

Each sprawling residence is authentically representative of the chic city in which it resides. This is certainly the case with the former summer residence of the late Karl Lagerfeld on the Côte d’Azur. The neoclassical mansion, nicknamed Villa la Vigie, is raised on a terrace of almost 800 square feet and is surrounded by a wooded park overlooking the Mediterranean. The villa includes a freshly prepared daily breakfast, 24-hour security and free access to the private Monte-Carlo Beach as well as an Olympic-size swimming pool.

A view of a private island off the coast of Granada, provided by EliteLyfe.


EliteLyfe’s ethics are in the name of the brand. Each property offered, which is not limited to world-class estates, villas, chalets and castles; there are also quite a few superyachts that cost over a million euros per week, it is apparently more luxurious than the previous one. Think of a six-bedroom 16th-century palace with original frescoes over Lake Como; a sprawling oceanfront villa on the island of Kauai in Hawaii; and a private island in the Maldives, just 40 minutes by yacht charter from the capital, Male.

However, one of the most impressive properties is a private island off the coast of Grenada, a charming island in the Caribbean. This particular enclave is a desert island we would be happy to be stuck on, as the amenities and services make this particular vacation spot worth the hefty price tag of over $ 100,000 per night. After all, can you really put a price on dinners prepared by Michelin-starred chefs, personal trainers, and on-call yoga instructors and massage therapists? Not to mention: there’s also a 24-hour concierge service just in case Heaven runs out of anything guests might need. CEO Niko Contardi sums it up: “We are doing what Walt Disney did for your unique playground and experience needs, but for adults seeking luxury.”

In one of the Balinese villas at the Four Seasons.

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