$100,000 Travel Fantasies

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Are you still "staycationing" or calling a long weekend at your inlaws' house a "getaway?" There's a world of decadence waiting outside your door, from renting private celebrity homes to commanding glitzy yachts. That is, if you can afford their six-figure price tags. The pampering at these ten destinations is top-class and the perks are (100) grand, but don't despair if they're out of reach. The beauty of fantasy travel is that no matter the economy, armchair holiday dreaming will always remain free.
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$100,000 Travel Fantasies

Are you still "staycationing" or calling a long weekend at your inlaws' house a "getaway?" There's a world of decadence waiting outside your door, from renting private celebrity homes to commanding glitzy yachts. That is, if you can afford their six-figure price tags. The pampering at these ten destinations is top-class and the perks are (100) grand, but don't despair if they're out of reach. The beauty of fantasy travel is that no matter the economy, armchair holiday dreaming will always remain free.

$100,000 Travel Fantasies

For $100,000, you can stay in the 9,757-square-foot, bi-level fun house for 10 fiesta-filled days at Cancun's Me by Meliá. The seductive four-bedroom SuiteME is decked out with a 10-person hot tub, aquarium, and purple felt pool table. Plus, the fully stocked bar and equipped kitchen comes with personal chef and bartender who can create nightly Mexican dinner parties --you just create the guest list. Besides the Caribbean Sea to cavort in, the suite features The Playroom, a tech-lovers nirvana outfitted with a plasma and WiFi enabled flat screen TV, Wii console, Rock Band equipment, iPod docking station and an iPod preloaded with music. The ultra-private Balcony X is the ultimate space to hang out and enjoy the views and the salty sea air.

$100,000 Travel Fantasies

A 14-day trip to Kenya, Tanzania and the Seychelles with tour operator Extraordinary Journeys begins with guests hand feeding giraffes and ends with them standing inches from a lion, with nary flutter of trepidation. The days in between are a once-in-a-lifetime wonder, riding a private plane to stay at the chic Loisaba House and its cliff-top infinity pool overlooking 140,000 acres of private wildlife conservancy. There will be helicopter hops to Mt. Kenya for fly-fishing, a game drive, and a trip to the Seychelles' North Island. There you'll relax at the 11-villa lodge where meals are prepared by a top European chef, and a personal host looks after you, even when you decide to bypass your room's private plunge pool in favor of dancing in the aquarium that is the Indian Ocean. Cost for this once-in-a-lifetime wonder begins $100,000 per person for two people.

$100,000 Travel Fantasies

Built in 1863, Inverlochy Castle, on Scotland's West Highlands, was converted into a 17-bedroom "country house" hotel in 1969. Today's guests mimic the days when previous visitors like Queen Victoria enjoyed sketching and painting the grounds and mountains. Spend your days fishing on lochs, clay shooting, hiking, or cruising the famous Loch Ness before returning to the castle for a steaming cup of tea or maybe a wee dram of whisky. Gourmet dinners of roasted salmon, lamb, or duck are prepared by the award-winning chef and served in an antique-filled room. The $100,000 fee buys you exclusive use of the castle for six days in the high season and eight days in the low season, including activities, some meals, and staff assistance.

$100,000 Travel Fantasies

The spa at Maui's Grand Wailea resort is top choice for a four-night girlfriends getaway. A group of four can have a super-luxe sleepover in the hotels' Grand Suite, the largest and most expensive in Hawaii at $15,000 per night. Once done ooohing and ahhing over the grand piano and welcoming lanai, they can head to the Spa Grande for a pampering party. Even more mind-blowing is the new 20-Hand Massage -- imagine ten therapists massaging you and your friend simultaneously from head to toe! The next day, go on a private helicopter island tour and later that night, relax on a private sunset catamaran cruise. You'll also have use of one of the hotel's cars and drivers to shuttle your pals wherever you want to go on the island. Though something tells us, it's a quick ride back to the spa.

$100,000 Travel Fantasies

The island of St. Barths is practically synonymous with the word "glam." During the winter months, the Hollywood gliterrati come to the Caribbean paradise to pick up a tan, and the heavy tab on staying in spiffy spots like the 16,000 square-foot Villa Rockstar at theEden Rock hotel. Cameron Diaz, Derek Jeter, and Tom Hanks have all stayed at the hotel, but the beachside villa's guest roster is a bit more hush-hush, though there have been whispers of Usher and the Rolling Stones stopping by. Perhaps they wanted to get a glimpse at the villas four suites and two guest cabins, or the bathroom tiled in 100 percent pure white gold. It's more likely that they were drawn to the on-site recording studio. While we like the idea of becoming the next American Idol, the studio comes with an extra charge. So, for our $100,000, we'll have to make do with the butler, private pool, and Jacuzzi.

$100,000 Travel Fantasies

Sign up for the Total Experiences VIP program at Las Vegas' Caesars Palace and prepare to have your every wish obeyed. You just have to spend $100,000. Your Sin City vacation will be customized by a specialist who will delight you and five of your friends with a celebrity meet-and-greet with hosts such as P. Diddy, VIP service at Pure nightclub, a white-gold-plated 3-liter bottle of Dom Pérignon, plus a helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon. Another great way to fulfill your $100,000 obligation is with cooking experiences at top Vegas restaurants like Guy Savoy, Mon Amí Gabi, and Ultimate Game Time at Joe's Seafood.

$100,000 Travel Fantasies

The private isle of Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos is home to The Sanctuary, a two-house complex that each have four bedrooms and front-and-center views of the Caribbean Sea. The owner of this dream home? Fashion designer Donna Karan, who will rent her estate out to the tune of $24,200 a night. For four nights you'll sit and sleep on furnishings from Karan's Bali and Africa trips, chill out on the powder-white beach, and practice your asanas in the screened-in yoga pavilion. A chef and two butlers are on hand to feed you and take care of your every whim, and a golf cart is there should you wish to see the manse of Parrot Cay's other famous homeowner -- Bruce Willis.

$100,000 Travel Fantasies

Traversing the world takes not 80, but 103 days when you make the journey on the Queen Mary 2, a regal, 2,620-passenger ocean liner. In 2011, the World Voyage leaves from New York and stops at Barbados, Cape Town, Sydney, Hong Kong and Barcelona--just a few of the 30 port calls. Book a Princess Grill class suite for $58,500 per person and you're treated to a grand cabin with walk-in closet (the more space to store all the fancy duds you'll need), balcony, and full bathroom with tub. Toast to discovering the world together with your bon voyage bottle of sparkling wine and sugar-dusted strawberries.

$100,000 Travel Fantasies

Morocco is already shrouded in mystery with its exotic vibe, so why not bump up the drama and stay in a riad. These traditional palaces are owned by royalty; in this case, His Highness Mohammed VI, King of Morocco. Live the high life at the a href="http://www.royalmansour.com" target="_blank">Royal Mansour Marrakech, an eight-acre olive-tree studded property that sits within the medina walls of the 11th-century city. Each riad is an opulent vision of mosaic tiles, silks, antique furniture, and open-air courtyards. The cream of the crop is the $48,000-a-night Riad d' Honneur, a four-bedroom 21,525 square-foot dream home. The riad has an individual swimming pool, office, home theater, traditional hammam, as well as additional rooms for staff like dedicated private butlers who attend to your every need. Too bad you'll only be there for two nights.

$100,000 Travel Fantasies



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