Can you imagine what it would be like to have your own private island to enjoy?
Sir Richard Branson, king pin of the Virgin brand is living the life having bought Necker Island for a song!
When Richard Branson bought the 74-acre (300,000 m2) island, it was uninhabited. He purchased the island for 180,000 GBP at the age of 28, just six years after starting Virgin Group. It took 3 years and approximately US$10 million to turn it into a private island retreat that Sir Richard Branson has available for the (paying) public to enjoy.
The island is available for weddings, relaxation breaks, sports vacations, and even complete rentals for any purpose. One of the high profile recent guests is Larry Page, Google’s billionaire co-founder, who married his girlfriend, Lucy Southworth, on the island in early December 2007.
Using local stone, Brazilian hardwoods, antiques, art pieces and fabrics and bamboo furniture from Bali the architects and designers created a 10 bedroom Balinese-style villa crowning a hill above the beach. Each of the 10 bedrooms has open walls giving a 360-degree view and cooling winds from any direction in the house. The island has accommodation for 28 people and rents out at US$53,000 to $54,000 a day. All that includes two “private” beaches, private pools, tennis courts, breathtaking views, a personal chef, a team of about 60 staff and a wide array of water sports equipment.
While I can’t imagine ever owning a Richard Branson style island, I am very open to hiring this lifestyle for special occasions.
Now my question is, if you were to live the life of Richard Branson for just one week, who would you have join you?