A Luxury Travel Company Reveals the Most Outrageous Demands From Super-rich Customers
This article originally appeared on BusinessInsider.com.
When money is no object, the world is not only your oyster but your Champagne, caviar, and white truffle, too.
And when it comes to holidays, the super-rich sure know how to do it in style.
Naturally, extravagance is the order of the day. And to ensure ultimate relaxation, the wealthiest 1% employ others to organise their most eleborate demands.
Forget requesting a sea-view room or that your steak be cooked just how you like it, the super-rich have somewhat bigger ideas for their vacations.
Stay One Degree is a private social network which has become a hub for the incredibly wealthy, who use the site to find holiday properties which will provide their must-haves.
After launching in December 2017, it currently has 10,000 members with access to over 1,000 properties in 54 countries.
The company has gained some pretty good insight into how the 1% holiday — and they've had some pretty bizarre requests, too.
Using insights from the last year (2017/2018), they shared the most outrageous ones with Business Insider.
Here are the 10 most extravagant requests in 2018:
- Shark tank installed internally in the property
- Panic room to be included in or connected to the main bedroom suite
- Helipads on the grounds of the property
- A live-in portrait painter to capture the family holiday
- Stocked wine cellars with 30-year-old Bordeaux and 50-year-old whisky
- Bullet-proof glass within all main rooms in the residence
- Private coastline and or access to a private beach
- Tree-houses in the garden for the children (with full amenities including electricity, running water, cinema, and games room)
- A private zoo and live-in exotic animals, preferably a tiger
- Personalised wardrobes on arrival and stylists/dressers to hand.
The company added that one of the main reasons more people are looking for properties with private helipads (there's been a 500% increase in interest over the past year) is so they don't have to use public airports.
This isn't simply so the super-rich can avoid mingling with commoners, though — it's apparently so they can feel completely "off-grid."