The Most Expensive Places to Spend a Week in Paradise

The Most Expensive Places to Spend a Week in Paradise

When it comes to true luxury, there can often be a price to pay—especially in the world of international travel. These places pride themselves on exclusivity and the privacy that comes part and parcel with the price tag. If you’re looking to spend a week in the utmost luxury and comfort, we’ve been seeking out the most luxurious rooms at some of the world’s most expensive wellness retreats to spend a week at… founder Dervla Louli checks out COMO Shambhala's three-day Ayurveda programme | Image courtesy of Wandersnap
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COMO Shambhala Estate

Nestled deep in the dense forestry of Bali’s Ubud region, COMO Shambhala Estate offers personalised services at its five-star facility. Programmes here are designed to help you get from fit to fitter. Body, mind and soul are all equally nourished with mindfulness sessions, personal training and healthy, balanced spa cuisine. The COMO Suite at Umabona is considered the grandest of resorts suites, featuring two master suites, a Jacuzzi, living and dining room, all built around a private infinity pool. With a personal assistant at your disposal throughout your stay, access to daily scheduled activities, and two wellness consultations, it’s worth booking ahead.

7-night retreat in the COMO Suite from US$25,305 | Book now on Compare Retreats

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Mii Amo Sedona

Surrounded by red rock and natural beauty, Mii Amo Wellness Resort lies deep in the Arizonan hinterland. On seven-night Journey Experience retreats, the boutique property offers its guests luxurious private accommodation, as well as twice daily spa treatments and all meals throughout your stay. In your leisure time, you’re also free to make use of the scheduled fitness sessions and lectures taking place, in between time spent taking in the beauty of the surrounding areas.

7-night retreat in the Mii Amo Suite from US$10,620 | Book now on Compare Retreats

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Song Saa Private Island

Accessible by private boat from Sihanoukville, the Song Saa resort is located on the Koh Rong archipelago. The five-night, six-day Rejuvenate programmes are inclusive of all meals (including the option of in-room dining), a spa consultation, four spa treatments, a facial, and your choice of either yoga or meditation sessions. Stand-up paddle boarding, a blessing bath ritual and local village tour are also available at your leisure. A week spent being pampered in a private sanctuary paradise—sound too good to be true? Think again.

7-night stay with six-day retreat in the Royal Overwater Villa from US$25,130 | Book now on Compare Retreats

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Aman’s latest venture into Vietnam is unlike any other. The luxury resort is situated in the Nui Chua National Park, which spans over 29,000-hectares. Amanoi Spa House experiences—which run for seven nights in length—include daily three-hour spa treatments, return airport transfer and a stay in your choice of either the Hammam Spa House or Banya Spa House. Nestled between a private beach and a quiet fishing village, this island paradise will have you feeling a million miles away, no matter how far you’ve travelled.

7-night retreat stay in the Luxury Suites from US$16,324 | Book now on Compare Retreats

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Ananda in the Himalayas

Located on the 100-acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate, Ananda in the Himalayas is a yoga retreat and boutique wellness resort situated on the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range. The award-winning resort, which overlooks the city of Rishikesh, offers each guest room five yoga sessions throughout their stay, as well as a private wellness session and one-to-one fitness consultation. Rejuvenating spa cuisine is available for all meals throughout a seven-night stay on the Self-Realisation programme.

7-night retreat stay in two-bedroom villa with private pool from US$22,400 | Book now on Compare Retreats

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Endless stretches of white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters make up the Whitsundays, and Hamilton Island is no exception. Sample the best the resort has to offer, with activities such as sailing, snorkelling, golf and yoga on offer. The stunning Beach House accommodation features a dining area that seats up to 10, a 12-metre infinity pool overlooking the Whitsunday Islands, and a private deck that makes for the perfect place to watch the sunset. Rates are inclusive of both breakfast and dinner.

7-night retreat stay in a Private Beach House from US$22,500 | Book now on Compare Retreats

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Nihi Sumba

On the remote island of Sumba off East Nusa, Indonesia, the award-winning Nihi Sumba hotel offers guests some much-needed respite from the frenzy of daily urban life, and staying in the resorts most luxurious accommodation, guests can enjoy private plunge pools and epic stone bathtubs. Those in need of a mindful moment can opt for the seven-night Yoga Experience. The retreat is inclusive of all meals and snacks, accommodation, and all manner of activities, ranging from paddle boarding and snorkelling to yoga, meditation and Pilates classes.

7-night retreat stay in the Raja Mendaka master villa from US$49,000 | Book now on Compare Retreats

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Necker Island

Richard Branson’s private island is synonymous with luxury and exclusivity, with A-list celebrities from Kate Winslet to the Obamas visiting its secluded shores. The 30-hectare island boasts accommodation for up to 34 people, with a dedicated team of professionals offering everything from yoga to tennis and kite surfing, and even the chance to learn to scuba dive. To unwind after a day well spent, the island’s spa is on hand, providing a range of therapeutic treatments.

7-night stay from US$42,000 per week |

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Six Senses Zighy Bay

When they say Oman is the Jewel of the Arabian Peninsula, they’re probably referring to Six Senses Zighy Bay. This five-star, beachfront resort offers guests everything they could possibly want, from sunset cruising to personalised wellness programmes, to the option of arriving by paraglider. The two-bedroom beachfront retreat offers the utmost in luxurious living, with a personal spa suite, wine cellar, state-of-the-art entertainment systems, and of course, an infinity-edge swimming pool with direct beach access. The resort boasts a traditional hammam, can curate private beachfront dining experiences, and scuba and snorkelling excursions through the Musandam Peninsula.

7-night stay in the two-bedroom beachfront retreat from US$43,123 |

Amanda Sheppard

The former Art & Culture editor at Time Out Hong Kong magazine, Amanda is a freelance lifestyle writer based in Asia's world city. Amanda grew up in Asia, loves hiking, stand up paddle boarding, and a day well spent outdoors. Her last holiday sunrise trekking along Indonesian volcanic landscapes gave her a taste of the healthy holiday bug, and she’s been on the lookout for her next great adventure ever since.

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