Amazing destinations that are worth the splurge

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Ever thought about what you’d do if you won the lottery? For some it means quitting their job, buying a dream home, or perhaps picking up the keys to a bright red Corvette. Others might splurge on a dream trip to some far-flung destination with luxe extras like butler service, a hotel suite with a private plunge pool, first-class plane tickets or heck, even a private jet.

Here are some of the top travel experiences to book when money is no object.

Antarctica

The ultra-rich prefer traveling to hard-to-get-to places because of the exclusivity it affords. Antarctica just might be one of the world’s best escapes for getting off the grid.

Many luxury cruise lines sail to the seventh continent, where seals, whales and penguins await. The awe-inspiring environment amazes with natural wonders like ice floes and towering glaciers, and the opportunity to head off on an expedition.

For an unforgettable experience, hop on a Gulfstream jet and go glamping at White Desert Camp, where you’ll spend your days seeing penguin colonies, dining on gourmet fare and taking private flights to the lowest point on earth. Or, book in at Union Glacier Camp which has a prized perch in the Ellsworth Mountains and is only accessible by air.

Australia

The land Down Under is super splurge-worthy with gorgeous accommodations, beautiful beaches, glittering cities and idyllic islands. Cruise down the coastline, explore Ayers Rock in the Outback, stay in a luxurious suite on stunning Hamilton Island, take a helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef and gorgeous Whithaven Island, or sail down the Swan River on a yacht from Perth.

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Hamilton Island, Whitsundays

The pool at Reef View on Hamilton Island, Australia

The pool at Reef View

If it’s culture you’re after, watch a performance at Sydney’s famous Opera House, or explore the artsy city of Melbourne. Be sure to cap off your visit at a wine region like the Yarra Valley, where you can sip the varietals and take hot air balloon ride over the vineyards.

Ibiza

The super-rich love partying in Ibiza, which is off the coast of Spain and infamous for its nightclub scene. In this Mediterranean destination, the parties and hotel luxury are on a whole other level, and lure some of the top DJs in the world. Get dolled up then head to Hï Ibiza, or Privilege which is the world’s biggest night club.

Monaco

If the online casinos in Canada aren’t exciting enough, head across the pond to Monaco which is best known for its ritzy gambling spots. The Monte Carlo Casino has been hosting games for 200 years, and served as the setting for the James Bond movie Casino Royale.

Monaco also has wonderful weather, palm trees and gorgeous architecture, and hosts yacht parties and the Grand Prix. Try Amber Lounge or the Senate Grand Prix for a VIP experience.

The Maldives

A popular spot with honeymooners, the Maldives is the ultimate spot for romance. Hole up in an opulent overwater villa with its own plunge pool, outdoor showers and a butler who will cater to your every need, while gazing out at the gem-toned Indian Ocean. Fun experiences include island hopping on a yacht, taking a sea plane ride over the palm-fringed atolls, diving and spending a day on a private sand bar.

An overwater bungalow in the Maldives

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