Visiting some of the world’s most luxurious destinations often feels out of reach, but where would you go if you won the lottery? Often, we get to experience the life of king or queen in places like Asia and India, where the cost of a 5* hotel room, is similar to those dodgy hotels in East London. Not all of us are born into riches with the never-ending bank balance to enable us to live a lavish lifestyle. So we often have to leave it down to good old-fashioned planning, or luck…. say, winning a fortune at Lottoland. If money was not a problem, and I had a bank balance full of millions, these are the destinations I would visit if money was no object…..
Located in the northern part of North America, Canada is a country of vast expanses, meaning it doesn’t come cheap when visiting this country. If you want to do it right, and see a lot of Canada, you need to take at least four weeks to complete a tour of it’s ten provinces and three territories that extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres (3.85 million square miles), making it the world’s second-largest country by total area.
As a whole, Canada is sparsely populated, the majority of its land area being dominated by forest and tundra. Consequently, its population is highly urbanized, with over 80 percent of its inhabitants concentrated in large and medium-sized cities, many near the southern border. Canada’s climate varies widely across its vast area, ranging from arctic weather in the north, to hot summers in the southern regions, with four distinct seasons. If I won BIG I would head off to Canada for four weeks, visiting both the east and west coast of the country, stopping at Vancouver, Calgary, Banff, Jasper, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto, as well as a pit stop tour of Nova Scotia!
Tuscany is one of the most expensive regions in Italy, despite the fact that more people visit cities like Rome, Naples, Florence and Venice. Therefore if I hit the jackpot I’d 100% go on a road trip around this stunning region. It’s appeal includes the region’s history, which stretches back to pre-Roman times and many of the hotels aren’t hotels at all, but ancient villas that have been converted into lavish suites for tourists. Since much of Tuscany is still very rural, the area is gorgeous and famed for its vineyards, it can become a very pricey trip, when you throw in car hire rental and food too.
If I won a large sum of money I would book a trip out to the region ASAP and spend 3-4 weeks here exploring. With its lyrical landscapes, world-class art and a superb cucina contadina (farmer’s kitchen), the Tuscan experience is perfectly in symbiosis with the land.
British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands have earned themselves a reputation as a rich British playground, with celebrities such as Sir Richard Branson, the founder and CEO of Virgin Corporation, who has a villa on a private island that is rented out to those who can afford it. The British Virgin Islands consist of the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke, along with over 50 other smaller islands and cays. The British Virgin Islands are territories of Her Majesty’s land, but aside from scattered offerings of fish and chips, there’s little that’s overtly British. Most travelers come to hoist a jib and dawdle among the 50-plus isles. With steady trade winds, calm currents, protected bays and pirate-ship bars, this is one of the world’s sailing hot spots.
Main island Tortola is known for its full-moon parties and sailing prowess. Billionaires and yachties swoon over Virgin Gorda and its magical rocks. Anegada floats in a remote reef and has a hammock waiting for those serious about unplugging. And who can resist little Jost Van Dyke, the ‘barefoot island’ where Main St is a calypso-wafting beach?
Three is a magic number, especially when it comes to the Cayman Islands. When two is few and four is much, three is always just right. Such is the case with the Cayman Islands, where a trio of hideaways combine to create the ultimate escape. Put yourself on the map in Grand Cayman, venture off the path in Cayman Brac, and then have the world to yourself in Little Cayman as these islands complement each other perfectly. Living up to its name in every sense, Grand Cayman fuses arts with culture, and nature with wonder, to produce the perfect atmosphere. On the west side of the island is award-winning Seven Mile Beach, a crescent-shaped stretch of sand with infinite possibilities. Meanwhile, the North Sound is home to a neighbourhood of stingrays that’s so big, we call it a city. Come face to face with the inhabitants of Stingray City and you’ll leave grinning from ear to ear.
Across the island, the eastern districts of Grand Cayman feature outdoor delights like the rare Blue Iguanas of Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. And be sure to stop and taste the freshly caught fish at nearby restaurants when you’re out this way. After all, the flavours are second only to the tales told here.
Undoubtedly the most celebrated island in the South Pacific, Bora Bora is French Polynesia’s leading lady. Her beauty is unrivaled and her fame, unwavering. Bora Bora is one of the few places on earth that everyone hopes to witness in their lifetime—and once you see it, you are forever enamored. More than just a romantic ideal, Bora Bora is a romantic reality. It comes as no surprise that the island is an internationally acclaimed honeymoon destination.
This tiny island in French Polynesia burns a big hole in many visitors’ pockets. Although the island is beautiful and offers a luxurious experience, an average night on the island will run you a minimum of $800—with your meals included, of course. There’s also the tiny issue of getting there; airfare to the middle of the South Pacific isn’t exactly cheap these days. Nonetheless, Bora Bora attracts its fair share of celebrities, business elite and political magnates. And it’s a destination which tends to be out of reach for most people, without millions in the bank. This is why I’d visit this paradise region if I won a lottery bet!