Honeymoons, birthdays or anniversary are generally an excuse to venture beyond the run of the mill vacation package for something a tad more luxurious. For many, a 5-star private villa on a near-secluded island sounds like an expensive dream that will never come true. Well, consider us your fairy godparents because we’re about to change that.
The Maldives dream
Located in the Indian Ocean, the Adaaran Prestige Vadoo on Vadoo Island is where you can experience supreme splendour. You’ll be nestled in a spacious villa with access to white sand beaches on a private island. There won’t be any crowds in sight as there are only 50 rooms here. The villa is decked out with luxe amenities including a memory foam king bed, jetted bathtub and your own private plunge pool. The price? A private villa at the end of July will run you $958.58 per night for a standard villa and $987.46 per night for a villa with a water view. For a seven night stay you’re looking at $6,710.06 to $6,912.22, which does not include the $5,358 – $18,436 roundtrip flight you’re looking at depending on which part of Canada you are flying from. Don’t unpack your bags just yet, there’s still hope.
The Antigua reality
Located in the Caribbean at the edge of Five Islands Village in Antigua, The Galley Bay Resort and Spa is a piece of island heaven. This secluded 98-room resort also has stunning white sand beaches and like the Adaaran Prestige Vadoo, each room comes with its own king sized bed and plunge pool. While it doesn’t have a jetted bathtub, this all-inclusive doesn’t skimp on the aquatic fun. Complimentary windsurfing, sunfish sailing, snorkeling and kayaking are all included. For a 24 square metre cottage the cost is $592.48 per night which translates to $4,147.36 for a seven-night stay. Return flights at the end of July will run you from $2,229 to $4,504 across Canada.
The overall savings between these two 5-star vacations is up to $16,686.86. When doing a side-by-side comparison, the Maldivian vacation may include a larger room and a lower-occupancy, but for the most part, both resorts are on par. Both resorts are all-inclusive, secluded and feature private plunge pools in the villas. The Antiguan vacation even includes adventure activities the Maldivian one doesn’t. Now excuse me, I’ve got a trip to book.
Prices quoted in this article are for seven night stays between July 26th and August 2nd.