Being the president of the United States, or the wife of the president, is really hard work. And our boy, Barack, did it for eight years straight! He and his family have earned a nice, long break.
But where does one of the most important people in the world take his family to unwind after so many years of intense work? Why, to a private island owned by a billionaire, of course.
Necker Island in the Caribbean is privately owned by British business magnate and billionaire Richard Branson, and is likely one of the best places on earth to take a load off.
At a cost of $80,000 USD (or about $105,000 CAD) per night (we can’t confirm if the Obamas paid that or not), a staff of 100, and enough room for 34 people, this is not your average all-inclusive vacation destination. Necker Island had some serious renos done in 2013 and now stands as a veritable paradise, with breathtaking views, serene beaches, gorgeous decks upon which to feast and a bunch typical getaway activities to take part in.
Usually, the island’s rented out as a whole, but during certain times of the year (a.k.a. “Celebration Weeks”), regular folk can book a room for three to nine nights. The next Celebration Week starts February 7, and rates start at a hefty $4,200 USD (around $5,500 CAD) per night.
Previous guests that have enjoyed the luxurious island include Princess Diana, the royal family, Nelson Mandela and Kate Moss.
Branson’s a known supporter of Obama and critic of the current POTUS, Donald Trump, so we’re not surprised that the Obamas ended up on Necker Island. On inauguration day, Branson even posted this to Instagram:
We share the sentiment. Thanks for everything, Obamas, and have a great vacation. You deserve it.