Dates used to consist of dinner and movie. If you really wanted to spice things up, maybe you planned a picnic while listening to music at an outdoor festival. That kind of thing really used to impress.
Then, about 10 years ago, a little reality dating show came along called The Bachelor, and it was soon followed by The Bachelorette. These couples fly across the globe for once-in-a-lifetime experiences, whether it be swimming with dolphins, taking helicopter tours of Maui, or horseback riding on private beaches.
So, if money were no object where would you go? Here are 5 of the most expensive dates for you to think about.
Hot Air Balloon Ride and Wine Tasting — Sunset Cruise
While hot air balloon rides are now becoming more common, California Dreamin’ in Southern California offers an exclusive couple’s packages for birthdays, anniversaries, marriage proposals, and other special occasions. The romantic sunset coastal tour is actually manageable (compared to the other dates listed here) and runs $975.
Dinner in the Sky
Dining on the ground is so 10 years ago. To really impress your date, take them to Dinner in the Sky. Diners sit together around a massive table, suspended 150 feet high in the air from a crane. Based out of Belgium, Dinner in the Sky events can host these “restaurants” anywhere in the world. They’ve already appeared in New York, Paris, Niagara Falls, Brussels and more. Forbes magazine ranks them among the world’s top 10 most unusual restaurants. It’s the new way to dine for those who seek adventure and can afford to do so—after all, the sky’s the limit!
Do Vegas in REAL High-Roller Style
There are few things that can wow your date more than being a real high-roller in Vegas, baby! And while shows and gambling and gourmet dinners are great, there’s nothing more luxurious than staying in a luxury suite. Condé Nast Traveler lists Caesars Palace as having some of the best. They note it’s:
…practically a suite wonderland with several different types to choose from, ranging from the Hangover Suite (modeled after the movie and also featured in Rainman) to the themed Fantasy Suites (Absolut Vodka is one) and the newly added Nobu Hotel Suites (yes, the same as the sushi restaurant). However, the most over-the-top rooms at Caesars are the Octavius Tower Villas which have nearly 10,000 square feet of space, and expansive terraces overlooking The Garden of The Gods, Caesars Palace’s pool playground.
The price – $30,000 to $40,000 a night. But you’ll get a baby grand piano, a game room with a bar and a pool table, bathrooms with remote controlled toilets and at least $80,000 worth of linens on each bed.
Rent a Private Island
If a day on a yacht isn’t your scene, and you want an entire island to yourself, consider renting one. Necker Island is located in the British Virgin islands to the north of Virgin Gorda. It belongs to Sir Richard Branson, and he’d be happy to accommodate you and your date for around $58,000 per day. If the Virgin Islands aren’t your scene, a Google search will find many other luxurious and tropical island rentals in Brazil, Belize, or Spain.
Rent a Military Fort
Okay, it ain’t much to look at on the outside, but the Amazing Venues’ Spitbank Fort package out of Portsmouth, UK is incredible and unique. Where’d it come from?
This quirky and unique gun emplacement, built to protect our fleet when Britannia ruled the waves, has been transformed into a uniquely luxurious cocoon of indolence and indulgence, privacy and exclusivity. The imaginative restoration provides every possible comfort to offer a unique taste of life at sea.
There’s a rare champagne bar, nine bedroom suites, a formal dining room, a swimming pool, spa, and more. At your disposal is a trained masseur and a personal chef preparing gourmet dishes. Last we heard, it was more than $52,000 per night.