US$266k for a hut, and other travel splurges

US$266k for a hut, and other travel splurges

A toilet-less beach cabin in England recently sold for a small fortune. What else have people with loads of spare cash splashed out on?
Got money, will spend. How billionaires go on vacation.

A humble timber cabin in southern England recently became one of the country's most expensive beach huts when it sold for a whopping £170,000 (US$265,985) last month.

It was on the market for only two days before it was snapped up, despite containing no toilet.

The hut near Bournemouth was rebuilt 10 years ago and has a full kitchen, sleeping accommodation, running water and even solar panels for lighting. 

"The location is what got the interest. This one offers views of the harbor from one side and there are views of the sea," Andy Denison from Denisons Estate Agents told the Guardian

The hut was a popular spot for beach house-searchers, regardless of the price tag. 

"I've got a list of people who want to buy these huts, I've got people who are disappointed that they missed out on this one," Denison said. 

Here are a few other extravagant travel splurges:


An expensive upgrade 

That could be you flying in style. If you were a prince.
When Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud traded up from a Boeing 747 to the Airbus 380, currently the world's largest passenger airliner, he did it in style. 

Not only did the aircraft cost him US$300 million, but the specially designed interior and decor pushed the price tag to around US$400 million, making it the world's most luxurious and expensive private plane to date. 

The floor is a giant screen that allows passengers to see what they are flying over, while the on board "garage" houses a Rolls-Royce. 

There is also a Turkish bath and spa, a spiral staircase, four full suites, a concert hall and a lift that shuttles between all three floors, plus 20 first class seats and beds for extra guests.  

A vaca-spot just for you

Got enough money? Make your holiday destination your home.
Why splurge on a vacation, when you can buy a lifestyle?

That's what Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, the world's sixth richest man, did: he bought 98 percent of Hawaii's sixth-largest island Lanai, according to the Guardian

The exact price was not confirmed, but reports estimated some US$600 million. 

"It is my understanding that Mr. Ellison has had a longstanding interest in Lanai. His passion for nature, particularly the ocean, is well known, specifically in the realm of America's Cup sailing," Hawaii's governor Neil Abercrombie said in a statement. 

Lanai was once known for its pineapple fields, but is now a popular vacation spot among the wealthy. In 1994, Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates booked every hotel room on the island for his wedding.

This one's not for sale

gant tortoise seychellesTropical island -- US$12,000. Buy offers -- US$50 million. These guys for neighbors -- priceless.
But there are some things money cannot buy.

Moyenne Island in the Seychelles has been kept away from billionaires and developers by Briton Brendon Grimshaw, 86, a former newspaper editor.

He bought the island for £8,000 (US$12,553) in the early 1960s and still lives in tropical bliss, despite having been offered millions for it.

According to the Daily Mail, Grimshaw survived tropical storms, sharks and even a coup d'état in the Seychelles. 

The Moyenne Island is one of the 115 islands of the Seychelles, one of the most spectacular holiday retreats on the planet. 

Grimshaw refused a Saudi prince's blank check for Moyenne and also a US$50 million offer, claiming that he did not want the island to be a holiday destination for millionaires but a national park for everyone to enjoy. Which is what happened in 2009

The modern-day Robinson Crusoe planted 16,000 trees and brought some 2,000 birds and 120 giant tortoises to the island. 

He also allows day-trippers to visit the island for US$16 each.   

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Rachel Sang-hee Han is a freelance writer for CNN Travel. 

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