Would you like to spend, in just one day, what most people earn in an entire year? If that is the type of holiday you seek, then you have certainly come to the right article. Here, below are the 10 most expensive places to visit in the world.
Read all the way to the end, because the top place on this list might surprise you! Hint: it’s in the Philippines.
10. New York, USA
Finally, we make our way to the sole entry from the Americas. The busiest and most densely populated state in America is a place you’ll never want to leave!
New York is home to the highest number of billionaires in the world, thanks in part to Wall Street and the two largest stock exchanges in the world – NYSE and NASDAQ. If you are looking for a place to spend and make money, New York is where you want to be.
9. Copenhagen, Denmark
From the avant-garde to the serene, the heart of Denmark is the picture of peace, elegance, and simplicity. But all that tranquility doesn’t come for free.
As the country’s economy has grown, so has its demand for luxury. There are several Michelin-starred restaurants and luxurious hotels across the city, including the Marchal restaurant in Hotel d’Angleterre.
8. Seoul, South Korea
Fly for an hour and a half North-west, and you’ll end up in Seoul, the capital of South Korea. The home of Samsung, LG, and Kia is a technological marvel.
Seoul boasts the fastest internet connection speed in the world, the best 4G connectivity, and the only district in Asia to be made famous by a hit song—Gangnam.
7. Osaka, Japan
Japan’s kitchen is great for two things: unique visitor attractions and food. There is so much to do in Osaka, and most of it is surprisingly reasonably priced.
You won’t really find resorts and hotels with outrageous bills, but nothing is actually cheap. And if you don’t watch it, the Yen tend to add up.
6. Hong Kong
Tied for the most expensive city in Asia is Hong Kong. Not content with Singapore stealing the spotlight, Hong Kong decided to elevate its lavish standards over the past year.
The city’s high costs are mainly attributed to its strong economy, over-performing currency, and its expensive accommodation.
5. Paris, France
Your ‘joie de vivre’ will be short-lived in Paris if you don’t have the means to match it. The capital of France has everything you could ever want in a place – rich history, delicious food, great entertainment, and Disneyland.
All of these come at a cost, which has now made Paris the most expensive city in Europe.
4. Necker Island, British Virgin Island
When not in use by him, owner Richard Branson is kind enough to allow guests to rent his private island in the British Virgin Islands.
Acquired for the paltry sum of $120,000 0r P6.3 million, Branson turned the undeveloped island into a resort that hosts up to 40 guests on 30 hectares, for the low price of $65,000 or P3.4 million per day.
3. Geneva, Switzerland
Being a neutral country is very expensive, which is why at least two cities in Switzerland often appear on the most expensive lists. Technically, Zurich is more expensive, but there is one thing that makes Geneva stand out—The Hotel President Wilson.
The basic rates for the hotel are pretty decent for a 5-star hotel at $479 per night or about P25,000, but the top end is where all the fun happens. The Royal Penthouse Suite costs a mouth-watering $80,000 or a staggering P4.2 million per night and is the largest and most expensive suite in Europe.
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Unlike Manila, Singapore consistently ranks as the most expensive country in the world. The small Asian country known as the Lion City is pretty much a small city, but don’t let the size fool you.
Everything there costs a pretty penny. For example, the visually stunning Marina Bay Sands is the most expensive resort in the world, costing $5.05 billion to build. It has over 80 restaurants and an infinity pool that makes all other infinity pools look like kiddie pools.
1. Banwa Private Island, Philippines
What is the most you can pay to have a private island all to yourself for one night? The answer is $100,000 or 5.2 million pesos, and the location is a huge surprise. This marks the first time the Philippines will top the list of the most expensive places to visit in the world.
Banwa island only opened very recently, and this luxurious getaway is a quick helicopter ride from Manila. The island hosts up to 48 guests in six villas, each with an infinity pool, jacuzzi, and chef. You also get a full-time concierge, a wide variety of water sports and much more.
Which of these most expensive places in the world do you want to visit? Tell us in the comments!