Editors' pick: Originally published Nov. 18.
For many of us, a vacation on a sun drenched beach during the harshest months of winter is a true slice of paradise. All that's required is a good book, an unobstructed view of turquoise water and perhaps a cool drink with a tiny umbrella in it.
Are you with me on this?
But for the planet's wealthiest citizens, that's the approach of peasants, commoners, the rank and file who don't truly know how to live.
For the one-percenters, Caribbean getaways are about far more then flip flops and sunshine. Instead, think lavish, sprawling villas with oodles of onsite amenities, enough rooms to accommodate one dozen or more of your closest friends and a bevy of staff to address every desire from sunup until sundown - and you're getting the picture.
The Caribbean is overflowing with exclusive multimillion dollar villas designed to accommodate corporate titans, celebrities, and the ultra wealthy. These are properties that rent for tens of thousands of dollars per night and offer the kind of over the top luxury and opulence most of us have only seen in the pages of Robb Report or when watching any one of the Real Housewives franchise programs.
Want a peek at the lifestyles of the rich and famous? Behold these ten Caribbean vacation villas that defy imagination.
A $13.5 million property that rents for $9,000 a night during high season, Casa De Campo includes six bedrooms with unobstructed ocean views, eight bathrooms, state-of-the-art electronics, two swimming pools (one of which is located on a third level rooftop solarium) and a private wine cellar.
Additional details at this luxe getaway, which offers sweeping views of the ocean and large airy rooms, include indoor dining for 20, a fully equipped chef's kitchen and an independent staff kitchen (in case mingling with the staff over meals is just more than one can bear.)