03 March 2015
We perhaps should point out that you can only visit these islands if you've been invited, of course. You won't be able to just row up to the shore of Leonardo DiCaprio's Blackadore Caye and ask him to fix you a cocktail. However, if you find yourself in a position to rub shoulders with the rich, the famous and the moderately-talented, here are the remote paradisical locations you should book a ticket for.
10) Musha Cay (below). If you have $37,500 to spare, you can hire Musha Cay from David Copperfield for one day. Yes, that's just for one day. Musha Cay is one of the magician's four islands in the Bahamas. Reports say he paid $50 million for all of them - and the reason he purchased the other three was because they surrounded Musha Cay, thus making Musha Cay more private than virtually every other private island in the world!
9) Necker Island. David Copperfield's rental price for Musha Cay is a snip compared to Richard Branson's fee of $47,000 a day at his resort on Necker Island with its whiter than white sandy beaches, coral reef and 360 degree views from its ten luxury rooms.
8) Mago Island. Oscar-winning actor and controversy magnet Mel Gibson bought Mago Island in Fiji's Lau Group of islands back in 2005 for a mere $15 million, a purchase which has been opposed by descendants of Mago's native inhabitants. It's also a volcanic island. Say what you want about Mel, he likes a challenge.
7) Rooster Cay (below). Do you remember the end of Trading Places when Eddie Murphy is seen relaxing on a beach on a tropical island? That's pretty much his life now. Only he's 30 years older and his films aren't funny anymore. Yes, Mr Murphy, reportedly one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, owns Rooster Cay in the Bahamas and he only needed to fork out $15 million for it.
6) Little Halls Pond Cay. What a quaint name for a vast, $3.6 million island in the Bahamas. Johnny Depp supposedly paid this amount for back in 2004 after wrapping up filming on the first Pirates of the Caribbean film. He recently chose to have his wedding here with Bromley Civic Centre registry office coming a close second, apparently.
The Top 5 will be coming shortly. In the meantime, if you're an international jet-setter with a private island, why not check out the rest of the site to see if we can help you with your luggage?
Please note: Our services are also available for those who don't own their own private islands.
12 November 2014
The Big White and Silver Star Mountain ski resorts in Canada are overwhelmed by Australians. Why is this? Well it's probably something to do with the fact that the man who turned both resorts into two of the most popular skiing destinations in Canada was Australian.
The late Desmond Schumann, born in Adelaide, certainly knew a thing or two about turning a ski resort into a success having transformed the understated Mount Hotham in Victoria into an internationally-renowned ski club. Using the money from this venture, Schumann went to Canada to purchase the Big White in 1985, spending $17 million on a 5 year-long revamp. Then in 2001, the Schumann family took control of the Silver Star Mountain Resort from owner Judd Buchanan and, mirroring the Big White, expanded the resort beyond all recognition, spending millions on a new infrastructure including a six-passenger, high speed chairlift - the biggest of its kind in Canada.
Now, the two resorts are shining lights in Canada's influential skiing scene and a major attraction for skiers from Down Under. Highlights of the Big White include a ski-in/ski-out approach to all hotels and apartments so you can virtually ski up to your front door, and some of the best lodge accommodation around. The Silver Star boasts facilities and terrain that are ideal for both beginners and seasoned professionals so if you're familiar with the slopes but you're taking a friend who's more of a novice, this is the destination for you.
Seven Seas Worldwide know a thing or two about the skiing business too. Well, we've had to because the market for sending skis and skiing equipment around the world is growing. And because we have a strong presence in both Canada and Australia, we thought we'd develop boxes designed primarily for accommodating skis. On top of this, we've also spent the last few years working out how to make the job of sending skis and other personal items abroad less of a burden. And we've come up with something rather interesting.
The MoveCube® is a container inside a trailer that we bring to your home. All you have to do is load it with your ski gear (and anything else for that matter). The next time you see your stuff will be at your chosen ski resort. It couldn't be simpler. For more information and to guarantee that your skiing holiday starts in the best way possible, check out our freight calculator or chat to a member of the team.