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November 8, 2017

The Million-Dollar Week on Calala Island

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of Elite Traveler.

Hidden in an undiscovered part of the Caribbean off the coast of Nicaragua lies Calala Island, the picture-perfect setting for this unique journey. Fly to Nicaragua on an Embraer Legacy private jet, then soar over to the island in a Bell helicopter—the only time that any aircraft will fly over the island as a no-fly zone is created for the duration of your stay, ensuring complete and utter privacy.

There’s 25 staff on-hand to make sure your every wish is fulfilled, from snorkeling in untouched reefs to fishing trips where the on-board chef from Itamae Sushi will prepare the freshest sashimi and maki rolls you’ve ever had, using your catch of the day, of course.

Further gastronomic delights include caviar tasting, a cooking master class using the world’s most premium caviar and an epic 12-course gala dinner complemented with fine wine and flowing Dom Pérignon.

If you enjoy a cigar post-dinner, the package offers a rare opportunity to design your own cigar. World-class cigar maker Joya de Nicaragua will send an expert team to help you find your ideal cigar blend. Once perfected, you’ll receive 20 limited-edition boxes containing your own-blend cigars.

Our favorite offering of the package is the treasure hunt. As Calala Island was once a
playground for pirates, a hidden treasure chest is waiting to be found with booty of gold bars and coins worth $150,000.

A trip like this will create memories that will last a lifetime, but if you want a more tangible memento from your million-dollar week, a Hollywood videographer will discreetly capture special moments and present you with a fully edited video and bound photo book at the end of the trip.

$1m for seven nights, accommodates up to eight adults and 2 children. Contact Amar Thapen,, +44 207 871 0487,

Giving Back

While having the time of your life, know that you are bettering the lives of underprivileged children on the mainland. From the $1m cost, $100,000 will be donated towards building a new school close to Calala Island. The school will be named after the lead guest, and they will be invited to meet with the country’s president and mayor to unveil their namesake school.

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