Rich people are renting out entire resorts for their birthday parties


Little else spoils a birthday celebration quite like an unwanted guest. A sure fire way of avoiding that? If you’ve got the dough, rent out an entire resort, and you won’t have to cast your eyes on anyone but your beloved guests.

Birthday buyouts are on the rise, report Bloomberg. Jumby Bay, a Rosewood Resort, in Antigua, hosted twice the number of buyouts in 2015 than it did in 2014 and is on track to surpass that number this year. Meanwhile the Mayflower Grace, in Connecticut, has seen buyouts quadruple in the past two years, and at the Lodge at Glendorn, in Pennsylvania, buyouts have cost as much as $200,000.

Jack Ezon, an industry expert and travel specialist at Ovation Vacations, estimates that he books 50 such parties a year — with one-fifth of them costing more than $1 million. According to Bloomberg, one of the most lavish events he’s planned was a $3.5 million shindig in London that took over Claridge’s and included private events at Buckingham Palace and Spencer House.

“It’s less about showing off, and more about bringing people together.” said Frederic Vidal, managing director of Rosewood’s Las Ventanas, to Bloomberg.

But we’re not sure we agree with that completely. [Bloomberg]