Got a spare $1.2 million lying around? If so, consider a vacation on Skorpios, a private island off the west coast of Greece, amid the blue-green waters of the Ionian Sea.
Skorpios has a fascinating history. The island was once the home of Greek shipping billionaire Aristotle Onassis, and later, the setting of his wedding with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis—the ex-wife of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. The island was then passed down to Onassis’ granddaughter Athina, who sold it to the family of Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev in 2013.
The Rybolovlevs are now converting Skorpios into a luxury retreat for the world’s wealthiest people. It will be designed by Norwegian firm Snøhetta—the company behind the Library of Alexandria and the new offices of Paris’ Le Monde newspaper.
The island’s development, which is targeted to conclude by 2024, is expected to cost north of $200 million. Once construction is complete, it will include a master suite where the Rybolovlev family will stay, a five-star hotel, approximately ten villas of varying sizes, a vineyard, a spa, a sports complex, an artificial lake, a soccer field, a farm, and a helicopter landing pad.
“The basic idea is to create a green island with the greatest possible use of its existing landscape, structure and incomparable beauty,” Rybolovlev said of the plans for the island (via Forbes.). “Our family’s goal is to create the first luxury accommodation complex in Greece, located on a private island. It will be unique in the Mediterranean. At the same time, all works are being done very carefully and in complete harmony with the environment.”
Sound like something you’d enjoy? Well, you can book a stay on the island—but it won’t come cheap. A week-long stay—with up to 50 guests—will run you a whopping $1.2 million, while longer stays will cost even more. Time to empty out your piggy bank!