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By Dorothy Musariri | February 14 2018
When you think of festivals your mind might jump to portaloos, muddy fields and warm cups of beer, but with Elite Traveler’s luxury festival guide, you can expect yachts, king-size beds, 24-hour room service and Michelin-starred chefs.
Climb aboard the Vision of the Seas cruise ship for the Anchored music festival, hosted by Unique Cruises. With a Casino Royale theme, guests can rave it up in style to world renowned DJs while sailing the open seas. Anchored’s past acts include Tim Westwood, Luck and Neat and Artful Dodger, so expect a good mix of up and coming artists as well as some golden oldies.
For seven days of partying around Barcelona, Cannes, Ibiza and Palma – partygoers will enjoy 24-hour room service, a casino, a running track, spa treatments, a five-a-side soccer team, mini golf, rock climbing and sunset yoga. With rooms decked out with king-sized beds, air conditioning and USB sockets – it takes glamping to the next level. Prices start at $1,264 per night for an ‘Interior Stateroom’ and up to $17,580 for a two-bedroom suite.
From Miami to the Bahamas – the SummerFest Cruise is a four-day festival-at-sea around the Caribbean Sea. Last year’s performers featured A$AP Rocky, Lil Wayne, Future, Migos and a pool party hosted by Amber Rose. Created by DJ Khaled, the music-filled cruise promises guests the chance of being up close and personal with their favorite celebrities. Guests can’t go wrong with Mediterranean cuisine on the menu, a casino, a mall, breakfast in bed, a spa, celebrity meet and greets, and themed parties – perfect for that summer break and group vacation. Cabins range from $783 to $1,391 per person.
Celebrating its fourth anniversary, Oasis Festival makes a return to the beautiful city of Marrakech, Morocco. Headlining the festival is Carl Cox who will be joined by Amine K, Denis Horvat, Jessy Lanza, Tim Sweeney, Avalon Emerson and more. The festival takes place in the exceedingly private Source Marrakech Private Resort Music & Spa Hotel – bringing the most influential techno-house, R&B, electro music to the streets of Marrakech. Tickets will include a weekend pass which will give guests access to the three stages of music, a swimming pool, a yoga studio, food vendors, a range of hookah lounges and much more. Prices starting at $796 per person for the most luxurious package and includes a deluxe room at Cesar Resort & Spa.
Snow white beds, wood burners, air conditioning, an onsite concierge, gold carts to transport guests from stage to stage and everyone’s favorite celebrities within touching distance – Coachella is the original luxury festival. With options to retreat in the $7,500 air conditioned, chic, Shikar-style marquee or enjoy a $225 delicious and locally sourced four-course meal prepared by celebrity chefs and served in the Coachella rose garden – whilst enjoying live tunes provided by The Weeknd, Beyonce and Eminem, of course.
Henley Festival is known in the luxury festival circles as the most exclusive and unique party experience in the world – where being overdressed is never an issue. Set in Henley-on-Thames, there are some incredible extra festival experiences to get involved with, including a Moet Champagne lawn, a floating stage, bespoke concierge services and Michelin starred food. From pop music and R&B to jazz and classical – with performances from music legends, Grace Jones and Nile Rodgers and 25 comedy acts expected to also perform– there’s something for everyone. Attendees can head over to the Riverside restaurant where Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett MBE will be bringing dishes from her bespoke menu to life – serving only the highest quality and locally sourced ingredients. This annual black-tie boutique festival is thrown nearby an actual quintessential British location with a great view of the River Thames – sounds like a good old-fashioned festival party.
Iceland’s coolest and most unique festival, where guests can revel inside glaciers, volcanoes and lava tunnels is back – this time with presidential tents for those looking to glamp. Taking place in the capital, Reykjavik, the line-up is heavily geared towards electronic, hip-hop and EDM music fans. In addition to the festival, there’s the opportunity to explore Iceland and some on-site side-events that guests can enjoy, including the lava tunnel and into the glacier. With 96 hours of never-ending daylight, the festival has grown quickly and established itself as a platform for new and up-and-coming talent. This year’s four-day soiree will see acts like Stormzy, Bonnie Tyler and Steve Aoki headlining.
Entering its fourth year, Sea Dance Festival is one of Eastern Europe’s greatest festivals, where guests can expect over 100 international acts to perform, with genres going from pop music right through to drum and bass. Perfectly situated in the beautiful coastal town of Budva, soak up the sun and take in stunning views near the Jaz beach whilst listening to authentic sounds of Vill & Vash, Fat Boy Slim, John Newman and more.
Celebrated for its wide array of performers, opulent banquets and Michelin-starred feasts – Wilderness Festival is the only place where guests can enjoy the rich diversity of international dishes prepared by renowned chef, Raymond Blanc OBE, while listening to the likes of First Aid Kit and Michael Kiwanuka. With a wide variety of alternative events, from camping and survival methods, swimming in the nearby lake right through to visiting woodland theatres and witnessing wildlife, Wilderness Festival is truly a once in a lifetime experience. And for those who don’t want to get their feet too muddy, there is accommodation available in luxury yurts, lodges, cabins and bell houses.
Held in one of the world’s most picture-perfect destinations, We Love Green takes place every year in Bois de Vincennes, which is widely recognized for its wildlife and natural surroundings, often visited by locals for its scenic lakes and alpine forests. Whilst educating festival goers about eco-responsibility, pop icon Bjork and many others will be serenading guests. Just a short distance from the French capital – the festival takes place over two days, bringing together a mix of French and international/ mainstream artists. The Parisian festival is offering sustainable development workshops, ecology exhibitions, conferences and screening throughout the weekend.
A week of music, arts and revelry will take place in Obudai-sziget, Budapest. Welcoming people from more than 100 nations – who’re in for a treat as it’ll be packed with some of the biggest names in hip-hop, indie and pop music across more than 50 of its stages. It will be headlined by none other than the Arctic Monkeys, Kygo and Alan Walker. Elite options for camping include XL Wooden House, The Green Tent, Farm House and Flexotel Village – offering guests’ breakfast, massages, lockable equipment and other services such as golfing and fishing – with a choice of five to seven day tickets.
In its fourth year running, the Paradise Festival moves to Bali’s hot spot and surfing destination Canggu – this offers festival goers a slice of Balinese paradise. The festival takes place on Echo Beach (also known as Pantai Batu Mejan) – with an array of perfect sunset dining spots for those wanting to try Indonesian gourmet dishes. And, of course, the line-up’s something to shout about. Heading up the announcement is Makam, Fred P, Walker Barnard and over 20 acts are expected to perform across two stages and over the three days. There’s several hotels surrounding the area including Amankila and COMO resorts – all offering a variety of facilities and services including yoga studios, fitness centres, restaurants, bars and treatment rooms.