The PR prose is typically
breathless: “Catering to the pampered teens of the world's most elite, the
'Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare' Grand Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya
and Riviera Nayarit are offering a new "Billionaire's Birthday
Package" pulling out all the stops for a teen's supersized coming-of-age
Coming with a USD 2 million price
tag, the party - designed for Sweet 16 or Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations -
begins with private jet roundtrip transportation from anywhere in Canada, the
U.S. or Mexico followed by private check-in that includes edible gold popsicles
and welcome bags featuring Apple's iWatch. ('Fabled iWatch' according to
the press release.)
It gets better - or worse,
depending on your perspective. The birthday girl or boy is treated like royalty
with a 3 night stay in one of the luxury resort's 2 bedroom Presidential Suites
complete with daily in-suite breakfast for up to 10 friends.
A blowout bash on the beach will
accommodate up to 300 invitees. Grand Velas will even create a personalized
professional sand sculpture to help celebrate the occasion.
Also included in the package is
exclusive access to the resorts' Spa for a "Gold Treatment;" a custom
designer dress by Mexican designer Pineda Covalin; a skydive or flyboard
experience for the party's host and friends; a fireworks show; a candy bar;
renowned DJ entertainment and a special concert by a top performing artist -
Maroon 5 perhaps, or maybe Pitbull?
The resort's "Rent Your
Rock" program also allows the king or queen of the night to rent diamonds
and other high-end jewellery for the special occasion, including a yellow
canary diamond, radiant cut, with a centre stone of nearly 4 carats and
surrounded by 1.25 carats, all in white gold.
that for just $2 million? What a deal! And really, what else are you going to
get for the child of a dotcom billionaire, corporate raider or narcotraficante?
It's not like there's better things to do with that kind of cash.