There was a time when, once we’d passed the youthful markers of adulthood at 18 and 21, milestone birthdays tended to be quietly noted, with maybe a gathering of family and friends and usually a rueful acknowledgement of the encroaching years.
Fortunately, those days are long gone, and now turning 30, 40, 50, 60 and beyond are rightly seen as milestone occasions to celebrate and celebrate in style. While an old-fashioned party is always a great option, many ways are available to celebrate your milestone birthday in style and luxury and make it an occasion nobody will ever forget.
Be the king (or queen) of the castle
If you’ve always felt your blood was more on the blue side, your milestone birthday could be the time to share this with those, who mean the most to you. Why not hire a castle or a stately home to celebrate? You can get exclusive use of your Big House for parties from intimate groups of just five–ten people to larger parties of 100 or more in some venues.
With this, you’ll get standard five-star accommodation in a historic building and the surrounding rolling countryside. Still, you’ll also be able to choose between self-catering and fully-staffed accommodation, and you can even hire your private chef to cater for you and your guests.
Depending on your chosen venue, you may also have exclusive access to a pool, cinema room or Spa Treatment options. Depending on your celebration’s size, you can hire your home-from-home of choice for a weekend or longer. You can follow your birthday dreams from elegant Georgian houses and grade 2 listed properties to Scottish Castles.
Charter a yacht
Do you want to do a lot of sightseeing and visit interesting heritage sites? Would you like to visit sandy beaches and soak up the? Are you a food enthusiast hoping to seek out the delicious tastes of Italy, Greece, or Croatia. Maybe you’d prefer an action-packed adventure?
If you think your ideal celebration might include a combination of island hopping, water-based activities, sightseeing, private dining and spa treatments – all while gathering with the people you love most, then perhaps a Yacht Charter might be for you. Yacht charters have something for everyone, and you can enjoy the freedom and adventure of setting your course and sailing by yourself with a bareboat charter or hire a skipper and relax knowing the hard work is taken care of?
If you prefer, you can opt for the ultimate experience of a crewed luxury yacht, with staff to look after your every need. You could discover the enchanting, sheltered moorings and coastal towns on the southern coast of Turkey and the eastern Mediterranean, or island hop to your favourite Greek island and swim in pristine waters.
Alternatively, you could explore the French Riviera, taking in the luxuries of Monaco, St Tropez, Cannes and Nice. Or you could soak up the sun on the magical Balearic Island beaches. Then there’s Croatia’s wonderful culture or a cruise along the Italian Riviera and Amalfi Coast. Wherever you choose to go, whatever you choose to do, a yacht charter would guarantee a birthday that would provide a lifetime of memories.
Sights and spas
If you’re thinking of a smaller, more intimate celebration, perhaps combining sightseeing and spa treatments with those you love most might be your style.
What could be better than spending a day soaking up Florence’s sights, sounds and tastes and then retreating to your own private villa in the peace of the Tuscan Hills? Or perhaps a day trip to the Moulin Rouge, then returning to a Chateau in Normandy to relax? Many venues offer staffing options, private chefs and spa treatments to make your birthday celebration pure perfection.
If an old-fashioned party is more your thing, there’s no need to be old-fashioned about it. So many brilliant venues can be hired – from museums to amusement parks, theatres to tea rooms and restaurants, or even private houses and assembly halls.
The options are almost limitless – you need to think about how many people you want to celebrate with, how old they are if you’d like a theme, what you’d like to eat and drink – and if the planning is all a bit too much for you, you can always hire an expert party planner, who’ll do all the hard work for you – all you need to do is turn up and party the night away.
If you love perfect weather and the solitude of white sandy beaches, perhaps your perfect birthday would be spent in peace and seclusion in an exclusive location that few others can reach.
What could be better than visiting a private island if this sounds like you? Whether you prefer Indonesia, Italy, Africa or India, your perfect island retreat awaits you and your guests.
All islands are fully staffed; many offer spa treatments, private dining options, diving, boat trips, and other water-based activities.
Depending on your chosen island, you can stay in a five-star hotel or a (fully staffed) private villa. Wherever you stay, exclusivity and privacy are guaranteed. A perfect way to mark an important birthday.