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A Million-Dollar Week on Your Own Private Nicaraguan Island

It Even Comes With Buried Treasure

By Sarah Freeman ·
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A private jet to Nicaragua.

A helicopter ride-into a no-fly zone where endless bottles of Dom Pérignon are laying in wait.

That's day 1.

Of a fabulous week spent champagne-sipping, treasure-hunting and private island-frolicking on Nicaragua's Calala Island, now yours to command for one-million dollars. We said that like Dr. Evil. Now take a look.

After obtaining the keys to your island, allow your staff of 25 chefs, butlers and master cigar-rollers to take care of everything else. Someone should be able to guide you through this palm-tree covered oasis to the four beachfront suites, each covered with a thatched roof and gauzy curtains catching the early afternoon breeze.

Don't get too comfortable, because $150,000 is hidden somewhere on the island. This slightly-rigged-in-your-favor treasure hunt using helicopters, boats and SCUBA pays tribute to the island's pirate-filled history. So follow clues on an antique map to uncover a chest filled with gold bullion. You can keep that.

Maybe you'll celebrate with dinner on a boat. The chef pulling fish straight from the ocean then turning it into exceptionally fresh sashimi. Then cap off the evening with a custom blended cigar or a fireworks show. Or both. Hey, it's your island.

When all is said and done, you'll leave with a lot of memories. And meanwhile, a school will be built in your name in Nicaragua.

Which is really why you came.

The champagne just happened to be there.

Sarah Freeman is often accused of hiding secrets in her hair. She can make any cocktail, as long as that cocktail is a rye Old Fashioned, and has never met a saison she didn’t like.

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