Private palace parties and a festival for one family: 2018's most extravagant holidays revealed

Chichen Itza, Columns in the Temple of a Thousand Warriors
Chichen Itza, Columns in the Temple of a Thousand Warriors Credit: Getty

What a year it has been. Given the immense political upheaval and uncertainty we've all endured over the last 12 months, it's no wonder that luxury tour operators have been tasked with crating elaborate escapist holidays for their wealthiest clients. 

Reflecting on a year that, for the luxury-travel industry at least, has been been robust, here tour operators share the most extravagant and creative trips they have organised for their clients. From private tours of Mayan ruins to indulgent stays at some of the world's best private-island resorts, here's what you can get up to on holiday when money is no object. 

Black Tomato’s holiday of 2018

"Earlier this year we organised an ultra-exclusive...

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