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Photos of the exclusive Caribbean resort where the Obamas are vacationing right now

Sophie-Claire Hoeller
Thursday 26 January 2017 17:17 GMT
(Facebook/Necker Island)

Barack Obama famously promised his wife Michelle a special vacation post White House.

Well, he certainly made good on his promise, considering they're currently on Necker Island — Richard Branson's private island, and one of the most exclusive Caribbean resorts in the world. While they undoubtedly deserve a break, we can't help but feel a twinge of jealousy.

Keep scrolling for a peek at the decadent digs.

After eight years of being the leaders of the free world, Michelle and Barack Obama have jetted off for some well-deserved R&R.

Barack had promised Michelle a “special” trip post White House. He certainly made good on that promise. It doesn't get much more special, or exclusive, than Necker Island.

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Necker Island is Sir Richard Branson's private island. Located in the British Virgin Islands, it's only 74 acres small, and accommodates a maximum of 34 guests.

Yes, the water is really this blue.

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The tropical paradise was named after 17th-century Dutch squadron commander Johannes de Neckere. It was uninhabited until the late 20th century, and purchased by Branson (who was 28 at the time) for a modest $180,000 in 1978. Branson spent three years turning the island into a private retreat, and spent $10 million building the lodgings, which include a 10-bedroom Balinese-style villa.

The resort is stunning.

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Made with local stone and Brazilian hardwood, it features an eclectic mix of Asian antiques, Indian rugs, and Balinese bamboo furniture.

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Each room has 360-degree views...

(Facebook/Necker Island (Facebook/Necker Island) well as tons of windows that allow for a cool breeze from any direction.

Individual rooms can be rented starting at $4,280 a night, for a week minimum, and only during certain windows of time. Generally, the island is rented as a whole for $78,000 a day.

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Many celebrities have vacationed here, from Princess Di to Mariah Carey, and even Nelson Mandela. Kate Moss had her 40th birthday party on Necker, and Google co-founder Larry Page had his wedding there.

There are two “private” beaches (though it's a private island, all beaches up to the high-water mark are open to the public, under British Virgin Islands law), two infinity pools, a swim-up bar, a hot tub that fits 30, a personal chef, and around 100 employees.

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While Barack is known to be more of a golf guy, he can practice his tennis game on one of two courts.

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The Necker Cup, a tennis tournament, is held on the island every year.

The former president could also try his hand at kite surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, paddle boarding, pilates, and yoga.

He could also enjoy one of the many spa treatments available....

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Or just do nothing for a change. There's no shortage of epic spots to relax in.

These views don't get old.

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There are lounging decks everywhere.

The famously affectionate couple could indulge in some romantic alone time....

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...maybe have a beach-side picnic.

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Can't say the Obamas don't deserve it.


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