30 April 2015, By Mandy Paterson
9 Ways To Spoil Mum With $21 Million
5 min read
Mothers are priceless and you can’t buy love – but we’ve come up with nine ways you could spoil your mum with $21 Million courtesy of the Saturday Lotto Superdraw on May 9th.
You could spend one of your millions on a kilogram of the world’s most expensive tea! Da Hong Pao, a prestigious variety of the highly venerated Wuyi oolong tea, can sell for up to $35,436 USD per ounce (about $45,469 AUD for 28 grams). Da Hong Pao has a long history dating back to the Song Dynasty around 1000 AD. Legend has it that the mother of an emperor was cured of her illness by this special tea, grown from four bushes placed under protection by the emperor. Three of these bushes are still growing on Mount Wuyi to this day. Due to its high quality, Da Hong Pao tea is usually reserved for honoured guests – and our mothers definitely fall into this category!
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With a price tag of $260 for a single 1.5 ounce bar, To’ak is the most expensive chocolate in the world. To put that in perspective, a comparative 40g Cadbury bar will set you back around $2.00. What makes this chocolate worth so much more? While 95% of the world’s chocolate is made from mass-produced beans, To’ak uses rare cacao seeds harvested from the coast of Ecuador, fermented into liquid chocolate and hand-moulded into bars. Each chocolate bar comes in its own Spanish elm box and is eaten with a small pair of wooden tongs to prevent oil from your fingertips affecting the taste. Only 574 bars were produced in 2014, making this luxury sweet a rare treat indeed.
The most expensive flower in the world is literally priceless – just like our mums. The Kadupul flower of Sri Lanka blooms for such a short period of time that it can never be removed from its stem to present as a gift. The flower blossoms around midnight and perishes before dawn, meaning few ever get to see its delicate beauty. Although it can be grown with relative ease, the Kadupul flower’s fleeting lifespan confirms its status as the most revered and precious flower in the world. You might have to settle for second best – the Juliet rose, also known as the £3,000,000 GBP rose. This British flower is the result of fifteen years of intensive breeding and combines old-fashioned cupped rosettes with contemporary colours.
4. Personal assistant
Mums work hard, and often without assistance or appreciation. Why not spare $100,000 per year and treat her to a personal assistant? These people are not only tasked with relieving the burden of daily life’s humdrum tasks, but are also entrusted with their employer’s hopes, dreams and secrets. Executive personal assistants are on call 24/7 to fulfil their employer’s every need, whether it’s representing them in meetings, collecting the children from school, or even accompanying them on holidays. A personal assistant is more than a helper around the house – find someone with the right personality, skills and temperament and they could become a lifelong friend.
For only £1,000,000 GBP, Mum could take herself and a friend on a luxury 124-day cruise around the world. Billed as the world’s ultimate cruise holiday, the Million Pound Cruise offered by luxury cruise specialists Six Star Cruises berths at 28 countries and carries a price tag of £8,000 GBP per day. The exclusive four-month holiday was designed for the discerning traveller with expensive tastes and deep pockets. The vessel features a suite with two massive bedrooms, marbled bathrooms, a separate dining area and private verandas. Chauffeured transfers to and from the cruise liner are via helicopter, private jet, and Rolls Royce, while accommodation on land includes a pre-cruise stay in the prestigious Beverley Wiltshire Hotel in Los Angeles and a post-cruise recovery in one of Florida’s exclusive gated communities.
According to its creator, rarity and cost were no barrier to the creation of the world’s most expensive perfume. Containing the finest essential oils and natural ingredients, a standard bottle of Clive Christian No. 1 will set you back up to $800, but the limited edition bottle will cost you a quarter of a million dollars. The crystal bottle is draped in hand-crafted 24 carat gold lattice work embedded with over 2000 individually set flawless white diamonds. A lion motif on the front of the bottle is set with yellow and pink diamonds, while the stopper pays homage to Queens Victoria in a crown design. This opulent bottle contains 30ml of the world’s most expensive perfume and celebrates the scent’s 15 year anniversary.
Don’t miss the chance to see every mum’s favourite band Fleetwood Mac! The powerhouse band from the seventies takes the cake for most expensive concert tickets in the world with average prices over $305. The return of long lost member Christine McVie on their latest world tour is sure to drive ticket prices up even higher. But if a witchy, wailing Stevie Nicks isn’t mum’s thing, subtract 30 years and see a young and hot Maroon 5 in action for $280 a ticket. Pop princess Taylor Swift is more affordable at $260 a ticket, while rock dinosaurs U2 and The Who hover around the $250 mark.
Beauty comes at a price, as these luxury treatments demonstrate. A hotel in the US offers an overnight stay complete with Evian mineral water bath all for the low price of $15,000. Yes, Evian the drinking water. The water, thoughtfully scattered with rose petals, reportedly leaves your skin dewy and glowing. For the truly opulent, a $7,000 facial of powdered diamonds and rubies is supposed to give the skin an antioxidant boost and clarify the outer layer. Not for the faint-hearted, a $1,700 treatment involves drawing blood from the face which is said to rejuvenate the skin. Eek! Finally, a spa in Malibu charges $4,000 to cover your body with moisturiser and 24-carat gold leaf, intended to stimulate cellular growth.
9. Ice cream
A single scoop of Dubai’s Black Diamond ice cream will set you back $817. The ice cream, which is aiming to set a world record for the most expensive single scoop, is made from Madagascar vanilla and Iranian saffron and is decorated with Italian black truffle and sprinkled with edible 23-carat gold. The decadent dessert is served in a keepsake Versace bowl with matching designer spoon on the side. On the other side of the world in New York, you could order a Golden Opulence Sundae for $1,000, as long as you give the restaurant 48 hours in advance to procure the ingredients. The sundae features three scoops of Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream infused with Madagascar vanilla, syrup made from one of the world’s most expensive chocolates, exotic candied fruits, gold covered almonds, chocolate truffles, marzipan cherries, gold dessert caviar, passionfruit, orange and Armagnac, and is topped with a gilded sugar flower and scattered with 23-carat gold leaf.
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