Why travel like a basic?
You—yes, you—can see the world through the eyes of a baller…at least in your headphones. Thanks to some of the greatest rappers of all time, everyday folks now know about some of the hottest destinations on the globe.
CASSIUS is here to show you how to bring those lyrics to life and travel like a boss. Peep game.
1 “Spot me the hotel, the Cap’, or Capri. Bathrobe, slippers in the lobby like “Oui.“”—Jay-Z, “All Around the World”
Capri, an island in Italy’s Bay of Naples, is one of the country’s most picturesque locations. A playground of the bad and boujee, it’s full of upscale shopping, glittering grottoes and coves—Hov surely ran into a few of his celeb homies on this island. If you’re trying to travel like the G.O.A.T. (don’t fight us on this), then hop a flight to Naples and enjoy a scenic 20-minute helicopter ride to the isle. Once there, check in at the Punta Tragara, known as the pinnacle of hospitality in Capri. The penthouse suite starts at 5000 EUR per night for those sweeping views. Once you’ve settled in, throw on that robe and head to the concierge to find out how you can do everything from shop in Capri’s historic Piazzetta and charter a private yacht for snorkeling, to enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner in one of the island’s famed grottos. Pick a few choice friends and split the costs for a one night excursion—it’s a memorable splurge. And as the sun sets, sit out on your terrace and think to yourself, “It ain’t where you from yo, it’s where you at.” Word to Hov.
2 “Santorini, Greece with a dime piece. My money long, you know I’m out your reach.”— Rick Ross, “Santorini Greece”
It’s one of the ultimate baecation goals, so naturally Maybach king Rick Ross spent a few dimes to take his favorite lady to the locale. Just a short flight from Athens on Aegean Airlines, Santorini is probably one of the most recognized destinations on the planet. The whitewashed buildings surrounded by sparkling blue seas call to you like a siren. Catch the waiting helicopter to the private helipad of the Nafsika Estate at Vedema Resort, where you’ll be staying. The estate sleeps up to 10 people and is fully serviced, providing housekeeping service twice daily, a private butler and executive chef—not bad for about 8000 EUR per night. What do you get for the pricey tag? Let’s start with a private chauffeur to drive you and your significant other to the black sand private beach in Perivolos, or a personal wine tasting. You can also enjoy a delicious dinner cooked by your personal chef in the kitchen as you sip champagne and stare down at the peasants like a Roman king.
3 “Then we can land in the motherland. Camel-back across the desert sand.”—Lupe Fiasco, “Paris, Tokyo
In case you didn’t get the memo, The Motherland (that’s Africa), has much more to offer than the depictions of despair portrayed by the media. Some of the most baller-esque getaways are on Africa’s soil, so when you land some place like Windhoek, Namibia, just know you’re in for the trip of a lifetime. Immediately head to the &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, nestled deep in the heart of Namibia’s ancient Namib Desert. Starting at around $600 per person a night, you can sleep under the stars in the Motherland as you enjoy a private veranda, split level bedroom and a fireplace perfect for meditation. Wake up the next morning and head into the Namib Desert where you can climb sand dunes, ride ATVs, and literally turn your nose down on others from a hot-air balloon.
4 “Excuse my French, but I’m in France, I’m just sayin’.”—Kanye West, “Ni**as in Paris”
Paris, France is Kanye’s playground, and we know ‘Ye isn’t exactly the humble type. So if you’re trying to go ham for the ‘Gram in the City of Lights, start by checking into the Four Seasons George V. Let the folks back home know how you roll with gratuitous videos of the indulgence that is your private penthouse suite, complete with 360-degree views of the city, a private terrace and an enormous marble bathroom outfitted with a relaxing chromotherapy system—you know, for when you need to destress from all the hate. After shopping along the Champs-Élysées in your private Mercedes S500L, head to the hotel’s Pop Up Spa for its signature George V Massage to work out all the kinks you got from pushing your hustle. When you’re done, experience a private one-of-a-kind wine tasting with an award-winning sommelier and toast to the good life.