A Singapore couple just paid US$2 million for a crazy romantic staycation, featuring 10,000 roses, diamond chopsticks, and a 18-course meal on a private jet

Singapore millionaire Vincent Hee and wife Jane won the luxe trip off a charity auction to help children in Nigeria get vaccinations.
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With Valentine’s day coming up, here’s one bit of news you might want to show your significant other: a Singaporean millionaire has just splashed out a jaw-dropping sum on what might possibly be the world’s most luxurious staycation for himself and his wife – and all for a good cause.

According to the diamond company that auctioned off the experience, proceeds from the trip taken by Malaysia-based angel investor Vincent Hee and his wife Jane will help young children in Nigeria get pneumonia vaccines.

Here’s every drool-worthy activity on the couple’s itinerary, which lasted from Monday (Jan 27) to Wednesday morning (Jan 29).


Here’s one date you’ll probably never top: a Singaporean millionaire has just splashed out US$2 million (S$2.7 million) to take his wife on a short staycation packed with insanely luxurious experiences – and all in the name of charity.

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Malaysia-based angel investor Vincent Hee, 43, won the 3-day trip, lasting January 27 to 29, in an auction by Russian diamond company World of Diamonds Group. He took his wife Jane with him.

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The millionaire, who has a Masters of Education from Australia’s RMIT University, is the director of Charis Montessori Preschool in Singapore, and involved in two other education businesses in China.

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The entirety of the staycation’s eye-watering price tag went to funding 20,000 pneumonia vaccines for children in Nigeria.

All the luxe experiences were donated by sponsors.

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World of Diamonds Group director Karan Tilani said he made use of the “undeniably spectacular allure and influence” of a luxurious trip to “put luxury in service of philanthropy.”

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On Monday (Jan 27), the Hees began what would arguably be anyone’s trip-of-a-lifetime with a sleek ride to dinner in a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Convertible.

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Their destination? 1-V:U, a restaurant boasting stunning views of the sea located on the upscale Sentosa Island.

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The entire restaurant was booked just for the pair.

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On the specially-designed Diamond Menu was Wagyu beef, cured flounder, smoked pork, spiced duck, rice sorbet with Chinese ham, and grilled ice plant with fishbone bitter gourd milk.

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Later that night, the couple retired to a room bedecked in 10,000 roses in the nearby Outpost Hotel.

There was even an infinity sign made of roses installed on one wall.

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More roses covered a table on an outdoor patio.

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The next morning, they hopped onto a Ferretti 780 yacht for a cruise from Sentosa Cove – one of Singapore’s poshest addresses.

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The luxe yacht had stunning views of the ocean…

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… sun loungers on an open-air deck…

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… four fancy bedrooms…

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… and more chairs than two people could ever sit on.

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On board, the Hees toasted with Louis XIII cognac – the same kind Britain’s Queen Elizabeth drank on her trip to France in 1938.

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They shared the moment with Tilani, who tagged along for the ride.

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After an outfit change, the couple were ferried to a Bombardier Global 6000 jet in Seletar Airport owned by charter firm OJets, becoming the first citizens to drive a car onto the airport tarmac.

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In the air, the pair settled in for an 18-course dinner by renowned British chef Kirk Westaway, who runs Michelin-starred JAAN at City Hall.

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Westaway, who won Male Chef of the Year at the 2019 World Gourmet Summit Awards, worked out of the jet’s kitchen during the flight.

He said: “It is my mission to present our guests with an unforgettable meal that evokes nostalgia – through familiar yet elegant flavours of the finest seasonal produce the world has to offer.”

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While the chef cooked, the Hees drank vintage Dom Pérignon, Penfolds Grange 14, and Krug champagnes as the US$50 million jet cruised over Southeast Asia.

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Westaway emerged from the galley 18 times to present each of the dishes.

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The most lavish item was easily a tuna belly sashimi…

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… which the couple ate using diamond chopsticks worth US$17,000.

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They were allowed to take the chopsticks home after the meal.

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Other courses included a leek and potato soup with black truffle…

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… the “English Garden”, Westaway’s popular deconstructed salad…

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… a beetroot meringue with olive pearls and chive cream…

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… a Wagyu Tomahawk steak…

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… and angel hair pasta with caviar.

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At one point, the chef even pulled out an entire leg of Iberico ham and sliced it on the spot.

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The meal ended with a pretty pear tart…

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… and some chocolates, macarons, and more roses.

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As a parting gift, the Hees also got a 2.08-carat vivid blue diamond ring named after British-American actress Jane Seymour.

According to Forbes, the diamond’s size and saturation ranks it among the world’s rarest gems.

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Alas, the glorious meal was finished, and the pair left Seletar Airport for their new resting place for the night…

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… none other than the historic Raffles Hotel, which has hosted celebrities like Michael Jackson, Rudyard Kipling, and most recently Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton.

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Husband and wife bunked in one of the hotel’s two presidential suites, which start from S$15,000 per night (US$11,000).

Raffles Hotel claims these rooms are the grandest suites in the entire country.

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To end off their crazy rich staycation, the Hees enjoyed a final round of drinks, fruit, and fresh flowers.

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