8 Outrageous Ways the Saudi King Vacations Harder Than Literally Everyone

8 Outrageous Ways the Saudi King Vacations Harder Than Literally Everyone

He puts regular celebrity travel to shame.

As royalty does, the King of Saudi Arabia, Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud, has been traveling around in style. He started his Asian tour in Malaysia and will hit six countries over the course of month.

But he's not traveling like one of us mere mortals — nor even like his royal counterpart Kate Middleton. He basically wins for the most extravagant, over-the-top traveler ever.

Consider these seven times King Salman made regular celebrity travel look like a sad pack of peanuts in coach.

1. He's traveling with an entourage of (wait for it) 1,500.

....because who couldn't use a little help with the bags, right? About 25 are other royals, 100 guys are his protection officers, and around 800 are delegates. It requires 27 flights to travel together.

2. His luggage weighs 459 tons.

Seriously. And he sent over much of it before the trip — including two Mercedes-Benz S600 limousines. Who would actually book a rented limo? Yuck.

It took four Boeing 747s, two Boeing B777s, and two Hercules C-130s just to get the luggage over.

3. He's more play than work.

For all those attendants, the king only worked for four days in Jakarta before he took a five-day break in Bali. Call it the antithesis of the American work-vacation balance.

4. His convoy in Bali was extreme.

Even though he brought over 100 of his own security team members, Indonesia provided 9,000 security guards to keep him safe; they even have fighter jets on alert. (It's been hush-hush about where he's staying, but as this writer types this from my current home base in Bali, locals confirm he's rented multiple luxury hotels, with rumors saying one is the Bulgari resort in the Nusa Dua area. As I left the beach in that area of town, we saw his crew pull up — and halt traffic — as they came through with about 20 large buses, bookended by police and ambulance escorts.)

5. He brought his own chefs.

If you're going to bring 1,500 people with you on vacation, at least some ought to know how to cook, right?Especially in Bali which is mostly Hindu, the king needed someone to help him keep a Halal diet.

6. He doesn't do stairs.

The King is 81, which explains (though doesn't diminish the awe) that he brought his own escalator. Not impressed yet? He brought two elevators along too.

7. He booked three entire hotels in Jakarta.

They weren't just any hotels; they were the lavish Raffles, JW Marriott, and Ritz-Carlton. And it's not the first time he's done similar: He booked out a whole beach in France when he first became king in 2015 and before that, as a prince, he booked out three resorts in the Maldives.

Next on this trip, he's off to Brunei, Japan, China, and the Maldives.

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