This is the Floating Island of the 1% (Because Yachts Are too Mainstream)


One percenters around the world now have a new favorite toy thanks to an Austrian firm that specializes in solutions to First World problems, and has created what could be your own floating private island – complete with two small diesel engines.  

The "Orsos Island" has three floors, six bedrooms and 1,000 square meters worth of luxury living space – complete with extravagances like an "underwater karaoke suite," a Jacuzzi, barbecue, sun loungers, a not-so-mini bar, dining room and its own aquarium (because underwater yacht windows are too mainstream). 

In addition, the 37 meters-long floating island -- designed by Hungarian-born entrepreneur Gabor Orsos -- includes 160 square meters of solar panels on the roof, as wells as wind generators that can produce 28-30 kilowatt hours of power. Since the floating island also has its own desalination system (capable of converting 12,000 liters seawater to drinking water), the Orsos Island consumes as much energy as a similarly-sized family household.

But how much does your own artificial moving island cost? Don’t worry, while the price tag exceeds that of a posh inland mansion, it’s still below the cost of “gigayachts” and real Caribbean islands shopped for by decadents ultra-wealthy folks from the First World and corrupt dictators from the Third World. The price? $6.5 million.

And if you wonder if the orders are already inundating the makers of “Orsos Island,” Elizabeth Recsy, the company’s head of communications, claims there is an “unbelievable amount of interest” from people in the U.S., Europe  the Middle East and China ranging from private citizens, investors and hotel chains seeking to branch out to more extravagant business enterprises.   

Unfortunately for one percenters, since the floating island's engines are not powered enough to sail long distances, they'd have to attach their new toy to a larger and more powerful vessel if they want to move the Orsos Island from one location to another (in case they wanted to sail away to next tax haven).