SPOTTED: The Obamas take time out on Richard Branson's idyllic private island

By Khatija Nxedlana
26 January 2017

The tropical paradise is own by British billionaire Sir Richard Branson.

Now that he's no longer POTUS, Barack Obama has whisked the women in his life off on a well-deserved break.

The former president, first lady Michelle and their two daughters Malia and Sasha were seen arriving at Terrence B Lettsome International Airport in the British Virgin Islands, after spending the weekend after Donald Trump's inaugeration in Palm Springs, California. It’s understood they’ll be spending some time on Necker Island, owned by British billionaire Sir Richard Branson. On their arrival, Barack and Michelle posed for a photo with immigration officials.

According to Hello! Magazine, the late Princess Diana, celebrities including Eddie Murphy, Kate Winslet and Robert De Niro as well as former Presidents Jimmy Carter and the late Nelson Mandela have all stayed at Branson’s private resort.

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According to The Telegraph, the idyllic resort can house up to 34 people and has a staff of 100 -- so it's no surpise Necker rents for $80 000 (About R1 million) a night – but it was unclear whether the Obamas were paying.

The former first family has yet to confirm their post-vacation plans, but they'll likely return to Washington where their daughter Sasha is still in school.

It’s reported that Malia, who’s been accepted to Harvard, will spend 2017 interning with Hollywood heavy-weight Harvard Weinstein.

Read more: ‘To my fellow Americans’: Read Obama’s heartfelt goodbye letter as he prepares to leave the White House

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