Kim Kardashian has been facing backlash for a lavish trip that she took for her 40th birthday. Page Six revealed that the bash cost around $1 million to pull off, with a private jet and island resort in French Polynesia.
According to the outlet, Kim flew 30 of her closest friends and family on a Boeing 777, which normally seats 88 people and features a bar and a restaurant. They stayed at The Brando, a resort on Marlon Brando’s private island that has 35 villas for guests. These villas reportedly cost up to $20,000 each per night, and the resort features two gourmet restaurants, a spa, two bars, and fruits and vegetables that are grown organically on-site.
Pictures of the big blowout show sisters Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian and Kylie and Kendall Jenner present, along with their brother, Rob Kardashian. Mom Kris Jenner and her boyfriend Corey Gamble were also there. The kids in the family joined the fun as well, with Mason Dash Disick present along with his dad, Scott Disick.
The group faced backlash for partying together during the novel coronavirus pandemic, during which large gatherings are discouraged. However, they reportedly took steps to make sure they weren’t spreading the virus to one another.
“The group was limited to Kim’s closest family and friends. Everyone on the trip was repeatedly tested for COVID before they left in the middle of the night on a private Boeing 777,” a source said.
While there, Kim apparently splurged to make the event a big blowout.
“Once on the island they had lavish dinner after dinner, spa treatments and hikes through the nature sanctuary. There was no expense spared,” the source added.
But the normally social media-happy reality star wanted to keep things on the down-low during the event. All of the attendees were told to stay off apps like Instagram and Twitter to ensure her privacy.
After five days, the attendees returned home.
“After 2 weeks of multiple health screens and asking everyone to quarantine, I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time,” Kim announced on Instagram.
She was immediately met with backlash on social media, as The Inquisitr previously reported. Individuals called her and the attendees selfish and out of touch, saying that they felt no shame while the rest of the world was struggling to survive through the pandemic.