Helicopters are on standby “if that time comes,” says a bunkers specialist, to take elites to underground palaces with underground pools, tennis courts, and gourmet rations in spaces you never know could have been initially. designed for the military, both American and Soviet.
If you’re not in the 1%, no problem, there are also modest bunkers, and even reasonably priced getaways above the ground.
Fast-paced entrepreneurs, boutique hotel owners and survivors hope to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic by offering people a path of hopelessness – and boredom – with varying degrees of success.
Real estate salesman Robert Vicino is literally pretty when it comes to his business – selling underground bunkers in the Black Hills of South Dakota to a remote underground town in Rothenstein, Germany. Unlike the millennial owner of a Manhattan start-up who had to unplug his luxurious mask-free spa last week, Vicino says business is booming in what survivors call the “bug-out” business.
His company, Vivos, also sells bunkers in Indiana and plans new bunkers in Asia and Marbella, Spain. He said sales have increased 400% this year, although his cheaper properties (35,000 euros for a large bunker in South Dakota) are selling faster than the 2 million euros, five underground apartments Vivos Europa One stars dug into a German mountain, part of a facility originally used by the Soviets to store ammunition in case they invaded Western Europe.
Vicino has been playing apocalyptic since 2007 and it is bearing fruit after a slight error when an apocalypse predicted by the Maya in 2012 never materialized and he had to abandon the plans of a bunker of 5,000 people in Atchison, Kansas.
Vicino’s secret is to adapt his business to the middle class and high net worth, who fear the collapse of society due to the coronavirus.
“All of my clients know that something bad could happen,” said Vicino. “The dominoes fall. We could be a month away from a collapse. What is everyone going to do when they run out of food and money? It could get ugly. By then it is too late to call me. “
People who don’t want anything depressing like a bunker are burning the phone lines of people like Curt Eilers, an Iowa real estate broker who owns three survival properties in California. He says people are looking for off-grid homes across the country, some in places like Kentucky and Arkansas with up to 50 acres of land for less than $ 130,000.
Shorter and more optimistic getaways are few, but still possible. Most posh hotels have closed, but the Little Hermitage in West Hollywood is open to guests for “getting away from the ordinary.” The hotel checks guests’ temperatures, has room air conditioners, allows only registered guests inside, requests that they stay within six feet of others, and disinfects every 30 minutes.
Randall Hayward, owner of Taksu Spa, an exclusive Bali retreat, has temporarily closed but has an extended protocol in place once Taksu reopens, possibly even next month.
Guest schedules are checked, but it doesn’t stop there. Taksu makes its own hand sanitizers. Enclosed spaces are ozonized every evening. Staff use custom N95 masks in local batik patterns. All cutlery is UV sterilized. The rooms have ionizing AC air purification units. The clothes are sprayed with hydrogen peroxide solutions which include nebulized citrus and tea tree oils. The sheets are sterilized and kept in ozone storage rooms.
“In these scary times,” Hayward told the Post, “we’re ready. “