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Is this the World’s Most Expensive Blind Date?

Are you looking for love in all the wrong places? Step into private-members' service UPdates’ private jet for a first date with a difference

The world of romance can be a lonely place once your bank balance begins to look like a telephone number. But fear not, super-rich singletons; UPdates International, the world’s most expensive dating site, has the answer.

Aimed at high flyers around the world, UPdates is the solution for those unimpressed with other elite dating agencies. Set up by modern-day cupids Léon McPherson and Gareth Thompson, it typically attracts high net-worth members between 35 and 50, with a range of hobbies and interests.

Membership is strictly limited – applicants must be referred by the agency’s trusted network, or by joining the waiting list and passing the interview process.

Now that we’ve got the ‘personal ad’ bit out of the way, on to the good stuff.

What makes UPdates special is its version of the ‘blind date’ – a ‘sojourn’, as the brand calls it.

UPdates' sojorns (aka group blind dates) range from between £60,000 and £250,000 (per date) and usually involve being whisked away on a private jet for an adventure in paradise.

While no two sojourns are the same, they all involve gourmet dining, wine tasting, luxurious pampering and unmissable experiences, whether that’s on an exotic island or a cultured city break. The trips range from a long weekend to a full week to suit busy calendars.

Love-seekers will get to know each other on handpicked experiences as part of a group, while a small but expert concierge team manages their requests and an on-site relationship manager handles all the dating dynamics – including one-on-one dates, travel logistics and itinerary arrangements.

“While online, app and rapid-fire dating are tremendously popular, these cannot replace the enchanting encounter that a shared experience of the trip of a lifetime creates,” explains founder Gareth Thompson.

“Sharing new experiences creates irreplaceable memories and establishes an intimate connection between two people.”

So there you have it – the science behind UPdates; take a group of single people to a remote tropical location and wait for the magic to happen. It’s the stuff reality TV (or billionaire blind dates) is made of. Where do we sign?

The first sojourn takes place in April, so make sure you get your name on the waiting list if finding your prince or princess (literally) is top of your agenda for 2016.

For more information or to join the waiting list for the next sojourn in April, call 020 3808 8388 or visit www.up-dates.london